Inventory of the John and Martha Vance Collection, 1928 - 1971 Mss.Coll.016

Inventory of the John and Martha Vance Collection, 1928 - 1971
Mss.Coll.016


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Contact Information:

Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Elon University
2550 Campus Box
Elon, North Carolina
27244
336-278-6599
Email: belkarchives@elon.edu
URL: http://www.elon.edu/e-web/library/libraryinfo/archiveinfo.xhtml

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Elon University. Belk Library Archives and Special Collections
Creator: John Vance, Jr.
Title: John and Martha Vance Collection, 1928 - 1971
Language of Material: Material in English
Location: The collection is located in Belk Library Archives Satellite Shelving at Elon University. Please contact the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for further details about the location.
Abstract: This small manuscript collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into three series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Literary Productions; and Printed Material. Specifically, this collection offers a small glimpse into the world of Elon College's theatre, choir, and cultural programs during the 1950s. Furthermore, the collection represents a small portion of the life of John and Martha Vance while they attended Elon College in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
Extent: 0.25 linear feet, 1 archival box

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


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Copyright Notice

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to the U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research of otherwise should be fully credited with the source.


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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], John and Martha Vance Collection, Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Elon University, Elon, NC, USA.


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Gift or Purchase Note

Gift. September 17, 2005.


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Accession Information

#2005.14.1


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Processing Information

Processed by Katie Nash, April, 2006

Encoded by Katie Nash, May, 2009


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Biographical Note

Note: Guy Hartwell Veazy and Martha Veazy's last name may also be spelled as Veazey.



Guy Hartwell Veazey:
* Originally from Wadley, Alabama
* Came to Elon College in 1926 from Bethlehem, AL
* Graduated from Elon College in 1928, with a B.A.
* Ordained into the Christian ministry circa 1921



Martha Louise Veazy:
* Father is Guy Hartwell Veazey
* From Burlington, NC
* Graduated from Elon College in 1950 with a major in English
* While at Elon College, she was a member of the following organizations: Spanish Club, Elon Players, Maroon and Gold staff (worked as the Circulation Manager), Women's Council, Phi Psi Cli staff, and Student Christian Association



John D. Vance, Jr.:
* Originally from Mason City, Iowa
* Graduated from Elon College in 1951 with a major in Business Administration, but had an interest in music
* He played the organ and piano, as well as sang in the Choir
* While at Elon College, he was a member of the following organizations: Alpha Psi Omega, Sigma Alpha Chi, Student Christian Association, Choir, Elon Players, Maroon and Gold staff, Men's Interdormitory Council, and the Band



Biographical Sources:
Christian Sun
December 7, 1950, pg. 2
Elon College Alumni News
March 1951, pg. 8
Phi Psi Cli (school yearbook)
1928
1950, pg. 46
1951, pg. 37


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Scope and Content Note

This collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into three series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Literary Productions; and Printed Material. Specifically, this collection offers a glimpse into the world of Elon College’s theatre, choir, and cultural programs during the 1950s. Furthermore, the collection represents a portion of the lives of John and Martha Vance while they attended Elon College in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

The Correspondence and Literary Production series are the smallest in the collection, containing only one item each. The Correspondence series contains a letter congratulating Reverend Guy Hartwell Veazy on the fiftieth anniversary of his Ordination into the Christian ministry (1:1). The Literary Productions series contains one booklet of a theatrical play entitled Room Service, performed at Elon College in the 1950s (2:1).

The largest series in this collection contains a variety of Printed Materials that include newspaper clippings, programs, and flyers. The programs represent both theatrical and Commencement events that took place at Elon College both in 1928 and 1949 (3:1, 3:7-3:9). The flyers in this series show colorful advertisements of Elon College football games during 1949 (3:2-3:4).


Arrangement

The collection is arranged alphabetically by type of material into three series, then chronologically within each series, where applicable. The series are: Correspondence; Literary Productions; and Printed Material.


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Online Catalog Headings

These and related materials may be found under the following headings in online catalogs.

Vance, John Jr.
Vance, Martha Louise
Veazy, Martha Louise
Veazey, Guy Hartwell
Elon College
Elon College Theatre
Elon College Choir
Elon University -- Archival resources

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Related Material

Please consult with the Archivist and Special Collections Librarian for additional information about related materials to this collection.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1. Correspondence. 1971.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
The Correspondence series is one of the smallest in the collection, containing only one letter. The letter is addressed to the Reverend Guy Hartwell Veazy, congratulating him on the fiftieth anniversary of his Ordination into the Christian ministry. The letter is from Harold H. Wilke, who was the Executive Director of the Council for Church and Ministry for the United Church of Christ in New York, NY during the 1970s (1:1).
Folder 1. Letters. United Church of Christ. 1971.
* Veazy, Guy Hartwell
* Wilke, Harold H.
* Elon College, NC
2. Literary Productions. 1950s.
1 Folder. 1 Item.
Another one of the smallest series in the collection, Literary Productions contains only one booklet of a theatre play entitled Room Service. Room Service is a comedy in three acts that was performed at Elon College during the 1950s. Martha Veazy Vance was the prompter of this play. In the margins of the booklet are hand written notes that offer additional information of what happened at any given moment in the performance (2:1). The individual who wrote the notes in the margin is unknown.
Folder 1. Theatre Play. 1950s.
* Room Service
* Murray, John
* Boretz, Allen
* Vance, Martha Veazy
3. Printed Material. Inclusive: 1928-1950. Bulk: 1950s.
9 Folders. 13 Items.
This series of Printed Material is by far the largest in the collection. It contains a variety of materials including programs, flyers, and newspaper clippings. The programs represent various theatre productions that took place at Elon College (performed by the theatre group, the Elon Players) during the 1950s. Specifically, the two plays that are represented in this series include Champion of the West and Kind Lady (3:7, 3:9). In addition, there is also a program for the musical concert performed by the Elon Singers choral group. Within this program there are black and white photographs of members of the Elon Singers (3:8). The other program in this series is a 1928 Elon College Commencement program (3:1).
Three items in the collection are flyers advertising Elon College Football games. All of the flyers are in color, and picture promotional graphics of the times during 1949 (3:2-3:4).
The newspaper clippings in this series contain a brief story of the Elon Choir members who toured the northern United States, performing in multiple cities (3:5). Also, there is a small excerpt from an unknown paper source that briefly mentions how John D. Vance, Jr. made his first appearance in an Elon College play entitled What a Life in 1948 (3:6).
Folder 1. Commencement Program. May 26-29, 1928.
* Elon College
Folder 2. Elon College football. September 17, 1949.
* Edenton Marine Flyers
* Burlington Stadium
Folder 3. Elon College football. November 4, 1949.
* High Point College
* Burlington Stadium
Folder 4. Elon College Homecoming. October 22, 1949.
* Catawba College
Folder 5. Newspaper Clippings. Burlington Times. 1950s.
* Parker, Dottie
* Black, Sharon
* Lynam, Charles
* Sahlman, Fred
* Elon Choir
Folder 6. Newspaper Clippings. Miscellaneous. 1948.
* Vance, John
* Elon College
Folder 7. Program. Champion of the West. 1950s.
* Elon Players
* Elon College
* Vance, John
Folder 8. Program. Elon Singers. 1949-1950.
* Elon College
* Westmoreland, John
* Moore, Fletcher
* Vance, John
* Veazy, Martha (Mrs. Vance)
* Groomes, Virginia
Folder 9. Program. Kind Lady. 1950s.
* Elon Players
* Elon College
* Vance, John
* Veazy, Martha (Mrs. Vance)