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Fran Harris-Tuchman Collection

Abstract

Title:
Fran Harris-Tuchman Collection
Author/Creator:
Harris-Tuchman, Fran
Collection number:
LAB 99-43
Size:
32.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1950s-1970s
Inclusive dates:
1946-1996
Collection Area:
Mass Media and Culture
Repository:
Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries, Hornbake Library, College Park, MD 20742. Tel: 301-405-9212, Fax: 301-314-2709, Email: askhornbake@umd.edu
Abstract:

Fran Harris-Tuchman (1915- ) began her broadcasting career as a pioneering member of the all-female WATTS group who kept what is now WLS-TV on the air throughout the second world war. She later went on to be the first woman to head a television division for a major advertising agency and to found her own highly successful ad agency, Harris-Tuchman Productions. The majority of the collection consists of client files from Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's production company and production elements.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Fran Harris-Tuchman Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1492
Publication rights:

Photocopies of original materials may be provided for a fee and at the discretion of the curator. Please see our Duplication of Materials page for more information.

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Fran Harris Tuchman (1915- ) is an American writer, producer, and director of television and film.

Born in the Bronx, Fran had an early interest in theatre and performing, saying once, "Anything that would get me anywhere near performers I was going to have my nose in." Fran began working in radio while still in high school and after graduation, continued with her radio work and also toured with various WPA projects and with the organization that was the precursor to the USO.

In 1942, Fran, now living in Chicago, made her first foray into television when she answered a want ad from TV station W9XBK that appeared in a Windy City newspaper. The ad read: "WANTED: Telegenic talent girls for technical work in television studio. Mechanical experience unnecessary. Apply Box 151."

After an interview, Fran was hired and became a member of the WATTS.

The WATTS, which stood for Women's Auxiliary Television Technical Staff, was a group of seven pioneering young women hired by W9XBK (later WBKB, now WLS) to "man" their experimental television station, due to the fact that their usual male staff were now all serving overseas.

For the next four years, the WATTS would write, produce, direct, and star in a wide assortment of programs broadcast to the Chicago area. Fran would remain a WATTS until 1945 when she left the station to found the TV and Business Film Department of Ruthraff & Ryan, Inc., a Chicago ad firm. As its head, she is believed to be the first woman to hold such a position. At R&R, Fran Harris, in her own words, "rode herd," over all of the agency's TV and film activities, not only for the Chicago headquarters but also for branch offices in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles.

In 1949, after her marriage to the Rev. Ralph G. Tuchman, Fran and her husband moved to the West coast. There, the couple would start their own company, Harris-Tuchman Productions, Inc. (HTP).

Active for the next 35 years, HTP would go on to produce over 5,000 TV commercials for such diverse clients as Star-Kist Foods, Inc.; British Airways; Dodge; Max Factor; Friskies Dog Food; Carnation; and Quaker Oats, among other companies. The company also produced, for Mattel, the very first TV ads for the Barbie doll.

In addition, Harris-Tuchman Productions would also develop a large library of propriety in-service training films for use by hospitals and medical training schools. They also created and distributed audio-visual programs for use in high schools all over the county.

In 1950, Fran Harris-Tuchman oversaw the production of the first micro-wave telecast which linked LA and San Francisco.

A member of the Church of Religious Science, Mrs. Harris-Tuchman has worked as a practitioner, workshop facilitator, and teacher for the Church. She has also served as a member of the board of directors for the United Church of Religious Science, Science of the Mind Foundation. Throughout her life, Mrs. Harris-Tuchman has also been active in various professional, artistic and humanitarian causes including the Braille Institute Auxiliary, the LA Philharmonic, and the Big Brothers of Greater Los Angeles. The latter organization, she and Mr. Tuchman helped found in conjunction with Roy Disney, Meredith Wilson, and Walter Kinglsey.

