Sidney S. Fox papers, 1922-1980  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Fox, Sidney S., 1889-1980
Title
Sidney S. Fox papers
Dates
1922-1980 (inclusive)
Quantity
8 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0559
Summary
The Sidney S. Fox papers (1922-1980) provide an overview of Fox's personal and profesional life. There are also newsclippings concerning Fox, his family and friends, KDYL, and Fox's gambling. There are materials about KDYL, such as legal documents filed between KDYL and the Federal Communication Commission, materials detailing the sale of KDYL to TLF Broadcasting Corporation, as well as advertising materials, correspondence, and various financial materials. There are also materials reflecting Fox's other financial ventures including Fox Marquis Productions, Management Consulting, Miracle Diamonds Corporation, and Trampoline Centers, Incorporated. And finally, there are research materials compiled by Timothy Larson and Sandy Lewis detailing the organization of KDYL, key people in its history, and include notes and transcripts from interviews conducted by Larson and Lewis.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Sidney Fox (1889-1980) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, January 11, 1889. He did not enjoy school as a boy, but had an early interest in show business, and occasionally performed a small vaudeville act with a friend in local saloons. Although he was a good dancer, he abandoned a performing career because dancing was really the only talent he had. He still wanted to be involved with show business in some way, so he got a job as an usher in a vaudeville theater. His career as an usher was short, mostly because his parents wanted him to continue his education. Because of this, he was forced to quit his night job and find suitable employment during the day. He attended night school for about three years, and during that time he worked for the St. Louis Post Dispatch as a copy boy. He also worked as a sample clerk for a large fruit and nut company, and as a bookkeeper for a shoe pattern company.

Fox moved to Denver, Colorado for medical reasons at age seventeen. He met Al Hirschfield, who later became his employer. Fox represented Hirschfield's printing business by taking orders for business cards in Denver's Assignation District. In the early 1900s, the District housed about five hundred prostitutes, and was a popular section of town for miners and other men in the city. Fox's task was to sell business cards to the prostitutes.

Eight years later, Fox was working for Pathé and Selig Essenay Film Distributors, securing theater contracts throughout the country. He later moved into the state rights motion picture distribution business.

By 1919, Fox was living in Denver, but visited Salt Lake City quite frequently. On one occasion, he was invited to go on a business trip to Pocatello, Idaho, where he met his business contact, Eva Provol, at the Bannock Hotel for dinner. Fox married Eva Provol two weeks later in July of 1919. She was a widow with five children. After their marriage, Fox transferred his film distribution office from Denver to Salt Lake City.

Fox and his wife took a delayed honeymoon to Los Angeles in 1922. Later that year, they returned to Los Angeles, bought a house, and Fox became involved in real estate. When the market slowed there, Eva returned to Salt Lake City, while Sidney went to Florida becoming involved with the real estate boom there.

Fox returned to Salt Lake City in 1925. The following year, Fox furnished the capital to found Miracle Diamonds, Incorporated. The company was to produce and market a laxative called "Miracle Diamonds," made from the dried salt crystals of the Great Salt Lake. It was similar to a product already on the market called "Crazy Crystals."

In addition to "Miracle Diamonds," Fox came up with the idea of producing a series of radio programs about famous diamonds in order to market the laxative. He hired writers to research the history of famous diamonds, write the scripts, and Fox would sell the programs to radio stations. The stations could then sell the programs to jewelers or others who had an interest in promoting diamonds.

Fox created and produced 26 radio shows about famous diamonds at a cost of about $35,000. Shortly after that, Fox received notice from the Postal Department (as did the Crazy Crystals company), concerning the advertising and packaging of the products. At this point, Fox withdrew from the corporation, taking with him the 26 radio shows. He was able to successfully market the shows to 700 radio stations across the country, recover his original investment, and realize a $7,000 profit.

In 1927 Fox was approached by Fred Provol, his stepson, (who at that time was president and major stockholder of the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation) for help with a struggling radio station. Provol had not been able to make any progress in the profitable development of the station, so Fox agreed to reorganize the Corporation later that year. Upon examination of the station's books, the net asset value of KDYL was determined at $4,000. With the help of Gene O'Fallon (of KOA in Denver), Fox established an Operating License account in the amount of $11,000.

In 1927, with the help of a few friends, Fox was able to organize and execute the Free Trips to Paris campaign. The campaign was a contest for an all expense paid trip for three World War I veterans to attend the First American Legion Convention in Paris, France. Fox established a voting headquarters in downtown Salt Lake. The trips were to be awarded to the three veterans receiving the largest number of votes. The ballots were available to the general public and were obtained by purchasing products sold by participating merchants. Local merchants supported the contest by purchasing advertising time every night on a two hour radio program. Participating merchants were mentioned on the broadcasts as places where customers could "purchase" ballots for the contest. During this time, merchants who participated in the contest noticed an increase in patronage. This early form of radio advertising proved to be a great success.

