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Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials

Identifier: MSS 8310

Scope and Contents

Collection includes materials that resulted from Eleanor Fell's career as a profesisonal harpist. Materials are in the form of handwritten manuscripts, photocopied manuscripts, sheet music, photocopied sheet music, published works, a tape and CD's. There are correspondence between Eleanor and other harpists regarding Vanderbilt Music Company - her music publishing company. Also, there are a few pieces of music from members of Eleanor's family. Dates range from 1936-2011.


  • 1936-2012


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

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.


3 boxes ((1.5 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



Arranged in seven series: 1. Eleanor Fell set lists, 2010-2012. 2. Eleanor Fell manuscript scores and sheet music, 1980-2013. 3. Eleanor Fell exercises, 1980-2013. 4. Eleanor Fell correspondence with Robert Maxwell, 1948-2001. 5. Eleanor Fell complete arrangements, 1980-2013. 6. Fell Family musical materials, 1900-2003. 7. Eleanor Fell papers on Vanderbilt Music Company, 1985-2000.

Custodial History

Donated by Angela F. Parker, according to the will of Eleanor Fell, in 2013.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Angela F. Parker; October 19, 2013.


Prominent Harpists, (Section IV.a.i. International Harp Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Jenna Faulkner, student research assistant; November 14, 2013.

Revised; Jenna Faulkner, student research assistant; February, 2014.

  • The following instruction books for viola: "The ABC's of Viola for the absolute beginner" - Janice Tucker Rhoda "The ABC's of viola for the intermediate" - Janice Tucker Rhoda "The ABC's of Viola for the advances" - Janice Tucker Rhoda The following pieces for harp: "Hit's from the early years" - Eleanor Fell "Harping on a harp" - Robert Maxwell 'Fantasy on chopsticks" - Robert Maxwell The folling instruction books: "Easy steps to the orchestra for violin" - Majorie M. Keller and Maurice D. Talor "Introduction to the Study of Bach" - Alfred Mirovitch The following pieces of sheet music: "Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer" - Johnny Marks "Oh promise me" - Reginald Dekoven "With this ring (I thee wed)" - Remus Harris and John Sacco "I've got you under my skin" - Cole Porter "I'll walk alone" - Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne "Papa loves mambo" - Al Hoffman, Dick Manning, and Bix Reichner" "White Christmas" - Irving Berlin "Yesterday" - jerome kern and Otto Harbach The following song books: "Vocal selection Rogers and Hammerstein: The king and I" "Vocal selections from the broadway musical: Ain't Mibehavin' " "Songs for children"
Register of Eleanor Fell scores, manuscripts, and other materials
In Progress
Jenna Faulkner
2013 November 15
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States