Scope and arrangement
The Dailey Paskman Papers span the years 1904-1939 and consist of correspondence, professional papers, WGBS materials, publicity materials, ephemera, synopses, scripts, and one scrapbook. There is extensive information about the beginnings of WGBS and The Radio Minstrels including invitations, program notes, lists of guests and participants, drafts of scripts, applause cards, and proof of reception cards. There are royalty statements and correspondence documenting many of the songs Paskman co-wrote. Clippings and press releases impart information about WGBS, Paskman's personal life, and other career achievements. The ephemera series includes a wide scope of material from a Navy patch to vaudeville programs. The synopses represent Paskman's affiliation with the Edward B. Marks Music Corporation. The scrapbook is filled with clippings about the early 20th century actress Adelaide Keim.
The Dailey Paskman papers are arranged in eight series:
- 1918-193919 folders
The bulk of the material in this series covers Paskman's directorship of WGBS including the station's inception  and the creation of The General Broadcasting System . Other subjects include: special broadcasts; Dailey Paskman's Radio Minstrels; his book Gentlemen, Be Seated!; his lyric-writing; and a Federal Theatre Project of the musical Sumurun [correspondence with composer Victor Hollander and adapter Gene Lockhart plus a copy of the action of the condensed version 1937-1939]. A letter and a telegram [n.d.] from his wife are included.
- 1922-19272 folders
Includes royalty statements for many of his songs and income tax returns [1922-1926].
- 1924-19257 folders
Includes first broadcast [October 26, 1924] lists of guests and participants, R.S.V.P. cards, related correspondence; the S.S. Leviathan broadcast [April 30, 1925] correspondence and rough draft of the program line-up; program routine and script pieces for The Dailey Paskman Radio Minstrels; a typescript of an interview with Gilda Gray regarding Aloma of the South Seas; and a copy of a speech by Herman Bernard, managing editor of Radio World, reflecting on radio's effect on modern life. Much of the WGBS correspondence is in the form of applause cards and proof of reception cards.
- 1918-19299 folders 1 oversized folder
Includes biographical and professional information in the form of clippings and press releases covering WGBS, The Radio Minstrels, and Paskman's life and career. Oversized materials include a tear sheet for the WGBS first broadcast, publicity copy for Gentlemen, Be Seated!, and broadsides for the Strand Theatre [Rockville Centre, N. Y.] performance of the Radio Minstrels.
- 1911-19294 folders
Includes a NY to Philadelphia railroad ticket ; Paskman's (?) Navy patch; a Columbia University bursar's receipt ; business cards; membership cards for ASCAP, The Friars Club, The Ramblers, and The Songwriters; Paskman's rough sketch for the Chu Chin Chow poster; a copy of Radigram ; an issue of Music-World Almanak [n.d.]; and a selection of vaudeville programs featuring The Dailey Paskman Radio Minstrels.
- 1904-19051 folder (1 scrapbook)
One scrapbook of clippings about the career of turn-of-the-century actress Adelaide Keim. [This may have been picked up by Paskman during his early theater days however, there is no evidence in the collection as to when or why]
- ca. 1934-19361 box
Synopses of various musical comedies and operettas prepared by Paskman while associated with The Edward B. Marks Music Corp. for possible motion picture projects. A list of Weber and Fields properties and a receipt for properties sent to Hal Roach Studios are included.
- 1927-19362 boxes
Notes, drafts, and copies with variations of Paskman's scripts for radio dramatizations of the lives of Beethoven and Mozart, many handwritten by Paskman. The remainder of the scripts in this series are copies of some of the musical properties represented by Paskman. The folder containing The Student King includes several pages of handwritten lyrics.