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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Content Note

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Personal

Music Scores

Photographs

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Charles L. Stevens Papers, 1862-1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stevens, Charles L. (Charles Lewellen), 1873-1946.
Title: Charles L. Stevens Papers
Dates: 1862-1991
Creator Abstract: Charles Lewellen Stevens was born in 1873 in Cuba, New York. He was a musician, bandleader and vaudeville performer, and played with a number of musical groups including the San Antonio Band and the Beaumont Concert Band (he was also director). In addition, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the San Antonio Musicians' Society, Local 23 of the American Federation of Musicians. From 1918 to 1943, Stevens worked for the San Antonio Police Department. He died in San Antonio in September 1946.
Content Abstract: Photographs, music scores, correspondence and news clippings concerning the activities of Charles L. Stevens and his family. Of particular note is the photographs series which contain portraits of several generations of the family. The family of Mr. Stevens' first wife, Minna Erbe Stevens is also well represented in the collection. Most of the material was produced during Mr. Stevens' lifetime (1873-1946).
Identification: MS 45
Extent: 2.5 linear feet (about 1,900 items)
Languages: Materials are primarily in English with some in German.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Biographical Note

Charles Lewellen Stevens was born in 1873 in Cuba, New York. He was a musician, bandleader and vaudeville performer, and played with a number of musical groups including the San Antonio Band and the Beaumont Concert Band (he was also director). In addition, he served as Secretary-Treasurer of the San Antonio Musicians' Society, Local 23 of the American Federation of Musicians. From 1918 to 1943, Stevens worked for the San Antonio Police Department. He died in San Antonio in September 1946.

Stevens was married twice. His first wife, the former Minna Antoinette Erbe, performed in vaudeville shows with him. Minna Stevens was also an authority on home building, decoration and furnishing. Before her death in 1953, she worked as a secretary for H.C. Thorman, the developer of Olmos Park Terrace and President of both the San Antonio Real Estate Board and the San Antonio Home Builders' Association. Charles and Minna Stevens had two children before they divorced in 1922. Mr. Stevens' second wife's name was Katherina (Katie).

Other members of the Stevens family also played music. Mr. Stevens' sister Lucy Stevens Silby was an accomplished pianist. Stevens' son, Barton, and daughter, Dorothy, both performed on stage. However, the activities of the Stevens family in San Antonio went beyond music and show business. Stevens' daughter, Dorothy Stevens Chamberlain, pursued a career at the Brooks Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, where she was singled out for superior performance.

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Scope and Content Note

The Charles L. Stevens Papers consist of photographs, musical scores, news clippings and other ephemera. Most of this material dates from 1873 to 1946, the lifetime of Charles L. Stevens. It is divided into three series: Personal, Scores and Photographs. The Personal series contains clippings, notes and correspondence that concern the family history of Charles Stevens and his relatives. The Score series contains scores of mostly band music from the early 20th century. These scores were used by Charles Stevens while he was a musician with several bands. Many have notes and names inscribed on them. The Photographs series has a large number of family photographs. These photographs show several generations of the family of Charles L. Stevens as well as the family of his first wife Minna Erbe Stevens. There are also photographs of some of the bands with which Charles Stevens played and riverboats on which Charles and Minna Stevens performed.

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Arrangement

The papers are arranged as follows:
Personal
Music Scores
Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Records must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections .

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Index Terms

Persons
Stevens, Charles L. (Charles Lewellen), 1873-1946.
Stevens, Minna, 1873-1953.
Chamberlain, Dorothy S.
Topics
Musicians--Texas--San Antonio.
Genres/formats
Clippings.
Correspondence.
Photographs.
Scores.
Local Subjects
Music/Musicians
San Antonio History

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Related Material

The niece of Minna Stevens, Celia Neuheisel, married Eric Steinfeldt, the son of San Antonio musician and composer John M. Steinfeldt. The John M. Steinfeldt Family Papers are held by the University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles L. Stevens Papers, MS 45, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Papers were received in 1991 (Acc. #1991-002).

Processing Information

Processed by Eric Hartmann, Processing Archivist, July 1999.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Personal

This series contains news clippings, correspondence and other material relating to the family of Charles L. Stevens. The series includes a handwritten family tree. It also includes the family bible of Minna Erbe Stevens, which is in German.
Arranged by subject and organized by family relationship.
Box Folder
1 1 Charles L. Stevens, 1906-1922 and undated
Minna Erbe Stevens (First Wife)
2 General, 1862-1953
3 Family Bible, undated
4 Dorothy Stevens Chamberlain (Daughter), 1945-1991 and undated
Box Folder
2 1 Joyce Erbe Chamberlain (Granddaughter), 1941 and undated
2 Lewellen Nathaniel Stevens (Father), 1871-1872
3 Family Tree, undated

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Music Scores

This series consists of books of music scores collected and used by Charles Stevens while he was playing with bands.
Arranged alphabetically and organized by type of score.
Box Folder
2 Band and Orchestra music
4 Undated
5 1888 and undated
Chopin
6 Undated
7 Undated
Box Folder
3 1 Coronet, 1910
2 General, undated
3 Schumann, 1915

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Photographs

This series consists of family photographs showing relatives of Charles Stevens and Minna Erbe Stevens. The family tree in the Personal series might be of assistance in examining the family photographs. There are also photographs of Charles Stevens with other band members and pictures of riverboats on which Charles and Minna Stevens performed vaudeville shows.
Arranged by subject and organized by family relationship.
Box Folder
3 4 Charles L. Stevens, undated
5 Lucy Stevens Silby (Sister), undated
6 Parents of Charles L. Stevens, undated
7 Grandparents of Charles L. Stevens, undated
8 Stevens Family, undated
9 Minna Erbe Stevens (First Wife), undated
Box Folder
4 1 Group Photographs of Charles Stevens' Family, 1908 and undated
2 Barton Stevens (Son), 1907-1957 and undated
3 Dorothy Stevens Chamberlain (Daughter), 1959 and undated
4 Joyce Erbe Chamberlain (Granddaughter), undated
5 Morgan Family, ( Charles Stevens' mother's family), undated
6 Case and McClure families (maternal relatives of Charles Stevens), 1936 and undated
7 Erbe Family, undated
8 Julius Wagner, (Brother in Law), 1913 and undated
Friends
9 General, undated
10 Dorothy Hartley Locker, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Unidentified People, undated
Bands
2 1909 and undated
Box
6 Oversize materials, 1915 and undated
Box Folder
5 3 Riverboats, undated
4 San Antonio, undated
5 Negatives, undated

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