Collection Number: 04923

Collection Title: Hal Kemp Papers, 1918-2007

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Size About 1200 items (5 linear feet)
Abstract The collection contains correspondence, photographs, clippings, legal documents, sheet music, and recorded music documenting big band leader Hal Kemp of Marion, Ala., and his career as a musician and orchestra leader. Photographs depict Kemp, members of his family, celebrities, and Hal Kemp and His Orchestra. Also included are home movies (8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film) that include shots of Hal Kemp and his family, friends, and home.
Creator Kemp, Hal.
Language English.
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Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Hal Kemp Papers #4923, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Provenance
Received from Thomas D. Kemp III of Charlotte, N.C., in April 1998 (Acc. 98071) and November 2017 (103180), J. Taylor Doggett of Greensboro, N.C., in December 1999 (Acc. 98529), Jenifer Palin of Merrit Island, Fla., in January of 2000 (Acc. 98551), and Robin Brabham in July 2011 (Acc. 101456).
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James Hal Kemp, orchestra and band leader, was born in Marion, Ala., on 21 March 1904. He was the son of T. D. Kemp, Sr., and Leila Rush Kemp, a poet. Kemp began his musical training while working at Marion's Bonita Theater, playing piano. After his family moved to Charlotte, N.C., he attended and was graduated from Central High School in that city. While in school, he organized his first dance band, a five-piece combo called the Merrymakers.

In 1922, Kemp entered the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, where he organized a campus band known as the Carolina Club Orchestra. This band performed in Europe during summer vacations. Kemp was active on campus and held memberships in the Musical Club, band, orchestra, glee club, and Delta Sigma Phi and Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternities. He also served as president of Wigue and Masque, the dramatic arts association. During his time at UNC, Kemp also formed a seven-piece combo, the forerunner of his nationally-known orchestra. Members of the combo included Skinnay Ennis, John Scott, and Saxie Dowell.

Kemp never completed his academic pursuits at the University of North Carolina. His musical success, however, soon led to the launching of a professional career that earned him national and international recognition. His orchestra played in New York during the mid 1920s and toured throughout Europe and the United States. In 1932, Kemp married Dallas, Tex., debutante Betsy Slaughter. The couple moved to Shogum Lake, N.J. They had two children: Sally and Hal, Jr.

Hal Kemp was a proficient trumpet, clarinet, and saxophone player. He was recognized for the clean, smooth style in the saxophone and brass sections of his orchestra, as well as his unusual choral arrangements. In addition, he arranged "When the Summer is Gone (How I'll Miss You)," the band's theme song. Other popular tunes recorded by the band included "Got a Date with an Angel," "Lamplight," and "Remember Me."

The band played on a number of radio shows, including Penzoil Parade and Chesterfield Program. Bandleader Kay Kyser credited Kemp with encouraging him to enter the field. Several vocalists also achieved fame with Kemp's band, among them Maxine Gray and Bob Allen. Kemp's band was the first to be featured in a motion picture, Radio City Revels of 1938. In addition, the band was named by Variety magazine as the favorite "sweet-swing" band of 1938 and received the Associated Collegiate Press All-American Musical award for that year.

In 1938, Kemp's marriage to Betsy Slaughter ended in divorce, and he married Martha Stephenson in January 1939. He served as a guest conductor of the Chicago Symphony in 1939, partially fulfilling his secret ambition to be a symphony conductor. An automobile accident cut short his dreams, however. He sustained severe injuries, including a punctured lung, in a head-on collision in Madera, Cal. Kemp developed pneumonia and died 21 December 1940 at the age of 36.

Adapted from "James Hal Kemp" by William B. Allen in the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography (1988).

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This collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, clippings, legal documents, sheet music, and recorded music documenting Hal Kemp's career as a musician and band leader. Included are many photographs of Kemp, beginning at age one and continuing throughout his life, as well as group and individual photographs of various Kemp family members,celebrities, and members of the Hal Kemp Orchestra.

The Addition of January 2000 is 8mm, 16mm, and 35mm film, consisting of home movies that include shots of Hal Kemp and his family, friends, and home.

The Addition of November 2017 contains correspondence chiefly with Thomas "Ted" Kemp about Hal Kemp's legacy, press clippings and other publicity materials, and photographs.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)

About 200 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Primarily letters and telegrams exchanged between Hal Kemp and various family members. These materials document Kemp's travels, accomplishments, and social activities, as well as the orchestra's bookings and performances in the United States and abroad.

