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Jean Stinchfield Ambassador Hotel Publicity
GC 1142  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Biography/Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms
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  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Jean Stinchfield Ambassador Hotel Publicity
    Dates: 1921-1987
    Collection Number: GC 1142
    Creator/Collector:
    Extent: (Boxes: 14 legal, 1ov)
    Repository: Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
    Los Angeles, California 90007-4057
    Abstract: Photographs, correspondence, press releases, clippings, and memorabilia collected by Jean Stinchfield, Publicity Director, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California. 1921-1987, undated (bulk dates are the 1950s).
    Language of Material: English

    Access

    Research is by appointment only

    Publication Rights

    Permission to publish, quote or reproduce must be secured from the repository and the copyright holder

    Preferred Citation

    Jean Stinchfield Ambassador Hotel Publicity. Seaver Center for Western History Research, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

    Biography/Administrative History

    The Ambassador Hotel opened in 1921 in the mid-Wilshire district of Los Angeles. The hotel is famously remembered for the site where Senator Robert F. Kennedy was shot during a campaign event in 1968. The hotel closed to guests in 1989. Preservationists including the Los Angeles Conservancy were unsuccessful in preventing its demolition in 2005.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Photographs, correspondence, press releases, clippings, and memorabilia collected by Jean Stinchfield, Publicity Director, Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California. Primarily photographs of celebrities and political figures; the collection omits the year 1968 when presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy was fatally shot while campaigning at the hotel, however, there is an earlier photograph of John F. Kennedy at a podium. Memorabilia includes ephemera, programs and miscellaneous publications; materials reflect: the history of the Cocoanut Grove nightclub (including the Grove’s re-opening in 1957); the breadth of hotel events for organizations and international affairs (including the first Japanese-American debutante ball, the Richard M. Nixon visits in 1958 and 1960, and the Nikita Khrushchev visit in 1959); the establishment of the hotel’s permanent press room; hotel employees in photos and publications; Stinchfield’s biographical files; and a taped interview with her in 1987. Most of the materials were collected by Stinchfield in the course of her years employed, however, there are early photographs and memorabilia dated prior to her time with the hotel.

    Indexing Terms

    Hotels--California--Los Angeles.
    Hotels--California--Los Angeles--Pictorial works.
    Motion picture actors and actresses

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