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Special Collections: Guide to the Rudy Vallée Papers and Memorabilia

Summary Information:

Collection Title: Rudy Vallée Papers and Memorabilia  
Dates of Collection:  1917-1984
Box Numbers: 2590-2601
Quantity: 12 boxes  

Administrative Information:

Access Restrictions: No restrictions
Preferred Citation: Rudy Vallée Papers and Memorabilia, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine
Copyright: Contact department for copyright information

For Additional Information:
Special Collections Department
University of Maine
5729 Fogler Library
Orono, Maine 04469-5729
(207) 581 1686
 
 
Biography
 
Rudy Vallée was one of the most popular vocalists of the pre-swing era. With his megaphone and nasal voice, he will forever be remembered as the archetypal image of the early crooners. Born in Island Pond, Vermont, in 1901, Hubert Prior Vallée grew up in Westbrook, Maine, where he played drums in his high school band. He dropped out of school and joined the Navy in 1917, at the start of America's involvement in World War I, but was soon discharged when the Navy discovered that he was only fifteen years old. Returning home, he found work as a movie projectionist and began to study the clarinet but switched to the saxophone when he first heard recordings of sax player Rudy Wiedoeft. He also re-entered high school and graduated, enrolling at the University of Maine in 1921. Hubert's fraternity brothers, knowing of his great admiration for Wiedoeft, nicknamed him 'Rudy' Vallée, a name which stuck. In the fall of 1922, Vallée transferred to Yale University, where he worked for his tuition by playing at country clubs, social functions, and school dances, often as a member of the Yale Collegians. He also began to sing, using a megaphone to enhance his voice. It quickly became one of his trademarks and, in those days before electric amplification, was later copied by other vocalists. His career included theater, the Broadway stage, screen, radio, and television. He was a composer, author, singer, actor, stand-up comedian, orchestra leader and musician, with a career longevity span from 1921 to 1986. He introduced the Maine Stein Song on his radio show in 1930. It became an instant hit. He died in 1986.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
The papers of a popular vocalist in the U.S. during the 20th century. Included are correspondence from 1917 to 1984, newspaper clippings, scores, photographs, scrapbooks, phonograph records, and a megaphone and other memorabilia.
 

Box # 2590

 

Box #2590   f1 Correspondence, 1917-1940.
Box #2590   f2 Correspondence, 1940-1950.
Box #2590   f3 Correspondence, 1950-1955.
Box #2590   f4 Correspondence, 1955-1960, folder 1 of 4.
Box #2590   f5 Correspondence, 1955-1960, folder 2 of 4.
Box #2590   f6 Correspondence, 1955-1960, folder 3 of 4.
Box #2590   f7 Correspondence, 1955-1960, folder 4 of 4.
Box #2590   f8 Correspondence, 1960-1964, folder 1 of 2.
Box #2590   f9 Correspondence, 1960-1964, folder 2 of 2.
Box #2590   f10 Correspondence, 1964-1967, folder 1 of 2.
Box #2590   f11 Correspondence, 1964-1967, folder 2 of 2.
Box #2590   f12 Correspondence, 1967-1970.
Box #2590   f13 Correspondence, 1970-1973, folder 1 of 2.
Box #2590   f14 Correspondence, 1970-1973, folder 2 of 2.
Box #2590   f15 Correspondence, 1974-1976.
Box #2590   f16 Correspondence, 1977-1984.

 

Box # 2591  

 

Box #2591   f1 Biographies of  Rudy Vallee.
Box #2591   f2 Clippings.
Box #2591   f3 Clippings.
Box #2591   f4 Clippings.
Box #2591   f5 Clippings.
Box #2591   f6 Coffee Time Products of America - Stockholders’ Meeting, December 2, 1955.
Box #2591   f7 Dallas Knife and Fork Club, 1965.
Box #2591   f8 The Dallas Knife and Fork Club, 1965.
Box #2591   f9 George White’s Scandals - 12th Stage edition, circa 1930.
Box #2591   f10 Hollywood Revels of 1935 - Promotional.
Box #2591   f11 Itineraries & Receipts, 1936, 1950’s.
Box #2591   f12 Newsletters.
Box #2591   f13 Pavilion Royal - Souvenir Menu & Wine List, 1934.
Box #2591   f14 Photographs.
Box #2591   f15 Photographs.
Box #2591   f16 Photographs.
Box #2591   f17 Rudy Vallee’s Historic Estate.
Box #2591   f18 Rudy Vallee’s Photographer Case - Lawsuit, 1937.
Box #2591   f19 Scrapbook Components.
Box #2591   f20 Scripts.
Box #2591   f21 Sheet Music.
Box #2591   f22 Sheet Music.
Box #2591   f23 Stationary - Rudy Vallee.
Box #2591   f24 Stratoliner Club - Transcontinental, Inc. - Certificate, October 11, 1940.
Box #2591   f25 Vallee’s Lodge, Lake Kezar, Maine - Brochures, Pamphlets, 1950’s.
Box #2591   f26 Vallee Promotions.

