Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, 1790-1980s
DeVincent, Sam 1918-1997
WOWO (radio station)
260 cu. ft.: 781 record boxes
Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. He purchased much of his collection through travel and had little money to spend. Much of the music he collected was used by him and his wife in their musical performance group, "Nancy Lee and the Hilltoppers." They had their own radio show on WOWO, AM 190 in Fort Wayne, Indiana five days a week until the music scene changed in 1955. They continued to do personal appearances and maintained a radio show at the same station every Sunday morning for many years.
Primarily published sheet music, plus some related ephemera. Originally included 781 boxes of American sheet music and assorted clippings, articles, photographs, etc.; also 93 boxes of 33-1/3 RPM phonograph records, 30 boxes of 45 RPM records, and 20 boxes of 78 RPM records.
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, ca. 1790-1980, Archives Center, National Museum of American History