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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...

Markoff, Florence

Radio Scripts

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

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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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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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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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Book Manuscript

For over twenty years, Florence Markoff worked to transform her radio show “You Said a Mouthful” into a book that combined the etymology of her radio program with cooking recipes that correlated to each chapter of the book. Markoff worked with Wen...

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Research, Marketing, and Publication

Contains 2 folders that consist of research materials amassed by Markoff for the book, as well as marketing research conducted by Markoff and the book’s publishers. Research includes information about the subjects in the book as well as articles w...

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Contains 2 folders that consist of illustrations drawn by Sandra Feit and Nora L’Heuheux. This includes both original sketches and drafts for illustrations, the final illustrations, and copies of the illustrations. These illustrations were for the...

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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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Contains 4 folders that consist of the book’s index. The folders contain multiple drafts of the extensive index of the book’s contents.

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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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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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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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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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