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BOX 21, 28, 42-44 Biographical Materials, 1978-1999
This series contains a variety of materials related to Suesse's career, including awards, memberships, legal documents, and transcriptions from radio show appearances. A possible memoir, "Nobody Gets Top Billing," provides anecdotes regarding colleagues Suesse worked with, though it is incomplete. Other items provide insight into Suesse's personal life. The juvenilia demonstrate that from an early age Suesse was creative in other artistic mediums beside music. Suesse also danced, wrote poetry, created paintings and drawings, and designed costumes and dresses. Report cards, travel papers, personal and religious documents, scrapbooks, a recipe book, and family historical information all reveal further details about her life. There are also materials compiled by donor Peter Mintun, including correspondence with others regarding Suesse, research materials assembled about her, and details regarding a special dinner party Mintun planned in her honor in 1979.
Arranged alphabetically by subject.
BOX-FOLDER 42/13 Account of Dana Suesse's last days, 1987 October 11-16
By Philip St. George
BOX-FOLDER 42/14-15 Address books, undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/9 Artwork, Pencil drawings, 1925
BOX-FOLDER 21/10, 28/10 Artwork. Paintings, undated
BOX-FOLDER 42/16 Awards. Missouri Federation of Music Clubs, 1923-1925
BOX-FOLDER 42/17 Birth and death records, 1909-1987
BOX-FOLDER 42/18 Dancing, 1927-1929
BOX-FOLDER 42/19 France, 1947-1950
BOX-FOLDER 42/20 Genealogy information and family history, undated
BOX-FOLDER 42/21 Gertrude Concannon School of Music brochure, 1919-1920
BOX-FOLDER 42/22 Book of inspirational quotes, 1923
BOX-FOLDER 42/23 First organ recital notes, 1921
BOX-FOLDER 42/24 Nadine's Book of Faces, 1923-1924
BOX-FOLDER 42/25 Smart Clothes, 1920-1926
Fashion designs; research materials
BOX-FOLDER 42/26 Larry Spier. Carnegie Hall dinner party, 1932
Legal documents
BOX-FOLDER 42/27 ASCAP Board Review, protest of Billy Rose, 1960
BOX-FOLDER 42/28 Harms contracts, 1933-1935, 1960
BOX-FOLDER 42/29 Will, 1986-1987
BOX-FOLDER 43/1 Life chronology, 1878-1987
Note: Much of this information is taken from Suesse's datebooks, but this is not an exact transcription
BOX-FOLDER 43/2 Marriage certificate/ceremony, 1971
Mintun, Peter
Correspondence; compiled research material
BOX-FOLDER 43/3 Carnegie Hall Concert, 1974
BOX-FOLDER 43/4-5 Correspondence, 1973-1999, 2011, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 43/6 Dinner Party at Bohemian Club, 1979
BOX-FOLDER 43/7 Miscellaneous, undated
BOX-FOLDER 43/8-9 Philip St. George materials, 1972-1995
BOX-FOLDER 43/10 Songmakers of the Nation (film), 1973-1974
BOX-FOLDER 43/11 Sweet Surrender (film), 1973-1998
BOX-FOLDER 43/12 Yours For a Song: The Women of Tin Pan Alley (PBS television program), 1999
BOX-FOLDER 43/13 Miscellaneous, 1934, 1943-1944, 1975, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 43/14 to 44/1 Nobody Gets Top Billing, undated
Possible memoir (incomplete)
Includes: Anecdotes about colleagues listed in alphabetical order
BOX-FOLDER 44/2 Obituaries, 1988
BOX-FOLDER 44/3 Poetry, 1916-1935, 1966, 1971
BOX-FOLDER 44/4 Poetry. "Non-Suesse poems," undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/11 Professional memberships, 1933-1981
BOX-FOLDER 44/5 Promotional brochure, 1925
BOX-FOLDER 44/6 Radio program transcriptions, 1934-1939
BOX-FOLDER 44/7 Recipe book, undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/12; 44/8 Religious documents, 1911, 1957-1958, 1967
BOX-FOLDER 44/9 School report card, 1925-1926
BOX-FOLDER 44/10-11 Scrapbook, 1955-1959
BOX-FOLDER 44/12 Sediment of Sentiment? (writing), undated
BOX-FOLDER 44/13 The Stultz and Barr (writing), 1958
By John C. Quarrier
Short account of family piano
BOX-FOLDER 44/14 Travel documentation, 1967-1983
BOX 21, 45-46 Photographs, 1860-1974
Photographs in the collection, most of which date between 1911 and 1974, depict Suesse alone and with others in both candid and professional settings. These include a substantial number of rare photographs from her early childhood, as well as professional photographs of her as a young dancer and pianist. Additional headshots and portraits document her life as a performer and composer through the 1970s, including her performance at Carnegie Hall in 1974. Other photographs depict Suesse with prominent musical and literary figures, including Polly Adler, Virginia Faulkner, George Gershwin, Ferde Grofé, Edward Heyman, and Paul Whiteman. Notable family photographs include headshots of Nina Quarrier, a portrait of Elizabeth and Samuel B. Chilton dating from around 1860, and a tintype of Dana Ward Quarrier. This series also includes several sketches of Suesse.
