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Theodore Harrison Memorabilia

Identifier: Midwest-MS-134

Scope and Content of the Collection

Clippings, programs and publicity material concerning the career of concert baritone, choral conductor and teacher Theodore Harrison. Also, items concerning the Hull-House School of Music in Chicago, as well as two 1947 phonodisc recordings of the Hull-House Chorus. Collection contains some programs and clippings about baritone Barre Hill, who sang several seasons with the Chicago Civic Opera Company and who achieved considerable success as a soloist while still in his twenties. There are also a few items relating to soprano Nancy Carr, a popular local artist who appeared on the Chicago Theatre of the Air.


  • Creation: 1912-1949



Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Theodore Harrison Memorabilia are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room (Priority III).

Ownership and Literary Rights

The Theodore Harrison Memorabilia are the physical property of the Newberry Library. Copyright may belong to the authors or their legal heirs or assigns. For permission to publish or reproduce any materials from this collection, contact the Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections.

Biography of Theodore Harrison

Chicago singer, teacher, and choral conductor.

Born in 1876, Theodore Harrison was a concert baritone as well as faculty member at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, conductor of the Adult Chorus of the Hull-House Music School and director of the choir at First Congregational Church of Evanston, Illinois. Prior to joining the Conservatory faculty, Harrison sang widely at home and abroad. During World War I, he was commissioned by the government to help popularize tunes like "Over There" among men in army training camps.

Harrison was married to Donna Esselstyn, voice teacher and accompanist. He died in 1965.


0.2 Linear Feet (4 folders)


Miscellaneous memorabilia relating to Theodore Harrison, Chicago concert baritone, choral conductor and teacher, consisting of clippings, programs and publicity material. Also, material concerning the Hull-House Music School and Chorus, including two recordings, as well as items about singers Nancy Carr and Barre Hill.

Collection Stack Location

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Gift, Phyllis Unosawa, 2004.

Processed by

Virginia Hay Smith, 2008.

Inventory of the Theodore Harrison Memorabilia, 1912-1949
Virginia Hay Smith
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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Chicago Illinois 60610 United States