Series size: 22 archival document boxes, 5 oversize boxes, 1 map caseSeries dates: 1921-2008
Series 1 contains information about the Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove collected by Margaret Tante Burk. The Ambassador Hotel opened in 1921 and closed in 1989. Located at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard, the hotel stood as a hub of Los Angeles social life. It and its famous Cocoanut Grove nightclub was a center of Hollywood night life. The hotel hosted Academy Awards ceremonies and other entertainment events, such as film shoots, political rallies, and fundraisers for charities. Performers such as Bing Crosby, Liza Minelli, Frank Sinatra, and Rudy Vallee entertained at the Cocoanut Grove. Movie stars, politicians, and royalty all stayed at the Ambassador Hotel. The hotel was also the scene of one of the more important events in Los Angeles and national history: the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968.
Items in this series include newspaper clippings, postcards, correspondence, interdepartmental bulletins (memoranda, photographs, menus and brochures, flyers and invitations for events at the Ambassador Hotel and Cocoanut Grove. Particularly valuable are telegrams between John Browne, the manager of the hotel, and Rudy Vallee, a popular musician in the 1930's and 1940's, discussing Rudy Vallee's appearances at the Cocoanut Grove, in Box 3, Folder 5. Other items of note include letters in Box 6, Folder 8, sent to the Ambassador Hotel after the assassination of Robert Kennedy and a program for a performance by Irene Castle at the Cocoanut Gove, found in Box 11, folder 16. The dates of this series range from 1921 to 2008.
The titles that Margaret Tante Burk assigned to the folders are found in parentheses at the beginning of the "Contents" field. If the content field does not have a title in parenthesis at the beginning, this indicates that these items were loose within the collection.
Series 6: personal and professional papers contains some material on the Ambassador Hotel in the form of correspondence that was mixed in with her personal correspondence.
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