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Ralph S. Peer correspondence archive
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The Ralph S. Peer correspondence archive consists of letters and printed matter to and from Peer concerning multiple events and personages related to the local, national, and international expansion and growth of camellia-related activities through the many efforts of Peer.
Ralph Sylvester Peer (1892-1960) was an American talent scout, recording engineer, record producer, music publisher, and camellia expert. He had a long, productive and successful career in music publishing and promotion, as he built Southern Music Publishing into a major international firm. Park Hill was Peer's first permanent home and had over 3 acres of land. In 1948 Ralph Peer formed the Los Angeles California Camellia Society, drafted organizational guidelines and served as its first President. By 1949 Peer had acquired around 300 camellia plants for his Park Hill Estate. He also used his horticultural knowledge, and strong business ethic to lead and promote local and national camellia societies. In 1957, Peer became president of the American Camellia Society. The number of camellias at Park Hill grew to over 2,600 by the time of Peer's death on January 19, 1960. -Eugene L. Vigil, Ph.D., appraisal, 2016
Approximately 20,000 items in 48 boxes
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