Handler, Ruth. Papers of Ruth Handler, 1931-2002: A Finding Aid
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© 2003 President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MC 501
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: Ruth Handler
Papers of Ruth Handler, 1931-2002
Quantity: 14.6 linear feet (35 file boxes) plus 2 folio folders, 2 folio+ folders,
1 oversize folder, 29 photograph folders,
1 folio photograph folder, 54 videotapes, 5 audiotapes
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Business and personal papers of Ruth Handler, founder of Mattel, Inc., and creator
Jane Knowles and Abigail Blachly
Accession numbers: 2002-M158, 2003-M3
These papers were given to the Schlesinger Library by Elliot Handler in October 2002 and January 2003.
Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual
Copyright. Copyright is held by the President and Fellows of Harvard College for the
Schlesinger Library. Copyright in other papers in the collection may be held by their
authors, or the authors' heirs or assigns.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Ruth Handler Papers, 1931-2002; item description, dates. MC 501, folder #. Schlesinger
Library, Radcliffe Institute,
Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.
Businesswoman Ruth Handler (1916-2002), creator of Barbie, was the youngest of ten
children born to Polish immigrants who settled in Denver, Colorado. She moved to Los
Angeles, California, and married childhood sweetheart Elliot Handler in 1938. While
he studied industrial design, they formed Elliot Handler Plastics, and between 1939
and 1942 Elliot designed and manufactured novelty goods made of the new material lucite,
and Ruth managed the business and sales. Their second venture, Elzac, 1942-1944, manufactured
With their friend Harold (Matt) Matson they formed Mattel, Inc., which was incorporated
in 1945. At first they sold doll furniture, and later branched out into musical toys.
Capital loaned by family members in 1947 and 1949 helped expand the company which
remained a Handler-owned and operated concern until 1963 when shares were first traded
on the New York Stock Exchange. Manufacture was sub-contracted and the Mattel plant
in Hawthorne, California, was used for assembly alone. In the 1950s, the company hired
mostly women, of all races and nationalities and in the 1960s pioneered safety measures
that became industry standards.
As executive vice-president in charge of sales and management, Ruth Handler took a
gamble in 1955 and bought $500,000 worth of network advertising on the Walt Disney
television program, "The Mickey Mouse Club." This led to sustained, year-round advertising
direct to children and caused spectacular growth. New toy lines, including burp guns,
western pistols, and model Winchester rifles, raised sales from $5 million to $14
million in three years. The company's slogan: "If it's Mattel, it's swell" was ubiquitous.
The Barbie doll, created in 1959 by Ruth Handler and named after her daughter Barbara,
and the Ken doll which followed in 1961 named for son Kenneth, soon accounted for
a substantial proportion of the company's revenues. A talking doll, Chatty Cathy,
and Hot Wheels (introduced in 1968) cemented Mattel's position as the dominant toy
company in the world with over $100 million in sales.
During the mid-1960s the company adopted a new policy of acquiring non-toy companies
in order to lessen dependence on the fluctuations of the toy market. Seymour Rosenberg
was appointed Vice President of Finance, and a decentralized management of independent
divisions was created that weakened the Handlers' oversight and control. Ruth Handler,
now president of the company which had grown to include plants in Asia, Europe, Canada,
and Mexico, was increasingly involved in national business organizations, serving
on the Advisory Committee on the Economic Role of Women, 1973-1974, the American Cancer
Society, California Division, 1972-1978, and the U.S. National Business Council for
Consumer Affairs, 1971-1973. In 1970, Handler was diagnosed with breast cancer and
underwent a mastectomy. A combination of these factors, as well as poor accounting
practices, unwise product decisions, and a fire in their Mexican plant, led the company
to post their first loss of $30 million in 1972. A bullish earnings report for the
first quarter of 1973 was followed by another loss of $32 million later in the year.
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) began an investigation in June 1973 charging
Mattel with issuing false reports, overstating earnings, and understating expenses.
A new COO and president, Arthur Spear, was appointed. By a consent decree (September.
1974) Mattel agreed to add independent directors and to appoint a special counsel
and new auditors to investigate the company's financial practices. The report, issued
in 1975 by Special Counsel Seth Hufstedler, singled out as personally responsible
Ruth and Elliot Handler and Seymour Rosenberg, who had been fired in 1972. The report
recommended that the company file suit against their accounting firm, Arthur Andersen,
which had overlooked accounting irregularities. It found no evidence of insider trading,
but declared that Mattel, in an effort to maintain the appearance of corporate growth,
had given new meaning to the term "mismanagement."
The Handlers both resigned from the company in 1975. Meanwhile Mattel sued Arthur
Andersen and in April 1977 settled out of court. Class action suits by shareholders
were consolidated and settled out of court with the establishment of a $30 million
fund to which the Handlers contributed two million shares in 1976. Then in 1978, Ruth
Handler and four others were indicted for conspiracy, mail fraud, and filing false
statements and reports. Ruth Handler pleaded not guilty but changed her plea to "nolo
contendere," saying: "I believe that I am innocent of any criminal wrongdoing. But
I decided with my attorney's concurrence to plead 'nolo.'" Handler and Rosenberg were
sentenced to 500 hours of community service for five years and to pay fines. During
her probation Handler was instrumental in creating the Foundation for People (an acronym
for Program for Ex-Offenders on Probation for Learning Experience) to provide white
collar probationers with opportunities to do useful public service.
Meanwhile, unable to find a well-fitting breast prosthesis after her mastectomy, Ruth
Handler had gone into business in 1976 with Gerald Peyton, founding Ruthton Co., which
manufactured silicon breast prostheses called Nearly Me. Handler managed the company,
appeared frequently in the media and visited department stores where she personally
fitted breast prostheses. In 1991 she sold the company.
Although neither of the Handlers had any formal business training, Ruth Handler completed
a Business Executive course at the University of Caliifornia at Los Angeles (UCLA)
in 1957 and was invited to teach a course on Consumerism at the UCLA School of Management
in 1974 and on Managing Small Business in 1975.
Both Handlers were frequently honored for their business achievement. Ruth Handler
was singled out as as Outstanding Business Woman by the National Association of Accountants
(1961), Woman of the Year by the Los Angeles Times (1968), and one of seventy-five Outstanding Women in America by the Ladies' Home Journal (1971). Ruth and Elliot Handler were inducted into the Toy Industry Hall of Fame
(1988) and Ruth was the first to be named Woman of Distinction by the United Jewish
Association (1992). Her fame as the "mother" of Barbie continued to grow, especially
after the publication of her autobiography, Dream Doll, in 1994. In 1994 and 1999 she was once more associated with Mattel, Inc., in celebrating
the 35th and 40th anniversaries of Barbie.
Ruth Handler died in Los Angeles, California, on April 27, 2002.
The collection is arranged in seven series:
- I. Biographical and Personal
- II. Family Correspondence
- III. Early Business
- IV. Mattel, Inc.
- V. Nearly Me
- VI. Dream Doll
- VII. Photographs
Series I, Biographical and personal (#1.1-7.7), is divided into three subseries.