Mrs. Harris-Tuchman, now retired, makes her home in Burbank, CA.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Fran Harris-Tuchman Collection spans the years 1946 to 1996, with the bulk of the Collection encompassing the years 1950 up through the early 1970s. The collection contains clippings, photos, artifacts, media, scripts, directories, reports, minutes of meetings, and productions elements (slides, animation cells, etc.), along with other sundry items.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Mrs. Harris-Tuchman donated these materials to the Library of American Broadcasting in two installments, the first in 1998, the second in 1999.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Cary O'Dell, 2004

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cary O'Dell, May 2005. Markup checked and verified by Karen E. King, July 2005.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Biographical Material, 1942-2003; undated (3 folders, 1 box)

This series contains various self-produced bios of Mrs. Harris-Tuchman, including: a resume-like document of important dates in her life and career; a list of clients her company has produced for; a company-produced bio-press release; and a more recently authored page on Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's latter day activities including her involvement in church and charitable activities. This series also contains an April 1945 issue of "The Delphian Quarterly" which contains an article by Fran Harris titled "Television is a Reality!"; a three-ring binder of scripts and show notes from Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's days as a WATT in Chicago (in oversize storage, box #9); as well as a small bit of correspondence and materials (printed program, newsletters, etc.) regarding Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's 2003 induction into Chicago's "Silver Circle," that city's hall of fame for broadcasting. Items are ordered in files by date.

This series also contains one bound scrapbook, c. 1998, 102 pages, measuring 12" x 20" which was compiled, photocopied and sequenced by Mrs. Harris-Tuchman. It traces Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's career from her days as a WATTS up to her move to California. According to Mrs. Harris-Tuchman, the scrapbook contains: "99 press clippings; 71 news photos; 38 glossies; 29 letters; 9 station program cards; 4 promos; 2 lists of clients; 2 financial reports; 1 annual report; 1 stock certificate, 1 paycheck stub; 1 rate card; 1 newsletter, and 1 survey." Many of these items do not exist in other parts of this Collection. (Scrapbook is in oversize storage.)

There is also, in box #9, a three-ring binder, c. 1943, in which has been collected various scripts and on-air copy used by the WATTS during their tenure at the station.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bio Material, 1942-2003; undated series 1box 1folder 1
Bio Material, 1942-2003; undated series 1box 1folder 2
Bio Material (oversize), 1942-2003; undated series 1box 1folder 3
Biographical Material -- WATTS -- 3-ring binder (oversize), c. 1943 series 1box 1folder 3
Biographical Material -- Scrapbook (oversize), c. 1998 series 1box 1folder 3

Series 2: Clippings, Press Releases, Publicity and Photos, 1947-1996; undated (2 folders)

Assortment of newspaper clippings, newsletters, some photos and other materials related to different aspects of Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's life and career. Also includes several issues of the HTP newsletter "News & Notes." Items are grouped by type (clips, press releases, etc.) and then sequenced by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1947-1996, und. series 2box 1folder 4
Clippings, 1947-1996, und. series 2box 1folder 5

Series 3: Ruthraff & Ryan, 1949 (1 folder)

Copies of four internal newsletters (July, Sept., Oct., and Nov., 1949) put out by the radio/television staff of the Chicago-based ad firm. Newsletters are filed by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Ruthraff & Ryan, Inc., 1949 series 3box 1folder 6

Series 4: Harris-Tuchman Production Company Info, circa 1950-1987 (2.50 lin. ft.)

Contains 2 copies of a multi-colored marketing flier for Harris-Tuchman Productions; two letters of reference on behalf of the company from clients Maywood Journal and Max Factor; a "who's who" of HTP employees; and a 9-page, typed company "autobiography"/sales tool, amongst other items. In addition, this series has four subseries.

Subseries 4.1: Clients, 1950-1987 (2.25 lin. ft.)

