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    Paul Keyes and Richard Nixon Archive. Paul Keyes was a producer and writer for television shows, receiving ten Emmy Award nominations. He received the award three times as well as a Golden Globe Award. He wrote for The Tonight Show with Steve Allen, The Tonight Show with Jack Paar, the Dean Martin Show, and Laugh In. He wrote and produced the Emmys, Golden Globe, and People's Choice Award shows. He was good friends with Frank Sinatra and John Wayne and produced many charity fund-raisers in conjunction with major movie stars. He met Richard Nixon in 1962 when Nixon appeared on the Jack Paar Show which Keyes was producing. The two formed a lasting friendship. Keyes then became actively involved in Nixon's campaign for governor in California. He later was asked by Nixon to produce shows at the White House. Keyes died in 2004 at the age of 79.

    This lot consists of Keyes' retained files related specifically to Richard Nixon. There are eighteen Pentaflex folders containing dozens of manila files. There are hundreds of documents and bits of ephemera, weighing perhaps 15-20 pounds. The vast majority of the material relates to the 1962 gubernatorial election, although there are some items dated as late as 1973. Included are: campaign bumper stickers, buttons, letterheads, pamphlets, original artwork for cartoons, transcripts of speeches, internal memos, newspaper clippings, publicity photos, dinner programs and menus, invitations, telegrams, etc. There is autograph material from Bob Haldeman, Rose Mary Woods, Regis Philbin (working at a San Diego TV station in 1962) , Diane Sawyer (working as assistant to the White House Press Secretary), and one from Richard Nixon. There are also two mini-cassettes recording a phone conversation between Keyes and Spiro Agnew shortly after Agnew's resignation as Vice President. The archive would be an invaluable research tool for someone contemplating a book on this period in Nixon's career, as the insights into the workings of a political campaign are fascinating. There is also crossover appeal to collectors of entertainment memorabilia. Despite his perceived failure in the 1960 televised debates, Nixon was anxious to use television to promote his career, appearing on many programs. In partnership with Keyes, the Nixon campaign tried to benefit from association with Hollywood celebrities. As an example, the archive includes an extensive list of movie stars along with their current activities, with a view towards their possible involvement. As they say, this is definitely worthy of "further research."


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