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Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials

Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials

Dates: 1936-2012

Collection includes materials that resulted from Eleanor Fell's career as a profesisonal harpist. Materials are in the form of handwritten manuscripts, photocopied manuscripts, sheet music, photocopied sheet music, published works, a tape and CD's. There are correspondence between Eleanor and other harpists regarding Vanderbilt Music Company - her music publishing company. Also, there are a few pieces of music from members of Eleanor's family. Dates range from 1936-2011.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Fell, Eleanor, 1944-2013
  • Call Number: MSS 8310
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Music Special Collections; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in seven series: 1. Eleanor Fell set lists, 2010-2012. 2. Eleanor Fell manuscript scores and sheet music, 1980-2013. 3. Eleanor Fell exercises, 1980-2013. 4. Eleanor Fell correspondence with Robert Maxwell, 1948-2001. 5. Eleanor Fell complete arrangements, 1980-2013. 6. Fell Family musical materials, 1900-2003. 7. Eleanor Fell papers on Vanderbilt Music Company, 1985-2000.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 8310; Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials; Music Special Collections; L.Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8310, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Angela F. Parker, according to the will of Eleanor Fell, in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Angela F. Parker; October 19, 2013.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Harp; Harpists--United States; Music; Women composers--United States--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Letters; Music--Manuscripts
Processing Information
Processed; Jenna Faulkner, student research assistant; November 14, 2013. Revised; Jenna Faulkner, student research assistant; February, 2014.
Appraisal Information
Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).
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Finding Aid Title
Fell (Eleanor) scores, manuscripts, and other materials
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Jenna Faulkner
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-26T09:11-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Eleanor Fell (1944-2013) was a famous harpist, and one of the first to play “pop” music on the harp.

Eleanor was born to Irving and Rose Fell in Chicago on July 1944. She attended pre-school through high school at University School in Bloomington, Indiana. After a year at Stephens College, she graduated in Harp Performance from Indiana University, where she trained with Susan McDonald. Her professional life as a harpist took her to South Africa, where Eleanor moved away from classical repertoire and became one of the first “pop” harpists. She began transcribing and arranging music from the Beatles to Broadway. She married Lamar Peterson, and together they formed Vanderbilt Music Company, that has served to employ young harpists, and publish harp music – including many of her own arrangements. Eleanor was a star, taking harp outside of the realm of classical music, sharing top billings with Frank Sinatra Jr. and Dave Burbeck (among others). She passed away from leukemia on June 16, 2013.

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