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This collection of Revella E. Hughes papers consists of photo reproductions of the pages of her press book pertaining to her career in New York and on tour. Original pressbook located in the Moorland-Springarn Research Center, Howard University. Later accession includes holograph arrangements for the organ; research papers written while a graduate student at Northwestern University, where Dr. Hughes earned a Masters of Music degree in 1942. Newspaper clippings comprise the bulk of the collection. Also included are programs and announcements of concerts, recitals, and other musical events in which Miss Hughes participated. The newspaper clippings and programs encompass the range of Miss Hughes’ performing career, beginning at Hartshorn Memorial College in Richmond, Virginia, in 1909, and include items about her most recent appearance, in Charleston, West Virginia, in October, 1984.

Correspondence is scattered in the collection, the bulk of it dating form 1932 until 1941, the period when Miss Hughes returned to Huntington, West Virginia, to become supervisor of public school music for the then-segregated Negro schools.

Certificates include diplomas and citations for various civic and community activities. There are also several photographs.


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Special Collections, Morrow Library
Marshall University
One John Marshall Drive
Huntington, WV 25755
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This collection is related to collection 0493 and be accessed here: