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     MANUSCRIPTS and ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

John Sullivan collection on the Duncan sisters

 Unprocessed — Multiple Containers
Identifier: ViU-2019-0240

Content Description

Please note, there are some images, song titles, and lyrics that contain racially insensitive and/or culturally offensive language and imagery.

Acquisition Type

Gift

Provenance

Donated by John Sullivan, 7 June 2019.

Restrictions Apply

Yes

Access Restrictions

Unavailable until assessed by preservation.

Dates

  • 1920s-1940s

Extent

2.44 Cubic Feet (2 c.f. boxes, 1 flat box)

Inventory

Box 1: Sheet Music Duncan Sisters in “Topsy and Eva,” published by Irving Berlin, Inc. Reels 1 reel: “Sweet Onion Time” 1 reel: “Termite Song” 78 RPM Records The Duncan Sisters, “Cross-Word Puzzle Blues” / “Mean Cicero Blues,” Victor 19527, with Victor paper sleeve Billy Jones and Ernes Hare, “Barney Google” / “Old King Tut,” Columbia A3876, with Victor paper sleeve Gene and Glenn (Jack and Lena), “Whippoorwill” / “They Cut Down the Old Pine Tree,” Victor 22385, with generic paper sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Black and Blue Blues” / “Lickens,” Victor 21226, with Victor paper sleeve Monroe Silver, “Cohen Visits Tutankhamen’s Tomb” / “Cohen Visits Dr. Coue,” Vocalion 14576, no sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Black and Blue Blues” / “Lickens,” Victor 21226, with Capital paper sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Baby Feet Go Pitter Patter (Cross My Floor)” / “Dawning,” Victor 20963, no sleeve Billy Jones and Ernes Hare, “Barney Google” / “Old King Tut,” Edison Record 51155, with generic paper sleeve Mitchell Brothers, “I Never Knew What the Moonlight Could Do” / “Give Me A Ukulele and A Ukulele Baby,” Victor 2023-4, no sleeve “Preview Record by the Duncan Sisters,” generic sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Baby Feet Go Pitter Patter (Cross My Floor)” / “Dawning,” Victor 20963, no sleeve The Duncan Sisters “Jingle Bells” / “White Christmans,” Duncan Disc (Oliver Record Co) 101, generic sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “I Never Had A Mammy” / “Rememb’ring,” Duncan Disc (Oliver Record Co) 5, with Victor paper sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “The Kinky Kids Parade” / “Happy-Go-Lucky Days,” Victor 19987, no sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer” / “Angel On Top of the Christmas Tree,” Star-Bright Classics 1029, shared generic sleeve with Star-Bright Classics record 1030 [Record Toy, small size] The Duncan Sisters, “Frosty the Snowman” / “Jolly Ole Fella,” Star-Bright Classics 1030, shared generic sleeve with Star-Bright Classics record 1029 [Record Toy, small size] Box 2: 78 RPM Records The Duncan Sisters, “In Sweet Onion Time (I’ll Breathe My Love to You” / “Vocalizing,” Victor 35751, generic sleeve [large size] The Duncan Sisters, “The Music Lesson” / “Baby Sister Blues,” Victor 109050, generic sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “The Music Lesson” / “Baby Sister Blues,” Victor 109050, generic sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Cross-Word Puzzle Blues” / “Mean Cicero Blues,” Victor 19527, generic sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “I Never Had A Mammy” / “Rememb’ring,” Victor 19206, generic sleeve Mister Gallagher and Mister Sheen (Ed Gallagher and Al Sheen), “Positively, Mister Gallagher?” / “Absolutely, Mister Sheen!,” Victor 18941, no sleeve Duncan Sisters cont’d 78 RPM Records cont’d Eddie Cantor, “Sophie (I Go So Far With Sophie, and Sophie