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Box and Folder List

 

Series 1: Benjamin Holzman. 1917-1963

Physical Description: 16 folders. 1 box.

Series Description

This series consists of correspondence, photographs, scrapbook leaves, publicity releases related to the career of Benjamin Holzman as a press agent and newspaper writer. The correponsdence is mostly personal, although the celebrities writing Holzman often would combine business matters with personal affairs. Photographs include Holzman at parties with possible clients and personal photographs. Autobiographical statements in Box 1, Folders 4 and 5, provide insight into his career as well as the business of show business in the 1920s.
Of special interest (Box 1, Folder 11) are the publicity releases for Broadway plays that Holzman, along with partner Nate Dorfman, issued for such theater producers as Sam H. Grisman and Phillip Goodman in the 1920s. Also noteworthy is the eulogy that George Jessel delivered at Al Jolson's funeral (Box 1, Folder 3). The theater section of the New York Evening Mail that Holzman edited provides extensive information on Broadway shows, movies, stage and movie stars and producers, and corresponding publicity for the New York City theater scene and film.
Some material in this series comes from folders that Benjamin Holzman created and labelled. The titles that Holzman assigned to these folders are noted in the box and folder list.
Names of note in the series include Maurice Chevalier (1888-1972), John Decker (1895-1947), George Jessel (1898-1981), and Betty Hutton (1921-2007).
Box:Folder 1:1

Incoming personal and business correspondence, telegram, and memorandum; includes notes from Betty Hutton, Susan and Harpo Marx, Maurice Chevalier, Joe E. Lewis, and Fred Allen. 1917-1962 (dates broken)

Box:Folder 1:2

Incoming telegrams and correspondence of condolence to Harriett Holzman re death of Benjamin Holzman. 1963

Box:Folder 1:3

Rough drafts of press statements; incoming and outgoing correspondence. Eulogy by George Jessel for Al Jolson. From folder entitled "Souvenir Press Materials. 1943-1959 (dates broken)

Box:Folder 1:4

Benjamin Holzman autobiographical statement re early career in newspapers and as publicity agent. Caricature of Fanny Brice by John Decker. Al Joson 8x10 photograph. undated

Box:Folder 1:5

Benjamin Holzman autobiographical essay on career as press agent. Benjamin Holzman chronology of career. Hollywood Reporter article re Benjamin Holzman leaving William Morris Agency to become Eddie Cantor's business manager. undated, 1951, 1953

Box:Folder 1:6

Fanny Brice Carictures by John Decker; publisher's rejection letter re same. John Decker bibliographical essay on Fanny Brice. William Morris Agency memoranda re John Decker publishing submissions. 1942-1943

Box:Folder 1:7

Outgoing (copies) and incoming correspondence re publicity for John Decker. Willam Morris advertisements. Eddie Cantor talk on 60th birthday. Trade journal clippings. From folder labelled "Publicity." 1942, 1943, 1954

Box:Folder 1:8

Benjamin Holzman photographs: personal, and with clients. 1949

Box:Folder 1:9

Photograph album with newsclippings re death of Benjamin Holman. Correspondence from Maurice Chevalier. Benjamin Holzman plaque from B'nai B'rith. Bemjamin Holzman Hollywood Canteen membership card. 1942, 1948, 1963

Box:Folder 1:10

Correspondence from Maurice Chevalier. Benjamin Holzman speech re Maurice Chevalier birthday. Personal notes. Separated from photograph album in Box 1, Folder 9, this series. 1925, 1960, 1963

Box:Folder 1:11

Benjamin Holzman and Nat Dorfman publicity releases re Broadway plays. 1920s

Box:Folder 1:12

Incoming and outgoing (copy) correspondence re Benjamin Holzman letter to Time magazine. Copy of Time magazine with Holzman letter. Incoming letter from Eddie Davis, comedy writer. 1951, 1952

Box:Folder 1:13

Letter of rebuttal (copy) from Benjamin Holzman to columnist O. O. McIntyre re Eddie Cantor and column facts. Newspaper clippings re same (photocopies for research use). 1934

Box:Folder 2:15

Leaves from scrapbooks with telegrams, correspondence, and newspaper clippings re career and personal life of Benjamin Holzman (photocopies for research use). 1912-1925

Box 4

Cartoon strip re "Abe" and "Dr. Marvelle," with newspaper doctor's advice to B(Benjamin?) Holzman. undated

Box:Folder 1ov:1

Theater sections for the New York Evening Mail; edited by Benjamin F. Holzman. (photocopies for research use). 1921, 1924

 

Series 2: Eddie Cantor. 1915-1950

Physical Description: 9 folders and one oversize box.

