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Barnett Lipton papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS2062

Collection Scope and Content

This collection consists of items relating to events produced by Lipton as president and creative director of Eventures, as well as those events he produced while he was affiliated with Radio City Music Hall Productions and was involved in as an independent production manager. Some of the most prominent events represented in the collection are the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and other Olympic Festivals, the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, the halftime presentation at Super Bowl XXII, and the 1991 Operation Welcome Home - NYC Ticker Tape Parade. The materials cover the period from 1970 to 1993, with most of the materials dating from 1988 to 1991.

Collection items include production manuals, ceremony and parade scripts, elevations, site plans, drawings, photographs, articles, banners, and videotapes of events. In addition, there is a small collection of resource books.

Lipton donated these items to the Gelman Library of The George Washington University in 1994 and 2000. At the time of the donation, Lipton transferred all rights, such as he held them, to the collection with the exception of copyright.

Dates

  • 1970-1993

Creator

Restrictions on Access

Some records may be restricted.

Restrictions on Use

Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Historical or Biographical Note

Barnett Lipton is a special events professional who has created productions for the Olympics, other major sporting events, and corporate and private events. Lipton first became involved in the special events industry after graduating from New York University, where he studied scenic design. He began as an independent concert producer and then became a production manager. Hired as the production manager for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, his work drew the attention of Radio City Music Hall Productions. Lipton joined the Radio City Music Hall Productions staff and went on to produce numerous special events, one of the most memorable being the halftime show for Super Bowl XXII.

In 1989 Lipton left Radio City Music Hall to form Eventures, Inc., a full-service special events production company in partnership with the Mediators Entertainment Network, a subsidiary of a marketing/media-buying company known as Mediators, Inc. After he was named president and creative director, their first project was the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival in Norman, Oklahoma. Eventures has gone on to produce many other events, including the 1991 Operation Welcome Home - NYC Ticker Tape Parade, the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, and many other corporate and private events.

Extent

11.5 Linear Feet

Language

English

Abstract

Collection consists of items relating to events produced by Barnett Lipton as president and creative director of Eventures, as well as those events he produced while he was affiliated with Radio City Music Hall Productions and was involved in as an independent production manager. Some of the most prominent events represented in the collection are the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and other Olympic Festivals, the 1990 Seattle Goodwill Games, the halftime presentation at Super Bowl XXII, and the 1991 Operation Welcome Home - NYC Ticker Tape Parade. The materials cover the period from 1970 to 1993, with most of the materials dating from 1988 to 1991.

Collection Organization

Organized in two series: the 1994 accession; and the 2000 accretion.

Acquisition Information

Lipton donated these items to the Gelman Library of The George Washington University in 1994 and 2000. At the time of the donation, Lipton transferred all rights, such as he held them, to the collection with the exception of copyright.

Collection note

Bibliography: 'Event' exec in venture." Advertising Age. 26 June 1989 p. 34. "Ticker-Tape Challenge: Planning the Big Parade." New York Times. 13 May 1991
Title
Guide to the Barnett Lipton papers, 1970-1993
Status
Completed
Author
Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University
Date
2007
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center, The George Washington University Repository

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