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Guide to the Arnold Jacobsen Collection ARS.0122
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Box 1, Box 4, Box 5, Box 2, Box 3, Box 6, Box 7

1. Tapes

Physical Description: 227 open reel tapes : 211 7" reels ; 4 3" reels ; 12 5" reels ; 5 audiocassettes

Scope and Contents

Box 1 partial listing: Opera airchecks from WQXR-FM/WOR-AM, 1974-1978 (nearly all Metropolitan Opera, but also at least one from the Opera Association of Western Michigan).
Box 2 partial listing: Ben Lehr Park Church Organ ; Ann Margret TV Special 10/28/73 ; Veterans Salute ; Metaphysics for Everyday Living Lessons ; Gen. Meyer Brainwashing Lecture ; Inter-aircraft Communications ; Baseballiana ; Mozart Requiem, Easter Eve. 4/5/58 ; Victor Herbert Railroad Hour ; Teddy Powell Show (Announced) ; Fanny, Civic Theatre rec. by Douglas Leitch ; Operatic Cylinders ; Packburn Demonstration Tape ; Boston Transportation Museum Project ; Hebrew 78s ; Horowitz TV Concert ; Eternal Light ; Howie - J.A, Music Show 3/17/68 ; Memory Shop Radio Show - Wood - 1950 ; Comparison of Sweet and Dixie Arrangements ; Lucia - Mad Scene 1904-1940 ; Reminiscences of a Record Collector (Musical Excerpts) ; Tom Ozinga Interview WUOH/WVGR 4/1980 ; Museum Show ; Chuck Forster, Etc. ; Electricity Salute
Box 3 partial listing: Presidential Voices Project ; Jazz Drummers ; Studs Terkel interviewing Earl Hines ; Florida Songs ; Unusual Instrumental Solos ; Excerpts And Notes from Arnold's Archives ; Jewish Comedy ; Wizard of the Nile (Schenectady Light Opera Co.) ; Sweet Lorraine ; Eddie Cantor Radio Show with Dinah Shore and Cesar Romero ; Rare Cylinders ; Hobo and Bum Songs ; Political Campaign Songs ; Public Library Project ; Rigoletto (West Michigan Opera Co. 9/21/78) ; Rose Songs ; Darrow - Scopes ; Rosie the Riveter Project ; Coney Island Project ; Al Jolson Dialects and Imitations ; Mother Project
Box 4 partial listing: Many old radio programs, probably purchased from a single dealer. Most feature Al Jolson. Lux Radio Theatre 4/2/45, 6/2/47, 2/16/48, 5/22/50 ; Rexall Show 1/21/48 ; Shell Chateau 6/29/35, 7/6/35, 7/20/35, 7/27/35, 8/3/35, 8/10/35, 8/17/35, 8/24/35, 8/31/35, 9/21/35, 9/28/35, 10/17/35, 1/25/36 ; Eddie Cantor 1/3/37, 3/6/47, 1/8/48 ; Colgate Show 3/30/43 ; Jolson From Korea 10/25/50 ; Ask Eddie Cantor 6/5/61 ; Jolson Calvacade ; Kraft Music Hall 10/2/47, 10/30/47, 11/6/47, 11/27/47, 1/1/48, 1/8/48, 1/29/48, 2/12/48, 2/19/48, 3/4/48, 3/11/48, 3/18/48, 3/25/48, 4/8/48, 4/22/48, 5/13/48, 5/20/48, 6/3/48, 10/21/48, 3/29/49 ; Bary Gray Show 10/7/46 ; Operation Nightmare 6/9/47 ; Showtime 4/7/47 ; Irving Berlin Tribute 8/3/38 ; Martin Block Radio Show ; Soldiers in Greasepaint 11/25/43 ; Bill Stern Newsreel 10/20/50 ; A Salute to Jolson 10/23/70 ; Milton Berle Show 6/6/45 ; Bob Hope Show 4/8/47 ; NBC Studio in Hollywood Opening 12/7/35 ; Al Jolson Memorial Broadcast 10/24/50, 10/23/51 ; Philco Hall of Fame 5/28/44 ; Life Buoy Program 9/7/3710/18/38, 11/1/39, Jack Benny 5/18/47, 4/2/50 ; Bing Crosby Show 10/30/49, 12/28/49, 1/4/50, 2/15/50,5/3/50 ; Philco Radio Time 1/15/47, 3/5/47, 12/3/47, 5/7/49 ; The Debutante, Bel Canto Opera (Wagner HS, New York) ; Hoagy Carmichael Project ; Musical History Course ; Haley's Comet Tribute ; Life 50th Anniversary with Barbara Walters 11/15/86 ; Columbia Black and Silver Records ; Ex-President Hoover, Military Situation ; Opportunity USA 5/16/49 ; Here's To Veterans 1/7/48, 11/23/48 ; Amos and Andy 12/17/46 ; ASCAP on Parade 1939
Box 5 partial listing: Berliner/Zonophone ; Bishop's Appeal ; Auto Songs ; Laurel & Hardy Silent Movies TV Soundtrack ; Rudolf Ganz Interview with Manager of Chicago Symphony ; Nixon Watergate Speech 8/15/73 ; Beethoven Emperor Schnabel/Stock Chicago Symphony ; O'Halloran's Luck, TV 1961 ; Boris Godunov, Don Giovanni 1975 ; Hit Parade 4/11/36 ; Desert Island Discs 11/7/92 ; Sherrill Milnes Concert at St. Cecilia, Grand Rapids 10/16/91 ; Grand Rapids Symphony, Theo Alcantara, Conductor. Mozart, Jupiter Symphony (#41) ; WGUR Program 2/8/66 ; Ward Show ; Early Movies ; [radio songs, speeches and commentary 1941-1949] ; Mississippi Project ; Streisand Show, 1960? ; JFK Memorial ; Breton School Play ; Bennett, Symphonic Story of Jerome Kern. Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, William Steinberg, conductor ; TV Pilot ; Jolson - Chevalier Recreated Duets ; Guest Star ; Temple Emanuel Musical History Course
Box 6 partial listing: Herbert Hoover Military Situation 12/12/50 ; Oberhaus Film Project, Popular Hits Circa 1900 ; Bob Hope 25th Anniversary TV Show ; Temple Emanuel Service - Musical Excerpts ; Psychic Science and the Christian Bible ; Warners 50th Anniversary 12/12/73 ; Duke Ellington TV Tribute 7/22/74 ; Metropolitan Opera airchecks 1975-78 ; Toscanini Programs ; Ben Bernie, Off the Air 1939 ; Irving Berlin Interview ; Zuben Mehta TV Show 3/13/70 ; George Jessell Carnegie Hall Concert ; Cagney Salute 3/18/74 ; TV Audition, Arnold Jacobsen ; Big Bud Show WZZM 7/66 ; Train Songs ; Spoken Word (France) ; Shipwreck Songs ; Sewing Songs ; Senior Citizen Project ; Frank Lloyd Wright Discusses Architecture ; Archeology Project ; Tap Dancing Project ; Political Songs and Speeches ; History Speaks ; WJR 35th Anniversary 1957 ; LaGuardia Reminiscences and Tribute
Box 7 tapes (17) are not labeled and will require an audio preview to identify.
 

