#FindingAidFriday: Holly Fine - Danny Kaye Papers

Snapshot of three people
Left to right: Unknown, Holly Fine, Danny Kaye. From the Holly Fine - Danny Kaye Papers, Box 2, Photographs - Holly Fine and Danny Kaye.

The Holly Fine – Danny Kaye Papers have been housed in the Special Collections Library since their purchase in 2001.  The abstract from the finding aid reads:

“Holly Fine was a dancer and performer with the traveling vaudeville production, the Marcus Show, in the 1930s. The collection documents Fine’s relationship with entertainer Danny Kaye, as well as the Marcus Show itself. Includes correspondence, vaudeville programs and promotional material, photographs, scrapbooks, printed material and drawings. The correspondence includes approximately 0.5 linear feet of letters written from Kaye to Fine.”

Image of program cover
From tour in East Asia,"Programme, Greater Marcus Show of 1934 Presenting the American Revue 'Broadway Merry-Go-Round.'" Holly Fine – Danny Kaye Papers, Box 1, Vaudeville – Marcus Show - Programs, c.a. 1934-1938

To learn more about the contents or to request to use materials from this collection, check out the online finding aid!

(Bonus points for the first person to identify the reference in this post's "teaser." Double bonus points for the first person to identify the unknown left-most gentleman in the first photo [bonus points non-redeemable])


on Oct. 27, 12:39pm

Choreography from White Christmas (and likely other things). Bonus points for me! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-cXP1uDFpA

on Nov. 10, 6:41pm

I have a box of photos and show pamphlets and a scrapbook made by a dancer in the Marcus show. Autographed 8x10’s and other memoobilla. Bought at an estate sale 25 years ago. Not sure what to do with it

Juli McLoone
on Dec. 1, 12:38pm

Hi Kari, These sound like really interesting materials! Photographs and scrapbooks can be particularly vulnerable materials in terms of preservation. The most important factors are minimizing light and moisture. You can get acid-free boxes at many craft stores, as well as through online sources such as Gaylord Archival (http://www.gaylord.com), which provides convenient storage and reduces light expsosure. And, of course, it's best to avoid storing these - or any archival material - in basements or attics.