Collection Number: 20059

Collection Title: A. Doyle Moore Collection on the Autoharp and C.F. Zimmerman, 1877-1977 and undated

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Size 0.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 300 items)
Abstract The collection of folklorist and art professor A. Doyle Moore (1931-2013) contains materials Moore compiled in the course of his research on the autoharp, a musical instrument patented in 1882, and C. F. Zimmerman, a German immigrant and accordion maker who invented the autoharp and manufactured the instrument in Philadelphia, Pa., at the end of the nineteenth century. Materials include Moore's notes, Zimmerman's manuscript autobiography and a translated transcription, songbooks, sheet music, music charts, instructional manuals for the autoharp from the 1890s, manufacturers' catalogs and advertisements, newspaper clippings, articles, and printed items related to contemporary auto harpist John Kirby Snow.
Creator Moore, A. Doyle (Alvin Doyle), 1931-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the A. Doyle Moore Collection on the Autoharp and C.F. Zimmerman #20059, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received prior to 1998 (Acc. 103542).
Sensitive Materials Statement
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Folklorist and professor of art A. Doyle Moore (1931-2013) taught graphic design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for more than thirty years. His scholarship focused on the autoharp, a popular musical instrument patented in 1882 by German immigrant to Philadelphia, Pa., C. F. Zimmerman. In 1963 Moore published an article "The Autoharp: Its Origin and Development from a Popular to a Folk Instrument" in the New York Folklore Quarterly.

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The collection of folklorist and art professor A. Doyle Moore (1931-2013) contains materials Moore compiled in the course of his research on the autoharp, a musical instrument patented in 1882, and C. F. Zimmerman, a German immigrant and accordion maker who invented the autoharp and manufactured the instrument in Philadelphia, Pa., at the end of the nineteenth century. Materials include Moore's notes, Zimmerman's manuscript autobiography and a translated transcription, songbooks, sheet music, music charts, instructional manuals for the autoharp from the 1890s, manufacturers' catalogs and advertisements, newspaper clippings, articles, and printed items related to contemporary auto harpist John Kirby Snow.

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Processing Information

Processed: May 2019

Encoded by: Laura Smith

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