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Peter Marks Minstrelsy Collection, ca. 1861-1883

Creator:
Marks, Peter 1843-1883
Donor:
Jessee, Mark
Physical description:
2.5 cu. ft. : 5 boxes
Type:
Articles
Collection descriptions
Posters
Sheet music
Songbooks
Theater programs
Date:
1861
1883
ca 1861-1883
19th century
Notes:
Marks was born in Ireland in 1843, and was living with his family in Cincinnati in 1850 at age 7. It is unknown what role, if any, he played in the Civil War, but Civil War records list several men named Peter Marks as having served in Ohio regiments. By 1880, he headed his own household with his wife Emma and two sons and listed himself as a music teacher. He seems to have owned a music store in Cincinnati around this time. He died in February 1883. Evidently, during the 1860s-1870s he played the harp on the Midwestern minstrel circuit.
Summary:
The collection documents Marks's years as a harpist on the Midwestern minstrel circuit. It includes sheet music and song books, theater programs, posters announcing minstrel shows, newspaper articles and advertisements.
Cite as:
Peter Marks Minstrelsy Collection, ca. 1861-1883, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Topic:
Music teachers
Harpists
Minstrel music
Minstrel shows
Theater
Local number:
2015.3012 (NMAH Acc.)
Data Source:
Archives Center - NMAH

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