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The Hugo Keesing Collection on Elvis Presley


The Hugo Keesing Collection on Elvis Presley
Keesing, Hugo and Wouter (Elvis Presley)
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

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. This record group includes magazines, books, newspaper clippings, realia, and ephemera relating to Elvis Presley.

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The collection is open for research use.

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The Hugo Keesing Collection on Elvis Presley, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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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:


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Historical Note

Elvis Presley (January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977) was an American singer, musician, and actor who became a cultural icon often referred to as "the King." Likely the most important and influential of the 1950s American pop stars, he was later known for eccentricity and a highly profiled decline.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Hugo Keesing Collection on Popular Music and Culture has been separated into five record groups. This record group includes magazines, books, newspaper clippings, realia, and ephemera relating to Elvis Presley.

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:

Processed by Mary Crauderueff, October 2008.

Encoded by:

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

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into five series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Realia, 1977, 1992 (2 items)

This series contains realia of Elvis. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
T-shirt - Rochester, 1977 series 1box 1folder 1
Hallmark Keepsake Ornament, 1992 series 1box 1folder 2

Series 2: Ephemera, 1978, 1980, 1997, undated (4 folders)

This series contains ephemera of Elvis, including postcards and calendars.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Envelopes with stamps (2), undated series 2box 1folder 3
"Last Will and Testament of Elvis Aaron Presley" with copy of Drivers License and marriage certificate, undated series 2box 1folder 4
One envelope filled with collectables, undated series 2box 1folder 5
Calendar, 1980 series 2box 1folder 6
Elvis Calendar, 1997 series 2box 1folder 7
"Elvis Lives: He Sent You This Memo" Post-It notes, undated series 2box 1folder 8
Four Greeting Cards with Elvis on the cover, one does not have an envelope, undated series 2box 1folder 9
Color Elvis Calendar (2), 1978 series 2box 1folder 10
postcard: Elvis Presley, writing on back, addressed to Hugo and Marilyn Keesing, undated series 2box 1folder 11
picture card: Royal mini print - Elvis B11157, undated series 2box 1folder 12
postcard: "I've Been to 'Graceland'", undated series 2box 1folder 13
picture card: Royal mini print - Elvis B11738, undated series 2box 1folder 14
picture card: Royal mini print - Elvis B11739, undated series 2box 1folder 15
greeting card: artwork of Elvis on front, undated series 2box 1folder 16
Find Elvis Glitter Wand, gold ends, undated series 2box 1folder 17
Elvis Presley Mesh Ball cap, undated series 2box 1folder 18
Two Elvis The King plastic cups, different designs, undated series 2box 1folder 19
Two pieces of two balloons, one green, one white, "Elvis: Astoria theatre", undated series 2box 1folder 20
Plastic Elvis Mask (full head), torn on ears (small tear on left, big on right), plastic lining inside face of mask, undated series 2box 1folder 21
Rock 'n' Roll Beer with Elvis, undated series 2box 1folder 22
"Love Me Tender" Moisturizing Milk Bath, undated series 2box 1folder 23
Assembled Gum Boxes: Box 128 (1A of 3) and Box 131 (3a of 3). Note: Housed with other Gum Boxes:, undated series 2box 1folder 24
2 glazed busts of Elvis, undated series 2box 1folder 25
Advertisement for Elvis Stamps, undated series 2box 3folder 1
Postcard, undated series 2box 3folder 2

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

This series includes newspaper clippings and articles relating to Elvis.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Newspapers in a plastic bag, undated series 3box 2folder 1
Clippings and Catalogs (half box full), undated series 3box 2folder 2
Articles, undated series 3box 2folder 3
De vreemde gedragingen van de vette, ouder woerdende Elvis Presley, Prive, undated series 3box 2folder 3item 1.0
The Elvis Generation, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 1977 series 3box 2folder 3item 2.0
Exclusief voor Prive de verboden foto!, Prive, undated series 3box 2folder 3item 3.0
The Sun Recording Career of Elvis Presley, Joe Haertel, 1974 series 3box 2folder 3item 4.0
Recording Sessions 1954-1974 - Elvis Presley, 1975 series 3box 2folder 3item 5.0
Miscellaneous articles or order forms, undated series 3box 2folder 3item 6.0
Photocopies of covers: Elvis Presley, Pat Boone, Bill Haley - Rock n' Roll Battlers, undated series 3box 2folder 4

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

This series includes magazines either partially or entirely about Elvis.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
TV Guide, 1981 and 1988 series 4box 2folder 5
Life, June, 1990 series 4box 2folder 6
The New York Times magazine, September 24, 1995 series 4box 2folder 7
Forbes, October 2, 1988 series 4box 2folder 8
Twenty Five Years The King: 1956-1981 Official Elvis Presley Fan Club World Wide, undated series 4box 2folder 9
The Life and Death of Elvis Presley, 1977 series 4box 2folder 10
Elvis Presley: A Photoplay Tribute, 1977 series 4box 2folder 11
The Love of Elvis, 1979 series 4box 2folder 12
"Elvis:" Astoria Theatre, undated series 4box 2folder 13
Het Intieme Foto Album Van Elvis, 1977 series 4box 2folder 14
The Elvis YearsCircus Magazine's Pinup No. 3 (3 copies), 1975 series 4box 2folder 15
Het Verborgen Leven Van Elvis Presley, undated series 4box 2folder 16
Elvis: The Trials and Triumphs of the Legendary King of Rock & RollTattler, May, 1976 series 4box 2folder 17
A Tribute to the King, 1977 series 4box 2folder 18
Elvis Presley SpecialMonty Magazines, undated series 4box 2folder 19
Elvis: One year LaterFall, 1978 series 4box 2folder 20
Elvis-August 16-A Time to Remember16 Magazine, 1978 series 4box 2folder 21
Elvis: As He Was, 1978 series 4box 2folder 22
Forever Elvis: The Memorial Tour to Memphis, 1980 series 4box 2folder 23
ElvisRCA, 1983-1984 series 4box 2folder 24
Joel Whitburn's 45 RPM Record Sale volume 3, undated series 4box 2folder 25
Musique Boutique (2), undated series 4box 2folder 26
Vintage Rock 'n Roll Catalog, 1986 series 4box 2folder 27
Milliyet Aktualite, undated series 4box 2folder 28
Music Books for Christmas, undated series 4box 2folder 29
Strictly Elvis, July, 1974 series 4box 2folder 30
Compendium Music Catalogue, Fall, 1977 series 4box 2folder 31
Carpenter, 1981 series 4box 2folder 32
Mean Mountain Music: A Tribute to Sam C. Phillips international, undated series 4box 2folder 33
Goldmine: June, 1979 series 4box 2folder 34
TipTop, undated series 4box 2folder 35
Pulse, July 1992 series 4box 3folder 4
TV Guide, February 17-23 1990 series 4box 3folder 5
The Record Spinner, August 1, 1983 series 4box 3folder 6

Series 5: Books, undated (4 books)

This series contains books specifically about Elvis.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Dutch biography, undated series 5box 2folder 36
Elvis Presley Poster Book volume 1, undated series 5box 2folder 37
Elvis: Elvis on Stage, undated series 5box 2folder 38
Elvis Answers Back!; Meet Elvis, Star Special #1, undated series 5box 2folder 39

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. Each record group contains 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. Furthermore, 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 hundreds 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.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.