Grauer, Ben

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Born in Staten Island, N.Y., Benjamin Franklin Grauer (1908-1977) had a prosperous career as a child actor in the 1920s, both in film and on Broadway. He graduated from Townsend Harris Hall High School, the preparatory school for City College of New York, and he received his B.A. from City College in 1930. Grauer started in radio as an actor but soon became part of the broadcasting staff at the National Broadcasting Company. On the radio, he was associated with Walter Winchell, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Arturo Toscanini. Starting in 1932, Grauer covered the Olympic Games, presidential inaugurations, and international events. He married interior designer Melanie Kahane in 1954 and retired from NBC in 1973. Grauer was an ardent bibliophile and collector and printed his own Christmas cards at his Between-hours Press. In the decade before his death, Grauer also collected material for a projected history of prices and pricing, with special attention to book prices. He was active in several professional organizations as well as the Grolier Club.

From the description of Personal correspondence and material relating to the book arts, 1951-1977. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122424202

Benjamin Franklin (Ben) Grauer (1907-1977) was an American radio and television announcer, reporter and news commentator. In the mid 1960s he assembled a collection of mainly French historical manuscripts.

From the description of French historical manuscripts, 1600s-1900s, bulk (1789-1900s). (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122455922

From the guide to the French historical manuscripts, 1600s-1900s, 1789-1900s, (The New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division.)

Radio reporter.

From the description of Reminiscences of Ben Grauer : oral history, 1968. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122513865

Radio and television announcer, reporter, commentator, and host.

Grauer, born Benjamin Franklin Grauer, began his show business career in 1915 as a child actor on the Broadway stage and in silent movies. After graduating from the City College of New York in 1930, he was hired by the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) and became one of its most famous "voices."

From the description of Ben Grauer papers, 1915-1977. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 467178291

