HENDERSON, GORDON 01-009
1 scrapbook, .2 l.f. (86 pages)
August 1928 – June 1939
Purchased by the Center from
Agency History/biographical sketch:
Gordon Henderson was a percussionist and orchestra
Scope and content:
This scrapbook documents the engagements of the
Gordon Henderson Orchestra, a popular dance orchestra in
The newspaper clippings provide a chronology of the
orchestra’s performances and recordings. Beginning in 1928, the orchestra
played at the
The scrapbook is located among other manuscript collections by accession number.
The Center holds other materials associated with popular orchestra and dance music from the 1920s and 30s, such as sheet music, trade catalogs, radio folios, and reference materials. These are searchable in the InMagic database by subject, date, and other formats.
A note about provenance:
For documentation of the original arrangement of the scrapbook, please see the notebook marked “GORDON HENDERSON SCRAPBOOK – PHOTOGRAPHS” located in the main reading room. The black and white photographs in the notebook document all the material contents of the scrapbook as it was received from the dealer. The entire scrapbook has also been photocopied as it was originally received and is available to researchers. The photocopy is shelved with the original scrapbook in Manuscripts.
A note about conservation:
ORCHESTRA SCRAPBOOK – PHOTOGRAPHS
[The following accompanies a notebook of photographs taken prior to conservation.]
This notebook documents the Gordon Henderson Orchestra scrapbook in the condition and arrangement in which it was originally received. The photographic images herein provide a record of the arrangement of the materials, and not necessarily their content. Photocopies of the scrapbook pages are available for research and are located with the manuscript scrapbook. All of the original items from the scrapbook have been dismantled, deacidified, and remounted in an archival scrapbook by CPM staff. All original pages with writing on them have been kept and placed accordingly. Some of the original pages and items were torn and damaged. These have been repaired, when possible, and placed in the archival scrapbook. (Conservation completed June 2003, LPC.)
Gordon Henderson may have assembled and placed all of the materials found in the scrapbook, but it is possible that a member of his family or someone else created it. Please see the inventory description in the Special Collections Inventory notebooks located in the main reading room for further information.
GORDON HENDERSON 01-009
ORCHESTRA SCRAPBOOK – CONSERVATION
The Gordon Henderson scrapbook was originally received in deteriorating condition. The leather album cover was flaking and worn and the scrapbook pages were highly acidic, made of a high content of wood pulp and pre-glued material. Eighty percent of the scrapbook contained highly acidic newspaper print glued to the scrapbook pages, many in multiple layers. To insure the longevity of the scrapbook, conservation measures were undertaken and the entire manuscript was remounted with appropriate materials.
The scrapbook was photographed on a copy stand to document the condition and arrangement in which it was originally received. Photocopies of the original document were also made for research use. The scrapbook was then dismantled by CPM staff and all photographs and other loose materials, such as pamphlets, cards, and booklets removed from the original pages.
Original pages containing newsprint were taken to the Tennessee State Library and Archives for conservation. The pages were soaked in an aqueous bath to deacidify the newspaper and remove the corrosive adhesive. The single newsprint clippings were then dried in a press. All pieces were then remounted by CPM staff on acid-free scrapbook pages and reassembled in a Heritage album. The adhesive used to remount the newspaper clippings was a water-soluble, PH neutral wheat paste placed only on the corners of the clippings. Photographs and other materials were remounted with acid-free corners. The protective plastic page coverings are mylar. The entire conservation process was completed June 2003.
Please note: When remounting the scrapbook, the original order and appearance of the manuscript was attempted. Some pages contained multiple clippings of the same advertisement or article glued one on top of the other. In such instances, one original piece was mounted on the page and the multiple pieces were placed in the large envelope in the back of the scrapbooks marked “Duplicates.”