Subseries A, Miscellaneous biographical (#1.1-3.17), includes resumes, autobiographical
notes, personal clippings, 1937-2001, fan mail (#2.3-2.13), routine correspondence,
medical, financial, property, and miscellaneous legal files.
Subseries B, Awards, appearances, and charitable giving (#4.1-5.22), documents the
Handlers' philanthropy, and their honors and awards.
Subseries C, Non-profit activity (#6.1-7.7), documents Ruth Handler's public service
on the Advisory Committee on the Economic Role of Women, 1973-1974, the American Cancer
Society, California Division, 1972-1978, and the U.S. National Business Council for
Consumer Affairs, 1971-1973. Also included are papers re: the UCLA Business Executive
Program which she completed in 1957, and her teaching on Consumerism and Managing
Small Business, at UCLA School of Management, 1974-1975.
Series II, Family correspondence (#8.1-10.19), is divided into four subseries.
Subseries A, Elliot and Ruth Handler their children, and grandchildren (#8.1-8.16).
Subseries B, Mosko family (#9.1-10.9), includes photocopies of some of Ruth Handler's
letters and illustrates her central role in her extended family.
Subseries C, Handler relatives (#10.10-10.13), includes Elliot Handler's brothers
and their children.
Subseries D, Other relatives (#10.14-10.19), mostly from abroad.
Series III, Early business, 1940-1947 (#7.8-7.17, 11.1-12.7), includes financial records,
correspondence, photographs of the Handlers' first companies: Elliot Handler Plastics
manufacturers of lucite and plexiglass giftware, and Elzac, makers of costume jewelry.
Series IV, Mattel, Inc. (#12.8-29.2), is divided into five subseries.
Subseries A, Ruth Handler's files (#12.8-19.26), contains notes on Mattel's history,
and business correspondence re: manufacture of the first Barbie in Japan, 1959 (#12.16);
the Shindana Toy Co., an African American toy company financed by Mattel in the Watts
area of Los Angeles (#13.2); and the history of Mattel's business acquisitions (#13.1,
13.3, 13.5-13.6). Also included are Board of Director's minutes and agendas (#13.7-14.5)
and Ruth Handler's calendars (#14.8-14.12). There are internal newsletters: Mattel's
Organization Bulletin (1967-1975), Women at Mattel (1975), Mattel Alumni Association (1990-1995); and speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler (#16.11-18.8) at toy fairs,
annual meetings, and professional groups discussing safety in the toy industry, consumerism,,
and the history of the company. Travel files (#18.11-19.26) include the receipt (1956)
for the Lilli doll in Germany, the model for Barbie (#18.12).
Subseries B, Barbie (#20.1-21.9), consists of photographs of Barbie's 35th anniversary,
1994; interviews with Ruth Handler; clippings, 1959-2001, and books about Barbie;
and correspondence and clippings about Chatty Cathy, Mattel's first talking doll.
Subseries C, Mattel Alumni Association Foundation scrapbooks, (#21.10-23.11), contains
photocopies of original scrapbooks, and photographs, letters, memos, and clippings
removed from scrapbooks and placed in folders in original order, 1940s-1969. Aalso
included are loose clippings about Mattel, 1951-2001.
Subseries D, Lawsuits (#23.12-27.9), includes legal documents relating to class action
suits against Mattel, 1970-1975; the SEC investigation of Mattel and report of its
Special Counsel Seth Hufstedler, 1975 (#25.10v.); Mattel's failed legal challenge
to the authority of Special Counsel, 1977, and the trial of Ruth Handler and four
colleagues (1978) for conspiracy to violate federal securities, mail, and banking
laws. Ruth Handler's nolo contendere plea (#26.7) and clippings about the case are
included (#27.1-27.2); also materials re: Foundation for People (#27.3-27.9), a program
for first offenders established by Ruth Handler as part of her sentence.
Subseries E, Financial records (#27.10-29.2), consists of Mattel Inc., financial statements,
balance sheets, and other records, 1943-1955.
Series V, Nearly Me (#30.1-32.12), consists of research, development, and marketing
of Nearly Me breast prostheses, and includes photographs of products, promotional
ads, responses from clients (#31.11-31.12), business correspondence, and legal documents,
Series VI, Dream Doll (#32.13-35.12), includes audiotapes and transcripts of oral
histories with Ruth Handler, correspondence with ghost writers and agents, Ruth Handler's
notes on her career and business philosophy; and arrangements for book tours. For
fan mail see #2.3-2.13. Also included are correspondence and a draft movie script
by Rama Laurie Stagner (#35.11).
Series VII, Photographs (#PD.1-#PD.30), includes professional and personal photographs
of Ruth and Elliot Handler and their extended family; Mattel publicity, products,
factories, and workers; Barbie anniversaries and collectors; and Nearly Me promotion.
Photograph folders listed in earlier series are also listed in photograph series.
Videotape list available at repository.
- Series I. PERSONAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL
- Subseries A. Miscellaneous biographical
- 1.1.Resumes of Ruth and Elliot Handler, 1969-1998
- 1.2.Ruth Handler's autobiographical notes
- 1.3.Biographical sketches of Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler, 1968-1998, n.d.
- FD.1.Elliot and Ruth Handler's marriage certificate, 1938
- 1.4.Anniversaries etc., 1968, 1996
- 1.5.Articles about and interviews with Ruth Handler, 1937, 1952-1969
- 1.6.Articles about and interviews with Ruth Handler, 1970-1979
- 1.7.Articles about and interviews with Ruth Handler, 1980-1986
- 1.8.Articles about and interviews with Ruth Handler, 1987-1989
- 1.9.Articles about and interviews with Ruth Handler, 1990-1994
- 1.10.Articles about and interviews with Ruth Handler, 1995-2001, n.d.
- 1.11.Articles about friends and acquaintances of Ruth Handler, 1994-1996
- 1.12.History of Colorado's Women for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein; includes a short biography of Ruth Handler, 1998.
- 1.13v.Women in Management by Irene Place and Sylvia Plummer; includes an interview with Ruth Handler, 1980.
- 1.14v.Going to the Top: A Road Map for Success from America's Leading Women Executives by Carol Gallagher with Susan K. Golant (autographed copy); includes interviews with
Ruth Handler, 2000.
- 1.15v.Hope is Contagious: The Breast Cancer Treatment Survival Handbook by Margit Esser Porter (autographed copy;) includes quote by Ruth Handler, 1997.
- 2.2.Correspondence, thank-you notes, 1966-1973
- 2.3.Fan mail and other correspondence, 1974-1989.
- 2.5.Fan mail and other correspondence, 1992
- 2.6.Fan mail from 4th graders, 1993
- 2.8.Fan mail and other correspondence, 1994
- 2.9.Fan mail and other correspondence, 1995
- 2.11.Fan mail and other correspondence, 1997
- 2.12.Fan mail and other correspondence, 1998
- 3.1.Fan mail and other correspondence, 2000
- 3.3.Fan mail and other correspondence, 2002
- 3.6.Masako Tanabe and Tomio Tanabe, 1991-2000
- 3.7.Medical files, 1961, 1978-1982. Includes 1979 note from Dr. Elsie Giorgi re: the detrimental
effect of Ruth Handler's community service sentence on her health.