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn The Railroad hour, radio program [sound recording], 1948-1954 The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
referencedIn Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. Letters and cards (47), photographs (17), books and printed ephemera (11), and enclosures (20) : to Suzen Kahaner, 1966-1972 bulk 1966. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Katims, Milton, 1909-2006,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, Dec. 31, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Grauer, Ben,. Ben Grauer collection on French political, legal, economic, and social history, 1582-1930. Cornell University Library
creatorOf Grauer, Ben. Reminiscences of Ben Grauer : oral history, 1968. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
referencedIn Borsodi, Victor H.,. Collection of Bruce Rogers, 1924-1975 (bulk 1951-1975). Grolier Club
creatorOf Pelletier, Wilfrid, 1896-1982,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, Jan. 29, 1979 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Grauer, Ben. Ben Grauer papers, 1915-1977. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf National Broadcasting Company. The first fabulous fifty, 1976 October 10-November 7 [manuscript]. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Hirschmann, Ira Arthur, 1901-,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, Dec. 2, 1978 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Gypsy Rose Lee papers, 1910-1970 The New York Public Library. Billy Rose Theatre Division.
creatorOf French historical manuscripts, 1600s-1900s, 1789-1900s New York Public Library. Manuscripts and Archives Division
creatorOf Grauer, Ben. Personal correspondence and material relating to the book arts, 1951-1977. Grolier Club
creatorOf Marek, George R. (George Richard), 1902-1987,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, Feb. 4, 1979 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Monitor (Radio Program). One hundred books famous in science : Ben Grauer's interview with Harrison D. Horblit about the Grolier Club exhibition [transcription disk], 1958. Grolier Club
creatorOf Gould, Morton, 1913-1996,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, 1963 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956. Letters from H. L. Mencken [manuscript], 1928-1948. University of Virginia. Library
creatorOf Corbett, John,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, Feb. 11, 1979 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Carteret Book Club. Records, [ca. 1902-1958]. Grolier Club
referencedIn The Harold Rome Papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive) Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Yale University
referencedIn J. B. Matthews Papers, 1862-1986 and undated David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
referencedIn John Eldon Thayer collection of motion picture memorabilia, 1916-1979. Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University.
creatorOf Gillis, Don, 1912-,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, 1964 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Grauer, Ben,. French historical manuscripts, 1600s-1900s, bulk (1789-1900s). New York Public Library System, NYPL
creatorOf Davenport, Marcia, 1903-1996,. Reminiscences, 1963 [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Antiquarian bookman records-Malkin family papers, 1938-1996. Grolier Club
referencedIn Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. The Harold Rome papers, 1873-1988 (inclusive). Yale University, Music Library
creatorOf Zirato, Bruno,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, [n.d.] [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Kostelanetz, Andre, 1901-1980,. Interview conducted by Ben Grauer, n.d. [sound recording]. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn E. E. Cummings papers, 1870-1969. Houghton Library.
referencedIn Irving Berlin collection of non-commercial sound recordings [sound recording] The New York Public Library. Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.
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associatedWith Abbott, George, 1887-1995. person
associatedWith Académie française. corporateBody
associatedWith Académie française corporateBody
associatedWith Barnouw, Erik, 1908-2001, person
associatedWith Barthou, Louis, 1862-1934. person
associatedWith Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989 person
associatedWith Bernadotte, Folke, 1895-1948. person
correspondedWith Borsodi, Victor H., person
correspondedWith Carteret Book Club. corporateBody
correspondedWith Carter, John, 1905-1975 person
associatedWith Castel, René-Richard, 1758-1832. person
correspondedWith Chambers, David, 1930- person
associatedWith Conti, Louis-François-Joseph de Bourbon, prince de, 1734-1814. person
associatedWith Corbett, John, person
correspondedWith Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin), 1894-1962 person
associatedWith Davenport, Marcia, 1903-1996, person
associatedWith De Mille, Agnes. person
associatedWith Déroulède, Paul, 1846-1914. person
associatedWith Echeuvin, Jean Baptiste. person
associatedWith Esquiros, Adèle. person
associatedWith Ferry, Jules, 1832-1893. person
associatedWith Fluchaire, Jean Pierre. person
associatedWith Foa, Eugénie, d. 1853. person
associatedWith France. Armée corporateBody
associatedWith Gillis, Don, 1912-, person
associatedWith Goldwyn, Samuel, 1882-1974. person
associatedWith Gould, Morton, 1913-1996, person
associatedWith Guinard, Auguste. person
associatedWith Halévy, Ludovic, 1834-1908. person
associatedWith Harold Rome person
associatedWith Haussonville, comte d', 1843-1924. person
associatedWith Haussonville, O. (Othenin), comte d', 1809-1884. person
associatedWith Hersey, John, 1914-1993. person
associatedWith Hirschmann, Ira Arthur, 1901-, person
associatedWith Hope, Bob, 1903-2003. person
correspondedWith Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968 person
associatedWith Institut de France. corporateBody
associatedWith Institut impérial de France. corporateBody
associatedWith Jesuits. corporateBody
associatedWith Jullien, Marc-Antoine, 1775-1848. person
associatedWith Kahane, Melanie. person
associatedWith Katims, Milton, 1909-2006, person
associatedWith Kostelanetz, Andre, 1901-1980, person
associatedWith Laya, A. Augustin-Louis. person
associatedWith Le Brun de Rabot family. family
associatedWith Lecomte, Jules. person
associatedWith Lee, Gypsy Rose, 1914-1970 person
associatedWith Lévy, Calmann, 1819-1891. person
associatedWith Maguet, Auguste, 1813-1888. person
associatedWith Marek, George R. (George Richard), 1902-1987, person
associatedWith Matthews, J. B. (Joseph Brown), 1894-1966 person
associatedWith Maupeou, René-Nicolas-Charles-Augustin de, 1714-1792. person
associatedWith Melchior, Lauritz. person
associatedWith Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956. person
associatedWith Michelet, Jules, 1798-1874. person
associatedWith Miller, Henry, 1891-1980. person
associatedWith Mitchell, Leslie Scott, 1905-vCorrespondence. person
correspondedWith Monitor (Radio Program). corporateBody
associatedWith Montor, Artaud de, 1772-1849. person
associatedWith Murrow, Edward R. person
associatedWith National Broadcasting Company. corporateBody
associatedWith New York World's Fair (1939-1940) corporateBody
associatedWith Nin, Anaïs, 1903-1977. person
associatedWith O'Mahony, Arthur, comte. person
associatedWith Partridge, Eric, 1894-1979. person
associatedWith Pelletier, Wilfrid, 1896-1982, person
associatedWith Pérignon, Alexis Nicolas, 1785-1864. person
associatedWith Railroad Hour Radio Program corporateBody
associatedWith Reynolds, Quentin James, 1902-1965. person
associatedWith Rochefort, Henri, 1831-1913. person
associatedWith Rogers, Bruce, 1870-1957. person
associatedWith Rome, Harold, 1908-1993. person
associatedWith Sardou, Victorien, 1831-1908. person
associatedWith Sarnoff, David, 1891-1971. person
associatedWith St. Hilaire, Barthelemy. person
associatedWith Thayer, John Eldon, 1899-1980 person
associatedWith Vigée, M. (Louis-Jean-Baptiste-Etienne), 1758-1820. person
associatedWith Voltaire, 1694-1778. person
associatedWith Wilder, Thornton, 1897-1975. person
associatedWith Ximenès, Augustin Louis, marquis de, 1726-1817. person
associatedWith Zirato, Bruno, person
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Albania
Great Britain
Italy
New York (State)--New York
Avignon (France)
United States
Great Britain
Gironde (France)
Amiens (France)
France
Italy
France
Isère (France)
Dalmatia (Croatia)
France
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New York (State)--New York
Yugoslavia
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Theater
Divorce
Journalists
Land titles--Registration and transfer
Radio broadcasters--Interviews
Church and state
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Law--History and criticism
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Medicine--France
Printing
Motion picture industry
Graphic arts
Book collecting
Civil law
Land tenure
Christianity--Controversial literature
Television programs
Local government
Marriage
Press and politics
Buildings--Specifications
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Women in literature
Medicine
Television broadcasting
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Books--Prices
Journalism--Political aspects
Architecture
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Pan American Highway System
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Radio journalists
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Television journalists--20th century.--United States
Book collectors--20th century.--New York (State)--New York
Television journalists
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Birth 1908-06-02

Death 1977-05-31

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French,

English,

Italian

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