University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Richard Palmer Papers, 1940-1986

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Palmer, Richard
Title: Richard Palmer Papers,
Dates: 1940-1986
Abstract: Richard Palmer's business papers document the three companies of the Ice Capades.
Accession No.: 98-087; 97-167
Extent: 1 ft., 3 in.
Laguage: Materials are written in English and Russian
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Richard Palmer joined the Ice Capades office in Los Angeles in 1942. He held many supervisory titles throughout his career with the famous ice show. In 1956 he was the electronic engineer; in 1961 he was the studio manager; and by 1967 he was vice-president of the company. He became president and CEO of the Ice Capades in 1980 and remained until 1986 when Metromedia sold the company. Throughout his career he witnessed the development of three companies of the Ice Capades known as East, West, and Continental. Ice Capades East, the original company, formed in 1940. The second company, known as Ice Cycles, stared in 1946 as a joint effort between the producers of the Ice Capades and the Ice Follies, using Follies production numbers and stars from both parent companies. After three seasons, Ice Follies sold their interest to Ice Capades. Subsequently, Ice Cycles became Ice Capades West, and the third company, Ice Capades Continental, was formed in 1974.

Scope and Contents

Printed material, books, choreography notes, schedules, and photographs document the three companies of the Ice Capades from 1940-1986. Printed material comprises the bulk of the records and includes a complete series of Ice Capades programs from 1940-1986. Pocket information included in the printed material refers to arena staff, staff telephone numbers, publicist's schedules, and shipping schedules for use by employees. Choreography notes include staging samples of: "the acts of mission improbable,""sing-a-long,""carnival, " and the opening act. Four inscribed books document world champion figure skaters.


Use Restrictions

Unrestricted access

Index Terms

Palmer, Richard
Hamill, Dorothy
Jackson, Donald
Magnussen, Karen
Ice Capades--Archives

Related Material

Forms part of the Professional Touring Entertainment Industry Archives.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Richard Palmer Papers, 1940-1986, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers


Ice Capades

3E312 Printed material
East company programs, 1940-1986
West company programs, 1955-1976
3E313 1977-1986
Continental company programs, 1974-1986
Foreign programs, 1976, undated
Mexico, undated
Japan, 1976
Program cover negative, undated
Arena directory, 1970-1975
Pocket information, 1962-1965
Technical information, 1964
Choreography notes, undated
3E314 Tour schedules, 1941-1981
Black and white 8 X 10 prints of skaters, undated
Color transparencies of skaters, undated
3S385 Two group photos of skaters and staff, undated
OD1402 Oversize material
Three Ice Capades group photos mounted on foam core, undated


Ice Cycles

3E314 Printed material
Programs, 1946-1955


World Champion Skating Books

3E314 Zolotye kon'ki brilliantami, by Ludmila Belousova and Oleg Protopopov, inscribed, 1971
Karen: The Karen Magnussen Story, by Karen Magnussen and Jeff Cross, inscribed, 1973
Donald Jackson: King of Blades, by George Cross, inscribed, 1977
Dorothy Hamill: On and Off the Ice, by Dorothy Hamill with Elva Clairmont, inscribed, 1983


Oversize Material

OD1402 Poster to commemorate the re-opening of New York's Ice Skating rink-Central Park-November 22,1986, with compliments of Donald J. Trump, 1986