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Virgil Whyte "All-Girl" Band Collection, 1942-1948, 1991-1993

Donor:
Kovan, Florice Whyte
Kovan, Florice Whyte
Collector:
Kahl Nilo, Doris
Knudsen Hansen, Betty
Smaus Jacoby, Alice
Author:
Whyte, Virgil (bandleader)
Creator:
Virgil Whyte's "All-Girl" Band
Subject:
United Service Organizations (U.S.)
Physical description:
Photoprints: Silver gelatin on paper, 8" x 10" and smaller, some in scrapbooks
3 cu. ft.: approx. 10 document boxes, etc
Type:
Photographs
Collection descriptions
Photomechanical prints
Letterheads
Labels
Clippings
Announcements
Packages
Soap
Postcards
Audiotapes
Videotapes
Postage stamps
Place:
U.S
Racine (Wis.)
Date:
1942
1942-1948, 1991-1993
1940-1950
1930-1950
Notes:
Founded 1942 in Racine, Wis., by Virgil Whyte, his "all-girl" band was composed of young Racine women. Whyte was instructor, manager, and the initial leader on drums; later his sister Alice took over as drummer. After initial success in Racine and elsewhere in Wisconsin, the band began to accept engagements in other parts of the country, eventually touring the U.S. The band's success drew other acts and performers, including Jill Fontaine and the Wilford Mae Trio, Sam Hearn (known as "Schlepperman"), the Woodson Sisters, and Paul La Verre and Bro. They did U.S.O. tours, entertaining servicemen.
The principal donor, a free-lance researcher and writer, is the daughter of Virgil Whyte.
Summary:
Includes 7 VHS videotapes and 1 audio tape produced by Florice Whyte Kovan, containing interviews and recollections by some band members. Studio portraits and snapshot photographs in 3 scrapbooks, which also contain display advertisements and newspaper clippings from about the band, 1940s. Snapshots include documentation of the band's travels and leisure activities while on the road, including swimming, horseback riding, etc. Packaged hotel soap bars collected by Betty Hansen during the bands' touring documents their itinerary, as do picture postcards written by Alice Smaus Jacoby.
Cite as:
Virgil Whyte's "All-Girl" Band Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Band music
Jazz
Swimming
Swimming pools
Beaches
Horseback riding
Railroad passenger cars
Barracks
Travel photography
Jazz musicians
Comedians
Singers
Tap dancers
World War, 1939-1945--Musicians
Horses
Women musicians
Portraits--Women
Packaged
Local number:
1994.3136 (NMAH Acc.)
1994.3137 (NMAH Acc.)
1994.3138 (NMAH Acc.)
2016.3152 (NMAH Acc.)
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Virgil Whyte "All-Girl" Band Collection 1942-1948, 1991-1993 [Kovan, Florice Whyte]
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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