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Guide to the Hall Clovis Papers, ca. 1920-1970(bulk 1930s)
PA Mss 30  
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Description
Singer Hall Clovis (b. 1900) began his career in Omaha singing operettas. He later moved to New York where he sang the lead in the premier of Ernest Trow Carter's Blonde Donna, recorded for Gennett records with the vocal quartet the Four Bachelors and performed widely in the 1930s as the vocal duo Clovis-Steele with his wife soprano Eleanor Steele. Clovis-Steele commissioned and sang pieces by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Darius Milhaud, H.T. Burleigh, Samuel Richards Gaines, Jeno Takacs, Fannie Charles Dillon and Katherine Ruth Heyman. The collection includes manuscripts of works written for Clovis-Steele, copies of recordings, programs, clippings and photos and color films of their travels in Europe in the 1930s.
Background
Hall Clovis was born in 1900 in Nebraska. He attended Grinnell College, graduating in 19xx. He studied singing with noted teacher Anna Eugenie Schoen-Rene and began his singing career in Omaha in local operetta productions. He then moved to New York singing in operetta productions and sang the lead in the premier of Ernest Trow Carter's Blonde Donna, a musical set in Santa Barbara. He also began singing with a group called the Four Bachelors, which later made several discs for Gennett Records of Richmond, Indiana.
Extent
5 linear ft. (7 boxes) 8 sound recordings 13 films
Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.
Availability
The collection is unrestricted.