Paul, Stanley Papers

Dates: circa 1929-2017 [bulk dates circa 1960-2017]. Size: 42.25 linear feet. Chicago Public Library, Harold Washington Library Center, Special Collections, General Chicago History Collection. Stanley Paul was the band leader of Chicago’s Pump Room in the Ambassador East Hotel from 1964 through 1974, leading the orchestra with style, class and verve. At the time the Pump Room was the watering hole of the best-known celebrities in the world and the grandeur of those years is evident in the collection, with photographs and personal notes from people such as Bette Davis, Judy Garland, Irv and Essee Kupcinet, Ethel Merman, Gloria Swanson and Oprah Winfrey. The collection documents his career and life as a musician, before, during and after Mr. Paul’s years in the Pump Room. [Finding aid]