Elbern H."Eddie" Alkire Personal Papers and Music Instrument Collection, 1926-1997 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Title: Elbern H."Eddie" Alkire Personal Papers and Music Instrument Collection, 1926-1997Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/101

Primary Creator: Alkire, Elbern H. (1907-1981)

Extent: 71.5 cubic feet

Subjects: Music - United States, Photographs

Formats/Genres: Papers, Sheet music, Sound Recordings

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of original and published music, business records, correspondence, instructional guides and music examinations, programs, sound recordings, photographs, electrical and mechanical diagrams for several prototype Hawaiian guitars, music instrument catalogs, four original prototype Hawaiian guitars including the first 15-string acoustic guitar, Cruiser, Mini Surfer, and the experimental "Superaxe" guitar with 20 strings, 3 Epiphone Eharp 10-string electric guitars, and Alkire's original acoustic Hawaiian guitar that was used for 1000 radio broadcasts as director and lead guitarist of the Oahu Serenaders during the early 1930s. In addition the collection includes an original Rickenbacker Electro "Frying Pan" guitar. The papers and instruments document Eddie Alkire's career as a musician, music teacher, businessman and inventor. The collection also documents the evolution of Hawaiian guitar performance in America during its height of popularity between 1929 and 1960.

Biographical Note

Elbern H. "Eddie" Alkire (1907-1981) was America's most recognized performer, teacher, and innovator of the twentieth-century Hawaiian guitar. Born and raised in rural West Virginia Alkire utilized his skills as a guitarist and musician to become a teacher and composer for Oahu Music Company in October 1929 after having traveled to Pittsburgh to study electrical machines as an employee for a West Virginia coal company. He became music director for the Oahu Serenaders which performed on over 1000 coast-to-coast broadcasts for NBC and CBS that aired from Cleveland, Ohio during the first years of network radio. In 1934 Alkire started his own company in Easton, Pennsylvania to publish music and teach the guitar. He utilized his knowledge of electricity to create the first 10-string electric Hawaiian guitar and his music background to create new tunings that enabled him to play four-part harmonies and rapid melodic passages that became the hallmark of his new style of performance.

Subject/Index Terms

Music - United States
Photographs

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: February 25, 2006

Access Restrictions: None.

Other Note: Pages


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Series 1: Instruments and inventionsAdd to your cart.
Music instruments and materials documenting Elbern H. Alkire's efforts at designing and inventing instruments and instrument accessories.  Included are two Alkire Eharps, a Rickenbacker "frying pan," and experimental guitars.  Also noteworthy is the Acoustic guitar, named "Sol" on which Alkire performed numerous radio broadcasts.
Sub-Series 1: Music instruments and accessoriesAdd to your cart.
Box 1: Hawaiian Guitar, nicknamed "Sol"Add to your cart.
The guitar used by Elbern H. Alkire while a member of the Oahu Serenaders.  Used for more than 1000 radio broadcasts.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.05
Box 2: Oahu Jumbo 68B Hawaiian GuitarAdd to your cart.
Hawaiian guitar belonging to Mrs. Alkire
Accession number: 2006.1209101.01
Box 3: Epiphone Eharp - Lap model guitarAdd to your cart.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.03
Box 4: Epiphone Eharp - Floor model guitarAdd to your cart.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.06
Box 5: Experimental guitar "Superaxe"Add to your cart.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.03
Box 6: Experimental guitar "Mini-surfer"Add to your cart.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.07
Box 7: Rickenbacker Electro A-22 "Frying Pan" steel guitar, ca. 1932Add to your cart.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.02
Box 8Add to your cart.
Item 1: Alkire and Oahu steelsAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Alkire Eharp stringsAdd to your cart.
Box 133: Epiphone Eharp - Prototype guitarAdd to your cart.
Accession number: 2006.1209101.04
Box 138: Alkire Guitar PedalAdd to your cart.
Box 139: Alkire Guitar Pedal and CordAdd to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Instrument documentation and tuningAdd to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Patent - Eharp, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Patent - Pedal control for rheostats, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Patent - Eharp design, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Patent - Pedal design, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Patent application - Electro Frying PanAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Trademark - Eharp (publications), 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Trademark - Eharp (instrument), 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Trademark - Technichord, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Electrical diagrams - "Mighty Mo", ca. 1957-70Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Electrical diagrams - "Mighty Mo", ca. 1957-70Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Electrical diagrams - "Mighty Mo", 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Electrical diagrams - "Mighty Mo", 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Electrical diagrams - "Superaxe", ca. 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Electrical diagrams - "Cruiser", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Electrical diagrams - "Cruiser", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Electrical diagrams - "Cruiser", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Electrical diagrams - "Cruiser", 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 24: "Cruiser" plans and wire formulas, ca. 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "Cruiser" charts, ca. 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Electrical diagrams - "Mini-surfer", 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Electrical diagrams - "The Islander", 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Electrical diagrams - "The Islander", 1975Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Eharp pedal (Eharpedal) design sketches, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Epiphone Eharp Design Sketches, ca. 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 31: "New Eharp data"Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 1: New Eharp, 1954Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Blueprints - FauerbachAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Wiring diagrams, 1970-72Add to your cart.
"Wiring diagrams for pre-amp modification for use with Alkire experimental guitars, 1960-72"--Control file
Folder 4: Tuning diagrams, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Eharp tuning instruction and salesAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Eharp tuning and temperamentAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Notes and diagrams of guitar tuning systems, 1970-80Add to your cart.
Box 133Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alkire Volume Control Pedal - pedal casting, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Tuning schemes, sliding tuning diagramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Mini-surfer tuning diagrams (13-string)Add to your cart.
MapCabinet 3Add to your cart.
MapDrawer 1Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Schematic diagrams and blueprints; Tuning diagramsAdd to your cart.

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