This suberies also contains files pertaining to specific clients of HTP. The folders usually contain scripts, story boards, correspondence, promo materials, etc., for various advertising clients serviced by HTP. The clients represented are: Acme Appliance Manufacturing Company (1961-1962); Alden Homes (undated); Amore (undated); Arizona Brewing Company (1953); Automobile Club of Southern California (1968); Bromer of Southern California (1980); Buckeye Reality (1970); Cambro (1970); Carnation--Gold Cross Evaporated Milk (1955); Circus Nut Company (1961); Cole of California Swimwear (1959-1960); Cromwell (1967); Dos Pueblos Orchid Company (c. 1959); Farmers Insurance Group (1963-1977) (8 files); Fiesta Pools (1960); Hancock Oil Company (1950); Hoffman (1950-1951) (4 folders); Hollister, Inc. (1964); Holsum Bakeries (1953); Hospital Pharmacies, Inc. (1979); International Metal Products Company (1958); Interstate Bakeries (1955); Kaiser Aluminum Screen Wire (1957); Koehler Beer (1955); Lady's Choice (undated); Local 12/Labor (1981) (4 folders); Marman Equipment Company (1968); Mattel Manufacturing Co., Inc. (1959-1993); Louis Milani Foods, Inc. (1953-1954); National Aircraft Carriers (undated); National Cleaning Company (1968-1970); Operating Engineer Pension Trust Fund (1980-1983) (2 folders); Pacific Coast Paper Mills (1953); Plywall Products Company, Inc. (1960); "Proprietary" (c. 1961); Ram Research (1967); Seaboard Finance (1955); Shipstadts & Johnson (1952-1955) (2 folders); Southern California Gas Company (1959); Southern California Muffler Company (1955); Southwest Administration (1969); Sparkletts Drinking Water (undated); Standard Oil Company of Texas (1955); Star-Kist Foods (1966-1987) (see also the three-ring binder in box #9); Stauffer Laboratories -- Stauffer Reducing, Inc. (1957); Tidewater Oil Company (1957); Treasure-Tone Paints (1959); Union Label Council Trade Show (1960); United Way (1964-1967) (2 folders); Walter Kendall -- Fives Dog Food (1955); Wrigley Clubs Baseball Team (1955); and miscellaneous labels (undated). Filed alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Company Info -- Client -- Acme, 1961-1962series 4.1box 1folder 11
Company Info -- Client -- Alden Homes, undatedseries 4.1box 1folder 12
Company Info -- Client -- Amore, undatedseries 4.1box 1folder 13
Company Info -- Client -- Arizona Brewing Company, 1953series 4.1box 1folder 14
Company Info -- Client -- Automobile Club of S. California, 1968series 4.1box 2folder 1
Company Info -- Client -- Bromar, 1980series 4.1box 2folder 2
Company Info -- Client -- Buckeye Reality, 1970series 4.1box 2folder 3
Company Info -- Client -- Cambro, 1970series 4.1box 2folder 4
Company Info -- Client -- Carnation, 1955series 4.1box 2folder 5
Company Info -- Client -- Circus Nut Company, 1961series 4.1box 2folder 6
Company Info -- Client -- Cole of California, 1959-1960series 4.1box 2folder 7
Company Info -- Client -- Cromwell, 1967series 4.1box 2folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Doe Pueblos Orchid Company, c. 1959series 4.1box 2folder 9
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Legal Aspects of Nursing, 1963-1966series 4.1box 2folder 10
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Legal Aspects of Nursing, 1963-1966series 4.1box 2folder 11
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Auxiliary Volunteer Orientation, 1963?-1968series 4.1box 2folder 12
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Auxiliary Volunteer Orientation, 1963?-1968series 4.1box 2folder 13
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Auxillary Volunteer Orientation, 1963-1977series 4.1box 2folder 14
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- nter-Personal Communication, 1970series 4.1box 2folder 15
Company Info -- Client -- Electronic Safety -- Electronic Safety, und.series 4.1box 2folder 16
Company Info -- Client -- Electronic Safety -- Electronic Safety, und.series 4.1box 2folder 17
Company Info -- Client -- People Skill -- People Skill, 1971series 4.1box 2folder 18
Company Info -- Client -- People Skill -- People Skill, 1971series 4.1box 2folder 19
Company Info -- Client -- People Skill -- People Skill, 1971series 4.1box 2folder 20
Company Info -- Client -- People Skill -- People Skill, 1971series 4.1box 2folder 21
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Safe Use. . ., 1973series 4.1box 3folder 1
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Safe Use. . ., 1973series 4.1box 3folder 2
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Malpratice, und.series 4.1box 3folder 3
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Volunteer Service, 1977series 4.1box 3folder 4
Company Info -- Client -- Farmer's California Hospital -- Volunteer Service, 1977series 4.1box 3folder 5
Company Info -- Client -- Fiesta Pools, 1960series 4.1box 3folder 6
Company Info -- Client -- Hancock Oil, 1950series 4.1box 3folder 7
Company Info -- Client -- Hoffman, 1950-1951series 4.1box 3folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Hoffman, 1950-1951series 4.1box 3folder 9
Company Info -- Client -- Hoffman, 1950-1951series 4.1box 3folder 10
Company Info -- Client -- Hoffman, 1950-1951series 4.1box 3folder 11
Company Info -- Client -- Hollister, Inc., 1964series 4.1box 3folder 12
Company Info -- Client -- Holsum Bakeries, 1953series 4.1box 3folder 13
Company Info -- Client -- Hospital Pharmacies, Inc., 1979series 4.1box 3folder 14
