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NEW YORK, August 1, 2017 -- The writings and archives of legendary arts journalist Jerry Tallmer (1920-2014) have been added to the Performing Arts Collections of the Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Columbia University's Butler Library, 535 West 114th Street, where they join the papers of a number of important journalists and critics, including Harrison Salisbury, Herbert Matthews, Andrew Sarris, Judith Crist and others.

It is unlikely that the New York arts scene, with its respect for new work and its dependence on a constant inflow of new talent, would be the same today without Jerry Tallmer's reportage.  Through his writings for the Village Voice, New York Post, The Villager and others, he discovered and championed more blooming talents than any other single source in the American news media. Tallmer was inducted into the Players Club Hall of Fame on September 30, 2012. An extensive biography can be found here.

In the two years preceding his death, Tallmer was actively writing a memoir, "Birth of a Voice," sections of which were published in The Villager, and the complete text will be available in the library once the archive is cataloged.

Frances and Jerry Tallmer, Players Club 2012

Before her recent death, Tallmer's wife, Francis Monica Tallmer, requested that his papers be preserved in the Columbia Library so that they could be a resource for artists and researchers and an inspiration for arts journalists to come. Francis died of brain cancer March 15 at Terence Cardinal Cooke Health Care Center, where she had been living for five months. She was 76. She was remembered June 10 in a family gathering organized by her neices at the Terrace Bar of Saks Fifth Avenue. She was a notable Flamenco dancer and married Tallmer in 1990. She had been previously married to comedian Ronnie Martin.



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