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The Hugo Keesing Collection on Roy Orbison

Abstract

Title:
The Hugo Keesing Collection on Roy Orbison
Author/Creator:
Keesing, Hugo and Wouter (Roy Orbison)
Collection number:
97-33-MusLib
Size:
4.00 lienar feet
Bulk dates:
1961-1979, 1981-1992
Inclusive dates:
1961-1995, undated
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

The Hugo Keesing Collection of Popular Music and Culture consists of books, serials, recordings, sheet music, clippings, and memorabilia related to 20th century American popular music, in particular rock 'n' roll. Collected by Hugo A. Keesing, a professor at the University of Maryland and a popular culture scholar, with his brother Wouter Keesing, the bulk of the collection covers the period from the 1950s through the 1990s. The Collection has been separated into five record groups. The collection consists of clippings and magazines, ephemera, recordings and miscellaneous documents. These materials span the length of Orbison's career.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

The Hugo Keesing Collection on Roy Orbison, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4595
Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Roy Orbison (April 23, 1936 - December 6, 1988) was an award-winning singer-songwriter who is considered a pioneer of rock and roll. His career spanned from 1954-1988. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1987) and posthumously into the Songwriter's Hall of Fame (1989). Orbison had an ongoing relationship with the Beatles, including touring with them and later working with Harrison in with the "super-group" The Traveling Wilburys that also included Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Jeff Lynne. Orbison maintained his success through the popular music craze known as the "British Invasion," and broke into the Top 10 with his hit single "Oh, Pretty Woman" in 1964.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hugo Keesing Collection on Roy Orbison covers the period from 1961 to 1992; the bulk dates of the materials are concentrated in three main periods, 1961 to 1962, 1967 to 1979, and 1981 to 1992. The collection consists of clippings and magazines, ephemera, recordings and miscellaneous documents. These materials span the length of Orbison's career.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Hugo Keesing received in shipments beginning in September 1996, and is ongoing (as of 2009).

Processing Information

Processed by:

Mary Crauderueff, December 2012

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Mary Crauderueff, February 2009.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into six series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Realia, undated (4 items)

This series contains realia including t-shirts. Materials are arranged by type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Rock and Roll T-shirts: Roy Orbison On Tour, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Rock and Roll T-shirts: The Roy Orbison Story, undated series 1box 1folder 2
Rock and Roll T-shirts: 2 Roy Orbison concert t-shirts, undated series 1box 1folder 3
pin: Only the Lonely: The Roy Orbison Story, undated series 1box 1folder 4

Series 2: Ephemera, 1967, 1994-1995 undated (4 items)

This series contains ephemera, including memorabilia from The Fastest Guitar Alive. Materials are arranged by type.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Bumper Sticker and other stickers, undated series 2box 1folder 5
The Fastest Guitar Alive, 1967, undated series 2box 1folder 6
Press Book, undated series 2box 1folder 6item 1.0
3 black and white photos, undated series 2box 1folder 6item 2.0
8 Movie stills, 1967 series 2box 1folder 6item 3.0
The Roy Orbison Story at the Whitehall Theatre, November 1995 series 2box 4folder 9
Only the Lonely The Roy Orbison Story at the Picadilly Theatre, ca. 1994 series 2box 4folder 10
The Legendary Roy Orbison, undated series 2box 4folder 11

Series 3: Clippings, 1974-1975, 1977, undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains magazines and newspaper clippings about Roy Orbison, as well as Top 40 charts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
2 Top 40 charts (from Netherlands), 1 Billboard chart, undated series 3box 2folder 1
Magazines/periodicals clippings (some in protective leaves), undated series 3box 2folder 2
Newspaper clippings (some in protective leaves), undated series 3box 2folder 3

