Guide to the Stanley Frankel (1918-1999) Papers

Collection Title: Stanley Frankel (1918-1999) Papers
Dates: 1916-1999
Identification: 31/6/84
Creator: Frankel, Stanley A.,
Extent: 17 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Stanley Frankel Papers fill seventeen boxes and span the years 1916 to 1999; the bulk of the papers date between 1940 and 1999. The papers consist mostly of correspondence and news clippings pertaining to his political contacts and the companies for which he worked. Biographical files .
The correspondence subseries is arranged alphabetically by the subject of the correspondence. Also included in this subseries are news clippings, campaign materials and speeches pertaining to the politicians for whom Frankel wrote and campaigned. Items are arranged chronologically.
The organizations subseries contains mainly correspondence and clippings relating to Frankel's business affiliations, including the Ogden Corporation, the Public Relations Board and Dayco Corporation.
Acquisition Information: The Stanley Frankel papers include materials transferred to the University Archives by Stanley Frankel (Accession No. 90-88, July 19, 1990; Accession No. 90-105, August 1, 1990; Accession No. 90-121, August 13, 1990; and Accession No. 91-148, August 21, 1991). Biographical materials from the University Archives' Biographical Files were also incorporated into the papers.
Processing Information: David Morrison; May 10, 2005.
Separated Materials: Approximately three inches of duplicate or extraneous matter was discarded.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Stanley Arthur Frankel was born on December 8, 1918, in Dayton, Ohio to Mandel Frankel of Peoria, Illinois and Olive Margolis of Dayton.

Frankel grew up in Dayton and attended Colonel White Junior High School (diploma, Box 1, Folder 1) and Steele High School, where he graduated as valedictorian in 1936.

He enrolled at Northwestern University in the fall of 1937. During his time at Northwestern, Frankel was class president three times, was president of Phi Eta Sigma and a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Phi Epsilon Pi fraternity. Editor of the Daily Northwestern during his senior year, he was also known around campus for his “Frankel-y Speaking” columns (Box 17, Folder 4), in which he spoke out against racial prejudice and for America's neutrality on the global scene, among other things. He also met his future wife, Irene Baskin of Chicago, in Harris Hall during his senior year. Frankel graduated Magna Cum Laude in June 1940 with a B.S. degree in Liberal Arts. He was valedictorian of his class and was nominated as a Rhodes Scholar candidate.

After graduation, Frankel went to work at the Chicago City News Bureau until he was drafted into the U.S. Army in January, 1941, and assigned to the 37th Ohio National Guard Division, later to become the 37th Infantry Division when America entered World War II. He fought in the Pacific theater, rising in rank from a private to a major and receiving a Presidential Unit Citation for the capture of Manila, Philippines. He also wrote a history of the 37th Division that some war historians called “the best division history coming out of World War II” (Box 16, Folder 8).

He and Irene married on February 20, 1946, and had their first son, Stephen Baskin Frankel, on November 5, 1947. Stephen was followed by Thomas Mandel Frankel on July 21, 1950, and their first daughter, Nancy Olivia Frankel, on June 4, 1955. He worked for Esquire and Coronet magazines from 1946 to 1955, where he wrote some of his most notable articles, like “The Real Story of Rodger Young,” about a soldier in his division who posthumously won the Congressional Medal of Honor (Box 17, Folder 2), “Rudolph, That Amazing Reindeer” (Box 17, Folder 3) and Adlai Stevenson's “If I Were 21” piece, which he co-authored (Box 17, Folder 4). Frankel and his family moved from Chicago to Scarsdale, New York, in 1959.

He served as vice president for both the Ogden Corporation and the McCall Corporation. In his free time, Frankel served as a speechwriter for Democratic presidential candidates including Adlai Stevenson, George McGovern and Hubert Humphrey. He also wrote speeches for Federal Communications Commission chairman Newton N. Minow, a fellow Northwestern graduate who was also Frankel's brother-in-law.

This political activity landed him on Richard Nixon's enemies list, a distinction of which Frankel was very proud.

In 1963, Frankel won the Peabody Award for his work on “The Adlai Stevenson Reports,” a series of televised interviews with the United Nations ambassador (Box 5, Folders 5-6). He also received the Northwestern Alumni Merit Award in 1964, the same year he was elected president of the Northwestern University Club of New York.

Frankel was selected to serve on numerous task forces and national organizations, including stints with the Peace Corps, the Joint Economic Committee and positions on task forces on unemployment, youth employment and job training. He was also active in the YMCA of Greater New York and the school board and town club in Scarsdale.

