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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
  • Processing Information
  • UCLA Catalog Record ID
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement

  • Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
    Title: B.D. Shamberg papers
    Creator: Shamberg, B.D.
    Identifier/Call Number: PASC.0358
    Physical Description: 1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
    Date (inclusive): 1959-1966
    Abstract: B.D. Shamberg was an artist agent/manager who represented actors, writers and musicians in the 1960's. The collection consists of business and personal correspondence, contractual and administrative materials as well as assorted artists' photographs.
    Physical Location: Stored off-site. All requests to access special collections material must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.
    Language of Material: Materials are in English.

    Conditions Governing Access

    Open for research. All requests to access special collections materials must be made in advance using the request button located on this page.

    Conditions Governing Use

    Property rights to the physical objects belong to UCLA Library Special Collections. All other rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], B.D. Shamberg papers (Collection PASC 358). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Provenance unknown.

    Processing Information

    Collections are processed to a variety of levels depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived user interest and research value, availability of staff and resources, and competing priorities. Library Special Collections provides a standard level of preservation and access for all collections and, when time and resources permit, conducts more intensive processing. These materials have been arranged and described according to national and local standards and best practices.
    Processed by Elizabeth Graney, under the supervision of Julie Graham, circa 2016.

    UCLA Catalog Record ID

    UCLA Catalog Record ID: 6706258 


    There is little biographical information available about B.D. Shamberg. The following information was determined by information found in the collection. B.D. "Sonny" Shamberg was the Music Director of the Ideal Productions Studio in New York City in 1941. For the next ten years, he was a writer and full member of the Screen Writers Guild. Shamberg appeared to start his career as artist agent/manager in 1951 when he joined the Lester Saklow Agency. Over the next five years he worked for companies as the William Shiffran Agency and the Gus Dembling Agency. In 1956 Shamberg was appointed head of the Talent Department for the Frank Cooper Associates Agency, a position he retained for four years before starting his own artist management agency, the B.D. Shamberg Agency in 1962. One of his clients appears to have been Burt Reynolds. One year later, Shamberg partnered with Ray Sackheim and two other artist agents to form the Coast Artists Agency. In late-1963 or early 1964, Sackheim and Shamberg left Coast Artists and started the Management of Artists Agency; one year later, Shamberg took full control of the agency. Shamberg died on January 28, 1966 due to heart failure.

    Scope and Content

    The collection consists of files related to the career of the creative artist agent/manager B.D. Shamberg. The papers include correspondence to and from Shamberg, contracts, administrative material, and photographs of what appear to be clients and/or talent. Among the files is one folder related to the career of Burt Reynolds from the early 1960s.

    Organization and Arrangement

    The files are arranged alphabetically by file title.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Theatrical agents -- United States -- Archives.
    Shamberg, B.D.--Archives