Folder 1

1918 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 1

Folder 2

1921 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 2

Folder 3

1923 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 3

Folder 4

1924 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 4

Folder 5

1925 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 5

Folder 6

1926 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 6

Folder 7

1927 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 7

Folder 8

1928 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 8

Folder 9

1929 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 9

Folder 10

1930 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 10

Folder 11

1932 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 11

Folder 12

1934-1935 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 12

Folder 13

1936 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 13

Folder 14

1937 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 14

Folder 15

1938 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 15

Folder 16

1939 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 16

Folder 17

1940-1941 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 17

Folder 18

1942-1990 #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 18

Folder 19

Undated #04923, Series: "1a. Correspondence, 1918-1990 (Original Deposit)" Folder 19

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1b. Correspondence, 1937-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))

About 25 items.

Correspondence, including several telegrams to Kemp regarding his automobile accident; a letter to Martha Stephenson Kemp on the death of Kemp; and a letter written by Kemp, 2 December 1940, informing his insurance agent about the purchase of a new car.

Folder 34

1937-1941 and undated #04923, Series: "1b. Correspondence, 1937-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " Folder 34

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1c. Correspondence, 1976-2006 and undated (Addition of November 2017 (Acc. 103180))

About 30 items.

Chiefly correspondence with Thomas "Ted" Kemp about Hal Kemp's legacy.

Folder 41

1976-2006 and undated #04923, Series: "1c. Correspondence, 1976-2006 and undated (Addition of November 2017 (Acc. 103180)) " Folder 41

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About 50 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Legal documents and correspondence pertaining to matters of Hal Kemp's real property, divorce from his first wife, last will and testament, settling of his estate, and legal agreements concerning the interests of the Kemp children.

Folder 20

1938-1940 #04923, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1938-1981 (Original Deposit)" Folder 20

Folder 21

1941 #04923, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1938-1981 (Original Deposit)" Folder 21

Folder 22

1942-1981 #04923, Series: "2. Legal Papers, 1938-1981 (Original Deposit)" Folder 22

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 3b. Clippings, 1939-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))

About 50 items.

Clippings from magazines and newspapers covering the personal life and professional career of Hal Kemp with his orchestra. Also included are three professionally prepared albums of newspaper clippings, identified by date and periodical, with printed photographs and articles about Hal Kemp and his orchestra from newspapers throughout the country.

Oversize Volume SV-4923/1

Album containing newspaper clippings about Hal Kemp's personal life and career, 1938-1939 #04923, Series: "3b. Clippings, 1939-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " SV-4923/1

Includes articles about Kemp's second marriage to Martha Stephenson Kemp

Oversize Volume SV-4923/2

Album containing newspaper clippings about Hal Kemp's personal life and career, 1939-1940 #04923, Series: "3b. Clippings, 1939-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " SV-4923/2

Includes news of Kemp's death.

Oversize Volume SV-4923/3

Album containing newspaper clippings about Hal Kemp's personal life and career, 1940-1941 #04923, Series: "3b. Clippings, 1939-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " SV-4923/3

Includes news of Kemp's death and articles about Martha Stephenson Kemp.

Folder 35

1939-1941 and undated #04923, Series: "3b. Clippings, 1939-1941 and undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " Folder 35

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4a. Writings, 1940-1993 (Original Deposit)

About 30 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Literary and scholarly writings addressing musical topics and Hal Kemp's contributions to music

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10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Writings on symphonic music, musicians, and musical conductors in America. Included is a copy of Kemp's essay, "Let's Face the Music," 10 June 1940.

Folder 28

Writings by Hal Kemp #04923, Subseries: "4a.1. Writings by Hal Kemp, 1940. " Folder 28

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4b. Writings (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))

1 item.

Draft of the essay "Lets Face the Music," written on the back of a piece of Hotel Blackhawk stationary.

Folder 36

"Let's Face the Music," 10 June 1940 #04923, Series: "4b. Writings (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" Folder 36

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 5a. Publications, 1980 (Original Deposit)

10 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Material relating to the Big Band music era in America. Items examine the emergence of major bands, performers, and musical traditions, such as "Swing" and "Sweet." Included are short biographies of Hal Kemp and many others.

