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Eleanor Fell papers on Vanderbilt Music Company , Approximately 1985-2000

 Series — Box: 3, Folder: 4
Identifier: MSS 8310 Series 7

Scope and Contents

This series contains materials associated with Vanderbilt Music Company. This is the publishing company started by Eleanor Fell. Materials include correspondence, publishing agreements, published works, and Fell's drafts of her published works. Most of the materials include Eleanor or are regarding her work. Other people mentioned are: Reinhardt Elster, Jack Nebergall, Vince Scuderi, Jen Elliott, Cheryl Swack, and Jerry Lesniak. Dates are approximately 1985-2000.


  • Approximately 1985-2000


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.


1 folder

Language of Materials



Materials are maintained in their original order, categorized by published work.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States