Series 4: Magazines, 1974-1990, 1995, undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains magazines as well as trade magazines which feature Roy Orbison.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Collecting items: mail-order CD catalogs, price lists, trade magazines, etc. (trade magazines - 2 Goldmine, 1 DISCoveries, and 1 Record Collector), undated series 4box 2folder 4
Fusion December, 1972 series 4box 2folder 5
Guitar World March, 1989 series 4box 2folder 6
Music Express February (three copies), 1989 series 4box 2folder 7
Music Leader January 14, 1989 series 4box 2folder 8
Newsweek December 19, 1988 series 4box 2folder 9
Oor Magazine January 14, 1989 series 4box 2folder 10
U.S. News December 19, 1988 series 4box 2folder 11
People December 19, 1988 series 4box 2folder 12
People June 18 (two copies), 1979 series 4box 2folder 13
People January 9, 1989 series 4box 2folder 14
People December 19, 1989 series 4box 2folder 15
Pop Foto, 1989 series 4box 2folder 16
Rolling Stone January 12, 1989 series 4box 2folder 17
Rock and Roll Magazine, 1978 series 4box 2folder 18
Spin February, 1989 series 4box 2folder 19
The Story of Pop circa, 1975 series 4box 2folder 20
Teen Life, 1967 series 4box 2folder 21
Variety December 14-20, 1988 series 4box 2folder 22
New Music Express December 17, 1988 series 4box 2folder 23
Goldmine, May 5, 1989 series 4box 2folder 25
Nin-O-One Network: The Sun Session: Together Again in Memphis, undated series 4box 2folder 26
Rolling Stone, January 26, 1989 series 4box 2folder 27

Series 5: Recordings, 1961-1990, undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains recordings and related materials.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
7 two record set CD boxes, several photocopies of CD covers, and 1 promotional poster (Mystery Girl CD cover), undated series 5box 1folder 7
Compact Disc: Bootleg Collection, undated series 5box 3folder 1
Compact Disc: Interview CD with Q&A, undated series 5box 3folder 2
Compact Disc: A Portrait of Roy Orbison, undated series 5box 3folder 3
Compact Disc: Studio 99 performs.... Roy Orbison, undated series 5box 3folder 4
Compact Disc: Only the Lonely - A Tribute to Roy Orbison, undated series 5box 3folder 5
Cassette: I Drove All Night, undated series 5box 3folder 6
Cassette: The Roy Orbison Collector's Edition, undated series 5box 3folder 7
Cassette: Roy Orbison: The Beginning Years, undated series 5box 3folder 8
Cassette: Roy Orbison: You Got It, undated series 5box 3folder 9
Cassette: Home Recordings, various dates series 5box 3folder 10
Cassette: Tone Soap x3, undated series 5box 3folder 10item 1.0
Cassette: The Roy Orbison Story April 8, 1989 series 5box 3folder 10item 2.0
Cassette: Roy Orbison: Birthday Tribute April 21, 1989 series 5box 3folder 10item 3.0
Cassette: Profile: Roy Orbison! April 22, 1987 series 5box 3folder 10item 4.0
VHS Home Recordings, various dates series 5box 3folder 11
DVD: Roy Orbison live at Austin City Limits, August 5, 1982 series 5box 3folder 12
45rpm: MGM Celebrity Scene: Roy Orbison DJ Promo Set, 1967 series 5box 3folder 13
45rpm: The Marys (The Day Roy Orbison Died), 1990 series 5box 3folder 14
45rpm: Big 'O' (Cryin') Tribute to Roy Orbison, undated series 5box 3folder 15
45rpm: Roy Orbison Sings.... "Candy Man", 1961 series 5box 3folder 16
45rpm: Roy Orbison California Blue, 1989 series 5box 3folder 17
45rpm: Roy Orbison and Friends Oh Pretty Woman, 1989 series 5box 3folder 18
45rpm: Roy Orbison Breakin' Up is Breakin' My Heart (b-side: Wait), undated series 5box 3folder 19
LP: Roy Orbison and friends: A Black and White Night Live, 1989 series 5box 4folder 1
LP: Class of '55, 1986 series 5box 4folder 2
LP: Roy Orbison: The Sun Years, 1984 series 5box 4folder 3
LP: Almost Eighteen, 1982 series 5box 4folder 4
LP: Crying, 1962 series 5box 4folder 5
LP: Roy Orbison: In Dreams, the Greatest Hits, 1987 series 5box 4folder 6