Later in his life, Frankel was an adjunct professor of business and management at Baruch College (City University of New York) and Pace University. In 1980, he was elected president of the Phi Beta Kappa Associates. He also served as a consultant for Dayco Corporation, a company in his native Dayton.

He revived his “Frankel-y Speaking” columns for This Week In Westchester, a local newspaper, in the mid 1980s (Box 16, Folders 4-6). He also authored a book of his memoirs, based on diary entries and short stories written during World War II, called Frankel-y Speaking About World War II In The South Pacific (Box 16, Folder 7). This led to being interviewed for the CBS special, “Victory in The Pacific,” as well as a “Frankel-y Speaking” talk show on local Scarsdale television.

Frankel died from complications from a cerebral aneurysm on November 12, 1999.

Scope and Content

The Stanley Frankel Papers fill seventeen boxes and span the years 1916 to 1999; the bulk of the papers date between 1940 and 1999. The papers consist mostly of correspondence and news clippings pertaining to his political contacts and the companies for which he worked.

Biographical files include personal information and news articles about Frankel (Box 1, Folders 1-2) and his extended family (Box 1, Folder 3-4). They also include information about his Northwestern alumni activities (Box 1, Folder 5) and materials from his combat experience in World War II (Box 1, Folder 6). Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

The correspondence subseries is arranged alphabetically by the subject of the correspondence. Many of the letters feature written conversations between Frankel and prominent political figures. As a result, there are personally signed letters from prominent individuals such as Adlai Stevenson (Box 5, Folder 3), George McGovern (Box 3, Folder 2), Hubert Humphrey (Box 2, Folder 3), Newton Minow (Box 3, Folder 5), Sargent Shriver (Box 5, Folder 2) and Walter Mondale (Box 4, Folder 5). Also included in this subseries are news clippings, campaign materials and speeches pertaining to the politicians for whom Frankel wrote and campaigned. Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

The organizations subseries contains mainly correspondence and clippings relating to Frankel's business affiliations, including the Ogden Corporation, the Public Relations Board and Dayco Corporation. It also includes materials used in teaching his management course at Baruch College, (Box 5, Folder 10) along with teacher and course evaluations (Box 6, Folder 2). A large section of this subseries also contains materials from various other organizations and task forces, like the Democratic Party, of particular interest are documents relating to the inauguration of President John F. Kennedy (Box 7, Folder 5), the Peace Corps and task forces for the governor and lieutenant governor of New York, as well as Vice President Mondale. Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

The books and publications subseries contains copies of various articles written by Frankel during World War II (Box 17, Folder 4) and while at Esquire and Coronet. It also contains opinion pieces written by Frankel, including “In Defense of Patriotism” (Box 16, Folder 9) and his “Frankel-y Speaking” columns (Box 16, Folders 4-6). It also contains outlines and news clippings about his books, including History of the 37th Infantry Division (Box 16, Folder 8) and a fragmentary draft of Frankel-y Speaking About World War II In The South Pacific (Box 16, Folder 7). Items within each file are arranged chronologically.