Goes So Far With Me” [from Make It Snappy] / “He Loves It,” Columbia 3754, no sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “Baby Feet Go Pitter Patter (Cross My Floor)” / “Dawning,” Victor 20963, no sleeve Cal Stewart, “Uncle Josh’s Trip To Boston” / “Uncle Josh’s Arrival in New York City,” Victor 16225, no sleeve The Duncan Sisters, “I Never Had A Mammy” / “Rememb’ring,” Victor 19206, no sleeve Miller and Lyles, “Fourth of July in Jim Town” / “Election Day in Jim Town,” Okeh 4766, no sleeve 45 RPM Records The Duncan Sisters, “Twimmin’ the Cwis’mas Twee!” / “The Night Before Christmas,” Hollywood Recording Guild, 1027 Box 3: Framed Items: Caricature drawing of Jeff Davis Caricature drawing of David Claypool Johnston Sketch, “David Shaunessy” Photograph: Naomi Marker, The Duncan Sisters “Topsy and Eva” Sketch of man in hat (same artist as Shaunessy photo?) Books: Malcolm Johnson, David Claypool Johnston Folder 12: 3 Official Metropolitan Guides (March 22, 1925; April 5, 1925; April 26, 1925) 3-Ring Binder: Topsy and Eva Press Photos Folder 1: Assorted notes and photocopies Folder 2: Ticket and official photo of 1953 CBS Radio performance Folder 3: "Various Duncan Sisters Programs” Folder 4: Duncan Sisters Sheet Music 1 Folder 5: Duncan Sisters Sheet Music 2 Folder 6: “Mis. Original b/w Duncan Sisters photos” Folder 7: Miscellaneous Duncan Sisters photos and ephemera Duncan Sisters cont’d Box 3 cont’d Folder 8: “Misc. Topsy + Eva Stuff” Folder 9: “Various Xerox copy of the Duncan Sister’s programs / AD” Folder 10: “Misc articles + magazine pages Duncan Sisters” Folder 11: The Duncan Sisters “Doing Our Bit” [sheet music] Folder 13: Topsy + Eva pins, photo slide, ephemera Folder 14: Duncan sisters misc excerpts, clippings, folder VHS Tapes: “Duncan Sisters: Termites Love Song” “Duncan Sisters” “You Asked For It: Duncans” “Jimmy Durante Show: Liberace Show w/ Duncan Sisters” CD-Rs: “Duncan’s Sisters (3) Helen Morgan (1)” [burned disc, soft case] “Remembering the Duncan Sisters” [burned disc] 4 discs without cases labelled “1,” “1,” “2,” “2,” DVD-Rs: “For John - Topsy + Eva Starring the Duncan Sisters” Piano Reel: QRS Word Roll 2483: Rememb’ring Oversized Item: Framed photo of “Duncan Sisters + Company” Box 4 (oversized): Periodicals: How to Get Into the Movies, Ed. Charles Reed Jones and H. Frederick Gardener Radio Digest Vol XI, No. 1, October 11 1924 National Highways and Good Roads Everywhere, issued by National Highways Association, “Tip Top” 1922 NY Press Newspaper comic (“Uncle Tom’s Cabin”), Photographs: Press photo (large) Large original photo Press photo: “Cotton and Silk” Comics Books: 13 editions of the Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year, Ed. Charles Brooks, Pelican Press: 1974-1976, 1983-1986, 1990, 1992-1994, 1996, 1998 Ed. Jim Robinson, The 1970s: Best Political Cartoons of the Decade 3 editions of “Notebook of the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists:” Fall, Winter, Summer 1984 How to Cook Reagan’s Goose: A Political Cookbook Serving Up Democratic Delectables & Republican Inedibles, The Woman’s National Democratic Club Periodicals: Bull’s Eye Volume 1 Number 1 3 editions of Scraps: No. 1 (1849), 7 (1837, 2nd Ed.), 8 (1840) Folder 1: “Political Pix” periodicals Framed Items: Oversized illustration: Pat Oliphant, “Says the Toothpick to the Oak” Illustration: “The Pedlar and his PACK or the Desperate EFFORT, an OVER BALANCE.” VHS Tapes: “Public Affairs Video Archives: The C-SPAN Archives at Purdue University, Pat Oliphany on CSPAN” Miscellaneous: Theodore Roosevelt “Happy Days Are Here Again” mug (located in a previous accession)