Guide to the Bill Muster Papers on Capitol Records

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Guide to the Bill Muster Papers on Capitol Records

Collection number: PA Mss 87

Department of Special Collections

Davidson Library

University of California, Santa Barbara
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Zachary Liebhaber
Date Completed:
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© 2011 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Bill Muster papers on Capitol Records
Dates: 1946-2007
Bulk Dates: (bulk 1946-1961)
Collection number: PA Mss 87
Creator: Muster, Bill, 1926-1989
Collector: Muster, Nori J. (Nori Jean), 1956-
Collection Size: 5 inches (1 document box).
Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
Abstract: Papers of William N. (Bill) Muster (1926-1989) mainly covering his six years as merchandising manager at Capitol Records from 1953 to 1959.
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


Use of the collection is unrestricted.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

Preferred Citation

Bill Muster papers on Capitol Records. PA Mss 87, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Nori Muster, 2011.

Scope and Content of Collection

The bulk of this collection covers Bill Muster's six years as merchandising manager at Capitol Records from 1953 to 1959, including correspondence and clippings, promotional materials, newsletters, and photos. A section of the correspondence relates specifically to Muster's firing from Capitol Records in 1959.


This collection has been divided into the following series: I. Newsletters and reports, II. Playboy files, III. Clippings, IV. Donald Hassler files, V. Press releases, VI. Capitol Tower opening, VII. Miscellaneous.
Series II. Playboy files contains correspondence and clippings regarding Bill Muster's firing by Capitol Records. Series IV. Donald Hassler files, contains correspondence, a resume, and clippings concerning Donald Hassler, a fellow employee at Capitol Records. Series VI. Capitol Tower opening, includes items relating to the opening of the Capitol tower in Los Angeles in 1956.

Related Material

Biographical material about Bill Muster may be found here:

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Capitol Records, Inc.
Press clippings

Collection Contents


Series I. Newsletters, reports

Box 1: 1

Capitol World, 1958

Box 1: 2

Capitol Annual Report, 1959

Box 1: 3

Capitol News from Hollywood, 1946

Box 1: 4

Capitol News from Hollywood, 1948

Box 1: 5

Unbound Sales Wrap-ups, 1956

Box 1: 6

Merchandising Program, 1955

Box 1: 7

Merchandising Program, 1956


Series II. Playboy files

Box 1: 8

Letter from Victor Lownes to Muster, 3/6/1959

Box 1: 9

Lownes letter to Glenn Wallichs, 3/28/1959

Box 1: 10

Lownes letter to Muster, 3/31/1959

Box 1: 11

Muster job inquiry to Litton Industries, 4/14/1959

Box 1: 12

Muster to Lownes, 4/30/1959

Box 1: 13

Muster job inquiry to Ampex, 4/30/1959

Box 1: 14

Recommendation by Dick Rising

Box 1: 15

Muster to Rising, 5/9/1959

Box 1: 16

"Capitol Wax Axes Muster, Sherlock," Variety, 4/30/1959

Box 1: 17

"Muster, Sherlock fired by Capitol…" Variety, 5/6/1959


Series III. Clippings, 1956-1958

Box 1: 18

Three birth announcements, Nori Muster, 1956

Box 1: 19

Radio Daily-Television Daily, 2/23/1956

Box 1: 20

Record and Sound, May, 1957

Box 1: 21

Record and Sound, cover letter to Don Hassler

Box 1: 22

Billboard, 12/15/1958

Box 1: 23

Billboard, 12/29/1958

Box 1: 24

Cashbox, 12/20/1958

Box 1: 25

Premier, 3/15/1958

Box 1: 26

Capitol News, back page photo, n.d.

Box 1: 27

Stereo music, ca. 1958


Series IV. Donald Hassler files

Box 1: 28

Daily sales reports, July through December, 1953

Box 1: 29

Correspondence and memos, 1949-1961

Box 1: 30

Resume, 1961

Box 1: 31

"Don Hassler Promoted," 1956


Series V. Press Releases

Box 1: 32

"Capitol Acquires Album Rights," 2/15/1956

Box 1: 33

"Hassler Becomes Sales Manager," 3/29/1957

Box 1: 34

"Capitol Sales Reach New High," 8/13/1959

Box 1: 35

"Capitol of the World" sales strategy

Box 1: 36

9/19/? "CRDC Announces"


Series VI. Capitol Tower opening

Box 1: 37

Tour guide script, 1956

Box 1: 38

Press release, 4/2/1956

Box 1: 39

Souvenir Booklet, 1956


Series VII. Miscellaneous

Box 1: 40

Photo of Capitol people

Box 1: 41

Photo of Capitol tower

Box 1: 42

Capitol tower postcards (4)

Box 1: 43

Order forms (2)

Box 1: 44

Oklahoma promo booklet

Box 1: 45

Letter from Tom Holbrook to Nori Muster, 9/8/2010

Box 1: 46

Paper by Brian Moon, Ph.D., with cover letter, 9/8/2010

Box 1: 47

A Billboard Salute: Capitol's Silver Anniversary (photocopy of 1967 original)