Subjects

Personal Name

Frankel, Stanley A.--Correspondence

Subjects

United States--Politics and government--1953-1961

United States--Politics and government--1961-1963

United States--Politics and government--1963-1965


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Files
    • General Biographical, 1933-1979Box 1, Folder 1
    • General Biographical, 1979-1999Box 1, Folder 2
    • Family Materials, 1916-1974Box 1, Folder 3
    • Family Materials, 1975-1997Box 1, Folder 4
    • Northwestern University Alumni, 1950-1992Box 1, Folder 5
    • Wartime, 1942-1990Box 1, Folder 6
  • Correspondence
    • Correspondence: General, 1935-1962Box 1, Folder 7
    • Correspondence: General, 1962-1973Box 2, Folder 1
    • Correspondence: General, 1973-1992Box 2, Folder 2
    • Hubert H. Humphrey: Correspondence, 1962-1977Box 2, Folder 3
    • Hubert H. Humphrey: Campaign, Fundraising Materials, 1964-1968Box 2, Folder 4
    • Hubert H. Humphrey: Speeches, 1966-1969Box 2, Folder 5
    • Robert F. Kennedy: Correspondence, 1964-1967Box 3, Folder 1
    • George S. McGovern: Correspondence, 1963-1978Box 3, Folder 2
    • George S. McGovern: Clippings, 1964-1992Box 3, Folder 3
    • George S. McGovern: Campaign Materials, 1963-1983Box 3, Folder 4
    • Newton N. Minow: Correspondence, 1951-1984Box 3, Folder 5
    • Newton N. Minow: Clippings, 1961Box 3, Folder 6
    • Newton N. Minow: Clippings, 1961-1964Box 3, Folder 7
    • Newton N. Minow: Clippings, 1964-1985Box 4, Folder 1
    • Newton N. Minow: Speeches, 1958-1962Box 4, Folder 2
    • Newton N. Minow: Speeches, 1963Box 4, Folder 3
    • Newton N. Minow: Speeches, 1963-1985Box 4, Folder 4
    • Walter F. Mondale: Correspondence, 1965-1983Box 4, Folder 5
    • Walter F. Mondale: Clippings, 1966-1983Box 4, Folder 6
    • Richard M. Nixon: Correspondence, 1968-1973Box 5, Folder 1
    • Sargent Shriver: Correspondence, 1970-1987Box 5, Folder 2
    • Adlai Stevenson: Correspondence, 1948-1965Box 5, Folder 3
    • Adlai Stevenson: Clippings, 1950-1961Box 5, Folder 4
    • Adlai Stevenson Reports: Correspondence, 1961-1963Box 5, Folder 5
    • Adlai Stevenson Reports: Clippings, Production Materials, 1961-1963Box 5, Folder 6
    • Adlai Stevenson III: Correspondence, 1965-1986Box 5, Folder 7
  • Organizations
    • American Assembly: Choosing the President, 1973-1974Box 5, Folder 8
    • Baruch College: Correspondence, 1976-1991Box 5, Folder 9
    • Baruch College: Course Materials, 1976-1979Box 5, Folder 10
    • Baruch College: Course Materials, 1979-1991Box 6, Folder 1
    • Baruch College: Teacher and Course Evaluations, 1975-1994Box 6, Folder 2
    • City University of New York: Clippings, 1970-1975Box 6, Folder 3
    • City University of New York: Panels, Committees, Commissions, 1968-1975Box 6, Folder 4
    • Committee for Economic Development, 1963Box 6, Folder 5
    • Dayco, 1974-1984Box 6, Folder 6
    • Dayco, 1984-1985Box 6, Folder 7
    • Dayco, 1985-1986Box 7, Folder 1
    • Dayco, 1986Box 7, Folder 2
    • Dayco, 1986-1987Box 7, Folder 3
    • Democratic Party: Conventions, 1962-1972Box 7, Folder 4
    • Democratic Party: Kennedy Inauguration, 1961Box 7, Folder 5
    • Democratic Party: Scarsdale and Westchester County Democratic Committee, 1963-1988Box 7, Folder 6
    • Fleet/Norstar, 1987-1988Box 7, Folder 7
    • Foreign Trade Advisory Committee: Report, 1966Box 8, Folder 1
    • Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education: Clippings, 1974Box 8, Folder 2
    • Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education: Correspondence, 1975Box 8, Folder 3
    • Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education: Reports, Drafts, 1974-1975Box 8, Folder 4
    • Governor’s Task Force on Higher Education: Reports, Drafts, 1975-1976Box 8, Folder 5
    • Heekin Can / Doring, 1987Box 8, Folder 6
    • Institute of Career and Planning, 1978-1979Box 8, Folder 7
    • Joint Economic Committee, 1976-1979Box 8, Folder 8
    • Lieutenant Governor’s Task Force on Job Training: Clippings, 1983Box 8, Folder 9
    • Lieutenant Governor’s Task Fore on Job Training: Correspondence, 1983Box 8, Folder 10
    • Lieutenant Governor’s Task Force on Job Training: Speeches, General Materials, 1983Box 8, Folder 11
    • McCall Corporation, 1957-1963Box 9, Folder 1
    • National Council on Crime and Delinquency, 1967-1973Box 9, Folder 2
