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Guide to the Hall Clovis Papers, ca. 1920-1970(bulk 1930s)
PA Mss 30  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Collection Scope and Content Summary
  • Indexing Terms
  • Material Cataloged Separately

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Hall Clovis papers,
    Date (inclusive): ca. 1920-1970
    Date (bulk): (bulk 1930s)
    Collection number: PA Mss 30
    Creator: Clovis, Hall
    Extent: 5 linear ft. (7 boxes) 8 sound recordings 13 films
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: 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.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    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.

    Access

    The collection is unrestricted.

    Preferred Citation

    Hall Clovis Papers, PA Mss 30, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Donated by Douglas Hall, 1999 and 2001.

    Biography

    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.
    Clovis married Eleanor Steele in 1930, the wealthy daughter of Charles Steele, a partner in the J.P. Morgan firm. He and his wife, a soprano formed the duo Clovis-Steele and performed widely in the 1930s, touring Europe several times. 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. Clovis and Steele moved to Santa Barbara and were later divorced. Clovis lived in Santa Barbara until his death with Charles Lee in the former Summerland home of Leopold Stokowski.

    Collection Scope and Content Summary

    The collection is divided into six series: Series I: Family History; Series II: Clippings, Reviews and Programs; Series III: Photographs; Series IV: Scores; Series V: Recordings; Series VI: Films.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Tenors (Singers)
    Singers--United States.
    Schoen-René, Anna Eugénie, 1864-1942.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Sound recordings.
    Photographs.
    Home movies.

    Index Terms Related to this Collection

    Steele, Eleanor.
    Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Mario, 1895-1968.
    Milhaud, Darius, 1892-1974.
    Heyman, Katherine Ruth.
    Takács, Jenõ, 1902-
    Burleigh, H. T., (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949.
    Four Bachelors (Musical Group)
    Carter, Ernest, 1866-1953.
    Gaines, Samuel Richards, 1869-1945.
    Dillon, Fannie Charles, 1881-1947.

    Material Cataloged Separately

    Commercial sound recordings are cataloged separately.