Folder 32

Publications #04923, Series: "5a. Publications, 1980 (Original Deposit)" Folder 32

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 6a. Music, 1937-1994 (Original Deposit)

About 60 items.

Arrangement: chronological.

Materials pertaining to Hal Kemp's musical renderings.

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About 10 items.

Music by Hal Kemp and featuring the Hal Kemp Orchestra, including copies of "When the Summer is Gone (How I'll Miss You)," "The Chestnut Tree," performance and album brochures, and "Hal Kemp Programs."

Folder 33

Sheet music and other materials #04923, Subseries: "6a.1. Sheet Music and Other Materials, 1937-1940s. " Folder 33

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4 items.

Record albums (78s) from the "Hal Kemp Memorial Album: Eight of Hal's Best Loved Recordings" series. Included are "Got a Date With an Angel," "Remember Me?" "Whispers in the Dark," and "Lamplight."

Audiodisc D-4923/1-4

D-4923/1

D-4923/2

D-4923/3

D-4923/4

Albums #04923, Subseries: "6a.2. Record Albums, 1941? " D-4923/1-4

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40 items.

Audio cassettes of Hal Kemp's musical selections, 1920s-1940s, and excerpts used in movie shorts and slide presentations. Included are material from some of Kemp's early recordings and rare 78s, selections featured on New York City radio shows, and a rough tape of a proposed album.

Audiotape T-4923/1-40

T-4923/1

T-4923/2

T-4923/3

T-4923/4

T-4923/5

T-4923/6

T-4923/7

T-4923/8

T-4923/9

T-4923/10

T-4923/11

T-4923/12

T-4923/13

T-4923/14

T-4923/15

T-4923/16

T-4923/17

T-4923/18

T-4923/19

T-4923/20

T-4923/21

T-4923/22

T-4923/23

T-4923/24

T-4923/25

T-4923/26

T-4923/27

T-4923/28

T-4923/29

T-4923/30

T-4923/31

T-4923/32

T-4923/33

T-4923/34

T-4923/35

T-4923/36

T-4923/37

T-4923/38

T-4923/39

T-4923/40

Cassettes #04923, Subseries: "6a.3. Audio Cassettes, 1982-1994. " T-4923/1-40

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit)

About 70 items, plus 5 volumes containing pictures and scrapbook materials.

Arrangement: by subject groupings and volume number.

Individual and group photographs of Hal Kemp, members of the Kemp family (his parents, children from the first marriage, and his wives), and Hal Kemp Orchestra. There are photographs of Kemp as a toddler, an adolescent, a college student at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and as orchestra leader.

Photograph Album PA-4923/1

Album containing sheet music, photographs of Hal Kemp and his orchestra members, and a few photographs of family members #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PA-4923/1

Photograph Album PA-4923/2

Album containing photographs of Hal Kemp and his orchestra members and a few photographs of family members #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PA-4923/2

Photograph Album PA-4923/3

Album containing clippings and a few photographs of Kemp family members and the family home #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PA-4923/3

Photograph Album PA-4923/4

Album containing clippings and a few photographs of Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PA-4923/4

Photograph Album PA-4923/5

Album containing clippings and photographs of Kemp family members #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PA-4923/5

Image Folder PF-4923/1

Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/1

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/2

Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/2

6 images

Image Folder PF-4923/3

Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/3

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/4

Hal Kemp and Martha Kemp #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/4

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/5

Family #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/5

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/6

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/6

11 images

Image Folder PF-4923/7

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/7

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/8

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/8

10 images

Image Folder PF-4923/9

New York Marquee and miscellaneous #04923, Series: "7a. Pictures, 1905-1940 (Original Deposit) " PF-4923/9

3 images

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1 item.

Enlarged print of Hal Kemp's Carolina Club orchestra with explanatory text.

Oversize Image XOP-P-4923/1

Hal Kemp's Carolina Club orchestra, 1925 #04923, Series: "7b. Picture, 1925 (Addition of December 1999 (Acc. 98529))" XOP-P-4923/1

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About 200 items.

Photographs of Hal Kemp, his orchestra, and Kemp with individuals and groups. Many are MCA publicity photographs and carry the name of Weissman Studios in Beverly Hills, Calif. Among them are pictures of Kemp with Spencer Tracy, Judy Garland, Dorothy Lamour, Peter Lawford, Jackie Cooper, Jack Benny, Maria Montez, Herbert Marshall, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Kemp's wife, Martha Stephenson Kemp.