    • Ogden Corporation: Annual Reports, 1959-1964Box 9, Folder 3
    • Ogden Corporation: Annual Reports, 1966-1972Box 9, Folder 4
    • Ogden Corporation: Annual Reports, 1973-1976Box 9, Folder 5
    • Ogden Corporation: Annual Reports, 1977Box 9, Folder 6
    • Ogden Corporation: Annual Reports, 1978-1979Box 9, Folder 7
    • Ogden Corporation: Annual Reports, 1980-1981Box 10, Folder 1
    • Ogden Corporation: Clippings, 1961-1985Box 10, Folder 2
    • Ogden Corporation: Correspondence, 1962-1981Box 10, Folder 3
    • Ogden Corporation: Correspondence, 1981-1985Box 10, Folder 4
    • Ogden Corporation: Political Action Fund, 1981-1987Box 10, Folder 5
    • Peace Corps: Clippings, 1964-1987Box 10, Folder 6
    • Peace Corps: Correspondence, 1965-1987Box 10, Folder 7
    • Peace Corps: Meetings, Reports, General Materials, 1965-1967Box 11, Folder 1
    • Peace Corps: Speeches, 1965-1967Box 11, Folder 2
    • Public Relations Board: Materials, 1973-1987Box 11, Folder 3
    • Phi Beta Kappa: Clippings, 1981-1990Box 11, Folder 4
    • Phi Beta Kappa: Correspondence, 1972-1988Box 11, Folder 5
    • Phi Beta Kappa: Correspondence, 1989-1991Box 11, Folder 6
    • Phi Beta Kappa: Meetings, Reports, General Materials, 1972-1988Box 12, Folder 1
    • Phi Beta Kappa: Meetings, Reports, General Materials, 1988-1991Box 12, Folder 2
    • Public Relations Board: Materials, 1948-1961Box 12, Folder 3
    • Public Relations Board: Materials, 1961-1979Box 12, Folder 4
    • Public Relations Board: Newsletter, 1954-1955Box 12, Folder 5
    • Public Relations Board: Newsletter, 1958-1959Box 12, Folder 6
    • Public Relations Board: Newsletter, 1959-1960Box 12, Folder 7
    • Public Relations Board: Newsletter, 1960-1961Box 13, Folder 1
    • Public Relations: General, 1981-1983Box 13, Folder 2
    • Public Relations: General, 1983-1985Box 13, Folder 3
    • Resumes, 1978-1984Box 13, Folder 4
    • Resumes, 1984-1987Box 13, Folder 5
    • Scarsdale Adult School: Clippings, 1970-1972Box 13, Folder 6
    • Scarsdale Adult School: General Materials, 1968-1975Box 13, Folder 7
    • Scarsdale Town Club: Clippings, Press Releases, 1962-1970Box 13, Folder 8
    • Scarsdale Town Club: Correspondence, 1963-1970Box 14, Folder 1
    • Scarsdale Town Club: Meetings, Reports, General Materials, 1961-1970Box 14, Folder 2
    • Scarsdale Youth Relations Committee: Clippings, 1963-1965Box 14, Folder 3
    • Scarsdale Youth Relations Committee: Correspondence, 1964-1965Box 14, Folder 4
    • Scarsdale Youth Relations Committee: Meetings, Minutes, 1964-1966Box 14, Folder 5
    • State University of New York: Reports, General Materials, 1970-1971Box 15, Folder 1
    • State University of New York: Reports, General Materials, 1971-1973Box 15, Folder 2
    • United Nations Efforts for Assignment: Correspondence, 1975-1978Box 15, Folder 3
    • Vice President’s Task Force on Unemployment: Clippings, 1979-1983Box 15, Folder 4
    • Vice President’s Task Force on Unemployment: Correspondence, 1976-1983Box 15, Folder 5
    • Vice President’s Task Force on Unemployment: Speeches, General Materials, 1979-1983Box 15, Folder 6
    • Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment: Clippings, 1979-1983Box 15, Folder 7
    • Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment: Correspondence, 1978-1979Box 15, Folder 8
    • Vice President’s Task Force on Youth Employment: General Materials, 1978-1983Box 15, Folder 9
    • YMCA of Greater New York, 1965-1985Box 16, Folder 1
  • Books and Publications
    • “Arvey of Illinois: New Style Political Boss”, 1948-1949Box 16, Folder 2
    • Book Outlines, n.d.Box 16, Folder 3
    • “Frankel-y Speaking” Columns, 1988-1989Box 16, Folder 4
    • “Frankel-y Speaking” Columns, 1990Box 16, Folder 5
    • “Frankel-y Speaking” Columns, 1990-1991Box 16, Folder 6
    • Frankel-y Speaking About World War II in the South Pacific, 1991-1995Box 16, Folder 7
    • History of the 37th Infantry Division, 1945-1949Box 16, Folder 8
    • “In Defense of Patriotism”, 1970Box 16, Folder 9
    • Opinion Pieces, Letters to the Editor, 1964-1992Box 16, Folder 10
    • Radio Manuscripts, 1940Box 17, Folder 1
    • “The Real Story of Rodger Young”, 1946-1953Box 17, Folder 2
    • “Rudolph That Amazing Reindeer”, 1948-1973Box 17, Folder 3
    • War Stories, 1944-1985Box 17, Folder 4
    • General Articles, 1939-1984Box 17, Folder 5
    • General Speeches, n.d.Box 17, Folder 6