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Ephemera of Homer Rodeheaver - Collection 130


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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Homer Rodeheaver

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


List of Audio Tapes, Phonograpgh Recordsa and Photograph in This Collection (Location Records)
    Audio Tapes
    Phonograph Records
    Photograph
List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)


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Brief Description.
Several items in this collection relate to Rodeheaver's music publishing company, Homer A. Rodeheaver Company. Also included are newspaper clippings; copies of RODEHEAVER'S MUSICAL NEWS; an audio tape of Rodeheaver singing solos and in duets with Virginia Ashger, one of which was written by Fanny Crosby; and two letters sent to friends. Vol: 1 Box (DC), 1 Audio Tape CN # 130


Collection 130
[July 28, 2004]

Rodeheaver, Homer Alvan; 1880-1955
Ephemera; 1916-1939 [?], n.d.
1 Box (DC; .4 cubic feet), Audio Tapes, Phonograph Records and Photograph

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.



Biography

Full name

Homer Alvan Rodeheaver  

Birth

October 4, 1880, in Union Furnace, Ohio

Death

December 18, 1955 at his home in Winona Lake, IN

Education

 

?

Attended Ohio Wesleyan University, but did not graduate

 

1942

Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from Bob Jones University

Career

 

1890s

Trombonist for Fourth Tennessee Regimental Band, including during the Spanish-American War

 

1909-1931

Soloist, musical director and master of ceremonies for Billy Sunday’s evangelistic campaigns (also worked with other evangelists)

 

1909-1955

Published around 80 different religious song books through his publishing company, known at various times as the Rodeheaver-Ackley Co., the Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co. and the Rodeheaver Co. Owned copyrights to hundreds of religious songs.

 

1913-1942

Musical recording artist

 

1920-1955

Founded and headed the Rodeheaver Record Co. with the Rainbow record label.

 

1923

Accompanied evangelist William E. Biederwolf on a world-wide evangelistic tour

 

1940s

Music leader at Bob Jones University

 

1950s

Sung, played trombone and preached at evangelistic sacred concerts

Other significant information

 

 

Involved with a disparate array of groups and organizations. Rodeheaver was a Mason, worked with the Y.M.C.A. in France, founded Rodeheaver's Boys Ranch, Inc., and started the Summer School of Sacred Music at Winona Lake, Indiana



Scope and Content

This collection consists mostly of materials from the Homer A. Rodeheaver Company, a publisher of gospel music. There are several different types of order blanks and promotional materials. One newspaper clipping from 1937 refers to his appearance on a CBS radio affiliate playing his trombone. Other items include two issues of Rodeheaver's Musical News which includes a biography of Rodeheaver, various hymns, song lyrics, and articles pertaining to the religious music community. Also included are two audio tapes of selected hymns and nine phonograph records. The phonograph records are listed alphabetically by the title of the song on side A of the record.

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Provenance

The materials in this collection were received by the Archives from September 1977 to September 1997.

Accession: 77-18, 79-15, 80-27, 80-31

June 27, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
S. Kouns

September 25, 1981, revised
Frances L. Brocker
M. Buffington
J. Nasgowitz

Accession: 82-73, 84-52, 84-64, 97-76
July 28, 2004, updated
Christian Sawyer



LOCATION RECORD
Accession 80-27, 82-73
Type of material: Audio Tape
The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE. Request by the T# at the beginning of each entry below:

 #

R/C

speed

Length

Sides

Contents

Dates

T1

C

3-3/4

36

1

The audio tape contains twelve selected hymns sung by Homer Rodeheaver. Five of the hymns are sung as duets with Mrs. William (Virginia) Asher. One of these is a hymn composed by Fanny Crosby, "Calling Thee." “Molly and the Baby, Don’t You Know” is a prohibition hymn. The titles and credits of the other songs are as follows: “All the Way to Calvary,” by Rev. A. H. Ackley; “Forgive Me, Lord,” by Rev. A. H. Ackley--B. D. Ackley; “In the Garden,” duet with Virginia Asher by C. Austin Miles; “My Wonderful Dream,” by Jessie Brown Pounds--Charles H. Gabriel; “Old Rugged Cross,” duet with Virginia Asher by Rev. George Bennard; “When I Look in His Face,” duet with Virginia Asher by Lizzie DeArmond--Charles H. Gabriel; “When the World Forgets,” by Rev. A. H. Ackley; “Where the Gates Swing Outward Never,” duet with Virginia Asher by Charles H. Gabriel

N.d.