In 1930, KDYL showed a profit of $14,000 and Fox was drawing a salary of a similar amount. The Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation's Operating License account was increased from $11,000 in 1927 to over $98,000 in 1930. By December of that year, Fox and his wife owned almost all of the outstanding stock. In addition, Fox was responsible for the financial records of the station, which made it possible for him to draw the salary of his choosing. Many times withdrawals were made from expense accounts of the corporation and credit was extended to cover any deficits.

The books came under examination by the Internal Revenue Service in 1931, and Fox claimed that withdrawals were made to cover the entertainment of customers, over and above the amounts shown to cover traveling expenses and Christmas gifts. The Internal Revenue Service determined that this was acceptable, but that the salary drawn by Fox was much higher than amounts paid by similar corporations. Fox was ordered to return all amounts drawn in excess of $10,000 during 1929 and 1930 to the International Broadcasting Corporation. His troubles with the Internal Revenue Service continued over many years.

In June of 1938, KDYL opened the KDYL Playhouse, a 350 seat theater for live radio broadcasts in the remodeled Masonic Temple at the corner of First South and Second East in Salt Lake City. The playhouse closed in 1944.

In 1939, NBC sold Fox a television demonstration unit that consisted of one camera, a control unit, six receivers, and a small closed circuit transmitter. In September of that year, the unit was installed in a local department store, and public demonstrations were given for three weeks. The unit was also set up at the Utah State Fair for the next two years. Plans were made to modify the equipment for over the air use. However, Japanese attacks in Pearl Harbor brought a halt to such plans. The War Production Board would not permit the manufacture or sale of television broadcasting equipment by regular manufacturers during the war.

Meanwhile, the engineering department at KDYL spent the next few years modifying the closed circuit equipment for use with a television broadcast transmitter. The transmitter was built by the station's engineers with parts acquired from all over the United States. KDYL was ready to begin television broadcasting as soon as the war ended. In September of 1945, KDYL submitted an application to the Federal Communication Commission for permission to operate a commercial television station on an experimental basis. In November of 1946, KDYL began broadcasting test patterns from studios located in the Regent Street Playhouse. KDYL was the first independent television station to broadcast test patterns in the United States.

Fox was frequently recognized as a philanthropist. He contributed regularly to charities, organized parties for children at Shriners Hospital, and in several instances, paid for employee medical expenses.

Although Fox was well known for his philanthropy, he had a compulsion for gambling that began in 1942. Over a twenty five year period, his losses amounted to $1.5 million. To add to his misfortune, Eva Provol Fox died in 1947. He married Zelda McQuarrie in 1949.

After two years of experimental broadcasting, KDYL television began regular daily transmission on April 19, 1948. KDYL was the first privately owned television station in the United States (the other twelve were owned by manufacturers, newspapers, experimental laboratories, and the motion picture industry), and was the first television station between Chicago and Los Angeles. In July 1948, Fox reorganized the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation as the Intermountain Broadcasting and Television Corporation. By 1952, KDYL TV was serving its audience with more than 100 hours of programming, 9:30 a.m. to midnight, seven days a week. The station had one of the longest schedules in the nation.

According to station records, Fox still did about 30 percent of the selling for the KDYL stations, and promoted television as he had radio. KDYL TV was the first station to televise a golf match over network television (NBC), and the first station to broadcast downhill ski racing from Alta, Utah.

By early 1953, rumors started to circulate about the sale of the KDYL stations to Time Incorporated. Arrangements were made in March of that year for Time Incorporated to purchase the KDYL stations, pending FCC approval. Fox owned 53.7 percent of the outstanding stock and was still the president and general manager of the KDYL stations. Other family members owned 38.7 percent of the corporation's outstanding stock. In all, the family owned 93 percent of the common stock.

The FCC authorized the sale and transfer of the properties of the Intermountain Broadcasting and Television Corporation to TLF Broadcasting, a subsidiary of Time Incorporated, on June 25, 1953, for $2.1 million.

Fox remained in a consulting position for TLF Broadcasting for two years following the sale of the stations. As part of the agreement with TLF Broadcasting, he could not participate in the radio or television business in the state of Utah for five years after he left the corporation. He continued as a consultant after leaving TLF Broadcasting in 1955. Later that year, Fox became involved in an endeavor to take management control of the Royal Nevada Hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In 1958, Fox sold Miriam's, a women's clothing shop in downtown Salt Lake City. He had established the business along with his stepdaughter, Miriam Provol, and stepson, Fred Provol, during 1946. Fox became sole owner of the shop in 1956.

During the summer of 1958, Fox announced the formation of a corporation in assocation with Alan Marquis, Hollywood producer/director/writer. Fox Marquis Productions was organized to produce films for television. This corporation was to be a short lived venture for all involved.

The 1960s were a time of change for Fox. His gambling losses were steadily increasing, and he made several attempts to gain control over his gambling by reading books and articles about reformed gamblers. By 1963 his losses decreased to $44,000. The following year Zelda McQuarrie Fox died of a congenital heart condition. During the early part of the decade, Fox sold his interest in the Royal Nevada Hotel, and Fox Marquis Productions dissolved. He later became involved in trampoline centers, this continued into the latter part of the decade.

Fox was virtually broke by the early 1970s, and his only source of income was from Social Security. In 1972 a group of men (in response to a request from Fox for financial aid) began monthly contributions to help Fox. The money was handled by Fox's lawyer and long time friend, Calvin Rawlings. Rawlings managed Fox's finances during the 1970s, and held some money aside for his funeral.

Fox was the recipient of many awards, including the University of Utah Broadcasters Association annual recognition, the Utah Advertising Federation Silver Medal, and he was inducted into the Utah Broadcasters Association Utah Broadcast Hall of Fame. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the Consistory and El Kalah Temple of the Shriners. He was also a member of the Elks Lodge, the Salt Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Salt Lake Advertising Club. During World War II he was appointed to the State Defense Council.

Fox died March 3, 1980, in a Salt Lake City nursing home of natural causes at age ninety one.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The materials were found in a back room of an old uniform company located in Salt Lake City, Utah. The collection provides a good overview of the personal and professional life of entrepreneur Sidney Fox.

Personal materials are housed in boxes one and two and include Fox's address books, awards, family documents, letters of recommendation, and personal notes. Box two contains family files that are mostly legal documents detailing the settlement of estates, stock transactions, and financial information concerning Fox's immediate relatives. Of particular interest is the file concerning Miriam's Incorporated, a women's ready to wear clothing shop owned by Miriam Fox Carson.

Section two includes personal and general correspondence. Letters and greeting cards from Fox's wives and close relatives are housed in box three. Correspondence from other relatives and friends can be found in box four. Because Fox's business dealings were very often of a personal nature, this may be reflected in the correspondence as a whole. General correspondence is filed alphabetically in box four.

Financial materials are found in the third section of the collection. These papers reflect Fox's entrepreneurial skills and financial interests. Of particular interest are materials concerning Dufo Uranium Mining Company and Oceanview Oil Corporation. Income tax materials are housed in box six and range in date from 1928 through 1972. These materials illustrate the problems Fox had with the Internal Revenue Service and the financial success of Fox's many business ventures. Fox's personal financial materials are found in boxes seven and eight and include bank statements, receipts and bills from the Belvedere Apartment Hotel, cancelled checks, promissory notes, various hotel and medical bills, and other loose financial materials. The cancelled checks provide interesting documentation of Fox's compulsion for gambling.

Section four contains news clippings concerning Fox, family members, friends, KDYL, and gambling. These materials are located in box nine. News clippings concerning the family have been arranged alphabetically; those concerning KDYL have been arranged chronologically.

Materials concerning KDYL have been filed in section five. Box ten contains legal documents filed between KDYL and the Federal Communication Commission from the years 1939 through 1945. Box eleven contains materials detailing the sale of KDYL to TLF Broadcasting Corporation, 1952 1955. KDYL general files can be found in box twelve and include advertising materials, correspondence, and financial materials.

Section six contains materials reflecting Fox's other financial ventures including Fox Marquis Productions, Management Consulting, Miracle Diamonds Corporation, and Trampoline Centers, Incorporated. These files have been arranged alphabetically by subject.