- 3.8.Medical files, 1992-1997
- 3.9.Medical files, 1998-2001
- 3.10.Personal finances, 1942-1946, 1957, 1966
- 3.11.Property deeds, 1943-1945, 1955
- 3.12.Legal files: Handler et al. v. Shearson, Hammill and Co., 1961-1963
- 3.13.Legal files: Handler et al. v. Shearson, Hammill and Co., 1964-1970
- 3.14.Miscellaneous legal files, 1957, 1993-1997
- 3.15.Jaguar and other vehicles, paperwork, 1998-2000
- 3.16.Bridge lessons and notes, n.d.
- 3.17.Bridge lessons and notes, n.d.
- Subseries B. Awards, appearances, and charitable giving
- 4.1.American Cancer Society, award, 1988
- 4.2.American Cancer Society, appearances, 1992-1996, n.d.
- 4.3.American Institute for Cancer Research, charitable giving, 1995-1997
- 4.4.Barbie Collectors Show, hosted by Barbara Peterson, appearances, 1994-2001
- 4.5.British Broadcasting Corporation, interview, 1997
- 4.6.A Call to Action, the California Governor's Conference for Women, appearance, 1994-1995
- 4.7.Chaplin Entertainment (Ruth Handler's lecture agent) re: appearances, 1994-1998
- 4.8.Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, charitable giving, 1994-2001
- 4.10.Concern Foundation, speaking engagement, 1997-1998
- 4.11.Interview with Connie Chung, 1994
- 4.12.Dolls of the Year (DOTY) Lifetime Achievement award, 1987
- 4.13.Friends of Los Angeles Retarded Citizens, charitable giving, appearances, 1997-2000
- 4.14.Great Day America, interview, 1998
- 4.15.Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, Women of Distinction award,
- 4.16.Helping Hand of Los Angeles, Mother of the Year Award, 1995-2001
- 4.17.The Jeffrey Foundation for Handicapped Children, charitable giving, 1994-1997
- 4.18.Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, speaking engagement, 1993
- 4.19.Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (Calif.), charitable giving, 1997-2000
- 4.20.Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, speaking engagements, 1992-1996
- 4.24.Lifetime Television, "Intimate Portrait," interview 1997
- 4.25.Macy's appearance, 1995
- 4.26.National Association of Accountants, Outstanding Business Women of the Year award,
- 4.27.National Conference of Christians and Jews, Brotherhood award, 1972
- 4.28.National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine (U.S.), speaking engagement,
- 5.1.Stop Cancer, charitable giving, 1998-2002
- 5.2.Toy Manufacturers of America, Toy Industry Hall of Fame award, 1989
- 5.3.University of California, Los Angeles. Graduate School of Management, speaking engagements
at the Executive MBA Program, 1972-1995
- 5.4.United Jewish Appeal, Women of Distinction award, speaking engagements, 1990-1996
- 5.5.United Jewish Appeal, International Lion of Judah Conference, appearance, 1998
- 5.6.United Jewish Fund, charitable giving, appearances, 1991-2001
- 5.7.Venice Family Clinic, charitable giving, 1999-2002
- 5.8.Vietnamese Boat People, supported by the American Jewish Community, Inc., 1979
- 5.10.Western States Advertising Agencies, Man and Woman of the Year award to Ruth Handler
and Elliot Handler, 1972
- 5.11.Women in Business Foundation, speaking engagement, 1996
- 5.12.Women in Toys, Women in Toys: Today and Yesterday (WITTY) award, 1996
- 5.13.Miscellaneous awards and honors, 1962-1995
- 5.14.Miscellaneous charitable giving, 1951, 1955, 1969-1981
- 5.15.Miscellaneous charitable giving, 1993-1995
- 5.16.Miscellaneous charitable giving, 1996-1999
- 5.17.Miscellaneous charitable giving, 2000-2002, n.d.
- 5.18.Miscellaneous appearances and speaking engagements, 1977-1993
- 5.19.Miscellaneous appearances and speaking engagements, 1994-1995
- 5.20.Miscellaneous appearances and speaking engagements, 1996-1997
- 5.21.Miscellaneous appearances and speaking engagements, 1998
- 5.22.Miscellaneous appearances and speaking engagements, 1999-2001, n.d.
- Subseries C. Non-profit activity
- 6.1.Advisory Committee on the Economic Role of Women, includes correspondence with Catherine
East re: tax status of women, 1973
- 6.2.Advisory Committee on the Economic Role of Women, 1974
- 6.3.Advisory Committee on the Economic Role of Women, travel arrangements, 1973-1974
- 6.4.American Cancer Society. California Division, Los Angeles Coastal Cities Unit, 1972-1973
- 6.5.American Cancer Society. California Division, 1974
- 6.6.American Cancer Society. California Division, January-May 1975
- 6.7.American Cancer Society. California Division, June-October 1975
- 6.8.American Cancer Society. California Division, notes, resignation, 1978
- 6.9.American Cancer Society. California Division, miscellaneous printed, 1975, n.d.
- 6.10.United States. National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, Executive meeting,
August 1971; includes Richard Nixon's remarks.
- 6.11.United States. National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, Executive meetings,
August 1971, February 1972
- 6.12.United States. National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, Sub-Council on Product
Safety, July-August 1971
- 6.13.United States. National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, Sub-Council on Product
Safety, October 1971-September 1972
- 7.1.United States. National Business Council for Consumer Affairs, Sub-Council on Product
Safety, April-September 1973; includes reports on product safety and other material,
- 7.2.University of California, Los Angeles, Business Executive course, 1957
- 7.3.Session I of Ruth Handler's seminar on "Consumerism" at University of California,
Los Angeles, School of Management, 1974
- 7.4.Session II of Ruth Handler's seminar on "Consumerism" at University of California,
Los Angeles, School of Management, 1974
- 7.5.University of California, Los Angeles School of Management, course taught by Ruth
Handler on Managing Small Business, 1975
- 7.6.Correspondence re: Ruth Handler's public service activity, 1963-1974, n.d.
- 7.7.Correspondence, 1970-1976 with "Washington people," including White House Conference
on Youth, 1970, and Ruth Handler's letter to Betty Ford, 1976
- Series II. FAMILY CORRESPONDENCE.
- Subseries A. Elliot and Ruth Handler and family
- 8.1.Letters from Elliot Handler to Ruth Handler from army training camp, 1945-1946, and
letters from Elliot Handler to Ruth Handler from Japan about designs, 1957.