T2

C

3-3/4

18

1

The audio tape contains Six selected hymns sung by Homer Rodeheaver, three of the hymns are sung in duet with Mrs. William (Virginia) Asher. This audio cassette tape is a privately copied recording of three phonograph records. The titles and credits of all songs on the tape are as follows: “Where the Gates Swing Outward Never,” duet with Virginia Asher by Charles H. Gabriel, Victor Record 18780B, n.d.; “In the Garden,” duet with Virginia Asher by C. Austin Miles, Victor Record 18020B, n.d.; “When the World Forgets,” by A.H. Ackley, Victor Record 18020A, n.d.; “The Old Rugged Cross,” duet with Virginia Asher by Rev. George Bennard, Rainbow Record 1015B, n.d.; “The Half Has Never Been Told,” by R.E. Hudson, Rainbow Record 1015A, n.d.; “All the Way to Calvary,” by A.H. Ackley, Victor Record 18780A, n.d.; Chimes

N.d.


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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 84-52, 84-64
Type of material: Phonograph Records
The following items are located in the PHONOGRAPH FILE. Request by the P# at the beginning of each entry below:

Phonograph records are listed alphabetically by title of song on side A.

 #

Size

Speed (rpm)

Min. per side

Contents

Dates

P1

10"

78

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Side A: “Brighten the Corner Where You Are,” by Charles H. Gabriel, sung by Homer A. Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Side B: “If Your Heart Keeps Right,” by B.D. Ackley, sung by Homer A. Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Columbia Graphophone Company #1990.

1916 [?]

P2

10"

78

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Side A: “The Half Has Never Been Told,” by R.E. Hudson, sung by Homer A. Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Side B: “The Old Rugged Cross,” by Rev. George Bennard, duet sung by Mrs. William (Virginia) Asher and Homer Rodeheaver with Orloff Trio accompaniment; Rainbow #1015, Rodeheaver Record Company.

N.d.

P3

10"

78

--

Side A: “Into the Woods My Master Went,” by Sidney C. Lanier and Herbert, sung by Homer Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Side B: “A Rainbow on the Cloud,” by Hewitt and Gabriel, sung by Homer A. Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Vocalion #14627, the Aeolian Company.

1921

P4

10"

78

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Side A: “The Old Rugged Cross,” by George Bennard, sung by Homer Rodeheaver, Virginia Asher and Criterion Quartette with orchestra accompaniment; Side B: “Open My Eyes That I May See,” by Clara H. Scott, sung by Homer Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Gennett #4894, Starr Piano Company.

1920s

P5

10"

78

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Side A: “One Day,” by John Wilbur Chapman and Charles H. Marsh, sung by Homer Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Side B: “Sweeter as the Years Roll By,” by Mrs. C.H. Morris, sung by Homer Rodeheaver and Virginia Asher with orchestra accompaniment; Gennett #4914, Starr Piano Company.

1920s

P6

10"

78

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Side A: “Safe in the Arms of Jesus,” by Fanny Crosby and William H. Doane, sung and trombone played by Homer Rodeheaver; Side B: “I Walk with the King,” by James Rowe and B.D. Ackley, with organ and piano accompaniment; Rainbow #1001, Rodeheaver Record Company.

N.d.

P7

10"

78

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Side A: “Some O’ These Days,” from book Plantation Melodies, duet sung by Virginia Asher and Homer A. Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Side B: “Heab’n,” from book Plantation Melodies, duet sung by Virginia Asher and Homer A. Rodeheaver with orchestra accompaniment; Columbia Graphophone Company #3559.

1922 [?]

P8

10"

78

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Side A: “When God is Near,” by A.H. Ackley, sung by Homer A. Rodeheaver with instrumental trio; Side B: “Wonderful,” by A.H. Ackley, sung by Homer A. Rodeheaver with instrumental trio; Decca Records #2621.

1939 [?]

P9

10"

78

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Side A: “When the World Forgets,” by A.H. Ackley, sung by Homer Rodeheaver with pipe organ; Side B: “In the Garden,” by C. Austin Miles, duet sung by Mrs. William (Virginia) Asher and Homer Rodeheaver with pipe organ; Victor Talking Machine Company #20385.

N.d.


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LOCATION RECORD
Accession 97-76
Type of material: Photographs
The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE. Request by the folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below:

RODEHEAVER, HOMER. 1 b&w. Posed side-view image of Homer Rodeheaver playing the trombone outside, n.d.



CONTAINER LIST

Box

Folder

Item

 

 

Homer Rodeheaver Company

1

1

 

Order Blanks; ca. 1917, n.d.

1

2

 

Promotional Pieces; ca. 1916, n.d.

1

3

Newspaper Clippings; 1937

1

4

Rodeheaver's Musical News: Volume 1, numbers 1, 2; n.d.



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