Section seven is made up of miscellaneous materials pertaining to Fox and his life, personally and professionally. Box fifteen contains research materials compiled by Dr. Timothy Larson and Sandy Lewis detailing the organization of KDYL, key people in its history, and include notes and transcripts from interviews conducted by Larson and Lewis.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Sidney S. Fox papers, MS 0559, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0559.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Personal MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sidney S. Fox, Personal Materials
Box Folder
1 1
Address Books
1 2
Address Books
1 3
Autobiography
1 4-6
Awards
Materials documenting Fox's receipt of the Silver Medal Award. Items include congratulatory correspondence, program, and speech given by Richmond T. Harris.
1974
1 7
Awards
University Broadcasters Award.
1 8
Biographical Materials
1 9
Family Documents
Earnest money receipt, offer to purchase, and statement to seller for home at 2349 Berkeley St.
1951
1 10
Family Documents
Warranty deed for land at Country Club Acres.
1951
1 11
Family Documents
Certificate and notice of assessment for grave plots, B'nai Israel Cemetery Association, 1957.
1957
1 12-14
Family Documents
Insurance policies, record books, beneficiaries, changes in policies.
1964-1971
1 15
Family Documents
Jewelry appraisals from Leyson Pearsall Co.
1 16
Letters of Recommendation
1969-70
1 17
Personal Notebook
1 18
Personal Notes
1 19
B'nai B'rith Lodge
Membership and committee list.
1 20
Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks
Newsletters, invitations, dues receipts.
1 21
Salt Lake Jewish Welfare Fund
Verification and pledge statements.
1 22
Masonic Lodge, Miscellaneous
Family Files
The materials housed in this subseries are mostly legal documents detailing the settlement of estates, stock transactions, and financial information concerning Fox's immediate relatives. Also included are materials concerning Miriam's Incorporated.
Box Folder
2 1
Eva Provol Fox Estate
1948
2 2
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
Hamburg Mining Company stock certificate dated November 26.
1934
2 3
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
Marriage certificates, August 7 and 8.
1949
2 4
Zelda McQuarrie Fox Estate
Probate documents.
1964-1966
2 5
Jessie Fox Loeb Estate
Probate documents
1958-1959
2 6
Jessie Fox Loeb
Safe deposit box inventory
1958
2 7
Jessie Fox Loeb
Stock transfer
1959
2 8
Leo A. Loeb
Last will and testament
1959
2 9
Leo A. Loeb Estate
Probate documents.
1967
2 10
Miriam's Incorporated
Furniture, fixture, and window display inventories, August 1958. Correspondence, survey of accounting system, 1954.
1954-1958
2 11
Miscellaneous Family Materials

CorrespondenceReturn to Top

The bulk of the correspondence was kept within its own particular subject and filed elsewhere in the collection. Correspondence in this portion of the collection has been divided into two sections, personal and general. Letters and greeting cards from immediate family and close relatives are housed in box three. Correspondence from other relatives and close friends can be found in box four. Because Fox's business dealings were very often of a personal nature, some record of that may be reflected in the personal and general correspondence in this section. General correspondence is filed alphabetically in box four.

Container(s) Description
Personal Correspondence
The materials in this subseries are primarily cards to Sidney from his first and second wives. Folders ten and eleven contain miscellaneous correspondence from relatives. See also box four.
Box Folder
3 1
Eva Provol Fox
Birthday cards to Sidney from Eva.
3 2
Eva Provol Fox
Christmas cards to Sidney from "Putsie."
3 3
Eva Provol Fox
Father's day cards to Sidney from Eva.
3 4
Eva Provol Fox
Miscellaneous greeting cards to Sidney from Eva.
3 5
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
Birthday cards to Sidney from Zelda.
3 6
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
Christmas cards to Sidney from Zelda.
3 7
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
Father's day cards to Sidney from Zelda.
3 8
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
Miscellaneous greeting cards to Sidney from Zelda.
3 9
Sidney S. Fox, Miscellaneous
Handwritten letter (torn) from Fox acknowledging financial help.Handwritten letter addressed "My dearest," dated February 3, 1979.Handwritten letter addressed "Dear Hank."Miscellaneous greeting cards signed by Fox.
3 10-11
Miscellaneous Correspondence from Relatives
Personal and General Correspondence
Personal correspondence in this subseries consists of greeting cards and letters to Fox from close friends and relatives. General correspondence in this box deals primarily with subject matters not mentioned elsewhere in the collection. Letters have been filed alphabetically within each classification.
Box Folder
4 1-23
Personal Correspondence, A- Z
4 24
Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence
4 25-27
General Correspondence, B -P
4 28
General Correspondence, Calvin W. Rawlings
4 29
General Correspondence, S-T

Financial MaterialsReturn to Top

These materials reflect Fox's entrepreneurial skills and varied financial interests. Of particular interest are materials concerning Dufo Uranium Mining Company and Oceanview Oil Corporation, housed in box five. Income tax materials are housed in box six and range in date from 1928 through 1972. These papers document the difficulties Fox had with the Internal Revenue Service, and the financial success of Fox's many business ventures. Fox's personal financial materials may be found in boxes seven and eight and include bank statements, receipts and bills from the Belvedere Apartment Hotel, cancelled checks, promissory notes, various hotel and medical bills, and other loose financial materials. The cancelled checks provide interesting documentation of Fox's compulsion for gambling.

