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Correspondence between David Sarnoff and Ethel Lippman

1917-1970 Majority of material found within 1950-1970
 Collection
Identifier: 2508

Abstract

Ethel Lippman (1891-1987) and David Sarnoff (1891-1971) were friends in their youth; her parents supposedly objected to their marriage. The collection consists of a few copies of Ethel Lippman's handwritten letters and all of David Sarnoff's replies.

Dates

  • 1917-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1950-1970

Creator

Extent

42 item(s) (1 folder in carton)

Biographical Note

Ethel Lippman (1891-1987) and David Sarnoff (1891-1971) were friends in their youth.

Ethel Brager was born October 12, 1891 in Germany to William Brager (1866-1920) and Matilda "Tillie" Nathanson Brager (circa 1869-1946). The family immigrated to New York in 1892. Her parents supposedly objected to her marrying Sarnoff because they viewed him as just a wireless clerk with no prospects. Instead, she married Martin Lippman, a New York lawyer. Lippman's and Sarnoff's sons attended Andover together. She corresponded with Sarnoff until his final illness. Lippman died September 17, 1987.

David Sarnoff was the iconic leader of the Radio Corporation of America (RCA) for most of the company's history. For many years the only Jewish executive in the communications field, Sarnoff was highly influential in the development of radio and television.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a few copies of Ethel Lippman's (1891-1987) handwritten letters and all of David Sarnoff's (1891-1971) replies. They are mostly of a personal nature, including recommending the Lippmans' son for admission to Andover, acknowledging Sarnoff's various achievements, public appearances and anniversaries, and mutual letters of sympathy and condolence. Sarnoff's replies are usually curt acknowledgements typed on official RCA letterhead. There are also two issues of the Marconi Service News from 1917 with notices of the young Sarnoff, then a rising Marconi employee.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Related Materials

David Sarnoff papers (accession 2464.55), Manuscripts and Archives Department, Hagley Museum and Library.

Language of Materials

English


Additional Information

Related Names

Creator

Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Correspondence between David Sarnoff and Ethel Lippman
Status:
Online
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
PO Box 3630
Wilmington Delaware 19807 USA
302-658-2400