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Fonds F0044 - Will Van Allen fonds.
CA ACU SPC F0044
Will Van Allen fonds.
- ca. 1910 - 1930 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
13 cm of textual records.
Name of creator
British comedian and musician whose real name was William Dodd. Born in Birmingham, England; moved to the United States as a child. Performed in music halls in Australia, New Zealand, North America, South Africa and Europe. Known as "The Musical Tramp", he had a music shop at 61 Charing Cross, London, between about 1910-1930, and gave banjo-ukelele lessons from 38 Newington Butts, London, in the early 1900's.
Acquired in 1979.
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Content and structure area
Scope and content
File consists of holograph and typescript manuscripts of comedy routines, newsclippings of jokes and other comedy material, newsclippings of reviews of W. Van Allen's comedy act and promotional material for some performances. Some comedy material pasted into scrapbooks or other books, for example, one book contains carbon copies of 1927 orders for banjos and other musical instruments from unidentified British supplier.
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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Script of material
Language and script notes
Text in English.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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