Company Info -- Client -- International Metal Products Co., 1958series 4.1box 3folder 15
Company Info -- Client -- Interstate Bakeries, 1955series 4.1box 3folder 16
Company Info -- Client -- Kaiser Aluminum Screen Wire, 1957series 4.1box 3folder 17
Company Info -- Client -- Koehler Beer, 1955series 4.1box 4folder 1
Company Info -- Client -- Koehler Beer, 1955series 4.1box 4folder 2
Company Info -- Client -- Lady's Choice, und.series 4.1box 4folder 3
Company Info -- Client -- Local 12/Labor, 1981series 4.1box 4folder 4
Company Info -- Client -- Local 12/Labor, 1981series 4.1box 4folder 5
Company Info -- Client -- Local 12/Labor, 1981series 4.1box 4folder 6
Company Info -- Client -- Local 12/Labor, 1981series 4.1box 4folder 7
Company Info -- Client -- Marman Equipment, 1968series 4.1box 4folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Mattel, 1959-1993series 4.1box 4folder 9
Company Info -- Client -- Louis Milani Foods, Inc., 1953-1954series 4.1box 4folder 10
Company Info -- Client -- National Aircraft Carriers, und.series 4.1box 4folder 11
Company Info -- Client -- National Cleaning Company, 1968-1970series 4.1box 4folder 12
Company Info -- Client -- Operating Engineer Pension Trust Fund, 1980-1983series 4.1box 4folder 13
Company Info -- Client -- Operating Engineer Pension Trust Fund, 1980-1983series 4.1box 4folder 14
Company Info -- Client -- Pacific Coast Paper Mills, 1953series 4.1box 4folder 15
Company Info -- Client -- Plywall, 1960series 4.1box 4folder 16
Company Info -- Client -- "Proprietary", c. 1961series 4.1box 4folder 17
Company Info -- Client -- Ram Research, 1967series 4.1box 5folder 1
Company Info -- Client -- Seaboard Finance, 1967series 4.1box 5folder 2
Company Info -- Client -- Shipstadts & Johnson, 1955series 4.1box 5folder 3
Company Info -- Client -- Shipstadts & Johnson, 1952-1955series 4.1box 5folder 4
Company Info -- Client -- Shipstadts & Johnson, 1952-1955series 4.1box 5folder 5
Company Info -- Client -- Southern California Gas Company, 1959series 4.1box 5folder 6
Company Info -- Client -- Southern California Muffler Company, 1955series 4.1box 5folder 7
Company Info -- Client -- Southwest Administration, 1969series 4.1box 5folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Sparkletts Drinking Water, und.series 4.1box 5folder 9
Company Info -- Client -- Standard Oil Company of Texas, 1955series 4.1box 5folder 10
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "Strike Up the Band", 1966series 4.1box 5folder 11
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- Golden Jubilee, 1967series 4.1box 5folder 12
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "The People's Choice", 1968series 4.1box 5folder 13
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "On the Move", 1969series 4.1box 5folder 14
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "Sales Soar with Star-Kist", 1970series 4.1box 5folder 15
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "Up to the Minute", 1971series 4.1box 5folder 16
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- Sales Meeting Scripts, 1973series 4.1box 5folder 17
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "Star-Kist Sales Champions in Action" "Star-Kist Sales Champion, 1974series 4.1box 5folder 18
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "Star-Kist Story", 1977series 4.1box 5folder 19
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist, 1979series 4.1box 5folder 20
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- "What a Team!", 1979series 4.1box 5folder 21
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist, 1982-1987series 4.1box 5folder 22
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist, 1982-1987series 4.1box 5folder 23
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist, undatedseries 4.1box 5folder 24
Company Info -- Client -- Stauffer, 1957series 4.1box 6folder 1
Company Info -- Client -- Tidewater, 1957series 4.1box 6folder 2
Company Info -- Client -- Treasure-Tone, 1959series 4.1box 6folder 3
Company Info -- Client -- Union Label, 1960series 4.1box 6folder 4
Company Info -- Client -- United Way, 1964-1967series 4.1box 6folder 5
Company Info -- Client -- United Way, 1964-1967series 4.1box 6folder 6
Company Info -- Client -- United Way, 1955series 4.1box 6folder 7
Company Info -- Client -- Walter Kendall, 1955series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist -- 3-ring binder (oversize), 1983series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Carnation -- Productions Elements (oversize), 1955series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- "Check and Double Check" (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- "Proprietary" (overszie), c.1961series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- "Within the Quiet Zone' (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Louis Roth (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- (Hands) (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Honda (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Star-Kist (oversize), 1963-1987series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Airlines (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Labor (oversize), 1981series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Labor (oversize), 1981series 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Miscellaneous (oversize), undatedseries 4.1box 6folder 8
Company Info -- Client -- Wrigley Clubs, 1955series 4.1box 6folder 9

