November 2007


Interesting piece in today’s New York Times about the way in which archival materials have played a role in the development of the 75th edition of the “Radio City Christmas Spectacular.” Most excitingly, the article mentions the efforts of the Radio City Music Hall archivist, Diane Jaust, to promote the use of the organization’s archives. While the usual stereotypes prevail to a certain degree (Ms. Jaust is described variously as “archivist,” “historian,” and “librarian”–her formal title may, in fact, be Archivist and Corporate Librarian for Radio City Entertainment), the overall tone of the article is upbeat about archives.

Also, from this recent Daily News review, it sounds as if Jaust also makes an appearance in the television documentary, Diamond at the Rock: 75 Years at Radio City Music Hall, which is scheduled to air in the New York city area on WNBC (Channel 4) at 7:00 PM this Saturday evening and on Sunday night at 9:00 PM on MSG.

Hint: Our friends at the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan New York should book Ms. Jaust for a program pronto!

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Word to Joel Lobenthal of the New York Sun once again for his coverage of this exhibition, which opened last week, at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. We hope to have our own report in this space sometime soon, but in the meantime, you can read the NYPL press release. Or, even better, if you’re in the New York area, check it out for yourself! You have until the end of January.