Guide to the Harry Carroll Papers

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Carroll, Harry, 1892-1962
Title: Harry Carroll papers
Dates: 1913-1963 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 2.0 linear feet (2 containers)
Collection Number: Ax 224
Summary: Harry Carroll (1892-1962) was a composer of popular songs. The collection (1913-1963) contains an autobiography written about 1959, correspondence with ASCAP (1943-1963), articles about Carroll, music manuscripts, published music, and photographs.
Repository: Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene, Oregon, 97403-1299
(541) 346-3068

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for production of this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

Content Description

The published music includes Carroll's two most popular pieces, "Down in Bom-Bombay," and "I'm Always Chasing Rainbows."

Photographs were removed from their original location in the collection, and are stored separately for preservation reasons. Photographs include portraits and photos of performances of L. Wolfe Gilbert; Ned Washington (writer of the song, "When You Wish Upon a Star;") Maxine Lewis; Norman Carey; Jack Mulhall; Mack Gordon; Connie Mack; Christy Walsh (manager of Babe Ruth); Joe E. Brown; the California Collegians; Joe Howard and wife (author of the song, "I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now;" and an oversize group photograph of alumni at Saint Vincent's College's 50th Anniversary reunion (1961).

There are many photographs of the Carroll family.

There are also portrait sketches of Christy Walsh (sports writer), and George Gershwin;

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Use :  

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Preferred Citation :  

[Identification of item], Harry Carroll papers, Ax 224, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Processing Note :  

Collection processed by staff 1970s, and Tanya Parlet, 2013.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

This collection received a basic level of processing including minimal organization and rehousing.

Description information is drawn in part from information supplied with the collection and initial surveys of the contents


  • Personal Names :
  • Carroll, Harry, 1892-1962
  • Subject Terms :
  • Music--Manuscripts--United States
  • Popular music
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Correspondence
    • Photographs

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