Series 6: Miscellaneous, 1981-1992, undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series includes items such as discographies, photographs and posters.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"Roy Orbison discography", undated series 6box 1folder 8
Fan Club Mail - 17 envelopes, 2 postcards, undated series 6box 1folder 9
Miscellaneous - 1 photo of Orbison's guitar, 2 photos of Orbison live in concert, 1 stolen newspaper from Orbison's house, hand-written personal notes, 4 ticket stubs circa 1981, 1982, and 1985, various dates series 6box 1folder 10
Autographed program from Roy's last appearance in the DC area [August 24, 1988 at Wolf Trap, also signed by R&R Hall of Famer Carl Perkins]., 1988 series 6box 1folder 11
2 Wolftrap programs 1988 season, 1 Wolftrap 1988 schedule / info. pamphlet, 1988 series 6box 1folder 12
Obituary (Chicago Tribune, December 8, 1988), 1988 series 6box 1folder 13
"The Story of O" New Musical Express, December 20, 1980 series 6box 1folder 14
"Four Decades of Roy Orbison: American/British Singles Discography" Hugo Keesing, undated series 6box 1folder 15
Orbisongs: photocopied sheet music, undated series 6box 1folder 16
Roy Orbison sheet music, undated series 6box 1folder 17
Roy Orbison Discography (index cards by title of song), undated series 6box 1folder 18
Oh, Pretty Woman sheet music, 1992 series 6box 1folder 19
Dark Star: the Roy Orbison Story, Ellis Amburn, 1990 series 6box 2folder 20
Envelope from Movie Poster Service with autograph, undated. Previously contained items from The Fastest Guitar Alive, undated series 6box 2folder 24
Roy Orbison and others framed poster (autographed), undated series 6box 4folder 7
Caricature of Roy Orbison and Hugo Keesing, 1990 series 6box 4folder 8
Roy Orbison "Ganz einfach der beste Sanger in der Welt" ["Quite simply the best singer in the world"] brief biography and other information. In Dutch., undated series 6box 4folder 12
Roy Orbison "Beiheft Zur LP" Welcome to the Party: Roy Orbison Live at the Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch/Essex, England. In Dutch., undated series 6box 4folder 13
Rob Orbison Zur LP The Big O Live in Birmingham, Alabama. In Dutch., undated series 6box 4folder 14
The Most Extensive Roy Orbison Songbook.. Compiled by Benjamin Koelewijn., 1989 series 6box 4folder 15
The Roy Orbison Story. Compiled by Benjamin Koelewijn., 1988 series 6box 4folder 16
Mystery Girl Piano and Vocal compositions, 1989 series 6box 4folder 17
The Traveling Wilburys Vol. 1 Sheet Music, 1989 series 6box 4folder 18
Roy Orbison Song Book, undated series 6box 4folder 19
Roy Orbison: 24 Classic hits, 1987 series 6box 4folder 20

Related Material

The Keesing Collection has been separated into five record groups. Three of these groups are materials of artists: Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison, and The Beatles. One record group, Wouter Keesing, includes the research of Wouter Keesing, as well as material on Fats Domino, New Orleans, and Jazz/ R&B. The last record group is On Popular Music and Culture, materials that are not artist specific. The record groups contain specific material regarding the artists. This does not mean that there is no material of these artists in the rest of the collection - it is possible that in magazines and newspaper clippings there are related articles. What this does mean is that the collection does not have all of the material housed by type, but with the record group. This means that if a researcher is looking for all realia or ephemera, for example, they will need to look across the record groups to find all they are looking for. There are thousands of books from this collection that have been cataloged and are located in the Lowens Room using the prefix MKEESING. There are also thousands of LPs and records from this collection that will be cataloged.

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