2. Paper

Box 9

articles and miscellany

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Includes photocopy of article from Grand Rapids Press 11/25/1979 ; article from New York World-Telegram 5/15/1948 ; article from Grand Rapids Express 12/8/1982 ; Turnover Magazine article photocopy, correspondence and photograph 1948 ; "Reminiscences of a Record Collector" radio script 1973 ; Arnold's Archives flier, etc.
Box 9

collection dispersal correspondence

Physical Description: 5 folders

Scope and Contents

One folder of correspondence chronicling Jacobsen's attempts to sell his collection to the University of Michigan and the Ford Museum, and four folders from a gift donation to the Chicago Public Library, including a grant application, agreement, and lists.
Box 9, Box 7

concert programs and playbills

Scope and Contents

Older programs include the following: Detroit Symphony 1925 ; Edith Mason ; Chaliapin 1923 ; Paderewski 1923, 1930 ; Jascha Heifetz ; Josef Lhevinne 1924 ; Ignaz Friedman ; Geiseking 1928 ; Werrenrath ; Schumann-Heink ; Rosa Ponselle and Tito Schipa 1923 ; Hofmann and Kreisler 1908 ; Kreisler 1922 ; Iturbi 1932 ; Gigli and Ponselle 1922 ; Farrar 1920 ; Elman 1926 ; De Gogorza 1926 ; Czerwonky 1923, 1925 ; Chicago Symphony 1922, 1923 ; German Grand Opera Co. 1930 ; London Symphony Orchestra 1914 ; Friedrich Music House Victrola Concert 1919 ; Powers Theatre, Anna Pavlova 1924 ; Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra 1901 ; Wagner Opera Company 1921 ; Metropolitan Opera at The Auditorium (Chicago?) 1899 and Boston Opera House 1910 ; Lyceum Theatre (Buffalo, New York) 1899 ; Star Theater (Buffalo, New York) 1889-98 ; Academy of Music (Buffalo, New York) 1982 ; Music Hall Programme (Buffalo, New York) 1890 ; Queen's Hall Promenade Concerts 1923.
Newer programs include: Ivan Davis (autographed) 1961 ; Mstislav Rostropovich and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra 1981 ; Radio City Music Hall 1956 ; Fiedler, Boston Pops 1969 ; Cincinnati Symphony 1953 ; Stadium Concert Review (Memory Shop ad p.52) 1946 ; Metropolitan Opera in Boston 1969 ; Isaac Stern 1994 ; Dionne Warwck c.1968 ; Sweet Charity (some autographs) 1969 ; Beverly Sills and Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra 1979. There are also a few museum brochures.
Box 9

discographies and research, unpublished

Scope and Contents

Radano - Hoagy Carmichael 1986; Levandowski - Big Bands in the Grand Rapids Area 1900-1950, 1984 ; Fargo - Ada Jones Memorial Collection (undated) ; Prosser - Billy Murray 1978
Box 7, Box 9

Jolson material

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

International Al Jolson Society greeting and membership cards ; photograph and negative reproductions
 

Memory Shop files

Box 10

catalogs

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Lists and catalogs from The Memory Shop, from both its earlier location in Jackson Heights, New York (1946-1950) and in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Box 9

correspondence

Physical Description: 2 folders
Box 9

Memory Shop radio program 1951-1952

Physical Description: 1 folder

Scope and Contents

Produced radio program broadcast on WOOD, written and hosted by Jacobsen. Contains scripts, music logs, notes, and a program guide.
Box 9

wantlists 1960-1965

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 9, Box 7

periodicals

Scope and Contents

includes copies of Listen 1952, 1953, 1959 ; Listening Post 1-4/1959 ; New York Times Magazine cover story on laser discs 5/25/1975 ; Jazz World Index 1981 ; Lyric Opera News 1980-1981 ; The Big Bandwagon 1978 ; Memory Lane News ; Jazz Notes 1986 ; Buddy DeFranco Newsletter 1988, 1989, 1993, etc.
Box 9, Box 7

photographs

Scope and Contents

Two large photographs of Jacobsen and The Memory Shop (c.late 40s) ; Spike Jones' Musical Depreciation Revue promotional pictures (mostly reproductions) ; series of c.1937-1938 promotional pictures of Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra, Dave Apollon, Cass Daley and others (all autographed for Mary Ellen McCrary Visscher).
Box 9

record company catalogs (copies) 1906-1929

Physical Description: 36 folders

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of early catalogs from record companies. Includes catalogs or portions thereof from Victor, Edison, Brunswick, Vocalion and Columbia.
Box 8

song lists (from binders)

Physical Description: 14 folders
Box 7

song lists (from tape boxes)

Physical Description: 1 folder
Box 11

subject and name index files A-F

Box 12

subject and name index files G-O

Box 13

subject and name index files P-Z, plus performer list and partial category list