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Religious Identity and Personal

Contains 1 folder which consists of writings pertaining to Markoff’s Jewish identity. This includes scripts for her special edition of “Rhode Island Portraits in Sound” called “Jewish Portraits in Sound,” writings in Yiddish, and verses from the T...

Markoff, Florence

Florence Shapiro Markoff Papers

  • US MBE MSS 048
  • 1937 - 2015

The Florence Markoff Collection consists of materials that span over 70 years, dating between 1937 and 2015. Over half of the collection consists of radio scripts for Markoff’s three radio programs: There’s a Word for It, Rhode Island Portraits in...

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Clippings and Awards

This collection contains 1 folder that consists of articles, newspaper clippings, posters, and awards collected by Markoff over the course of nearly 50 years. Articles and clippings include articles written by Markoff, articles that mention Markof...

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Personal

This collection contains other materials that relate to Markoff’s personal life, Jewish identity, and professional life outside of her radio and book-writing career.

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Radio Scripts

This collection contains the scripts for Florence Markoff’s radio programs. Scripts span the 1975 through 2011.

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Portraits in Sound

Contains 4 folders of scripts for “Rhode Island Portraits in Sound.” Most scripts include multiple drafts, and some are accompanied by articles used as research for the segment. Some of these scripts are dated, with the earliest script marked 1976...

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Advertisements

Contains 1 folder of scripts for advertisements that were read on-air by Markoff during her radio programs. These advertisements are for local Rhode Island businesses like local banks and grocery stores.

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Other Writings

Contains 1 folder that consists of assorted works written or worked on by Markoff. These include scripts for speeches, radio programs aside from her programs, creative essays, and theater work. Notably, the collection includes a theater program fr...

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Personal

Contains 1 folder that consists of letters and printed emails that are personal correspondence, as well as fan letters and thank you letters from individuals. Letters date from 1976 through 2009.

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Correspondence

This collection contains letters written to, by, and on behalf of Markoff. Along with letters, the collection contains flyers and advertisements which would have been distributed by mail.

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There's a Word for It

Contains 24 folders of “There’s a Word for It” scripts. The program ran for nearly forty years and became what Markoff was most known for. Each segment broke down commonly used words and phrases to examine their etymology, their historical context...

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You Said a Mouthful

Contains 1 folder of scripts for “You Said a Mouthful.” This program was an off-shoot of “There’s a Word for It” with terms that were specific to food. Like “There’s a Word for It,” the program examined the etymology and evolution of commonly used...

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Professional

Contains 1 folder consisting of letters that pertain to Markoff’s business dealings, including speeches, audio books, and radio programs among other things. There are also drafts and copies of letters written by or on behalf of Markoff, as well as...

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Chapters and Drafts

Contains 4 folders that consist of the drafts and final manuscript of Markoff’s 2015 book You Said a Mouthful. The book is made up of 20 chapters along with an introduction, preface, and epilogue.

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Bibliography

Contains 1 folder of the book’s bibliography, which lists the materials used by Markoff in the research and writing of her book. While the entire bibliography is 17 pages, the folder is made up of multiple drafts.

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