Subseries 4.2: Lulu Awards, 1947-1969 (.25 lin. ft.)

The "Lulu" Award is named after Frances Holmes, the first woman to open an advertising agency in the United States. Inaugurated in 1947, the awards are presented annually by the Los Angeles Advertising Women's organization (LAAW). This subseries includes materials related to Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's work with the Ice Follies, Standard Oil, Tidewater Oil, Mattel, Cole, Louis Roth Clothiers, California Hospital Association and the United Way. Also includes items pertaining to Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's election to the presidency of the organization. Items are sorted by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Ice Follies, 1953series 4.2box 6folder 10
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Ice Follies, 1954series 4.2box 6folder 11
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Standard Oil and Ice Follies, 1955series 4.2box 6folder 12
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Ice Follies, 1956series 4.2box 6folder 13
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Tidewater, 1957series 4.2box 6folder 14
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu, 1958series 4.2box 6folder 15
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Tuchman elected VP, 1959series 4.2box 6folder 16
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Mattel and Cole, 1960series 4.2box 6folder 17
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Cole, 1961series 4.2box 6folder 18
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Hall of Fame, 1962series 4.2box 6folder 19
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu, 1963series 4.2box 6folder 20
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Louis Roth Clothiers, 1964series 4.2box 6folder 21
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- California Hospital Assoc., 1966series 4.2box 6folder 22
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu, 1968series 4.2box 6folder 23
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu -- Applications, circa 1957series 4.2box 6folder 24
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu (unbroken awards) (oversize), 1947-1968series 4.2box 6folder 24
Company Info -- Awards -- Lulu (broken awards) (oversize), 1947-1968series 4.2box 6folder 24

Subseries 4.3: Printer's Ink Award, 1966 (1 folder)

Materials including letters of congratulations, telegrams, clippings, and three photos regarding Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's receiving of the Silver Medal for Life Achievement in Advertising bestowed by the Advertising Association of the West and the Los Angeles Advertising Women organizations.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Company Info -- Printer's Ink, 1966series 4.3box 6folder 25

Subseries 4.4: Miscellaneous Awards and Honors, 1947-1969 (1 folder)

Correspondence and photographs detailing some of the various other honors bestowed upon Mrs. Harris-Tuchman. Also includes a company-produced list of competitions won by HTP productions.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Awards -- Misc., 1947-1969series 4.4box 6folder 26

Series 5: Writings, undated (2 folders)

Includes a seventeen-page document, title "Creation of a TV Department," written by Mrs. Harris-Tuchman, guiding advertising agencies in setting up their own in-house TV production units and a folder of documents, the latter being a sort of TV 101 primer.

Also includes an undated program proposal--assumedly prepared by HTP--for a television quiz show aimed at teenagers titled "Career Quiz." All items are sorted by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Writings -- "Creation of a TV Department", undated series 5box 7folder 1
Writings -- "Career Quiz", undated series 5box 7folder 2

Series 6: Organizations/Membership, 1949-1963 (3 folders)

This series has three subseries.

