Von Tilzer / Gumm collection, 1878-1959 (bulk 1900-1949).


Von Tilzer / Gumm collection, 1878-1959 (bulk 1900-1949).

The collection consists of both personal and professional papers of Harry Von Tilzer and of his brother H. Harold Gumm, and the records of the Harry Von Tilzer Music Publishing Co. (HVTMPC). The records of the HVTMPC are inextricably combined not only with Harry Von Tilzer's papers but also with Gumm's papers and those of his firm Goldie & Gumm. Von Tilzer's personal papers include correspondence, including letters to and from one of his primary collaborators, Andrew B. Sterling; writings; legal and financial documents; and drafts of his autobiography. The HVTMPC materials primarily consist of music (manuscript and printed); lyrics (manuscript and typewritten); scripts by such authors as Dolph Singer, Frances Nordstrom, and Junie McCree; legal and financial records; and a catalog of works published by HVTMPC. There is a large collection of songs, ranging from lead sheets without words to complete piano-vocal scores. Most of Gumm's subject files relate to his activities as an agent for many prominent black performers of the 1930s and 1940s, including Georgette Harvey, Jester Hairston, Rex Ingram, and Teddy Hale. In addition, there are papers relating to a touring production of Cabin in the sky. Materials relating to their brothers (music publisher Will Von Tilzer; songwriter Albert Von Tilzer; and Jules and Jack Von Tilzer, who both worked in the family business) also appear in the collection. The collection also contains an assortment of programs from music halls and vaudeville houses; photographs of the Von Tilzer brothers and early vaudeville performers; and clippings.

around 11,000 items (77 boxes, 26 linear feet)


SNAC Resource ID: 8076568

Library of Congress

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Andrew B. Sterling

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Nordstrom, Frances

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Harry Von Tilzer Music Pub. Co.

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Gumm, H. Harold

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Biographical Note Harry Von Tilzer was born Harold Gumm on July 8, 1872 to Jacob and Sarah Tilzer Gumm in Goshen, Indiana. At the age of fourteen he ran away to join the circus, and at seventeen joined the Chamberlain Stock Company in Chicago, changing his name from Gumm to a variant of his mother's maiden name, Von Tilzer. He moved to New York in 1892, and was a performer on the vaudeville circuit for many years, frequently partnered with Ge...

Von Tilzer, Albert

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Von Tilzer, Jules

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Harvey, Georgette

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Ingram, Rex, 1895-1969

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Hairston, Jester, 1901-2000

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Singer, Dolph, 1900-1942

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McCree, Junie, 1865-1918

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Goldie & Gumm

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Von Tilzer, Harry, 1872-1946

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Harry Von Tilzer (b. July 8, 1872 in Goshen, Indiana; d. January 10, 1946 in New York) was a songwriter, music publisher and performer. The family name was Gumm, but Harry added "Von" to his mother's maiden name to use as a professional pseudonym. His other brothers, with the exception of H. Harold, followed suit. At an early age, he worked in a circus and medicine show as a singer and tumbler. He performed his own songs on the vaudeville circuit and published his first song in 1892...

Duke, Vernon, 1903-1969

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< Born Vladimir Alexandrovitch Dukelsky, Parafianove, Minsk 1916 1919 Studied composition with Reinhold Glière and Marian Dombrovsky at the Kiev Conservatory 1920 Fled the Revolution with his family, settling first in Constantinople ...

Hale, Teddy

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Gum family.

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