The fonds consists of records relating to the personal and business lives of the Holiff family, in particular, Saul and Jonathan Holiff.
The records relating to Saul’s life date from 1914-2005 and include letters, notes, financial records, photographs, newspaper clippings, an oversize scrapbook, audio-visual recordings and publications that encompass Saul Holiff’s life, including years as an RCAF airman, salesman, entrepreneur, promoter, talent manager, columnist and television host, student of history, husband and father, in London Ontario, briefly in California, and later, British Columbia. The fonds documents Holiff’s early businesses in London as well as his entertainment management company, Volatile Attractions, his work and relationships with several Canadian and American music acts from 1956 to 1978, and most notably as manager to Johnny Cash from 1960 to 1973, amongst Cash’s most successful but personally challenging years. Correspondence between the Holiffs, Johnny Cash, June Carter and other members of the music business continues until 2005. Saul Holiff recorded an audio diary between circa 1967 and 1997 and these recordings provide an intimate look into his personal life, business and, importantly, his relationships with family and business associates, including, Johnny Cash.
The records relating to Jonathan Holiff primarily concern the research, preproduction, feature release of and promotion for My Father and the Man in Black, dating from 2006-2015, and consist of 2.85 Terabytes of born digital audio, video, and digitized textual, graphic, and audio visual files, as well as textual, graphic and published materials. Digital materials include items digitized from Saul Holiff’s portion of the Holiff Family fonds for the production of My Father and the Man in Black, commercially published print and music materials primarily concerning Johnny Cash, interviews, production administration records, video masters, commercial release retail DVDs, and promotional materials.