Container(s) Description Dates
Stock Information
The materials housed in this subseries are primarily stock transfer receipts and stock reports, which reflect Fox's varied financial interests.
Box Folder
5 1
Algom Uranium
1954
5 2
Allis Chalmers Manufacturing
1954-1957
5 3
American Telephone and Telegraph
1953-1965
5 4
American Tobacco Company
1954-1955
5 5
Arrow Uranium
1955
5 6
Atlantic Refining Company
1954
5 7
Boeing Airplane
1955
5 8
Celanese Corporation
1954
5 9
Chrysler Corporation
1954
5 10
Commonwealth Edison
1953-1957
5 11
Comstock Uranium and Oil
1954
5 12
Cons Vultee Aircraft
1954
5 13
Consol Howey
1955
5 14
Cyclo Drama Incorporated
1965
5 15
Federal Uranium of Nevada
1955
5 16
General Dynamics
1954
5 17
General Motors
1956-1957
5 18
Hancock Oil California
1954-1955
5 19
Holland Furnace
1955
5 20
International Harvester
1954
5 21
Litton Industries
1955
5 22
Lockheed Aircraft
1954
5 23
Loews Incorporated
1954
5 24
Mountain Fuel Supply
1953
5 25
National Distillers
1954-1955
5 26
New York Central Railroad
1954-1955
5 27
Northern Illinois Gas Company
1954-1955
5 28
Pater Uranium
1955
5 29
Pathfinder Uranium
1955
5 30
Pennsylvania Railroad
1954-1955
5 31
Radio Corporation of America
1954
5 32
Rocky Mountain Uranium
1955
5 33
Schenley Industry
1954-1955
5 34
Standard Oil of California
1953-1957
5 35
Standard Oil of Indiana
1954-1957
5 36
Standard Oil of New Jersey
1953-1957
5 37
Standard Uranium Corporation
1954-1956
5 38
Sterling Uranium
1955-1958
5 39
Technicolor Incorporated
1954
5 40
Texas Gulf Producing
1954-1955
5 41
Transamerica Corporation
1954
5 42
Twentieth Century Fox
1954-1955
5 43
U.S. Steel Company
1954-1957
5 44
Uranium Corporation of America
1955-1956
5 45
White Canyon Mining
1955-1956
5 46
White Canyon Uranium
1955
5 47
Youngstown Sh. Tube
1954-1955
5 48-52
Stock Reports
1953-1957
5 53
Stock Reports Miscellaneous
1953
5 54
Dufo Uranium Mining Company
Application for mineral lease; agreement between Fox, Joseph H. Dupler, and R. C. Hartmann dated July 19.
1954
5 55
KLAS, Las Vegas, Nevada
Las Vegas Television, Incorporated balance sheet, statement of revenue and expenses, accounts payable reports, and preliminary development and construction phase reports.
1953
5 56
KLAS, Las Vegas, Nevada
Engineering report and market information.
1953
5 57
KLAS, Las Vegas, Nevada
Stockholder agreement and miscellaneous information.
1953
5 58
Oceanview Oil Corporation
Subscription agreement, assignment of participating royalty interest dated March 10.
1937
Income Tax Materials
This subseries contains tax records dating 1928 1972. They document Fox's difficulties with the Internal Revenue Service during those years.
Box Folder
6 1
Tax Form
1928
6 2
Letters concerning Income Tax Deficiency
1929-1930
6 3
Tax Form and Letters concerning Income Tax Deficiency
1931
6 4
Tax Form and Letter From Internal Revenue Service concerning Tax Liability
1932
6 5-7
Tax Forms
1933-1935
6 8
Letter of Protest, Gift Tax Forms and Letter
1936
6 9
Gift and Income Tax Forms and Letter
1937
6 10
Tax Forms and Letter concerning Tax Extension
1938
6 11-43
Tax Forms
1939-1972
Miscellaneous Financial Materials
Box Folder
7 1
First Security Bank of Utah
Bank statements.
1964-1969
7 2-3
Walker Bank and Trust Co.
Bank statements.
1951-1955
7 4
Zions First National Bank
Bank statements.
1969
7 5-8
The Belvedere Apartment Hotel
Monthly statements.
1969; 1978
7 9
The Belvedere Apartment Hotel
Receipts.
1971; 1976
7 10
The Belvedere Apartment Hotel
Electric bills.
1971; 1978
7 11
The Belvedere Apartment Hotel, Miscellaneous
Form letters, building notices concerning building policies.
7 12
Hotel Bills
7 13
Medical Bills
7 14
Miscellaneous Bills
Travel receipts, membership dues.
8
Miscellaneous Financial Materials
This box contains loose materials including cancelled checks and check stubs dating from 1942 to 1971, deposit slips, money order receipts, and promissory notes.
1942-1971