- 8.2.Elliot Handler: cards to Ruth Handler for anniversaries, birthdays, Valentine's Day,
and Mother's Day, 1940-2001
- 8.3.Caricatures of Ruth and Elliot Handler
- 8.4.Elliot Handler's army papers, including correspondence and pamphlets from the Selective
Service System (United States,Veterans' Administration, and the American Red Cross
- 8.5.Elliot Handler's sketchbook and The Defender, his Lake Junior High yearbook, 1931
- PD.5.Photographs of Elliot Handler's paintings.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 8.6.Barbara Joyce Handler: includes doctor's instructions on the care and feeding of the
baby, 1941-1944; report cards, n.d.; cards and letters from Barbara to her parents,
1953, n.d.; and information about Barbara's wedding to Allen Segal, 1959.
- 8.7.Barbara Joyce Handler: letters and cards to Ruth Handler, 1958, n.d.; and clippings
about Barbara, 1963-1999, n.d.
- 8.8.Barbara Joyce Handler: concerning her 60th birthday party, 2001
- 8.9.Cheryl Segal: includes childhood drawings and cards, 1974, n.d.; applications to law
school, 1991; materials relating to her graduation from Pepperdine University School
of Law, 1994-1995; and articles about her line of designer clothes, HipChix, 1997-2000.
- 8.12.Re: exhibit about Ken at the Hollywood High School Alumni Museum, 1995-1998
- 8.13.Ken and Suzie's family: includes children's progress reports and letters from Suzie
to Ruth Handler, 1982-2001, n.d.
- 8.15.Jeffrey Handler: includes correspondence to Ruth Handler regarding his bar mitzvah,
1988; Outward Bound trip, 1997; and marriage to Marlene Calzadilla, 2001.
- 8.16.Stacey Sara Handler: includes original poetry to husband Steven Rubin Gerber, 1994;
clippings; and information about her book, The Body Burden: Living the Shadow of Barbie 2000-2001.
- Subseries B. Mosko family
- 9.1.Jacob Mosko and Ida Mosko: list of expenses and assets prepared after their death
- 9.3.Reuben Mosko and Esther Mosko: includes correspondence to Ruth Handler and Elliot
- 9.4.Marvin Mosko (Buddy): includes press release about his service in the Navy, and petitions
for conservatorship, 1972-1984
- 9.5.Marvin Mosko and Helene Mosko and family: includes correspondence with Ruth Handler
about travel, 1961; and invitations to bar mitzvahs and weddings of their children,
- 9.6.Gilbert Mosko: correspondence with Ruth Handler re: working at Mattel; 1968, Nearly
Me, 1991; and his work as a makeup artist, 1997-2001.
- 9.7.Lillian Mosko Loeb and Ellis Loeb: correspondence with Ruth Handler, 1954-1963, and
Lillian's obituary, 1982. Also contains correspondence between Ruth Handler and their
son, Ronald Mosko, about the army, 1954-1955, and about the births and bar mitzvahs
of his children, 1975-1994, and his paper on the role of the corporate lawyer, 1994.
- 9.13.Max Mosko and Lillian Melz Mosko: includes clipping from wedding, 1937; clippings
about his motel, 1949; and correspondence with Ruth Handler about stock, real estate,
work, and health, 1954-2001.
- 9.15.Joseph Mosko and Lillian Mosko: includes correspondence to Ruth Handler and Elliot
Handler about business, stock, real estate, the family, travel, and clippings about
his bank, SouthWest State Bank, 1944-1969
- 9.16.Joseph Mosko and Lillian Mosko: includes correspondence to Ruth Handler and Elliot
Handler about business, stock, real estate, the family, and clippings about his bank,
SouthWest State Bank, 1970-1992
- 9.17.Gary Mosko: includes correspondence with Ruth Handler about possible work at Mattel,
1964; thank-you notes and cards, 1963-1982; newsletters from SouthWest State Bank,
1991-1992; and clippings about the bank and his father's death, 1992. Also contains
cards and thank-you notes to Ruth Handler from Ellen Sue Mosko and her husband, Ronald
Reisner, 1962-1975, and to Ruth Handler from their son, David Reisner, 1988-1999.
- 10.2.Aaron Mosko and Jean Mosko: includes correspondence with Ruth Handler, 1990-2000;
also information about the funeral of Jean Mosko, 1997.
- 10.5.Stephen Mosko (Lucky) and his wife, Dorothy Mosko: thank-you notes to Ruth Handler,
1964-1994, and clippings about his career as a conductor and composer, 1990-1998
- 10.6.Beverly Anne Mosko: includes correspondence with Ruth Handler, 1962-1987
- 10.7.Maurice Mosko (Muzzy): thank-you notes and letters about family to Ruth Handler, 1958-1984
- Series: Subseries C. Handler family
- 10.10.Albert Handler and Sidney Handler: includes vocational evaluations done by Mattel,
- 10.11.Albert's daughter, Shelley Handler: letters to Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler and
articles about her career as a freelance food writer and cook, 1982-1999, n.d. Sidney's
son, Gary Handler: correspondence with Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler, 1964, 2001.
Elliot's sister, Sylvia Handler Rubin, and her husband, Abe Rubin: correspondence
with Ruth Handler, 1967-1969. Also includes letters to Ruth Handler from Jack and
Frieda Handler, 1966, and re: Elliot Handler's mother, Freida Chankes Handler, 1974.
- 10.12.Karen Rubin Rippens and her husband, Craig Rippens: thank-you notes and letters of
family news to Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler, 1972-2000
- Series: Subseries D. Other relatives
- 10.14.Dr. Joel Mosko, his wife Stella Mosko, and their family: includes articles about his
service in World War II, 1944, correspondence with Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler,
- 10.15.Joel Mosko's son, Marc Mosko: includes correspondence with Ruth Handler and Elliot
- 10.17.Israeli relatives: correspondence between Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler and Fega
Schneider,Scheindel Binstock,Bracha Kraicer,Sheia Chankes,Zisa Chankes,Pola Litvak,
and Sara Neumann, among others, 1952-1994.
- 10.19.Family address lists, birthdates, guest lists, party table plans, 1963-1994
- Series III. EARLY BUSINESS
- 7.8.Notes about financing of Elliot Handler Plastics
- 7.9.Miscellaneous business correspondence, A-H, 1940-1941
- 7.10.Miscellaneous business correspondence, O-Z, 1940-1941
- PD. 13.Photographs of Lucite giftware designed by Elliot Handler Plastics, 1940.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 7.11.Enka Glass invoices, 1940-1941
- 7.12.Ben Freshman invoices, 1941
- 7.13.Republic Glass Co, 1941
- 7.14.Zacho invoices, 1941
- 7.15.Zemby Watch Crystal Co. invoices, 1940-1941
- 7.16.Miscellaneous invoices, 1941
- 7.17.Paid bills, A-C, 1941
- 11.1.Paid bills, D-E, 1941
- 11.2.Paid bills, F-L, 1941
- 11.3.Paid bills, M-R, 1941
- 11.4.Paid bills, S-Z, and miscellaneous, 1941
- 11.5.Paid and unpaid bills, 1941
- 11.7.Income and expense; summary of operations, 1940
- 11.8.Income and expense; summary of operations, 1941
- 12.2.Check stubs, 1940-1941
- 12.3.Elzac: partnership agreement, 1942; and Elliot Handler's sale of company to former
partners, 1944; union flier and miscellaneous correspondence about Elzac.
