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Ephemera of James Edwin McConnell - Collection 119

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of James Edwin McConnell

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection (Location Records)

Brief Description.
One audio tape of two programs of Smilin' Ed McConnell's radio series, probably broadcast in the 1930's or 40's.

Collection 119 [February 13, 2001]
McConnell, James Edwin
Ephemera; n.d.
1 Reel of Audio Tape


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McConnell was a religious radio broadcaster, who used "Smilin' Ed McConnell" as his broadcast personality name.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of one audio tape with recordings of two Smilin' Ed McConnell radio programs. Programs were fifteen minutes long and included the singing of four hymns. McConnell would pause after the first two selections to make a sales presentation for his hymnals and allow his sponsors a promotional advertisement. Rodeheaver music company published a hymnbook in 1933 called Smilin' Ed McConnell's Favorite Radio Hymns, containing over fifty hymns.



The materials for this collection were received by the Center in October 1979.

Accession 79-120
May 8, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
S. Kouns

Accession 79-120
Type of material: Audio Tape
The following item is located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE. Request by the T# at the beginning of each entry below.

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 7-1/2 speed. Hymn Time by Smilin' Ed McConnell.
Program 1:
"He Put a Wonderful Song Into My Heart"
"God's Way"
"I Been to the Vale, Mother"
"The Rock That is Higher Than I"
Program 2:
"There'll be Answers to Every Prayer"
"Only a Touch of Thy Hand"
"No Disappointment in Heaven"
"Let the Lower Lights Be Burning"

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