Subseries 6.1: Chicago Television Council, 1949 (1 folder)

Five-page schedule/agenda for the "1st Annual [sic] National Television Conference" held March 7-9, 1949 in Chicago, IL. Includes a list of speakers and lists of topics for panel discussions including "TV From the Public Point of View," "Developments in the Immediate Future of Television," and "Impact of Television on Advertising." Fran Harris was a participant at this conference.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Organizations/Memberships -- Chicago Television Council, 1949series 6.1box 7folder 3

Subseries 6.2: Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1950 (1 folder)

In January of 1950, Mrs. Harris-Tuchman was asked to join the LA Chamber of Commerce as part of its Television Committee. This series documents some of her activities during her time on the committee. Items included are: a letter of selection from Chamber President A.J. Gock, dated Jan. 27, 1950; a Television Committee Roster, dated Oct. 23, 1950; a report from the Subcommittee on Public Service Aspects of Sports Telecasting [submitted] to the Television Committee, dated June 5, 1950; a copy of the Committee's newsletter, the "TeleVision Business," dated Aug. 7, 1950; and four pages of statistics on the number of TVs sold between June 1949 and June 1950 in LA, San Diego, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Philadelphia; and a table on all US states and their largest "TV cities" and the number of TV sets in each of their "city's TV area"; it is dated Aug. 28, 1950.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Organizations/Memberships -- Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, 1950series 6.2box 7folder 4

Subseries 6.3: Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, 1947-1996 (1 folder)

Contains a 1947 ATAS newsletter, "Video Views," as well as programs for the Academy's "first annual" [sic] and second annual awards dinners. Also includes a 1996 newspaper clipping of a story on the founding of the Academy and a '96 photo of Mrs. Harris-Tuchman pictured with Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, Johnny Grant and Syd Cassyd, the founding president of the Academy.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Organizations/Memberships -- Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, 1947-1996series 6.3box 7folder 5

Series 7: Other, 1938-1979; undated (12 folders; 1 box)

This series has four subseries.

Subseries 7.1: "TV History Data", 1946-1979; undated (1 folder)

Folder, compiled and labeled by Mrs. Harris-Tuchman, containing various industry publications and clips from same. Mrs. Harris-Tuchman's specific connection to some of these stories/issues is not known at this time. Included are: an issue of "Televisor," July-August, 1946; "Telescreen," Fall 1946; "Television," May, 1947 (clipping quoting Fran Harris); "Telescreen," Winter 1948 (contains article "Chicago Video Vignettes" by Fran Harris); "Telescreen Review" January, 1949; "Televisor," undated; "Television News Letter" from the National Research Bureau, November 15, 1949; and "Watch Magazine," December, 1979.

Also includes a Xerox of a stock certificate, dated February 27, 1946, proclaiming that Fran Harris owns one share of the "Telescreen Publishing Co."

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other -- "TV History Data", 1946-1979; undatedseries 7.1box 7folder 6
Other -- "TV History Data", 1946-1979; undatedseries 7.1box 7folder 7

Subseries 7.2: Miscellaneous Photos, undated (1 folder)

Three 8" x 10" black-and-white glossies. One is an on-set photo taken during the shooting of a commercial for Flavor-Kist Crackers; Mrs. Harris-Tuchman is pictured with the performers.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other -- Miscellaneous Photos, undatedseries 7.2box 7folder 8
Other -- Miscellaneous Labels, undatedseries 7.2box 7folder 9

Subseries 7.3: Booklets, 1938-1971; undated (1 box)

Assortment of booklets, pamphlets and newsletters. Items marked with an asterisk (*) are located in oversize storage, box #9. Includes: "Burr Tillstrom's Kuklapolitan Courier Year Book" (autographed to Mrs. Harris-Tuchman) (1951); "Commercial Television Broadcast Station Hollywood California Federal Communications Commission Docket No. 725 (Don Lee Broadcasting System, 1946)*; "Electronics' Pattern of Progress" (Hoffman Radio Corp.) (undated); "Friday" (show biz newspaper) (March 15, 1940); "How to Sell in Television" (Program from the American Association of Advertising Agencies' November 15, 1948 Eastern Annual Conference); "Laurel and Hardy in Campaign Promises" (photo book) (1971); "On the Air" (NBC produced comic book in which a microphone magically comes to life and takes a little boy, "Jimmy," "behind the scenes at NBC...to see what it takes to make a radio show!") (undated); "A Pulse Telereport: Los Angeles Telepulse" (Vol. 1, No. 1) (October, 1949); "A Pulse Telereport: Seven Market Telepulse" (October 1949); "Salesmate: International Service Station Directory" (Charles Beseler Company) (June 1, 1962);"Standard Entertainers and Television Directory (1949, v. 2)"*; "The Sterling Silver Way: User's Guide and Script" (Sterling Silversmiths of America) (undated); "Tele-Que: The Monthly Television Show Rating and Audience Analysis (Coffin, Cooper, & Clay, Inc.) (April, 1950); "The Wedding of Television and Motion Pictures" (Allen B. DuMont Labs) (undated); "We Second the Motion!" (book of tips on motion picture production, Burton Holms Films) (1938); and two price sheets from various film labs*. Booklets are ordered by date.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other -- Booklets (oversize), 1938-1971series 7.3box 7folder 9