- PD.14.Photographs of Elzac factory, 1943.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.15.Autographed photographs of Hollywood starlets, including Susan Hayward, wearing Elzac
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 12.4.Elzac: ads, 1943-44.
- F+D.1.Oversize ads, 1943, and notice of sale of company, 1947.
- 12.5.Elzac: designs for costume jewelry
- 12.7.Elzac: balance sheet, 1944
- Series IV. MATTEL, INC.
- Subseries A. Ruth Handler's files
- 12.8."Miscellaneous dates:" Ruth Handler's notes on product and company milestones
- 12.9.Lists of articles about Mattel, 1947-1990s
- 12.10.Mattel history, including releases, 1960-1974, history of Hot Wheels, 1991
- 12.11.Ruth Handler's article on history of Mattel (ts.)
- 12.12.Salaries and wage scales, 1951, n.d.
- 12.13.Miscellaneous memos, 1951-1965, 1972-1974
- 12.14.Mattel organization, 1954-1974
- 12.15.Toy show agenda for Mattel annual sales meeting, 1956
- 12.16.Correspondence with Kokusai Boeki Kaisha Ltd. re: creation of first Barbie doll, 1957,
- 12.17.Company profiles, 1958, 1961
- 12.18.Toy Show, 1960: agenda, toy price list, calendar
- 12.19.Mattel reorganization plan, 1964
- 13.1.Acquisitions, 1967-1971
- 13.2.Shindana Toy Company: clippings, 1969, 1983
- 13.3.Concord Project, 1969-1971
- 13.4.Miscellaneous re: reorganization, 1969-1972, prospectus, 1969
- 13.5.Audio Magnetics, 1971
- 13.6.Optigan Corporation, 1972-1973
- 13.7.Board minutes, 1970-1971
- 13.8.Shareholders meeting, 1971
- 13.9.Financial statements, 1972-1974
- 13.10.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, March, 1973
- 13.11.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, April, 1973
- 13.12.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, May, June, July, 1973
- 14.1.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, 1974
- 14.2.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, January, 1975
- 14.3.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, February-June, 1975
- 14.4.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, July, 1975
- 14.5.Board of Directors: agenda, minutes, August-September, 1975
- 14.6.Financial statements, May-August, 1975
- 14.7.Board of Directors: consolidated financial statements, 1975
- 14.8.Ruth Handler's Mattel appointment calendar, 1970
- 14.9.Ruth Handler's Mattel appointment calendar, 1971
- 14.10.Ruth Handler's Mattel appointment calendar, 1972
- 14.11.Ruth Handler's Mattel appointment calendar, 1973
- 14.12.Ruth Handler's Mattel appointment calendar, 1974
- 15.1.Mattel, Organization Bulletin, 1967-1972
- 15.2.Mattel, Organization Bulletin, 1973
- 15.3.Mattel, Organization Bulletin, 1974
- 15.4.Mattel, Organization Bulletin, 1975
- 15.5.Women at Mattel, 1975
- 15.6.Home entertainment for Mattel, accounts, invitations, 1963-1974
- 15.7.Mattel, miscellaneous business correspondence, 1963-1970
- 15.8.Mattel, miscellaneous business correspondence, 1971
- 15.9.Mattel, miscellaneous business correspondence, 1972
- 15.10.Mattel, miscellaneous business correspondence, January-June, 1973
- 15.11.Mattel, miscellaneous business correspondence, July-December, 1973
- 15.12.Mattel, miscellaneous business correspondence, 1974
- 15.13.Ruth Handler's correspondence with "Mattel people," 1975
- 15.14.Ruth Handler's correspondence with "Mattel people;" includes Yas Yoshida, 1976
- 15.15.Ruth Handler's correspondence with "Mattel people," 1977.
- 15.16.Ruth Handler's correspondence with "Mattel people;" includes Betty Ford, 1978.
- 15.17.Ruth Handler's correspondence with "Mattel people," notes, n.d.
- 15.18.Correspondence with Jill Barad, 1983-1998
- 16.1.Reports to shareholders, 1989-1995
- 16.2.Mattel gala in Germany, 1991-1992
- 16.3.Contracts with Mattel, 1993-2001
- 16.4.Correspondence with Mattel, 1994-1999
- 16.5.Mattel directory, names, calendar, 1992
- 16.6.Mattel Alumni Association, correspondence, 1987-1992
- 16.7.Mattel Alumni Association, correspondence, 1994
- 16.8.Mattel Alumni Association, correspondence, 1995-2001
- 16.9.Mattel Alumni Association, newsletters, 1990-1995
- 16.10.Mattel Alumni Association, directory
- 16.11.Speeches by Ruth Handler for Speakers' Bureau, 1960s?
- 16.12.Speeches by Ruth Handler including to UCLAUniversity of California Los Angeles on
women in business, 1962-1967
- 16.13.Speech by Elliot Handler at New York Society of Security Analysts meeting, 1967
- 16.14.Speeches by Ruth Handler and Elliot Handler, re: Mattel's history etc., 1968
- 16.15.Speech by Elliot Handler at the Newcomen Society, N.Y., 1968
- 16.16.Speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler, to the Mattel Management Association, 1969
- 16.17.Other speeches by Ruth Handler, 1969
- 16.18.Speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler at Mattel annual meeting, 1970
- 16.19.Other speeches by Ruth Handler, 1970
- 17.1v.Montreal Toy fair notebook, 1971
- 17.2.Speech by Elliot Handler at Mattel Trust Fund meeting, 1971
- 17.3.Remarks by Ruth and Elliot Handler at Sutro Seminar, 1971
- 17.4.Ruth Handler's speech to Pi Chi Theta National Fraternity for Women in Business and
Economics. Includes copies of The Iris, 1967-1969.
