Series size: 14 archival document boxesSeries dates: 1923-2005
Building on her career at, and love for, the Ambassador Hotel, Margaret Tante Burk wrote a book entitled Are the Stars Out Tonight? The Story of the Famous Ambassador and Cocoanut Grove "Hollywood's Hotel". The book was published in 1980 but by 1995 was out of print; in 2003 another run of the book was printed. Besides treating the history of the hotel and the Cocoanut Grove, the book is well illustrated with invaluable photographs of celebrities and personages who lived, dined and danced, and entertained at the Ambassador and the Cocoanut Grove. In short it captures the spirit of a bastion of the golden age of Hollywood from the 1920s through the 1950s.
This series consists of the subject files that Margaret Tante Burk relied on to write her book. The titles that Margaret Tante Burk assigned to the folders are found in parentheses at the beginning of the "Contents" field. The original order of the folders was not discernible; thus, the arrangement in the box and folder list does not reflect this. The Ambassador Hotel and the Cocoanut Grove had no archives, so these are materials that Margaret Tante Burk gathered during the course of her research on the hotel and night club. They consist of newspaper clippings; Margaret Tante Burk's personal notes on her research and writing; correspondence; photographs and negatives; hotel and Cocoanut Grove records, such as bookings, press releases, and call sheets for films shot at the hotel; and hotel brochures (often photocopies). Also included are records of the production, sales, and promotion of the book. Because Stars was printed under the auspices of the Round Table West, the notable book club that Margaret Tante Burk co-founded, there is some material from the club intermixed with this series.
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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