Arranged alphabetically by last name or subject.
BOX-FOLDER 45/1 Adler, Polly, Virginia Faulkner, and Dana Suesse, 1951?
BOX-FOLDER 45/2 Anderson, John Murray, 1952
BOX-FOLDER 45/3-4 Apartments, 1934, 1973
BOX-FOLDER 45/5 Beaux Arts Ball, 1959
BOX-FOLDER 45/6 Berkley, Mayor Richard and Dana Suesse, 1982
BOX-FOLDER 45/7 Boris Aaronson's surrealist piano, 1935
BOX-FOLDER 45/8 Burr, Courtney, circa 1920
BOX-FOLDER 45/9 Carnegie Hall concert, 1974
BOX-FOLDER 45/10 Carnegie Hall debut, 1932
BOX-FOLDER 45/11 Chilton, Elizabeth and Samuel B., circa 1860
BOX-FOLDER 45/12 Coleman, Cy, 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 21/13 Collage, undated
By Paul Jenkins
BOX-FOLDER 45/13 Cotton Club, undated
Includes: Dana Suesse; Myron MacCormack?; Vinton Freedley; Johnny Mercer; Burgess Meredith
BOX-FOLDER 45/14 Cubbin-Mohr, Carolyn, 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 45/15-17 Early childhood, 1911-1921
Includes: Dana Suesse and family
BOX-FOLDER 45/18-20 Family and friends, circa 1920, 1941-1942, 1952-1957, 1993, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/21 Feinstein, Michael, undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/22 Fennell, Frederick, 1973?
BOX-FOLDER 45/23 Gershwin, George, Paul Whiteman, and Dana Suesse, 1932
BOX-FOLDER 45/24 Heyman, Edward, Peter Mintun, and Dana Suesse, 1979
BOX-FOLDER 45/25 Hogan, Sallie L., undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/26 Interior of unidentified house, undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/27 Mintun, Peter and Dana Suesse, 1973
BOX-FOLDER 45/28 Music business luncheon, 1940
Includes: Dana Suesse; Ferde Grofé; Rube Bloom; Abel Green; Jack Robbins; André Kostelanetz
BOX-FOLDER 45/29-30 Negatives, 1933-1940, 1973-1974, and undated
BOX-FOLDER 45/31 New York City, 1933 and undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/14 New York City, Paramount Theater, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/1 Quarrier, Dana Ward, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/2 Quarrier, Nina, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/3 Reardon, Casper and Dana Suesse, undated
BOX-FOLDER 21/15 Salle Santelli, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/4 Sister Mary Raphael, undated
BOX-FOLDER 46/5 St. George, Philip and Dana Suesse, 1970
BOX-FOLDER 46/6 Suesse, Dana1927, 1934
Photographs of artwork by Roy Spreter and Paul Swan
BOX-FOLDER 46/7-20, 21/16 Suesse, Dana, circa 1915-circa 1920, 1927-1959, 1974, and undated
Headshots, profiles, and portraits of Suesse alone
BOX-FOLDER 46/21 Wedding, 1971
Includes: Dana Suesse; Charles Edwin Delinks
BOX-FOLDER 46/22 Wesleyan University, Junior Prom, 1954
Includes: Dana Suesse; Hugh Harter
BOX-FOLDER 46/23 White, Robert and Dana Suesse, 1956
BOX-FOLDER 46/24 Wilton, Connecticut, circa 1942
BOX 21, 28, 47 Programs and Promotional Material, 1914-2011
The programs represent concerts in which Suesse performed as well as concerts where her compositions were performed by others. There is one annotated program from a Sergei Rachmaninoff concert that Suesse attended as a child. Souvenir programs, playbills, flyers, and other advertisements can also be found in this series.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 47/1 1914-1919
BOX-FOLDER 47/2, 21/17 1920s
BOX-FOLDER 47/3-4, 21/17-20 1930s
BOX-FOLDER 47/5 1940s
BOX-FOLDER 47/6 1950s
BOX-FOLDER 47/7 1970s
BOX-FOLDER 47/8, 28/8 1980s
BOX-FOLDER 47/9 1997
BOX-FOLDER 47/10 2000s
BOX-FOLDER 47/11, 21/19, 28/8 Undated
BOX 48 Clippings, 1919-1990s
Suesse's clippings contain biographical features, concert announcements, and reviews spanning the full length of Suesse's career and beyond, from early childhood recitals to the 1990s. The bulk of publicity compiled here is from the 1930s. This material has been photocopied to preserve its physical integrity.
Arranged chronologically.
BOX-FOLDER 48/1 1914-1920s
BOX-FOLDER 48/2-4, 28/9 1930s
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