Scope and arrangement
The collection documents the career of vaudeville and movie promoter, Harry Mandel, from the 1920s-1960s. Of particular interest are the printed publicity booklets for the vaudeville houses in the 1920s, the printed propaganda work of the War Activities Committee of the Motion Picture Industry during World War II, RKO printed publicity from the 1950s and Mandel's typescript "Summary of My Business Career." His work at RKO is documented in press releases about him, typescript reports, manuals and addresses he wrote, and ephemera from his trips in the 1960s to Berlin for the premiere of The Judgment at Nurembergand to the Far East to investigate business opportunities. The collection also contains clippings, and a few letters, contracts, minutes, and an award.
The Harry Mandel papers are arranged in two series:
- 1966-19882 folders
- 1919-19792 boxes
Primarily printed publicity from the vaudeville houses in the 1920s, the war efforts of the motion picture industry during World War II, and RKO in the 1950s, but also a few manuscripts by Mandel and a small amount of letters, minutes, reports, contracts, clippings and ephemera.
Series I: Biographical material on Harry Mandel Series II: Chronological arrangement of material documenting his career