Name and location of repository
Level of description
Robert Boyer Collection of Andrews Sisters Materials
- 1937 - 1995 (Creation)
40 linear feet; 23 binders, 6 banker’s boxes, 5 document boxes, 2- 7” record boxes, 2 CD boxes, 1- 16” transcription disc box, and 1 long rectangular box of materials.
Name of creator
Content and structure elements
Scope and content
The collection consists of photos, recordings, posters, letters, and publicity material documenting the careers of The Andrews Sisters including 78s, 45s, LPs, CDs, photographs, posters, lobby cards, magazines, and miscellaneous research materials. It also includes to a lesser extent similar materials pertaining to Georgia Gibbs and Rose Murphy.
System of arrangement
This collection is divided into four series:
I) Biographical information: includes books, newspapers, and magazine articles that trace the Andrew Sisters’ lives and careers from before they were discovered to obituaries, plus candid, publicity, and family photographs covering that same time span. Two of the binders relate information specific to Georgia Gibbs and Rose Murphy.
II) Audio and video recordings: recordings in a wide variety of formats. Some of Georgia Gibb’s and Rose Murphy’s commercial records are also included.
III) Print publications: sheet music, programs from live performances or shows featuring the music they popularized, and lyric, music, and news magazines containing their song lyrics or articles about their work. Some of the articles relate to Georgia Gibbs.
IV) Miscellaneous: assorted memorabilia and ephemera, including movie posters, a record cleaner, a beach towel, and other items.
Conditions of access and use elements
Conditions governing access
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.
Some of the audiovisual materials in the collection are on obsolete media. Access copies of these materials must be created prior to use. Consult the Library and Archives staff in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.
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.
Languages of the material
Scripts of the material
Language and script notes
Uploaded finding aid
Acquisition and appraisal elements
Immediate source of acquisition
Received from Robert Boyer on May 5, 2010.
Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information
A2012-011 (received March 13, 2012)
A2013-007 (received March 6, 2013)
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
Related archival materials
Maxene Andrews Oral History, OHC 39, Southern Methodist University, part of the Ronald Davis Oral History Collection https://www.smu.edu/libraries/degolyer/Collections/Oral-History
- Processing information: Processed by Elizabeth Ungemach. Completed March 2013.
- Citation: Robert Boyer Collection, The Great American Songbook Foundation.
- Processing information: Separated materials: Commercial recordings and books have been cataloged into our library database and are discoverable via Libraryworld.
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Rules or conventions
Finding aid created by Elizabeth Ungemach, March 2013.
AtoM description created by Ashlee James, November 2017.
Subject access points
Place access points
Name access points
- Andrews, LaVerne, 1911 - 1967. (Subject)
- Andrews, Maxene, 1916 - 1995. (Subject)
- Andrews, Patty, 1918 - 2013. (Subject)
- Gibbs, Georgia, 1919 - 2006. (Subject)
- Murphy, Rose (Subject)
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