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Finding Aid to the Gamut Club Collection MS.548
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  • Access
  • Use
  • Preferred citation
  • Processing history
  • Custodial history
  • Related Archival Materials
  • Historical note
  • Arrangement
  • Scope and contents

  • Title: Gamut Club Collection
    Identifier/Call Number: MS.548
    Contributing Institution: Autry National Center, Braun Research Library
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 25.0 folder [3 boxes] 25 folders, 4 guest registers
    Date (bulk): Bulk, 1906-1932
    Date (inclusive): 1906 - 1947
    Abstract: The Gamut Club was founded in 1904 by L.E. Behymer and a group of Los Angeles musicians. The membership of this musical society was exclusively male and its objective, as described by their librarian Ben F. Field in 1918, was “brotherhood, assistance to the musical fraternity, and the uplifting of the art”. The collection consists of ephemera, institutional records, and Gamut Club guest registers. Much of the collection is related to Charles Clifton Draa who served on the Gamut Club’s reception committee and executive board from 1917-1932. Some of the materials also belonged to Lummis. There is also one folder of personal papers belonging to Draa that are unrelated to Gamut Club activities.
    creator: Draa, Charles Clifton
    creator: Gamut Club (Los Angeles, Calif.).
    creator: Lummis, Charles Fletcher, 1859-1928.

    Access

    Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please visit http://theautry.org/research/research-rules-and-application or contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org. An item-level inventory is available from library staff.

    Use

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Braun Research Library at the Autry National Center. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Library Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Braun Research Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

    Preferred citation

    Gamut Club Collection, 1906-1947, Autry National Center, Los Angeles; MS.548; [folder number] [folder title][date].

    Processing history

    Braun Research Library staff. Revised by James Foster and Anna Liza Posas, 2008. Processing of collection and publication of finding aid made possible by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

    Custodial history

    Some material in this collection originally came from the manuscript collections of Charles F. Lummis (MS.1) and the Newspaper Clippings Collection (MS.100) held at the Braun Research Library. It is unknown when the personal papers of Charles C. Draa were donated to the Library.

    Related Archival Materials

    The Huntington Library's Collection of Panoramic Photographs, 1851-1947 (ID#photPAN), The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, Ca. MS.1 Charles Fletcher Lummis Manuscript Collection, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center MS.7 Frederick Webb Hodge Manuscript Collection, Braun Research Library, Autry National Center Gamut Club photographs, OP.658 and OP. 661, Braun Research Library Photographic Archives

    Historical note

    The Gamut Club was founded in 1904 by L.E. Behymer and a group of Los Angeles musicians. The membership of this musical society was exclusively male and its objective, as described by their librarian Ben F. Field in 1918, was “brotherhood, assistance to the musical fraternity, and the uplifting of the art”. Shortly afterwards, the Club broadened the scope of its activities by including other types of artists such as writers, painters, sculptors, filmmakers, and actors. According to the 1912 Gamut Club yearbook, the Club continued to expand its society by adding “business and professional men of artistic tastes and talents”. The Gamet Club building was located on 1044 South Hope Street in Los Angeles and built to meet the needs of their artistic clientele. Their building included a 668 seat theatre, music and banquet room, and artists studios. Charles Fletcher Lummis was a member of the Gamut Club and in 1924 they held a fiesta in his honor. The Club described Lummis as “our most distinguished member”.

    Arrangement

    The collection is arranged by type of the material. Ephemera are in folders 1-11, institutional records in folders 12-24, and the personal papers of Charles Draa are in folder 25. The guest registers are numbered S1-S4 and arranged chronologically.

    Scope and contents

    The collection consists of ephemera, institutional records, and Gamut Club guest registers. Much of the collection is related to Charles Clifton Draa who served on the Gamut Club’s reception committee and executive board from 1917-1932. Some of the materials also belonged to Lummis. There is also one folder of personal papers belonging to Draa that are unrelated to Gamut Club activities.
    Ephemera material consists of invitations, announcements, and programs to Gamut Club hosted events. Events include recitals, birthday celebrations, special dinners, plays, meetings, the Los Angeles Grand Opera Association night, and “Ladies’ Night” where “every good Gamuteer is expected to bring a Lady or Ladies”. There is also a program for California a “scenic allegory” by G. Carl Bronson which doubles as the Club’s 1912 yearbook providing brief information about the Club and a list of its officers, directors, committees, and members. Another ephemera item is a booklet written on the Club’s history by their librarian, Ben F. Field, circa 1918. Institutional records include correspondence and files of the “Citizen Auditorium Committee”; Draa correspondence; Lummis correspondence and personal papers; list of Club members; resolutions; notes; newspaper articles; and printed lyrics and music to the Club’s anthem, “We Are the Gamuteers”, written by Draa. Within the newspaper material is The Damn It Club Occasional “published by the Wives, Sweethearts, and Sisters of the Gamut Club Members”. “Called ‘Damn It” because it is what we so often think when we are not allowed to enjoy the ‘Music,’ ‘Art’, and ‘Literature’ which our Husband, Lovers and Brothers so enthusiastically extol.” The clipping includes twenty-four caricatures and opinions of the Club’s executive board and members, including Draa and Lummis.
    Gamut club guest registers are from 1906–1923 and have hand written signatures, drawings, and sayings from Club members, guests, and visitors.
    Material throughout this collection includes images and names of the Club’s building, members, and guest musicians (both male and female). The personal papers of Draa relate to his involvement to the “Al Malaikah Temple” and the “Imperial Council, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine”, 1925-1947. They include a photograph with Draa and members of the Imperial council, membership documents, a play manuscript, and correspondence.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Business records
    Clubs -- California -- Los Angeles
    Correspondence
    Los Angeles (Calif.) -- History -- Sources
    Music -- Societies, etc.
    Programs
    Registers
    Yearbooks