 

Box # 2592

 

Box #2592  f1 Business Cards - “My time is your time,-”
Box #2592  f2 Cassette Tape - “Merrywinkle Music” by Jon Batson.
Box #2592  f3 Cassette Tape - Everett, Washington Elks Club- April 16th, 1971.
Box #2592  f4 Cassette Tape - “Something Different”, February 18th, 1980.
Box #2592  f5 Cassette Tape - Four Sealtest Radio Shows, 1942.
Box #2592  f6 Cassette Tape - “Vagabond Lover” & “My Day”.
Box #2592  f7 Christmas and Greeting cards - Vallee themes.
Box #2592  f8 Magnetic Recording Tape - Old Whiffenpoof Song, Slow Occupation, etc.
Box #2592  f9 Magnetic Recording Tape - Fort Eustes, Virginia - May 18th, 1974.
Box #2592  f10 Magnetic Recording Tape - Fort Myer, Washington, D.C. - May 9th,  1974; two reels.
Box #2592  f11 Magnetic Recording Tape - Madison, Wisconsin - May 2nd, 1974; two reels.
Box #2592  f12 Magnetic Recording Tape - Norfolk Naval Station - May 19th, 1974.
Box #2592  f13 Magnetic Recording Tape- Fort Dix - May 12th, 1974.
Box #2592  f14 Musical Guides - Program notes.
Box #2592  f15 Personal Address Directory.
Box #2592  f16 Rudy Vallee Kisses & Tells by Rudy Vallee, six copies.
Box #2592  f17 Slide Carousel & Slides.
Box #2592  f18 Stationery & Envelopes
Box #2592  f19

Westbrook High School - Programs - Historical Pageant &

 “Nothing But the Truth”, 1920, 1921.

Box #2592  f20 University of Maine Handbook - 1921-1922
Box #2592  f21 Westbrook High School - Spanish Class - Notes. 

 

Box # 2593

 

Box #2593  f1 American Kennel Club - entry form, 1948.
Box #2593  f2 Book Plate - “Ex-Libris Rudy Vallee”
Box #2593  f3 Caption Plate - “I entered the University of Maine...”
Box #2593  f4 Caricature - “For I’m Just a Vagabond Lover in Search of a     Sweetheart”.
Box #2593  f5 Certificate - La Fiesta Association Ltd.
Box #2593  f6 Christmas Card - Vallee family photo with envelope.
Box #2593  f7 Christmas Card - Rudy & Ellie Vallee and Santa Clause.
Box #2593  f8 Christmas Card - Hollywood Guild donation notice.
Box #2593  f9 Dance Request Card - January 21, 1934.
Box #2593  f10 Hot Plate - 1958 Yankee Homecoming - “Rudy Vallee distinguished  patron”
Box #2593  f11 Laboratory Manual - Rudy Vallee - Chemistry (General), 1921-1922.
Box #2593  f12 Music Books - You Took Me out of this World - two copies.
Box #2593  f13 Passcard - General Alumni Association (UM) - “An Evening With Rudy Vallee” - Saturday, October 11th, 1975.
Box #2593  f14 Pen - “Gratefully Rudy Vallee”.
Box #2593  f15 Postcard - “Himmell Sends His Best Too”
Box #2593  f16 Promotional - Victor Records & Paramount (“Radio Rhythms”).
Box #2593  f17 Promotional - Hit-of-the Week Durium Records.
Box #2593  f18 Puzzle (Jigsaw) - “America’s Troubadour! Rudy Vallee”, 200 pieces.
Box #2593  f19 Record Set - “Rudy Vallee”, five records.
Box #2593  f20 Response Cards - “No Can Do”- five copies.
Box #2593  f21 Rudy Vallee Restaurant Promotions.
Box #2593  f22 Wall Plaque - “My Time is Your Time”.
Box #2593  f23 Wall Plaque - “Up in Maine” by Aroline Van Wyck.
Box #2593  f24 Yearbook - Westbrook High School, 1922.

 

Box # 2594

 

Box #  2594 Nineteen pictures of Vallee’s Lodge, Lake Kezar, Maine.

 

Box # 2595

 

Box #  2595 Nine pictures of Vallee’s Lodge, Lake Kezar, Maine. One portrait of Rudy  Vallee framed in red velvet, one plaque - The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters 50  years award.

