The Papers of Donald E. Baruch
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The papers of Donald E. Baruch represent records sent, received and otherwise compiled by Donald E. Baruch (1909-1997) during his positions under the motion picture production branch of the Department of Defense. As stated in the biographical section above, Mr. Baruch held many job titles including: Acting Chief of Pictorial Branch; Deputy, Audio-Visual; Motion Picture Advisor; and Chief, Audiovisual Production Branch.
The majority of this collection can be grouped under such titles as general correspondence, office papers, movie scripts, A.V. Department activities, photographs, memorabilia and clippings, all relating directly to the work of Donald E. Baruch. In addition, there is an entire section devoted to correspondence, bank statements and legal contracts relating to Baruch's mother's family, the Prince family. It may be worth offering the names of other institutions to researchers who are primarily seeking information on the Prince family.
As previously stated there are many photographs and memorabilia in the collection. Many of the photographs are a good pictorial example of Baruch's work as a liaison with Hollywood where he arranged assistance on motion picture productions including television as well as authorized the release of Service produced films to the public. In addition, also included in the collection are photographs depicting informal office parties and gatherings that span a period of time from about 1940 through 1980. The photographs (snapshot quality) mainly document various birthday celebrations honoring Baruch.
Memorabilia include society luncheon menus, Baruch's school honors, school awards and military awards. The newspaper clippings mostly concern the social lives of the various members of the Baruch family, more specifically Donald's parents rather than Donald himself. Clippings also concern events such as society luncheons, parties, and gossip in the social columns concerning the Baruch family and their friends.
Much of the collection is in good, stable condition although many of the deeds and legal contracts are brittle. Interesting to note would be the fact that many of the folders contain not only scripts, but correspondence between Donald E. Baruch and the writers or producers of the films about each production. The majority of these films were produced in the late 1970s. Some films that may be of interest to the researcher would include Officer and a Gentleman; MacArthur; Heartbreak Ridge; and The Americanization of Emily.
The contents of this collection display an in-depth overview surrounding the work of Donald E. Baruch. This collection should be well promoted to scholars interested in the government's interaction and cooperation with Hollywood in the making of war films.
- c. 1880-c. 1980
- Majority of material found in c. 1940-c. 1980
- Donald E. Baruch (Person)
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Donald E. Baruch (1909-1997) was born in West End, New Jersey, on June 24. Donald E. Baruch was the son of Sailing W. Baruch and Leonora Prince, who married in 1901. He had a brother, Sailing P. Baruch. Donald was also the nephew of Bernard M. Baruch, the entrepreneur.
Mr. Baruch attended the Clark School and the King School in Stamford Connecticut, later obtaining a B.A. at Williams College.
Mr. Baruch served in the Air Force from enlisted man to Lieutenant Colonel. He underwent armament training at Lowry Field, in Denver, Colorado; OCS in Miami Beach; and the Air Staff Training section of the Hq. Western Technical Training Command; aide to a general. Completing with Hq. Air Force, Washington D.C. for Air Staff training and Public Information.
Mr. Baruch later served at the motion picture production branch of the Department of Defense. During this time he initially screened film and television scripts to determine if they were worthy of the Department of Defense's Cooperation (Boxes 22-34). During these years, Mr. Baruch held many titles, some of which included: Acting Chief of Pictorial Branch; Deputy, Audio-Visual; Motion Picture Advisor; and Chief, Audiovisual Production Branch. Some of the most noted films included From Here to Eternity; Patton; Inchon; The Execution of Private Slavik; and Tour of Duty (Sub-Group I, boxes 1-66).
Mr. Baruch served more than eight times as the U.S. Representative at the Documentary Films and Films for Children Festivals, in Venice, Italy. From 1961 to 1962 Mr. Baruch served as President of the Washington Film Council, and later as a member of the executive committee. His name has appeared numerous times in the Motion Picture Almanacs from those years. Mr. Baruch worked on a special series of film programs for the Film Council, which were presented to the National Archives for the United States Bicentennial in 1976.
Outside of the Department of Defense, Mr. Baruch worked on four Broadway plays, including I, Myself (Box 77), under the firm Pearson and Baruch. He also produced Wall Street with Arthur Lipper and Co. and operated two summer theaters in New Jersey. Mr. Baruch joined MGM Studios as an assistant to a feature films producer and became a supervisor of short subjects. He was also the assistant to the Head of the Talent Department of Paramount Pictures on New York.
Mr. Baruch was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution. There was some controversy surrounding his mother’s membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and documentation of these events can be found in these papers. Mr. Baruch was also a member of the Army and Navy, the Aviation, and the Williams Clubs, in both Washington, D.C and New York, and of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity.
Mr. Baruch lived a large part of his life as a Washington, D.C. resident, but is perhaps best known for theater work and film production during the 1930s. Mr. Baruch was married twice, first to Margaret Long, and later to Elizabeth Henley of Washington, to whom he was married for 26 years. Mr. Baruch died of cancer on February 20, 1997 at the age of 87.
57 cubic feet
Language of Materials
This collection contains materials about Donald E. Baruch, nephew of Bernard Baruch, and his work with the Department of Defense and the motion picture industry.
Arrangement of the Collection
The Donald E. Baruch Collection has been arranged into four subgroups. Each subgroup contains several series and subseries. Please see the Container list for a more in-depth description.
- Subgroup 1: Donald E. Baruch- Professional Papers and Records
- Subgroup 2: Donald E. Baruch- Personal Papers, Films, and Photographic Slides
- Subgroup 3: Baruch Family Papers and Memorabilia
- Subgroup 4: Prince Family Papers
Mrs. Elizabeth Baruch, confined to a nursing home, offered what was left of her husband, Donald E. Baruch's papers, memorabilia and other miscellaneous materials mostly relating to his career as Chief of the audiovisual department at the Defense Department.
This collection was processed by Professor A.M. Cucchiara and his LIS 625 Archives Class, Pratt Institute, Spring 2002.
- The Papers of Donald E. Baruch
- Inventory prepared Professor A.M. Cucchiara and his LIS 625 Archives Class, Pratt Institute, Spring 2002.
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