University of Texas Arlington

John and Ann Vanderlee Collection:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vanderlee, John and Ann.
Title: John and Ann Vanderlee Collection
Dates: 1950-1974
Abstract: Fort Worth area residents John and Ann Vanderlee were considered experts on classic ragtime music, an American music form created by Scott Joplin (1868-1917). The Vanderlees did extensive research on the subject and frequently traveled and performed story-music concerts about the history of ragtime and its composers. This collection consists of scrapbook pages, newsletters, and an audiotape recording of a story-music concert performed by John Vanderlee.
Identification: AR100
Extent: 5 folders (0.4 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Fort Worth area residents John and Ann Vanderlee were considered experts on authentic ragtime music, an American art music form created by Scott Joplin (1868-1917). The Vanderlees did extensive research on the subject and, beginning in 1956, frequently traveled and performed story-music concerts in which John Vanderlee played the piano and Ann Vanderlee presented a history of ragtime and its composers. The story of East Texas native Scott Joplin, the creator of ragtime, and his compositions often figured prominently in these shows. After Ann died in 1974, John Vanderlee's niece, Lois Harrington, narrated the story-music concerts in her place.


Scope and Contents

Collection consists of scrapbook pages, newsletters, and an audiotape recording. Scrapbook pages contain photographs of the Vanderlees; clippings; transcriptions of newspaper articles; transcriptions of Ann Vanderlee's narration during story-music concerts; and biographical information on the Vanderlees written by the compiler of the scrapbook, Anna Leahy. Clippings pertain to the Vanderlees, authentic ragtime music, and the founder of ragtime music, Scott Joplin. They include articles written by the Vanderlees about ragtime music. An audiotape recording of a story-music concert performed by John Vanderlee at the Texarkana Community College Auditorium on April 8, 1973 is also included.


Organization

This collection consists of 5 folders. Newsletters are in first folder. Pages were removed from the scrapbook and placed in folders in numerical order by page number. The audiotape recording is in last folder.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Vanderlee, John, 1891-1990--Archives.
Vanderlee, Anna Roe, 1890-1974--Archives.
Joplin, Scott, 1868-1917--Biography--Sources.
Subjects
Ragtime music--History--Sources.
Musicians--Texas--Photographs.
Ragtime music--Performances.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

Administrative Information

Citation

John and Ann Vanderlee Collection, AR100, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift of Anna C. Leahy, 1975.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Rag Times (Newsletter) November, 1973, January, 1974
November, 1973 (Vol. 7 No. 4)
January, 1974 (Vol. 7 No. 5)
2 John and Ann Vanderlee: Promoters and Preservers of Authentic Ragtime, 1958-1973, undated
pp. 1-23
3 John and Ann Vanderlee: Promoters and Preservers of Authentic Ragtime, 1958-1973, undated
pp. 24-57
4 John and Ann Vanderlee: Promoters and Preservers of Authentic Ragtime, 1958-1975, undated
pp. 58-82 (end)
5 Audiotape Recording, "Story-Music Concert in Ragtime," Joplin Memorial Concert, Texarkana Community College Auditorium, April 8, 1973
(Side One only, 7 1/2 ips)