Elbern H "Eddie" Alkire Personal Papers and Music Instrument Collection

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Instruments and inventions

Publications, compositions and teaching methods

Business materials

Professional materials

Personal materials

Recordings

Photographs



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Collection Overview

Title: Elbern H "Eddie" Alkire Personal Papers and Music Instrument Collection, 1926-1997Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/101

Primary Creator: Alkire, Elbern H. (1907-1981)

Extent: 71.5 cubic feet

Date Acquired: 02/25/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Music - United States, Photographs

Formats/Genres: Papers, Sheet music, Sound Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of original and published music, business records, correspondence, instructional guides and music examinations, programs, sound recordings, photographs, electrical and mechanical diagrams for several prototype Hawaiian guitars, music instrument catalogs, four original prototype Hawaiian guitars including the first 15-string acoustic guitar, Cruiser, Mini Surfer, and the experimental "Superaxe" guitar with 20 strings, 3 Epiphone Eharp 10-string electric guitars, and Alkire's original acoustic Hawaiian guitar that was used for 1000 radio broadcasts as director and lead guitarist of the Oahu Serenaders during the early 1930s. In addition the collection includes an original Rickenbacker Electro "Frying Pan" guitar. The papers and instruments document Eddie Alkire's career as a musician, music teacher, businessman and inventor. The collection also documents the evolution of Hawaiian guitar performance in America during its height of popularity between 1929 and 1960.

For more Hawaiian guitar materials, see RS 12/9/50 and RS 12/9/150.

Biographical Note

Elbern H. "Eddie" Alkire (1907-1981) was America's most recognized performer, teacher, and innovator of the twentieth-century Hawaiian guitar. Born and raised in rural West Virginia Alkire utilized his skills as a guitarist and musician to become a teacher and composer for Oahu Music Company in October 1929 after having traveled to Pittsburgh to study electrical machines as an employee for a West Virginia coal company. He became music director for the Oahu Serenaders which performed on over 1000 coast-to-coast broadcasts for NBC and CBS that aired from Cleveland, Ohio during the first years of network radio. In 1934 Alkire started his own company in Easton, Pennsylvania to publish music and teach the guitar. He utilized his knowledge of electricity to create the first 10-string electric Hawaiian guitar and his music background to create new tunings that enabled him to play four-part harmonies and rapid melodic passages that became the hallmark of his new style of performance.

Subject/Index Terms

Music - United States
Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: Claude Brownell performance audiocassettes donated by Dick Alkire on February 21, 2018.

Access Restrictions: None.

Acquisition Source: Richard Alkire

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Other Note: Pages


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Series 7: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 131Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eddie Alkire wtih performing groupsAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Eddie Alkire publicity photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Early performing groupsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Kress, Ricci, Haggert, quartet (Modern Hawaiians)Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Oahu Serenaders publicity photographs, 1932-34Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Eddie Alkire Hawaiian Quartet (Easton, PA), Late 30sAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Eddie Alkire with Ed Jr., 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Red Moser instrument photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Eddie Alkire with instrumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Eddie Alkire, ca. 1939-41Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Eddie Alkire with instrumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Eddie Alkire publicity photographs with instrumentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Hawaiian guitaristsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Harry Stanley, Francis BrownAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Eddie Alkire and family with "Salty" Holmes, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Eddie Alkire, Harry Volpe, Peter Vournas (et al.), 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Eddie Alkire Publications publicity and building photographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 18: Eddie Alkire with Frank Brown, 1976Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Eddie Alkire receiving lifetime achievement award, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Eddie Alkire at conventionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Teachers' conference, ca. 1940Add to your cart.
Original container label: Alkire teacher conference on steps of Wolf School, 100 feet north of 75 N. 2nd Street house, Easton
Folder 22: Eddie Alkire receiving the Gretsch Trophy, 1940Add to your cart.
Box 132Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Eddie Alkire and students with Gibson 8-string, ca. 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Eharp students, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Eharp and guitar studentsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Eharp students, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Eharp students, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Eharp students, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Clipped photographs - guitaristsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Guitarists, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Guitarists and banjoistsAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Performing ensemblesAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Performing ensemblesAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: American Guild of Music conventionsAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Musical groupsAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Radio actsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Radio actsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Radio actsAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Photographs used in _The Hawaiian Guitarist_, 1933-34Add to your cart.
Folder 18: InventionsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 9: Oversized photographsAdd to your cart.
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Folder 1: Oversized and panoramic photographsAdd to your cart.

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