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Eleanor Fell manuscript scores and sheet music for harp, Approximately 1980-2013

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8310 Series 2

Scope and Contents

This series contains of Eleanor Fell's repertoire that wasn't arranged into one of her set lists. Materials include manuscript arrangements of classical, popular, ethnic, seasonal, and event related pieces. There is a combination of hand written and photocopied manuscripts, as well as photocopies and prints of sheet music. The arrangements include a treble clef with the melody and chords. Dates are approximately 1980-2013.


  • Approximately 1980-2013


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Eleanor Fell (1944-2013) was a famous harpist, and one of the first to play “pop” music on the harp.

Eleanor was born to Irving and Rose Fell in Chicago on July 1944. She attended pre-school through high school at University School in Bloomington, Indiana. After a year at Stephens College, she graduated in Harp Performance from Indiana University, where she trained with Susan McDonald. Her professional life as a harpist took her to South Africa, where Eleanor moved away from classical repertoire and became one of the first “pop” harpists. She began transcribing and arranging music from the Beatles to Broadway. She married Lamar Peterson, and together they formed Vanderbilt Music Company, that has served to employ young harpists, and publish harp music – including many of her own arrangements. Eleanor was a star, taking harp outside of the realm of classical music, sharing top billings with Frank Sinatra Jr. and Dave Burbeck (among others). She passed away from leukemia on June 16, 2013.


9 folders

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