 

Box # 2596

 

Box #2596  f1 Glass - “RV” deco initials.
Box #2596  f2 Megaphone - blue with black trim - 15 1/4’’ high.
Box #2596  f3 Ornament - Angel on compressed dome base - silver.
Box #2596  f4 Plaque - M Award “Presented to Rudy Vallee, May 17th, 1964”.
Box #2596  f5 Stein - “To Rudy From Henry, X-Mas, 1950”.
Box #2596  f6 Trophy - “Rudy Vallee - A Token of Our Appreciation From Western Maine...”, 12 1/4” high.

 

Box # 2597

 

Box #  2597   f1 Megaphone - “Fill the Stein”
Box #  2597   f2 Trophy - Stein on Square Base - “The First Century Award”

 

Box folio # 2598

 

Box folio#2598  1 Book jackets, Let the Chips Fall...(5 copies)
Box folio#2598  2

Certificate - Kiwanis Club of Westbrook, Maine - Letter to

Charles A. Vallee - November 27th, 1929.

Box folio#2598  3 Certificate - “M Club” - Vallee’s Cheerleading Award - April 10th, 1930.
Box folio#2598  4 Picture - Rudy Vallee with dog.
Box folio#2598  5 Picture - Young Rudy Vallee on steps. 
Box folio#2598  6 Poster - Rudy Vallee - Now at the Brooklyn Paramount - Text & Vallee Picture.
Box folio#2598  7 Poster - Rudy Vallee - Orchestra Corporation of America - Rudy Vallee Picture.
Box folio#2598  8 Poster - Rudy Vallee - Orchestra Corporation of America - Text.
Box folio#2598  9

Poster - Rudy Vallee - Orchestra Corporation of America - Text.

(upper and lower portion).

Box folio#2598  10 Poster - Rudy Vallee - Third Annual Tour...
Box folio#2598  11 Poster - Victor Records by Rudy Vallee - Vallee Bust Cut-out.
Box folio#2598  12 Poster card - “Big Free Show”
Box folio#2598  13 Poster card - Old Gold Cigarettes - Vallee Endorsement.
Box folio#2598  14 Poster card - “The Private Life of Rudy Vallee”.
Box folio#2598  15 Poster card - “Rudy Vallee (in person)...” - Orchestra Corporation of America.
Box folio#2598  16 Poster card - “Rudy Vallee Now at the Brooklyn Paramount...”
Box folio#2598  17 Real Estate News - Vallee Home as “Home of the Week” - October 17th, 1986 (2 copies).
Box folio#2598  18 Scrapbook - loose page with Victor Records fold-out promotional.
Box folio#2598  19 Scrapbook - loose page with Victor Records’ latest Rudy Vallee releases.

 

Box #2599

 

Box #2599    1 Record Album    
I’m Just a Vagabond Lover / I’m Still Caring
Same Old Moon / Strange Interlude
Till To-Morrow / Here it is Monday and I’ve Still Got a Dollar
The One in the World / S’posin’
You Know What I Mean / Snowflakes
Deep Night / Weary River
Don’t Play With Fire / Vieni Vieni
Love is the Interlude / Lovely Troubadour
You Took Me Out of this World / Meet Me in Monterey
The Old Sow Song / With Her Head Tucked Underneath His Arm
An Old Fashioned Tune
When Winter Comes/When Winter Comes
I Poured My Heart Into a Song
You Know What I Mean / Snowflakes
                   2 Record Album
Ballyhoo
Thirsty For Your Kisses / Nevertheless
I Knew the Moment I Lost You / Oh! You Pretty Woman
Anniversary Song / The Loveliest Night of the Year
Oops / Baby Doll
No Letter Today / Born to Lose
Who Wouldn’t Love You / Don’t Tell a Lie About Me Dear
I Waited a Little Too Long / Me Too
Till We Meet Again / Good-bye Girls I’m Through
Columbus Stockade Blues / Honky Tonk Blues
You Belong To Me / Pretty Boy
Singin’ in the Rain / That’s You Baby
                  3 Record Album 
Stein Song / St. Louis Blues
The Drunkard Song / The Tattooed Lady
Whiffenpoof Song / Mad Dogs and Englishmen
I Carry the Mail / I Carry the Mail part II
Cloth of Liberty / Cloth of Liberty part II
                  4 Record Static Sleeves - one package.

