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Ephemera of Hymn Writers and Composers - Collection 138

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

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


Lists of Microfilm, Negatives, and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)
    Microfilm
    Negatives
    Photographs


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Brief Description.
Microfilmed contents of a scrapbook containing miscellaneous correspondence, photos, and memorabilia by and about hymn writers and composers. Included are Cliff Barrows, Merrill Dunlop, Lowell Mason, Homer Rodeheaver, Ira Sankey, George Stebbins, and others. Acc: 80-110, 80-157 Vol: 1 Reel of Microfilm, Negatives, Photographs Guide: 6 pages CN # 138 .


Collection 138
[February 16, 2001]
Hymn Writers and Composers
Ephemera; 1878-1975
1 Reel of Microfilm; Photographs

Restrictions

Microfilm may be consulted without prior permission, but all literary rights to this material are held by:

Hope Publishing Company
Carol Stream, Illinois 60187




Scope and Content

The collection consists of the microfilmed contents of a scrapbook compiled by Hope Publishing Company, an enterprise that has published many hymnals. It contains letters, photographs, and memorabilia by and about hymn writers and composers ranging from Lowell Mason to Tedd Smith. Most of the letters were written to Hope Publishing Company executives and its affiliate Biglow and Main. It should be noted that few of the letters were preserved for their content; rather, it was the autograph that appears to have been held important. For purposes of microfilming, the scrapbook was dismantled and rearranged alphabetically by writer/photograph subject/etc.

A combination list and cross-index to all items is at the head of the microfilm. It pinpoints the location on the film of all cross-references contained in this guide.

There are upwards of one hundred separate, unrelated items in this collection. Many are simply autographs or short business letters. Some of the pieces with more intrinsic content are: a Lowell Mason manuscript; title page (autographed) and preface to Ira Sankey's Sacred Songs and Solos; a Fanny Crosby Christmas poem "Affectionately dedicated to my friends" at Biglow & Main Co. and letter; two 1908 souvenir programs--one from the Chicago Moody Church's "Reunion Week," the other entitled "Gospel Tent Evangel;" a letter from Alfred Ackley concerning the rewriting of song lyrics; and reportedly the last letter George Stebbins wrote before his death in 1945.

Photographs include these subjects: George Stebbins, Charles Alexander, Rodney "Gipsy" Smith, William Runyan, Don Hustad, Cliff Barrows, Tedd Smith, George Beverly Shea, Robert Loveless, Wendell P. Loveless, and John Wilson.


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Provenance

The materials in this collection were loaned to the Center Archives by Hope Publishing Company in August 1980. Originals were returned to Hope in November 1980.

Accession 80-110, 80-157
December 10, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
E. Pitra
G. Wilson




LOCATION RECORD
Accession 80-157
Type of material: Microfilm

The following items are located in the CENTER LIBRARY MICROFILM ROOM.


Reel 1 - Scrapbook of memorabilia from various hymn writers compiled by Hope Publishing Company.




LOCATION RECORD
Accession 80-110
Type of material: Negatives

The following items are located in the NEGATIVE FILE. Request by the boldfaced folder title at the beginning of each entry below.


BARROWS, CLIFF. Cliff Barrows alone and with George Beverly Shea. 3 b&w.

EXCELL, E. O. 1 b&w.

HUSTAD, DON. 1 b&w.

LOVELESS, WENDELL P. Wendell P. Loveless with Robert Loveless, Don Hustad, and John Wilson. 1 b&w.

RUNYAN, WILLIAM. 1 b&w.

SMITH, RODNEY. 1 b&w.

SMITH, TEDD. 1 b&w.

STEBBINS, GEORGE. George Stebbins alone and with Charles Alexander. 3 b&w.




LOCATION RECORD
Accession 80-110
Type of material: Photographs

The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE. Request by the boldfaced folder title at the beginning of each entry below.


BARROWS, CLIFF. Cliff Barrows alone and with George Beverly Shea. 3 b&w.

EXCELL, E. O. 1 b&w.

HUSTAD, DON. 1 b&w.

LOVELESS, WENDELL P. Wendell P. Loveless with Robert Loveless, Don Hustad, and John Wilson. 1 b&w.

RUNYAN, WILLIAM. 1 b&w.

SMITH, RODNEY "GIPSY". 1 b&w.

SMITH, TEDD. 1 b&w.

STEBBINS, GEORGE. George Stebbins alone and with Charles Alexander. 3 b&w.




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