- 17.5.Ruth and Elliot Handler's speeches to Mattel annual meeting, 1971
- 17.6.Speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler to J.C. Penney, 1971
- 17.7.Speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler at toy sales meetings in Dallas, Chicago, New
- 17.9.Other Ruth and Elliot Handler speeches, 1971-1972
- 17.10.Ruth and Elliot Handler's speeches at Toy Fair corporate dinner, 1972
- 17.11.Ruth and Elliot Handler's correspondence and speeches at the annual Man and Woman
of the Year of the Western States Association of Advertising Agencies, 1972
- 17.12.Speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler, and Ted Horwith at the Mattel Trust Fund meeting,
- 17.13.Speeches by Ruth and Elliot Handler at Mattel annual meeting, 1972
- 17.14.Correspondence, remarks by Ruth and Elliot Handler at the National Conference of Christians
and Jews, 1972
- 17.15.Ruth Handler's talk on "Social Responsibility of Business" at the University of California
at Los Angeles Graduate School of Management seminar, 1972
- 17.16.Ruth Handler's speech, "The Challenges of Consumerism," 1973
- 17.17.Ruth Handler's speech, "Constructive Consumerism: A Corporate Perspective," to the
Council of Better Business Bureaus, 1973
- 18.1.Ruth Handler's speech, "Safety in the Marketplace," to the Safety Systems Society,
- 18.2.Ruth Handler's speech, "Safety in the Marketplace," to the Wisconsin Manufacturers
- 18.3.Ruth Handler's speech to the California Federation of Business and Professional Women's
- 18.4.Ruth Handler's speech, "Constructive Consumerism," to the Better Business Bureau of
Fort Worth, Texas, 1973
- 18.6.Ruth Handler's speech to the Society of Consumer Affairs Professionals, 1973
- 18.7.Speech, n.d., and notes, 1978-1991
- 18.9.Speeches by others about Mattel, 1969-1971
- 18.10.Speeches by others about Mattel, etc., 1972
- 18.11.Trip to Europe: receipts, 1956
- 18.12.Trip to Europe: includes receipt for purchase of the Lilli doll, the model for Barbie,
- 18.13.Trip to the Orient, 1960
- 18.14.Trip to New York, Philadelphia, Boston, to meet with Security Analysts, 1962
- 19.1.Other trips, 1962-1964
- 19.2.New York Stock Exchange trip, 1963
- 19.3.World trip correspondence, 1963
- 19.4.World trip, receipts, diary, 1963
- 19.5.New York toy fairs, 1963-1965
- 19.6.New York, Toronto trips, 1964
- 19.7.Trip to Orient, 1965
- 19.8.European sales meeting trip, 1965
- 19.9.Toy fair and other trips, 1966
- 19.10.European trip, 1966
- 19.11.Toy fair trips, 1967
- 19.12.Chicago, New York, and London trips, 1967
- 19.13.Mexico City trip, 1967
- 19.14.New York Security Analysts meeting, 1967
- 19.15.Brighton, England, toy fair, 1968
- 19.16.Toy fairs, Montreal, New York, Denver, 1968
- 19.17.Europe and New York trip, 1968
- 19.18.Far East, Israel, Europe trip, 1968
- 19.19."Due diligence" trip, 1969
- 19.20.Sounder, film promotion and premiere, 1972
- OD.1.Clippings re: Sounder, 1972
- 19.21.Cruise and circus trip to Florida, 1972-73
- 19.23.Trip to Russia, 1973
- 19.26.Mattel gala in Germany, 1994-1995
- Subseries B. Barbie
- 20.1.Requests for interviews with Ruth Handler re: Barbie, 1992-1994
- 20.2.Barbie festival, 1994
- PD.12.35th anniversary photographs of Barbie, 1994.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 20.3.Re: interviews with Ruth Handler about Barbie, 1997-2001, n.d.
- 20.4.Correspondence with Susan Stern re: "Barbie Nation," 1994-1998
- 20.5.Correspondence and clippings with Kitturah B. Westenhouser, 1992-1994
- 20.6.Re: Barbie convention, 1980 and Barbie fan clubs, 1983-1996
- 20.7.Clippings about Barbie, 1959-1979.
- FD.2.Clippings about Barbie, 1963-1994. Includes photographer Alan Grant's 1963 spread
in Life Magazine
- 20.8.Clippings about Barbie, 1980-1988
- 20.9.Clippings about Barbie, 1989
- 20.10.Clippings about Barbie, 1990-1993
- 20.11.Clippings about Barbie, 1994.
See also #FD.2.
- 20.12.Clippings about Barbie, 1995
- 21.1.Clippings about Barbie, 1996-2001
- 21.2.Clippings about Barbie, n.d.
- 21.3v.Cheryl Hanlon and Bonnie Speer, Barbie Doll Trivia Trail (1998)
- 21.4v.Paris Manos,Susan Manos, and Carol Manos, An Illustrated Guide to Collectible Barbie Dolls (1982)
- 21.5v.Yona Zeldis McDonough, The Barbie Chronicles: A Living Doll Turns Forty (1999)
- 21.6v.Kitturah B. Westenhouser, The Story of Barbie (1994)
- 21.7v.Billy Boy, Barbie: Her Life and Times (1987)
- 21.8v.Joe Blitman, Barbie Doll and Her Mod, Mod, Mod, Mod World of Fashion, 1967-1972 (1996)
- Series: Subseries C. Mattel Alumni Association (MAA) Foundation Scrapbooks, etc.
- 21.10."MAA Foundation presents Mattel Chronicles: First Mattel Products:" photocopies of
- PD.13.Photographs of products manufactured by Elliot Handler Plastics removed from #21.10.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.14.Photographs of first Mattel products removed from #21.10.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 21.11.Ads, clippings, lists of products removed from #21.10
- 21.12."MAA Foundation presents Mattel Chronicles, 1940s, 1950-1953:" photocopies of scrapbook
- 22.1.Pages 1-20 removed from #21.12.
Includes reference copies of photographs of Barbara and Ken as children, p. 9, 11,
and early Mattel factory, p. 8; originals in #PD.24, PD.25f.
- 22.4."MAA Foundation presents Mattel Chronicles, 1950-1957:" photocopies of scrapbook
- 22.8."MAA Foundation presents Mattel Chronicles, 1954-1956:" photocopies of scrapbook
- 22.9.Pages 1-22 removed from #22.8, including article on boom in Bubble Hats, page 3, and
on toy guns as "useful props in play acting."
Includes reference copies of photographs of Ruth and Elliot Handler with Walt Disney,
page 2, Sharri Lewis with toy gun, page 18; originals in #PD.27.
- 22.11."MAA Foundation Presents Mattel Chronicles, 1960s:" photocopies of scrapbook
- 22.12.Pages 1-18, removed from #22.11, including article about Ken, page 1.
Includes reference copies of photographs of Elliot Handler and Ruth Handler with Barbie
by photographer, Alan Grant, etc; originals in #PD.25f, PD.27.
- 22.13.Pages 19-42 removed from #22.11
- 22.15.MAA Foundation Presents Mattel Chronicles, 1963-1965, scrapbook pages
- 22.19."MAA Foundation Presents Mattel Chronicles, 1966-1967:" scrapbook pages
- 23.4."MAA Foundation Presents Mattel Chronicles, 1968-1969:" photocopies of scrapbook
- 23.7.Pages 51-80 removed from #23.4, includes article about Shindana Toy Co., pages 61-64.
- 23.8.Mattel, clippings, 1951-1969
- F+D.2.Mattel, original clippings in color, 1952-1995.
- 23.9.Mattel, clippings, 1970-1988
- 23.10.Mattel clippings, 1989-1996
- 23.11.Mattel, clippings, 1997-2001, n.d.
