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Helen L. Markell and Esther V. Martin Sacramento Bee and KFBeeK Players collection
MS0095  
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Table of contents What's This?
  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing Information
  • Biography / Administrative History
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Dates: 1944-1998
    Bulk Dates: 1950-1990
    Collection number: MS0095
    Creator: Markell, Helen L. (1914-2005)
    Creator: Martin, Esther Virone (1918-2012)
    Collection Size: 0.5 linear feet (1 box)
    Repository: Center for Sacramento History
    Sacramento, California 95811-0229
    Abstract: The collection documents Helen L. Markell and Esther Virone Martin's work for the Sacramento Bee and involvement with the KFBeeK Players. Material includes Markell's published columns and reader responses from the 1970s, and draft columns from the 1990s; items related to Eleanor McClatchy; Martin's photographs and ephemera; KFBeeK Players productions photographs and ephemera; history booklets documenting the Sacramento Civic Theater; and material pertaining to the Sacramento Bee's employee library, Beeline Book Alley. Items date from 1944 to 1998, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

    Access

    Collection is open for research use.

    Publication Rights

    All requests to publish or quote from private manuscripts held by the Center for Sacramento History (CSH) must be submitted in writing to csh@cityofsacramento.org. Permission for publication is given on behalf of CSH as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the patron. No permission is necessary to publish or quote from public records.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item and/or item number], [box and folder number], Helen L. Markell and Esther V. Martin Sacramento Bee and KFBeeK Players collection, MS0095, Center for Sacramento History.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Joanne Virone, niece of Esther Virone Martin (accession number 2012/023)

    Processing Information

    Processing and finding aid by Alex Guilbert, 2012. Finding aid edited by Kim Hayden, 2021.

    Biography / Administrative History

    Helen L. "Marki" Markell was born in Portland, Oregon on March 15, 1914. Markell worked with Eleanor McClatchy at KFBK radio and the Sacramento Bee. She participated in the KFBeeK Players and directed many of their shows. She also operated the Sacramento Bee's Beeline Book Alley, a library and reference center for the staff of the newspaper. She wrote numerous columns for the Sacramento Bee from the 1970s into the 1990s. She passed away in Sacramento on July 3, 2005.
    Esther Virone Martin was born in Sacramento on July 7, 1918. She worked as private secretary to Eleanor McClatchy at the Sacramento Bee from early 1940s into the 1960s. She participated in the KFBeeK Players. She was married to Emil Martin until his death in 1991. She was very close friends with Markell and became executor of her estate. She acquired the material in this collection upon Markell's death. Martin passed away on January 23, 2012.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The collection documents Helen L. Markell and Esther Virone Martin's work for the Sacramento Bee and involvement with the KFBeeK Players. Material includes Markell's published columns and reader responses from the 1970s, and draft columns from the 1990s; items related to Eleanor McClatchy; photographs and ephemera from KFBeeK Players productions; history booklets documenting the Sacramento Civic Theater; Sacramento Bee employee newsletters; photographs and ephemera; and material pertaining to the Sacramento Bee's employee library, Beeline Book Alley. Items date from 1944 to 1998, with the bulk from 1950 to 1990.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Sacramento Bee (Newspaper)
    KFBK
    Sacramento (Calif.)--Theater
    McClatchy, Eleanor, 1895-1980
    Sacramento (Calif.)--Journalism
    Sacramento (Calif.)--Publishing