Ray Shonfield Collection

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Ray Shonfield Collection


  • 1921 - 1956 (Creation)


2 linear feet

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(1905-09-29 - 1973-03-07)

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The collection consists of news clippings, photos, books and recordings of Ray Shonfield performing with the Charlie Davis and Jim Riley Orchestras.

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All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.

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Uploaded finding aid

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Received from Ted Shonfield, son of Ray Shonfield, in Carmel, IN on March 16, 2011.

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Related archival materials

Interview with Pearl Shonfield, Ray Shonfield's wife: http://libx.bsu.edu/cdm/ref/collection/MidOrHis/id/474.
Starr-Gennett Collection, Indiana University https://libraries.indiana.edu/starr-gennett.

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  • Processing information: Minimally processed by Lisa Lobdell, May 2012.
  • Citation: Ray Shonfield Collection, The Great American Songbook Foundation.
  • Processing information: The books and recordings were separated from the collection and cataloged in Library World. One recording Gennett 5230-A: “Don’t mess with me”, Riley’s Orchestra; 5230-B “A Japanese sunset”, Justin Huber’s Orchestra was donated to the Archives of Traditional Music, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN in 2020.

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AtoM description created by Ashlee James, November 2017.

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