- Subseries D. Lawsuits
- 23.12.Correspondence with Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, accountants and lawyers for the Handlers,
- 23.13.Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, correspondence, 1976-1977
- 23.14.Gibson, Dunn, and Crutcher, correspondence, 1978-1981
- 24.1.Easter v. Mattel: documents and interrogatories, 1973-1974
- 24.2.Easter v. Mattel: summons and complaint, 1974, and response to interrogatories, 1975
- 24.3.Nesmon, Softel, Holbrook, Frankfurt, Krausner, and Blotner class action suits, 1974
- 24.4.Memo to Mattel board re: settlement of class action suits, 1974
- 24.5v.Pretrial settlement documents re: consolidated pretrial proceedings in Mattel securities
- 24.6.Re: class action settlement and press release, 1975
- 24.7.Documents re: possible violation of U.S. Customs import procedures, 1975
- 25.1.Ruth Handler's timeline and notes re: SEC case
- 25.2.Mattel's profit and loss and stock history compiled by Eloise Edmisson from The Wall Street Journal.
See also #33.8.
- 25.3.Memo of meeting of Mattel management re: removal of Handlers from Mattel, 1973, and
notes about Bob Erlich, 1975
- 25.4.Correspondence and memos re: anti-trust and trade regulations including report to
SEC, October 1973
- 25.5.Correspondence with SEC, 1973, and with Arthur Andersen re: their resignation as Mattel's
- 25.6.Memos and documents re: SEC v. Mattel, Inc. and Mattel's consent decree, 1974 (1/2)
- 25.7.Legal documents and exhibits re: SEC v. Mattel, Inc. (2/2)
- 25.8.Questionnaires re: SEC v. Mattel Inc., 1975
- 25.9.Notes of Ruth Handler's interview with SEC Special Counsel Seth Hufstedler, 1975
- 25.10v.Report of Special Counsel and Special Auditor in the matter of Mattel, Inc., 1975
- 25.11.Ruth Handler's response to Special Counsel's report and press release, 1975
- 25.12.Ruth Handler's notes of meetings with lawyer Stan Mortenson, 1976-1978.
See also #34.11
- 26.1.Elliot Handler, Ruth Handler, and Seymour M. Rosenberg v. SEC, challenging the authority
of the Special Counsel and the validity of the Consent Decree, 1977: memorandum of
legal authorities, motions, etc.
- 26.2.Handler et. Al v. SEC special counsel, 1977, clippings, 1978
- 26.3.U.S. of America v. Ruth Handler: Yasuo Yoshida's grand jury testimony and comments
by Elliot Handler, 1977
- 26.4.U.S. of America v. Ruth Handler: submission on behalf of Ruth Handler to the U.S.
Department of Justice, n.d.
- 26.5.U.S. of America v. Ruth Handler: pre-trial letters and memos; Ruth Handler's notes
and preparatory statements and Ruth Handler's trial notes, 1978.
- 26.6.U.S. of America v. Ruth Handler et al: indictment, pre-sentence memorandum on behalf
of Ruth Handler, 1978
- 26.7.U.S. of America v. Ruth Handler: Ruth Handler's nolo contendere speech, drafts, correspondence,
and press release, 1978
- 26.8.U.S. of America v. Ruth Handler et al: summons, sentencing documents, etc., 1978;
probation discharge, 1982.
- 26.9.Testimonial letters on behalf of Ruth Handler to probation officer, 1978
- 26.10.Greenfield v. Mattel, Inc: legal documents re profit-sharing plan, 1979
- 26.11.Ruth Handler's calendars, 1978-1980
- 26.12.Clippings re: SEC complaint, June 1973 - December 1974
- 27.1.Clippings re: SEC complaint, 1975-1977
- 27.2.Clippings re: Ruth Handler's trial, 1978, 1981
- 27.3.Foundation For People (Program for Ex-Offenders on Probation for Learning and Experience):
concept, agendas, Ruth Handler's notes, 1981
- 27.4.Foundation For People: board meetings, minutes, correspondence, 1982-1983
- 27.5.Foundation For People: Lawyers Advisory Committee, July 1983
- 27.6.Foundation For People: thank-you letters, October 1983
- 27.7.Foundation For People: Youth Work Project brochure, "Programs Present and Future,"
- 27.8.Foundation For People: board agenda, minutes, April 1984
- 27.9.Foundation For People: correspondence, 1985; Ruth Handler's resignation from the board,
- Subseries E. Financial records
- 27.10.Financial statements, 1943-1944
- 27.11.Financial statements, 1945-1946
- 27.12.Financial statements, inventory, 1946
- 27.13.Partnership agreement, journal entries, work sheet, 1946-1947
- 27.14.Financial statements, 1947
- 27.15.Balance sheet, working papers, correspondence, 1947-1948
- 28.1.Financial statements, 1948
- 28.2.Financial statements, 1949
- 28.3.Working papers, 1949
- 28.4.Statements, correspondence, 1949
- 28.5.Financial report, 1950
- 28.6.Financial statements, 1950
- 29.1v.Financial working papers, 1951
- 29.2.Financial working papers, 1955
- Series V. NEARLY ME
- 30.1.Ruthton [Nearly Me] incorporation documents, 1977.
See also #FD.1
- PD.11. Photographs of Ruth Handler at Nearly Me events.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.19.Color transparencies and color prints of Nearly Me products.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- 30.4.Ruth Handler's Nearly Me promotions and tours, 1977-1988
- 30.5.Responses from clients, 1977-1989
- 30.6.Correspondence, 1984-2001, n.d.
- 30.7.Signed confidential information agreements, 1979-1985
- 30.8.Research and development correspondence, 1985-1988
- 30.9.Correspondence with McDermott Group, 1985, 1989
- 30.10.McDermott Group, printed material
- 30.11.Correspondence with Bill Donahue, 1990-1991
- 30.12.Correspondence with Spenco Medical Corporation, 1991-1992
- 30.13.Correspondence with Spenco Medical Corporation, 1993-1996, n.d.
- 30.14.Ruth Handler's appearances for Spenco Medical Corporation, 1991-1996
- 31.1.Nearly Me headquarters at Pontius Avenue: lease, 1977, and lease extension, through
- 31.2.Nearly Me headquarters at Pontius Avenue: building repairs, 1977
- 31.3.Nearly Me headquarters at Pontius Avenue: correspondence with John Cahill, 1978
- 31.4.Nearly Me headquarters at Pontius Avenue: Handler v. Cahill, 1979-1982
- 31.5.Nearly Me headquarters at Pontius Avenue: legal, 1986-1991
- 31.6.Faulkner Associates, new building, 1989
- 31.7.Ruthton, financial notes, 1975-1980
- 31.8.Nearly Me: financial, 1975-78
- 31.9.Financial statements, 1984-1985, 1989, sales comparisons, 1989-1990
- 31.10.U.S. federal corporation tax returns, 1991, 1993
- 31.11.Photocopies of scrapbook of clients' responses, 1977-1978
- 31.12.Clients' responses, 1977-78 removed from 31.11
- 31.13.Scrapbook, 1978: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (1 of 4)
- 31.14.Scrapbook, 1978: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (2 of 4)
- 32.1.Scrapbook, 1978: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (3 of 4)
- 32.2.Scrapbook, 1978: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (4 of 4)
- 32.3.Scrapbook, 1979: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (1 of 3)
- 32.4.Scrapbook, 1979: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (2 of 3)
- 32.5.Scrapbook, 1979: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (3 of 3)
- 32.6.Scrapbook, 1979: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (1 of 2)
- 32.7.Scrapbook, 1979: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (2 of 2)
- 32.8.Scrapbook, 1984: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (1 of 2)
- 32.9.Scrapbook, 1984: photocopies of store promotions and publicity (2 of 2)
- 32.10.Clippings and other publicity re: Ruth Handler and Nearly Me, 1977
- 32.11.Article re: Ruth Handler, New West Magazine, 1979
- 32.12.Clippings and other publicity re: Ruth Handler and Nearly Me, 1979-1996, n.d.