Subseries 7.4: Other, 1945-1956; undated (10 folders)

Items, including: miscellaneous industrial training manuals as well as catalogs and directories for production companies, one from "Printer's Ink," dated 1945, the other from "Sponsor," dated 1956.

Also contains a two page questionnaire labeled "Fran's Questionnaire used for educational TV programs, 1945, an evaluation form from the Radio Council to test TV programs in schools and other educational environments."

And, this series contains documents related to the Television Research Association, a "provider" of "que-ratings" (i.e. "Q-ratings). This material includes a 1949 letter to Mrs. Harris-Tuchman, support documents and a letter of reference, and a multi-page, bound "brochure" which describes the company's services and its methodology.

In oversize box #20 is an unused, undated "Quaker Oats Super-Kids Chart," a check-list of sorts for children and a full page from a "Variety," dated March 10, 1948, with the heading "Facilities Scoreboard."

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other, 1945-1956; undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 10
Other, 1945-1956; undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 11
Other, 1945-1956; undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 12
Other, 1945-1956; undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 13
Other, 1945-1956; undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 14
Other, 1945-1956; undatedseries 7.4box 7folder 15
Other (oversize)series 7.4box 7folder 15
Other (oversize)series 7.4box 7folder 15

Series 8: Production Elements, 1955-1987; undated (8.75 lin. ft.)

This series contains animation cells, story boards and other original artwork for various Harris-Tuchman productions. Clients/projects represented are: Carnation (1955); Farmer's California Hospital: Auxiliary Volunteer Orientation (1963-1977); Honda (undated) (undated); Local 12/Labor (1981); Louis Roth Clothes (undated); "Proprietary" (c. 1961); "Red Skelton Show, The" (Located in oversize storage box #20) (undated); Star-Kist (1966-1987); "Those Two" (located in oversize box #20) (undated); Airline (undated); Unknown #1(Hands) (undated); and Unknown #2 (undated). Items are grouped by production/client.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Production Elements -- Carnation (oversize), 1955 series 8box 11folder 1
Production Elements -- Check and Double Check (oversize), undated series 8box 12folder 1
Production Elements -- Louis Roth; "Proprietary"; (c. 1961) Within the Quiet Zone (oversize), circa 1961; undated series 8box 13folder 1
Production Elements -- Honda; Star-Kist (1966-1987); unknown (Hands) (oversize), 1966-1987; undated series 8box 14folder 1
Production Elements -- Airlines (oversize), undated series 8box 15folder 1
Production Elements -- Labor (oversize), 1981 series 8box 16folder 1
Production Elements -- Labor (oversize), 1981 series 8box 17folder 1
Production Elements -- Miscellaneous (oversize), undated series 8box 18folder 1

Series 9: Artifacts, 1953-1968; undated (1.83 lin. ft.)

The Collection also includes the following objects: 15 "Lulu" Awards (four of the awards arrived broken at the "stem"; attempts to repair them have been so far unsuccessful) and a plaque, 10" x 10", from the US Industrial Film Festival awarded to HTP in 1968 for their production, "The Good Neighbor." (Plaque is located in oversize storage box #5; intact "Lulu" awards are in box #8; broken "Lulu's" are in box #9.)

Also includes a 45rpm record in a cardboard sleeve labeled "The Capitol Record: A souvenir of The Capitol Tower" (in box #10).

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 10: Media, undated (TBD)

Contains two filmstrips, various cans of film and one audio (reel-to-reel) recording.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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