Image Folder PF-4923/10

Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/10

5 images

Image Folder PF-4923/11

Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/11

10 images

Image Folder PF-4923/12

Hal Kemp #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/12

19 images

Image Folder PF-4923/13

Hal Kemp and Martha Kemp #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/13

5 images

Image Folder PF-4923/14

Hal Kemp and Martha Kemp #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/14

6 images

Image Folder PF-4923/15

Groups #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/15

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/16

Groups #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/16

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/17

Groups #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/17

12 images

Image Folder PF-4923/18

Groups #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/18

9 images

Image Folder PF-4923/19

Groups #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/19

6 images

Image Folder PF-4923/20

Trip to Europe #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/20

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/21

Trip to Europe #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/21

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/22

Trip to Europe #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/22

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/23

Trip to Europe #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/23

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/24

Trip to Europe #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/24

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/25

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/25

8 images

Image Folder PF-4923/26

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/26

13 images

Image Folder PF-4923/27

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/27

10 images

Image Folder PF-4923/28

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/28

6 images

Image Folder PF-4923/29

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/29

7 images

Image Folder PF-4923/30

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/30

3 images

Oversize Image Folder OP-PF-4923/1

Hal Kemp and His Orchestra #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " OP-PF-4923/1

12 images

Image Folder PF-4923/31

Marquees #04923, Series: "7c. Pictures, undated (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551)) " PF-4923/31

2 images

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))

20 items.

Hal Kemp's home movies from the 1930s. These films document the last years of his life and perhaps his last musical performances. The films include footage of his first wife Margaret Elizabeth and children, Sally and Hal Jr. Most of the film seems to be have been shot by Kemp and consists of scenes of his family, friends, and home. There are a few shots that feature Kemp interacting with his family and Kemp performing with and conducting his band. Included are 8mm, 16mm, 35mm films. Most are black-and-white films, but films F4923/5, F4923/13, and F4923/14 are in color. Films vary in length from 50 to 100 feet.

Film titles are based on the content of the container notes or content of the films. See folder 40 for photocopies of the original 8mm containers, several of which include hand-written notes. These notes are difficult to read, but, when legible, are quoted below in the film descriptions.

Film F-4923/4

Unidentified woman, circa 1934 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/4

Footage of nude woman, may have been Betsy Slaughter. 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/7

Charlie and Mal, 1934 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/7

Footage of a man waving, a dog, a man with a baby and a young blonde girl. Note on container: "Charlie and Mal, Raleigh, NC June 1935, Teddy [?] Mrs. K, Charlotte." 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/11

New Year's Eve, 1935 reel 1 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/11

Footage of a crowd at a New Year's Eve party. Includes shots of the guests, brief shots of a band, and the focus is on a table of young men and women. 16mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/17

New Year's Eve, 1935 reel 2 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/17

Footage of a crowd at a New Year's Eve party. Also includes shots of the orchestra, people dancing and drinking, and shots of Hal Kemp leading the orchestra. Additionally there are shots of Hal Kemp and the audience singing from the perspective of someone filming from within the orchestra. 16mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/10

Family, 10 June 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/10

Footage of what appears to be a family picnic. Includes shots of man with a baby boy, man and woman with the baby, the baby playing, and adults sitting in rocking chairs outside of a house. Note on container: "June 10, 1935 Family [?]Charlotte, NC." 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/5

Yacht trip, 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/5

Footage of people on a yacht in what appears to be the East River in New York City, N.Y., includes shots of the Brooklyn Bridge, and the men and women on boat. Also includes shots of Hal Kemp with his wife. 8mm Color

Film F-4923/9

Hal Kemp, children, Carolina Realty Co., 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/9

Footage of Hal Kemp with multiple children, possibly his nieces and nephews, and shots of Carolina Realty Co. in Charlotte, N.C. There are also shots of a baby and a little girl, possibly Hal Kemp's children, Hal Jr. and Sally, and shots of the baby in a carriage. Note on container: "Charlotte, Teddy, Dun [?], Kemps, Tippy, Sally, Betsy, Abby[?]." 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/8

Hal Kemp, Sally Kemp, and Hal Kemp, Jr., 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/8

Footage of a Sally Kemp outside with Hal Kemp. Includes shots of blimp in sky and shots of a little boy, possibly Hal Jr., in a sand box. Note on container: "Sally, Tippy, Charlotte [?]Teddy [?]" 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/6

