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Ivan Black papers

Title
Ivan Black papers, 1887-1979 (bulk 1937-1978)
Author
Black, Ivan, -1979.
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StatusVol/DateFormatAccessCall NumberItem Location
Scrapbook 1Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 1Offsite
Scrapbook 2Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 2Offsite
Scrapbook 3Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 3Offsite
Scrapbook 4Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 4Offsite
Scrapbook 5Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 5Offsite
Scrapbook 6Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 6Offsite
Scrapbook 7Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 7Offsite
Scrapbook 8Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 8Offsite
Scrapbook 9Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 9Offsite
Scrapbook 10Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 10Offsite
Scrapbook 11Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 11Offsite
Scrapbook 12Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 12Offsite
Scrapbook 13Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 13Offsite
Scrapbook 14Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 14Offsite
Scrapbook 15Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 15Offsite
Scrapbook 16Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 16Offsite
Scrapbook 17Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 17Offsite
Scrapbook 18Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 18Offsite
Scrapbook 19Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 19Offsite
Scrapbook 20Mixed materialSupervised use JPB 06-20 Scrapbook 20Offsite

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Description
22.5 linear feet (55 boxes)
Subjects
Genre/Form
  • Press releases.
  • Clippings.
  • Promotional materials.
  • Programs.
  • Photographs.
  • Scores.
Note
  • Includes 35 scrapbooks which were not included in finding aid.
Source (note)
  • Black, Jennie
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Biography (note)
  • Ivan Black (1903-1979) was a publicity agent in New York, from the early 1940s until his retirement in the mid-1970s, representing mainly nightclubs, theatrical productions, and entertainers.
Indexes/Finding Aids (note)
  • Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
Call Number
JPB 06-20
OCLC
  • 163934464
  • 163934464
Author
Black, Ivan, -1979.
Title
Ivan Black papers, 1887-1979 (bulk 1937-1978)
Summary
The Ivan Black papers are mostly made up of press releases and clippings from newspapers and magazines documenting the publicity work he did for his clients. Also included are promotional flyers, concert and stage programs, and correspondence. The correspondence is mainly with newspaper reporters and editors, or nightclub owners and managers, rather than with artists. The collection also contains a large section of photographs, which are mostly, but not all, publicity headshots, and a section of published stock musical arrangements for jazz big band with violins.
Biography
Ivan Black (1903-1979) was a publicity agent in New York, from the early 1940s until his retirement in the mid-1970s, representing mainly nightclubs, theatrical productions, and entertainers. After receiving a bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1924, Black worked as an architect in New Jersey and Florida, and then as a journalist in Boston and Philadelphia. After moving to New York in 1932, he was a supervisor in the Works Progress Administration's Federal Writers' Project and Federal Theatre Project, before being promoted to head of the Division of Information and Publicity of the F.T.P.'s Radio Division. When the division was dissolved in 1939, Black opened his own publicity office. His first clients were the Café Society nightclub, the radio writer and director Arch Oboler (Lights Out), and The Adventures of the Thin Man radio series. After the Café Society closed in 1948, Black worked for corporate clients such as the Philco Corporation, music publisher Edward B. Marks, Inc., and the magazine True. In the late 1950s, he returned to representing nightclubs, notably the Five Spot, the Village Gate, and Gregory's. In the course of working for the clubs, he publicized appearances by many important musicians and comedians. Black and the Café Society discovered comedian Sam Mostel and gave him his stage name, Zero. Others included the musicians Ernesto Lecuona, Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone, and Josh White, singer-actor Wilbur Evans, and comedian Jimmy Savo. Black occasionally worked directly for entertainers, events, political and social justice organizations, and visual artists, including singer Miriam Makeba, pianists Erroll Garner, Brooks Kerr, and Hazel Scott, composer William Russo, pianist and vibraphonist Dardanelle, the New York Jazz Loft Celebration, the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, and painter Lumen Martin Winter. He also did publicity for many Broadway and Off-Broadway productions, most notably the revue Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, as well as lesser-known shows such as Philip Yordan's Anna Lucasta.
Location of Other Archival Materials
See also his Ivan Black collection : scrapbooks (microfilm; *ZB-1936) in the Music Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.
Indexes
Collection guide available in repository and on internet.
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Lecuona, Ernesto, 1896-1963.
Oboler, Arch, 1907-1987.
Russo, William.
Savo, Jimmy.
Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (U.S.)
Café Society (Nightclub)
Five Spot (Nightclub)
Gregory's (Nightclub)
Village Gate (Nightclub)
Research Call Number
JPB 06-20
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