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William Henry Thompson Papers

Identifier: MsC0150.17

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains a number of ephemeral items having to do with performances by William Henry Thompson. School books owned and acquired by him are also here. The books represent the type of education Mr. Thompson received as a boy. Box 3 contains materials for William's son Billy or Bill Thompson, who was featured on the radio in the 1930s and 1940s and was a prominent voice actor in the 1950s and 1960s. Sheet music that arrived with this collection has been moved into an aggregate music collection, Sheet Music Collection, MsC873.


  • Creation: 1877-1928


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This collection is open for research.

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1.50 Linear Feet

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A performer on the Chautauqua and vaudeville circuits, Thompson was a singer with the Mendelssohn Club.

Method of Acquisition

This collection was donated to the University Special Collections by Don Thompson.

Related Materials

Records of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau, MsC 150. Please note the list of additional mini-collections of Chautauqua material at the end of the Redpath finding aid. Keith/Albee VaudevilleTheater Collection

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Special Collections Repository

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