- Series VI. DREAM DOLL
- 32.13.Transcripts of Fern Field's interview with Ruth Handler, 1981-1982
- 32.14.Transcripts of Rita Aero's interview with Ruth Handler, 4/20/1983
- 32.15.Notes on taped conversation with John Birdsall, 2/20/1985
- 32.16.Agreement between Ruth Handler and William C. Quinn, 2/18/1987. Notes on taped interviews
for Ruth Handler book include: Ruth Handler, Elliot Handler, Barbara Segal, Joe Mosko,
Ron Loeb, Seymour Green, Lyn Ackman, John Birdsall, and Barbara Birdsall.
- 33.1.Transcripts of Fern Field's interview with Ruth Handler, 1987
- 33.2.Transcripts of Fern Field's interview with Ruth Handler, March-April 1993
- 33.3.Ruth Handler correspondence with Fern Field, 1991-1994
- 33.4.Fern Field's draft of first chapter, outline, notes of Ruth Handler's autobiography
- 33.5.Fern Field's ts. draft of "The Ruth Handler Story," chapters 1-3.
- 33.6. Fern Field's ts. draft of "The Ruth Handler Story," chapters 4-8.
- 33.8."Ruth's notes from Beach House files" re: Mattel's history. Includes Ruth Handler's
speech on consumerism; Eloise Edmisson's paper, "Mattel, Inc.," on the history of
Mattel (1984), including profits, stock history, and bibliography; and Ruth Handler's
"Incidents Made Different Because I Was a Woman."
- 33.9.Ruth Handler's notes re: Mattel's history: "Three Lives-Doing It OUR Way. THEIR Way,
- 34.1.Ruth Handler's notes re: Barbie
- 34.2.Ruth Handler's business philosophy, transcripts of conversations with Jackie Shannon,
- 34.3.Outline of book by Jackie Shannon, 1993
- 34.4.Revised book proposal by Jackie Shannon
- 34.5.Dream Doll draft: chapters 1-3 with edits
- 34.6.Dream Doll draft: chapters 4-6 with edits
- 34.7.Dream Doll draft: chapters 6-7 with edits and legal review
- 34.8.Dream Doll draft: chapters 8-10 with edits and legal review
- 34.9.Dream Doll draft: chapters 13-14 with edits
- 34.10v.Dream Doll complete draft
- 34.12.Meetings with publishers, 1993-1994
- 34.13.With Harcourt Brace re: contract, 1993-1994
- 34.15.Suzanne Gluck, Ruth Handler's agent, at International Creative Management Group, 1993-1995
- 35.1.Patty Romanowski, possible co-author, 1993
- 35.2.Book expenses, 1993-1994
- 35.3.With Juliette Youngblood re: legal issues in Dream Doll, 1993
- 35.4.With Juliette Youngblood re: legal issues in Dream Doll, 1994
- 35.5.With Juliette Youngblood; includes chapters marked for legal review, 1994
- 35.6.With Longmeadow Press, 1994-1997.
- 35.8.Re: website "Barbie's Mom" and with Waldenbooks, Inc., 1995-1998
- 35.9.Lists of books sent, 1999, n.d.
- 35.10.Correspondence re: movie rights, 1998-1999
- 35.11.Rama Laurie Stagner, first draft of movie script of Ruth Handler's life.
- 35.12.Dream Doll, draft movie script by Rama Laurie Stagner
Series VII. PHOTOGRAPHS.
FILED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS.
- PD.1.Ruth and Elliot Handler and family, 1937-1997
- PD.2.Ruth and Elliot Handler and family, n.d.
- PD.3a.Barbara Handler Siegal
- PD.3b.Barbara Handler Siegal
- PD.5.Elliot Handler's family
- PD.6. Elliot Handler's paintings
- PD.7.Handler family trip, 1956
- PD.8.Early Mattel factories and Ruth and Elliot Handler with Mattel products, 1945-1950s
- PD.9. Ruth and Elliot Handler, 1963-1974; includes Betty Ford.
- PD.12.Barbie events, 1992, 1994, 1999
- PD.13.Elliot Handler Plastics: Lucite giftware designed by Elliot Handler, 1940
- PD.14.Elzac factory, 1943
- PD.15.Elzac costume jewelry modeled by Hollywood starlets including Susan Hayward
- PD.16.Barbie, 1961, 1963, 1994, n.d., and Barbie collectors, n.d.
- PD.17.Mattel Chronicles: First Mattel products
- PD.18.Mattel Chronicles: First Mattel products
- PD.19.Nearly Me color prints and color transparencies
- PD.20.Photographs removed from #2.1, 2.4, 2.7, 2.10, 2.13, 3.2, 3.4-3.5, 4.9, 4.21-4.23,
- PD.21.Photographs removed from #5.9, 8.10-8.11, 8.14, 9.2, 9.8-9.11
- PD.22.Photographs removed from #9.12, 9.14, 10.1, 10.3-10.4,
- PD.23.Photographs removed from 10.8-10.9, 10.13, 10.16, 10.18, 16.20, 17.8, 17.18-17.19
- PD.24.Photographs removed from #21.9, 22.1-22.2
- PD.25f.Photographs removed from #PD.1.8, 22.1, 22.5, 22.12, 22.17, 23.6
- PD.26.Photographs removed from #22.3, 22.5-22.7
- PD.27.Photographs removed from #22.9-22.10, 22.12, 22.14
- PD.28.Photographs removed from #22.16-22.18
- PD.29.Photographs removed from #23.1-23.2, 23.5
- PD.30.Photographs removed from #23.6, 23.15, 33.7, 34.11, 35.7
The following catalog entries represent persons, organizations, and topics documented
in this collection.
An entry for each appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS)
and other automated bibliographic
databases. THIS IS NOT AN INDEX.
Barbie (Fictitious character)
Eisenhower, David, 1948-
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Eisenhower, Mamie Doud, 1896-1979
Ford, Betty, 1918-2011
Foundation For People
Jewish women--United States
Los Angeles (Calif.)--Social life and customs
Prosthesis industry--United States
United States. Securities and Exchange Commission
Women inventors--United States
Women-owned business enterprises--United States