News ClippingsReturn to Top

News clippings concerning the family have been arranged alphabetically. News clippings concerning KDYL have been arranged chronologically.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
9 1
Sallie Amson Fox
9 2
Sidney S. Fox
9 3
Zelda McQuarrie Fox
9 4
Miscellaneous Family
9 5-21
KDYL
1938-1975
9 22
Henry A. Kissinger
9 23
Miscellaneous Obituaries
9 24
Miscellaneous News Clippings

KDYLReturn to Top

Materials concerning KDYL have been filed in the following series. Box ten contains legal documents filed with the Federal Communication Commission from the years 1939 through 1945. Box eleven contains materials from 1952 to 1955 detailing the sale of KDYL to TLF Broadcasting Corporation. KDYL general files can be found in box twelve, and include materials concerning advertising, correspondence, programming, and KDYL finances.

Container(s) Description Dates
KDYL Legal Documents
Materials in this subseries have been arranged chronologically to follow the legal progress of KDYL during the years 1939 1945.
Box Folder
10 1
Application to the Federal Communication Commission
Request for a change in frequency and permission to construct and operate a directional antenna system.
May 1939
10 2
Application to the Federal Communication Commission
Articles of incorporation of the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation dated July 19, 1926, filed as an exhibit to the application.
May 1939
10 3
Application to the Federal Communication Commission
Minutes from the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation Board of Directors meeting dated April 3, 1939, filed as an exhibit to the application.
May 1939
10 4
Utah Broadcasting Company Application
Order granting application to Utah Broadcasting Company.
December 1940
10 5-9
Correspondence
Letters concerning plans of action, technical specifications, detailing the decision making process.
1939-1941
10 10
Application to the Federal Communication Commission
Request for change in directional antenna system.
August 1941
10 11
Application to the Federal Communication Commission
Estimated costs, balance sheet, schematic diagrams, contracts, correspondence, and minutes filed as exhibits to the application.
August 1941
10 12
Federal Communication Memorandum
Memorandum opinion by the Federal Communication Commission stopping further construction or changes to transmitting facilities.
April 1942
10 13
Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation Petition
Petition by Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation requesting exception to April 27 memorandum opinion.
June 1942
10 14
Federal Communication Commission Petition and Hearing Request
Federal Communication Commission denial of petition and request for a formal hearing.
July 1942
10 15
Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation Hearing
Notice made by Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation of intent to appear at hearing as requested by the Federal Communication Commission.
July 1942
10 16
Notice of Hearing
Notice of hearing date.
August 1942
10 17
Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation Depositions
Motion made by Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation to take depositions of Sidney Fox and John Baldwin.
August 1942
10 18
Federal Communication Commission Depositions
Order by the Federal Communication Commission to take depositions of Sidney Fox and John Baldwin.
August 1942
10 19
Petition and Protests against KDYL
Petition filed against KDYL by (WABC) Columbia Broadcasting System, Incorporated protesting KDYL's pending application
August 1942
10 20
Dismissal of WABC Petition
September 1942
10 21
Depostion Petition
Petition requesting amendment of order to permit the deposition of Gus Backman in addition to those of Sidney Fox and John Baldwin.
September 1942
10 22
Deposition of Gus Backman
Amendment of order allowing deposition of Gus Backman to be taken.
September 1942
10 23
Gus Backman Deposition
September 1942
10 24
John Baldwin Depostion
September 1942
10 25
Sidney Fox Deposition
September 1942
10 26
Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation Proposed Findings
Proposed findings of fact and conclusions filed by the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation.
October 1942
10 27
Denial of Application
March 1943
10 28
Intermountain Broadcasting Oral Argument and Memorandum Brief
Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation exception to the Federal Communication Commission decision, request for oral argument and memorandum brief.
April 1943
10 29
Brief of Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation
May 1943
10 30
Offering of Evidence and Transcript of Hearing
Offering of evidence, transcript of hearing September 19, 1942.
May 1943
10 31
Supplemental Brief
May 1943
10 32
Denial of Application
October 1943
10 33
Application for Permits to Construct or Change Radio Stations
Supplemental statement of policy concerning application for permits to construct or change radio stations.
January 1944
10 34
Intermountain Broadcasting Petition for Reinstatement
Petition of the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation for reinstatement of application.
March 1944
10 35
Petition Denied
June 1944
10 36
Intermountian Broadcasting Requesting Kilocycles Permit
Petition by the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation requesting amendment to permit operation of KDYL on 880 kilocycles with 10,000 watts of power.
