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About Tom Draper Collection

Tom Draper was hired as a salesman by RCA in 1970 while still in business school. He worked his way up to promotions in the company’s newly established black music division and eventually became vice president of A&R. In 1975, he was hired to do marketing and promotion for Warner Bros. Records. During his tenure there, from 1975 to 1987, Warner Bros. Records’ black artist roster not only flourished but surpassed those of all the other major labels. Draper's collection documents the career of an African American music executive and covers his tenures at RCA Records and Warner Bros. Records. The bulk of the collection consists of 80 publicity photographs taken during music industry events. Also included is correspondence, press clippings and programs for concerts produced by Draper.

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