GIBSON, T. J. (Thelma Jean) McClung 04-008
JOHN A. McCLUNG HARTFORD MUSIC COMPANY COLLECTION
Song Books, Photographs, Manuscripts
2 pieces of sheet music
.1 linear feet of manuscript materials
2 sound recordings (on deposit)
1920 – 2004
Compiled and donated by Thelma Jean McClung Gibson, daughter of John McClung, to the Center for Popular Music in October 2004.
Agency History/biographical sketch:
John Alexander McClung was born January 1, 1891 in
Scope and content:
This collection constitutes aspects of the history of a small gospel
publishing company and singing school in
The majority of the papers are photocopies given by T. J. Gibson, the daughter of John A. McClung. Mrs. Gibson retains the originals. Papers consist of photocopies of newspaper articles, serials, and various excerpts pertaining to the Hartford Music Company and the Hartford Music Institute singing school. Photocopies of J. A. McClung’s marriage and death certificates are included. Examples of some of the items published by the Hartford Music Company are “Four Comic Readings,” and the March-April 1942 The Herald of Song. Original items include a certificate from the Hartford Musical Institute to Miss Nora Steele June 28, 1929 and an issue of The Hartford Herald from Thursday, December 19, 1929 containing a song written by J. A. McClung and advertisement for the Hartford Music Company.
Email correspondence from T. J. Gibson includes a biography of her father, John Alexander McClung, information about songs contained on the transcription discs, and an account of hearing the discs with her father’s voice for the first time. Published articles of Mrs. Gibson’s donation and deposit to the Center are also included.
Photographs are copies of originals still in the possession of T. J.
Gibson. The majority are photographs of the Hartford Music Institute from the
early 1920s through 1940. There are also photos of J. A. McClung and his wife
Minnie, and the Hartford Quartet. A complete listing of photographs follows. A original large photograph of the Hartford Musical
Institute taken in
The gospel song books and sheet music have been separated, cataloged in the Center’s InMagic database and housed in their respective areas of the stacks. All other manuscript items (including photograph photocopies) are located in one box filed by accession number in the Manuscript area of the mezzanine stacks. The photographs are cross-referenced in the Iconographic files, searchable in the Iconographic database. The original large (19 x 9 ¼ inch) Hartford Musical Institute photograph is located in the Oversize Photographs box in the oversize section of the stacks. The original Hartford Herald newspaper is housed in the extra-large metal cabinet in the Manuscript drawer by accession number.
The Center for Popular Music holds other Hartford Music Company publications in the Rare Books category of its Special Collections, searchable in the InMagic database. Two instantaneous discs are on deposit from Mrs. Gibson and located in the manuscript holding area on the mezzanine, filed by accession number. A printed log of songs and artists is included with the printed finding aid.
1 1 Papers
3 Sheet music
6 Certificate (Hartford Musical Institute) June 28, 1929.
Photographs (all copies)
Listed in order
J. A. McClung
Minnie G. Cunningham and J. A. Mcclung shortly after marriage May 5, 1929.
T.J. McClung outside The Hartford Music Co.
Hartford Music Institute Instructors:
William Ramsey, J. H. Ruebush, E. M. Bartlett, J. A. McClung, L. D. Huffstuttler, Robert Vaughan, C. L. Murphree, G. L. Lindsey.
Hartford Music Institute, n.d.
Hartford Music Institute,
Hartford Music Institute, n.d.
Minnie G. Cunningham and J. A. McClung, 1930s.
Hartford Musical Institute,
Hartford Musical Institute Instructors, n.d.
Hartford Musical Institute Instructors, Thomas Benton, Mrs. J. S. Adams, Fern Waits, L. H.
Bone, J. A. McClung, W. O. Cooper, R. V. Vaughan, Doy Ott, Austin Arnold, L. D. Huffstuttler, R. V. Condrey.
Convention Hall Hartford & Harmony Boy Concert, June 24, 1949; and Hartford Quartet: Oris Baldwin, Troy Lumpkin, Ancil Baker, Charles Jeffers, The Concert at Sandsprings High School, March 7, 1949; and Hartford Quartet: Jack Marshall, Troy Lumpkin, Jack Hendry, Ancil Baker, Charles Jeffers, Singing Convention, November 13, 1948.
Minnie McClung’s sister, Nancy Cunningham, setting type at the Hartford Music Company,
Jake Hess and the Imperials
The Statesmen Quartet
The Hartford Institute, n.d.
Charlie Waller with J. A. McClung’s piano at the
James Blackwood, Brumley Singing, August 2001.
The Statesmen Quartet, Brumley Singing, August 2001.
© The Center for Popular Music,
[LPC 2004, updated 6/2007.]