September 1944
10 37
John Baldwin Deposition
John Baldwin deposition detailing amendments to application filed September 18.
September 1944
10 38
Petition for Hearing, Rehearing and Other Relief
Petition for hearing, rehearing and other relief in regard to the granting of application to Salt Lake City Broadcasting Company.
November 1944
10 39
Permission to Change Transmitter Site
Order granting Louis Wasmer (of KGA in Spokane, Washington) permission to change transmitter site listed in his pending application.
November 1944
10 40
Motion to Postpone Filing Appearance
Motion made by the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation to postpone filing appearance for 30 days.
November 1944
10 41
Granting of Filing Appearance Postponement
Order granting postponement to the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation for filing appearance.
November 1944
10 42
Motion for Additional Postponement of Filing Apperance
Motion to postpone filing apearance by the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation for an additional 30 days.
December 1944
10 43
Granting of Partial Postponement
Order granting partial postponement to the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation.
December 1944
10 44
Federal Communication Commission Application for Construction or Changes of Radio Stations
Federal Communication Commission supplemental statement of policy concerning applications for permits to construct new radio stations or to make changes in existing radio facilities.
January 1945
10 45
Procedue for Standard Broadcast Applications
Public notice outlining procedure to be followed in handling standard broadcast applications under supplemental policy of January 16.
January 1945
10 46
Calumet Broadcasting Corporation News Release
News release regarding proposal to deny Calumet Broadcasting Corporation application.
July 1945
10 47
Motion to Amend Application
Motion filed by the Intermountain Broadcasting Corporation to amend application.
October 1945
10 48
Granting to Amend Application
Order granting motion to amend application.
November 1945
10 49
Application to the Federal Communication Commission
10 50-56
Correspondence
1942-1945
KDYL Sale to TLF Broadcasting Corporation
Materials dealing with the dissolution of Intermountain Broadcasting and Television Corporation, sale and transfer of stock to TLF Broadcasting Corporation.
Box Folder
11 1-8
Applications
Applications for transfer of control of Intermountain Broadcasting and Television Corporation to TLF Broadcasting Corporation.
May 1953
11 9-21
Correspondence
1953-1955
11 22
Financial Materials
Annual financial report made to the Federal Communication Commission.
1953
11 23
Financial Materials
Annual report to stockholders, Time Incorporated.
1952
11 24
Financial Materials
Balance sheets.
1953
11 25
Financial Materials
Distribution of payments made on purchase of capital stock.
1953-1954
11 26
Financial Materials
Equipment inventories.
11 27
Financial Materials
Film contracts in effect June 30.
1953
11 28
Financial Materials
Payroll summary.
1953
11 29
Financial Materials
Report of determination of deficit of net quick assets, June 30.
1953
11 30
Financial Materials
Statement of account, June 30
1953
11 31
Financial Materials
Stock purchase agreement (blank).
11 32
Legal Papers
Affidavit of giving notice of special meeting of stockholders, June 17.
1953
11 33
Legal Papers
Assignments to transfer stock, March 25.
1953
11 34
Legal Papers
Notices of special meeting of stockholders, June 8.
1953
11 35
Legal Papers
Oath of office, June 30.
1953
11 36
Legal Papers
Proxy authorizing vote of stock.
11 37
Legal Papers
Receipts acknowledging transfer of stock.
11 38-39
Minutes
Special meetings of the Board of Directors.
11 40
Service Itemizations
Segal, Smith and Hennessey, December 1952 to June 1953.
1952-1953
11 41
Miscellaneous Materials
KDYL General Files
Box Folder
12 1
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, general information.
12 2
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, advertising agreements.
12 3
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, advertising costs for Deseret News.
1927
12 4
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, advertising costs for the Salt Lake Tribune Publishing Co.
1927
12 5
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, expenses.
1927
12 6
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, correspondence dated 1927.
1927
12 7
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, news clippings.
1927
12 8
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, list of participating ex servicemen.
12 9-34
Advertising
Free Trips to Paris Campaign, list of participating merchants.
1927
12 35
Advertising Rate cards
1938-1941
12 36-40
Correspondence
1946-1950
12 41-43
Correspondence
1952-1954
12 44
Correspondence
1956
12 45
Correspondence
1965-1966
12 46
Financial Materials
Balance sheet.
1945
12 47
Financial Materials
Payroll summary (torn).
12 48
Financial Materials
Tax records.
1927-1930
12 49
Financial Materials
Tax records.
1932-1944
12 50-53
Financial Statements
1947-1953
12 54-57
Miscellaneous Materials

Other Financial VenturesReturn to Top

This series of the collection documents the various financial ventures Fox was involved with during his lifetime. The materials have been filed alphabetically by subject.