Road trip, 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/6

Footage of men in a car, includes shots of Hal Kemp and shots of fish swimming and a fisherman. Also includes shots of men marching in military uniforms. Note on container: "May '35, Road Trip, Fish at Belfort, Annapolis." 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/1

Summer, 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/1

Footage of men and women swimming and diving, speed boats, a man water-skiing, and a man and his dog diving from a diving board. Note on container: "Mike Fee, Grand Rapids, Mich., Dog Dive, Summer 1935." 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/2

Tennis match, 1935 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/2

Footage of a professional tennis match. Includes shots of the audience, the press, and a trophy ceremony. 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/3

New York, N.Y., 1936 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/3

Footage of what appears to be the New York City, N.Y. skyline during the day and at night, includes shots of advertisements for Hotel Picadilly, Paramount Hotel, Spearmint Gum. Note on container: "Astor Roof." 8mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/12

Kemp family and other footage, 1936 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/12

Footage of what appears to be the Kemp family outside. Includes shots of a toddler, Kemp's son Hal Jr., walking around with a stuffed bunny outside of a house with adults. Half of the film is out of focus but this footage appears to be of a woman practicing her golf swing. 16mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/15

Award ceremony, 1936 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/15

Footage of an award ceremony. Includes shots of Hal Kemp receiving an award at a reception, shots of Hal Kemp accepting the award and posing for the press. Also includes shots of a show on stage and shots of Hal Kemp performing with his orchestra. This includes shots of Kemp dancing and playing clarinet and saxophone. Additionaly there are shots of Hal Kemp leading the orchestra from the perspective of someone filming from within the orchestra. Note on container: "Miri Mayfair." 16mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/18

Kemp home, Kemp family, African American woman and girl, 1936 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/18

Footage of Hal Kemp and the exterior of a house. Includes shots of men and women outside, Kemp's family, and two little girls with an older African American woman. Additionally there are shots of airplanes and a African American girl running outside. 16mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/14

Children playing inside, circa 1937 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/14

Footage of children, Sally Kemp and Hal Kemp Jr., playing. Includes shots of the interior of the house and the children playing together with a train set and dolls. 16mm Color

Film F-4923/13

Children playing outside, circa 1937 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/13

Footage of the interior and exterior of a house. Includes shots of what appear to be the Kemp family with their dogs outside, Hal Kemp playing with children outside, daughter, Sally and son, Hal Jr. 16mm Color

Film F-4923/16

Kemp home, Hal Kemp with dogs, circa 1937 #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/16

Footage of the exterior of a house and what appears to be the Kemp family playing in an underground pool. Also includes shots of dogs, shots of Hal Kemp with dogs, and shots of the yard and garden. 16mm black-and-white.

Film F-4923/19

Hal Kemp Collection #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" F-4923/19

35mm Positive Print Optical Soundtrack Reels #1,2,4 and black-and-white. Silent Print Reel #3.

Film PMF-4923/1

Hal Kemp Collection #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" PMF-4923/1

35mm Preservation Negative Optical Soundtrack Reels #1,2,4 and black-and-white. Optical Preservation Duplicate Negative Reel #3. Preservation Master Film.

Folder 40

Photocopies of original 8mm film containers #04923, Series: "8. Films, 1934-1937 (Addition of January 2000 (Acc. 98551))" Folder 40

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 9. Scrapbook and Diary, 1946 and undated (Addition of July 2011 (Acc. 101456))

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Items Separated

Items separated include oversize papers (OP-4923), photographs (PF-4923/1-20), extra oversize image XOP-P-4923/1 oversize photographs (OP-PF-4923/1), photograph albums/scrapbooks (PA-4923/1-5), newspaper clipping scrapbooks (SV-4923/1-3), audiotapes (T-4923/1-40), films (F-4923/1-20), and record albums (D-4923/1-4).

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Processing Information

Processed by Teresa Church, November 1998.

Encoded by Teresa Church, November 1998

Finding aid updated in October 2000 by James M. Roth.

Finding aid updated in October 2010 by Sarah A. Arnold.

Finding aid updated in December 2017 by Laura Hart.

Finding aid updated in November 2018 by Amy Morgan and Laura Smith.

Additions have not been integrated with other materials. Researchers should check additions to be sure they have identified all files of interest to them.

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