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Alan E. Abrams papers, 1959-2013 (majority within 1964-1971)

2 linear feet (in 4 boxes) — 507 MB (online)

Alan Abrams is a Detroit-based press agent/public relations consultant in the music business; publicist for Motown Record Corporation, 1964-1966, later with Stax Records, 1967-1968. The collection consists of press releases, clippings, publicity material, scrapbooks containing press coverage of the recording artists that he represented, including the Supremes, photographs, and his writings about Motown, Otis Redding, and Florence Ballard.

The Al Abrams collection contains scrapbooks, correspondence, press releases, photographs, and memoirs detailing Abrams' work as a publicist and press agent for Detroit's Motown and for Stax Records in Memphis. The collection is valuable for its documentation of Motown in the period of the early to mid-1960s when this Detroit company was beginning its great string of record successes. Abrams was a great collector of press and other materials about the artists who worked for Motown and Stax-Volt.

The Abrams collection measures two linear feet and four oversize volumes whose contents have been foldered. The collection has been arranged into the following series: Motown Record Company, Stax Record Company, Al Abrams Associates, Miscellaneous, Visual Materials, and Scrapbooks.


Tommy Good collection, 1963-2006 (majority within 1963-1965)

0.1 linear feet — 1 audiotape — 1 optical discs (audio CD) — 393 MB (online)

Tommy Good was a Motown recording artist in the early 1960s. His collection includes programs from Motown concerts, one of which was signed by Stevie Wonder. It also includes audio recordings of songs he performed as well as a song written and sung by Berry Gordy for Good.

The Tommy Good collection includes programs for Motown productions including the Motor Town Revue (1964) and Americans in Harmony (1965). Sound recordings include a tape of Berry Gordy singing "Bad Bad Baby," a song he wrote for Good and a 2006 compilation CD of Good's Motown recordings with some accompanying notes. The collection has been organized into two series: Programs and Sound Recordings.

The Library has undertaken the digitization of sound recordings within this collection. The resulting audio files are available for playback only in the Bentley Library Reading Room. Links to item images and additional information are available within this finding aid. Original sound recordings are available for staff use only.