 

Box # 2600

 

Box #2600   1 Record - Rudy Vallee’s Drinking Songs
Box #2600   2 Record - Rudy Vallee’s Drinking Songs
Box #2600   3 Record - Hi-Ho Everybody
Box #2600   4 Record - The Greatest Vaudeo-Doe-R of all Time!
Box #2600   5 Record - The Greatest Vaudeo-Doe-R of all Time!
Box #2600   6 Record - The Greatest Vaudeo-Doe-R of all Time!
Box #2600   7 Record - The Greatest Vaudeo-Doe-R of all Time!
Box #2600   8 Record - Is This Your Rudy Vallee?
Box #2600   9 Record - The Kid From Maine
Box #2600   10 Record - The Kid From Maine
Box #2600   11 Record - The Kid From Maine
Box #2600   12 Record - The Old Sow Song
Box #2600   13 Record - Alouetta / The Whiffenpoof Song
Box #2600   14 Record - Baby Oh Where Can You Be? / You’re Just Another Memory
Box #2600   15 Record - Is This Your Rudy Vallee?
Box #2600   16 Record - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Box #2600   17 Record - Let’s Do it With Rudy Vallee
Box #2600   18 Record - The Kid From Maine
Box #2600   19 Record - Vieni Vieni
Box #2600   20 Record - Stein Songs
Box #2600   21 Record Case - Stein Songs
Box #2600   22 Record Sleeve - Blue Bird - “Rudy Vallee Now on Blue Bird Records Hear Him!”

 

Box # 2601

 

Box #2601   1 Record - Songs of a Vagabond Lover
Box #2601   2 Record - Hollywood
Box #2601   3 Record - An Evening With Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   4 Record - An Evening With Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   5 Record - The Funny Side of Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   6 Record - The Funny Side of Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   7 Record - The Funny Side of Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   8 Record - The Funny Side of Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   9 Record - Stein Song / Whiffenpoof Song
Box #2601   10 Record - Let’s Do it with Rudy Vallee
Box #2601   11 Record - Hi-Ho Everybody
Box #2601   12 Record - My Time is Your Time
Box #2601   13 Record - My Time is Your Time
Box #2601   14 Record - How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
Box #2601   15 Record - Rudy Vallee and his Connecticut Yankees
Box #2601   16 Record - Rudy Vallee Reads Fairy Tales
Box #2601   17 Record - Sposin’ / Vagabond Lover

 

Folio Materials 

 

 1. Embroidery, framed, map of New England, 17 1/2 x 21 1/2.
 2. Photograph (unframed), Rudy Vallee and orchestra, 17 3/4 x 8.
 3. Photograph (unframed), mounted on cardboard, two men overlooking  community, 20 x 15 1/2.
 4. Photograph (unframed), Brooklyn Paramount Theater, Rudy Vallee headlines show, 10 3/4 x 14.
 5. Photograph, (unframed), Vallee Lodge on Lake Kezar, Maine, 23 1/2 x 20.
 6. Portrait, (unframed) studio photograph of Rudy Vallee in Navy dress whites, 11 x 14.
 7. Portrait, (unframed) studio photograph of Vallees and their dogs, 12 x 14.
 8. Portrait, framed, charcoal rendering of Rudy Vallee, signed J. Montgomery Flagg, 15 x 19.
 9. Portrait, (unframed), metal portrait of Rudy Vallee, 14 3/4 x 18 1/2.
 10. Portrait, framed, oil on canvas of Rudy Vallee, dated 1936, 21 x 25.
 11. Portrait, framed, oil on canvas of Rudy Vallee's father, painted in 1937 from an old photo, some paint chipping, 23 x 27 1/2.
 12. Portrait, framed, oil on canvas of Rudy Vallee, some paint chipping, 29 x 34.
 13.  Portrait, framed, studio photograph of Rudy Vallee, 22 x 26.
 14. Posterboard, Deertrees Theater, Harrison, ME, featuring Rudy Vallee, 13 3/4 x 21 1/2.
 15. Posterboard, Elk’s County Store, Rudy Vallee appearance, 14 x 22.
 16. Poster-composite, (unframed) nine black & white photos featuring Rudy Vallee, 13 3/4 x 18 3/4.
 17. Poster (unframed), Hear Them on Columbia Royal Blue Records, 28 x 34.
 18. Poster (unframed), mounted article on Vallee marriage, 20 x 16.
 19. Poster (unframed), Rudy Vallee appearing in the Blue Max.
 20. Poster, framed, JFK LEARNS: HOW TO SUCCEED..., January 20, 1962, 12 1/2 x 18 1/2.
 21. Poster, (unframed), Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees, 18 x 24.
 22. Poster, (unframed), Rudy Vallee gets praise from First Lady (Hoover), February 28, 1930, 17 x 21.
 23. Poster, (unframed), Rudy Vallee the Vagabond Lover, 19 x 13.
 24. Scrapbook page, loose, Rudy Vallee and State of Maine Special Train.
25. Photograph (unframed), University of Maine, N.Y. Alumni Association, Presentation of
M sweater to Rudy Vallee, Hotel St. George, May 13, 1930.


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