Container(s) Description Dates
Fox Marquis Productions
Box Folder
13 1
Agreements
Contracts between Fox and Arnold Marquis.
1956-1957
13 2
Articles of Incorporation
January 1958
13 3
Correspondence
1958-1960
13 4
Scripts
General description of all scripts.
13 5
"The Adventures of Dan'l Boone" Script
13 6
"The Ballad of Will Rogers" Script
13 7
"Diamonds" Script
13 8
"Love, Honor and Obey" Script
13 9
"Reunion" Script
13 10
"Robinson Crusoe, Junior" Script
13 11
"The Thirteenth Juror" Script
13 12
"The Unknown" Script
13 13
"Will Rogers" Script
13 14-15
Tax Materials
Correspondence, bills and tax forms concerning Fox Marquis Productions.
13 16
Miscellaneous Materials
Management Consulting, Miracle Diamonds Corporation, and Trampoline Centers, Inc.
Box Folder
14 1
Management Consulting
Receipts and disbursements, year ended December 1954.
1954
14 2
Management Consulting
Management consultant account.
1955
14 3
Management Consulting
Report of meeting held August 23, regarding controversy involving Fred Gebhardt, Dr. Paskin, and Four Crown Productions Incorporated.
1963
14 4
Management Consulting
Correspondence and agreement concerning Gary C. Thompson and Par lay gambling game.
14 5
Management Consulting
Miscellaneous materials.
14 6
Miracle Diamonds Corporation
Contracts with performers for "Diamond Dramas."
1933
14 7
Miracle Diamonds Corporation
Contract between Miracle Diamonds Corporation and Miracle Diamonds Distributor, September 25.
1933
14 8
Miracle Diamonds Corporation
Correspondence.
1933
14 9
Miracle Diamonds Corporation
General information, brief histories of famous diamonds, program brochures.
14 10
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Bank statements.
1960-1962
14 11
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Cancelled checks.
1960-1962
14 12
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Bank receipts.
14 13
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Instructor manuals.
14 14
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Invoice book.
1960
14 15
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Stock certificate book.
1960
14 16
Trampoline Centers Inc.
Miscellaneous materials

Miscellaneous MaterialsReturn to Top

Section seven is made up of miscellaneous materials pertaining to Fox and his life, personally and professionally. Box fifteen contains research materials compiled by Timothy Larson and Sandy Lewis detailing the organization of KDYL, key people in its history, and include notes and transcripts from interviews conducted by Larson and Lewis. Of particular interest are the posters housed in box seventeen.

Container(s) Description Dates
Research files
Research files compiled by Dr. Timothy Larson and Sandy Lewis detailing the history of KDYL, and include notes and transcripts from the interviews.
Box Folder
15 1
Bibliographic Materials
Lists of source materials for research.
15 2-3
Biographic Files
Notes and transcripts from interviews with John Baldwin.
15 4
Biographic Files
Notes from interviews with Bill Brennan.
15 5
Biographic Files
Notes from interviews with Hazel Lee Craig Felt.
15 6
Biographic Files
Notes and transcripts from interviews with Alan Frank.
15 7-8
Biographic Files
Notes from interviews with Ira J. Kaar.
15 9
Biographic Files
Notes from interviews with Alvin G. and Lena Marie Pack.
15 10
Biographic Files
Notes from interviews with Bob Welti.
15 11
Chronology of KDYL
1922-1973
15 12
Correspondence
1979-1980
15 13
Federal Communication Commission, Research Materials
Copies of materials compiled from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., detailing applications filed with the FCC by KDYL.
15 14
Newspaper Search Notes
List of newspaper articles on KDYL.
15 15-17
Miscellaneous Research Materials
Miscellaneous Materials
Box Folder
16 1
Cardinal Silver Inc.
Offering circular, January 20, 1969.
January 1969
16 2
Contract
Agreement concerning the play "The First Gentleman," February 1957.
February 1957
16 3
Preorganization Subscription Agreement
16 4
Royal Hotel Inc.
Notice of final meeting of creditors, July 11, 1963.
July 1963
16 5
Silver Medal Award Program
1980
16 6
Miscellaneous Materials
Oversize Materials
Box Folder
17 1
"Diamond Dramas" Program Psters
17 2
"Free Trips to Paris" Posters
17 3
KDYL Program Schedule
1947
17 4
Miscellaneous certificates

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Businessmen--Utah--Salt Lake City
  • Radio broadcasting--Utah--Salt Lake City--History--Sources
  • Television broadcasting--Utah--Salt Lake City--History--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Fox, Sidney S., 1889-1980--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • KDYL (Radio station: Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • KDYL (Television station: Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Business records
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Financial materials