Series Description

In the 1930s and 1940s, Benjamin Holzman was the personal business manager of the comedian, actor, and radio star Eddie Cantor, and this series reflects that relationship. Materials include Cantor's personal joke book, film stills from "Roman Scandals," photographs of the Cantor family, theater programs for his musicals "Kid Boots" and "Whoopee," and some personal correspondence.
Box:Folder 1:14

"Eddie Cantor's Song and Joke Book." 3 copies. New Amsterdam Theatre program for "Whoopee," with Eddie Cantor. Earl Carroll Theater program for "Kid Boots," with Eddie Cantor. B. F. Keith Theatre program with Eddie Cantor act. 1915-1934 (dates broken)

Box:Folder 1:15

Film stills from "Roman Scandals," starring Eddie Cantor. probably 1933

Box:Folder 1:16

Photographs of Eddie Cantor with wife Ida and with wife Ida and five daughters. Ida Cantor portraits. undated

Box:Folder 1:17

Miscellaneous Eddie Cantor photographs. undated

Box:Folder 1:18

Eddie Cantor and Benjamin F. Holzman bill of complaint against Goldman Sachs. 1932

Box:Folder 1:19

Sheet music for Eddie Cantor songs, including those for Ziegfeld Follies. 1918-1920, 1922

Box:Folder 1:20

Eddie Cantor outgoing correspondence to Benjamin Holzman re B'nai B'rith dinner and grandchild. Eddie Cantor joke sheets. Advertising flyers for Eddie Cantor show "Forty Years of Show Business." Newspaper clippings re Eddie Cantor (photocopies). 1940-1958 (dates broken)

Box:Folder 3:1

Eddie Cantor private joke book. undated

Box:Folder 3:2

Loose sheets with jokes, some by Jessie Kaplan. 1938

Box 1ov

Galley proofs and Collier's magazine re Eddie Cantor and David Freedman article on Al Jolson. "The Real Story of Al Jolson," with foreword by Eddie Cantor. 1934

 

Series 3: Florenz Ziegfeld. 1924-1932

Physical Description: 4 folders.

Series Description

This series holds correspondence and telegrams to Benjamin Holzman from the great producer Florenz Ziegfeld (1867-1932) and other of his show business associates, including Billie Burke (1884-1970), regarding the Ziegfeld Follies and musicals and the production of "Kid Boots" as a movie. The series offers valuable insight into the business workings of the theater and musicals in the 1920s.
Photocopies of the original telegrams have been substituted for the originals for research use because of the latter's fragility.
Box:Folder 2:1

Florenz Ziegfeld, Edward Royce, and Billie Burk telegrams (photocopies) to Benjamin Holzman re advertising for Ziegfeld Follies and "Kid Boots." 1924

Box:Folder 2:2

Florenz Ziegfeld telegram to Benjamin Holzman, and Stanley Sharpe to Charles Christie, re producton of "Kid Boots" as movie. 1925

Box:Folder 2:3

Benjamin Holzman incoming correpsondence from Florenz Ziegfeld re advertising, Billie Burke, and Ziegfeld Follies. 1920s

Box:Folder 2:4

Casino Theater program for Florenz Ziegfeld's revival of "Showboat." New Amsterdam Theatre flyer for 19th annual Ziegfeld Follies. New York newspaper advertisement for Florenz Ziegfeld productions. 1928, 1932

 

Series 4: Photographs. Undated

Physical Description: 5 folders.

Series Description

Found in this series are publicity photographs for such show business stars as Danny Kaye; Sammy Davis, Jr.; Jimmy Durante; and George Jessel, whom may have been clients of Benjamin Holzman. The series also holds two photographs containing George Burns and Jack Benny, one at possible business meeting, the other at a banquet. The latter photograph also includes George Jessel, Groucho Marx, and Eddie Cantor.
Box:Folder 2:5

Film star publicity portraits, including Melvyn Douglass, Charles Boyer, Chuck Conners, Betty Hutton, Mona Freeman, Jan Clayton, Will Rogers. undated

Box:Folder 2:6

Joey Bishop, Buddy Hackett, and George Jessel publicity portraits. undated

Box:Folder 2:7

Danny Kaye publicity portraits and film stills. Sammy Davis, Jr., publicity portraits. Jimmy Durante publicity booklet with photographs. undated

Box:Folder 2:8

George Burns, George Jessel, Jack Benny, Grouch Marx, and Eddie Cantor at banquet. George Burns and Jack Benny at table with producers and agents. "MGM Girls" publicity photograph? undated

Box:Folder 2:9

Miscellaneous photographs. undated

 

Series 5: Printed Ephemera and Newspaper Clippings. 1930-1960

Physical Description: 6 folders.

Series Description

A miscellany of printed materials comprise this series: theater programs, especially for George White musicals, flyers for musical revues, a program for the famous French nightclub the "Moulin Rouge," and a "Features" booklet for the New York Mail with a piece on Benjamin Holzman as a theater critic for the newspaper.
This series also holds newspaper clippings (all photocopies for reasons of preservation) on show business matters that Benjamin Holzman most likely collected, including a run of newspaper commentaries of Will Rogers (1879-1935), the famous American humorist.
Box:Folder 2:10

Curran Theatre program "The Playgoer" for "Betty Hutton and Her International Variety Revue." Includes flyer for "Affairs of State." (2 copies). Flyer re same for Seattle appearance of Betty Hutton program. 1953

Box:Folder 2:11

Bal du Moulin Rouge program for "La Revue Japonaise." "Features" booklet of New York Evening Mail. "Bimini Bay" sheet music. 1960

Box:Folder 2:12

Flyers and theater programs for George White muscial comedies "Flying High" and "Scandals." Union flyers re George White use of non-unon employees for "Scandals." probably 1930

Box:Folder 2:13

Jewish Theatrical Guild certificates and lifetime membership roster. Restaurant menus and flyers. "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" promotional campaign booklet. 1953

Box:Folder 2:14

Newspaper clippings re show business, including Will Rogers and Harpo Marx (photocopies). 1950, 1960

Box 1ov

December 8, 1941 edition of Los Angeles Herald Express on Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. 1941