The Vaughn Monroe collection is organized into four series:

  1. Photographs
  2. Scrapbook
  3. Music scores and parts (in process)
  4. Audio materials (in process)

The first series contains thirty-seven black and white 8 x 10 photographs. These include: publicity stills from Monroe's films including Meet the People (1944), Carnegie Hall (1947) Singing Guns (1950),and Toughest Man in Arizona (1952); Monroe with guests at various functions; pictures of Monroe with staff from The Meadows; and pictures of Monroe with early bands he belonged to while living in Pennsylvania. The collection also includes a framed membership certificate from ASCAP and a framed advertisment from the Dec. 27, 1952 issue of Collier's that has Monroe promoting Camel cigarettes. Notable people photographed include Spike Jones, Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Ginny Simms, Charlie Spivak, Ella Raines, Walter Brennan, Jeff Corey, Ward Bond, Joan Leslie, Benny Goodman, Bob Hawk, Jimmy Durante, and Martin and Esther Block.

The Vaughn Monroe scrapbook (on Microfilm 247) includes top 40 listings, news clippings, items from professional magazines on Monroe's band, the Camel Caravan Radio and Television programs, his Rodeo appearances and films for Republic Pictures.

The Vaughn Monroe collection includes the manuscript scores and parts for 2,148 band arrangements. These were written by some of the finest jazz and popular music orchestrators of the "swing" era, including those of Johnny Watson, Don Costa, Gene Hammett, Eddie Sauter, and Bill Finegan. The arrangements, which span the years 1937-1962, were used for the "Camel Caravan" radio and TV shows, college appearances, club dates and performances at army camps.

Audio materials in the collection comprise approximately 1,300 acetate disc and 48 reel to reel tape recordings of radio shows recorded live in various studios between Nov. 11, 1940 and Oct. 1, 1952. These include the Vaughn Monroe Show, the Camel Caravan, the Kate Smith Show, the Ford Show and the Senior Swing Program. In addition to Monroe, vocalists and other guests on the recordings include Phil Silvers, Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, Victor Borge, Page Cavanaugh, Minnie Pearl, Claude Thornhill, the Stroud Twins, Vera Vauge, Beryl Cais, and Shirley Booth. There is an archival (collection record) for the 78rpm discs.  There is also individual cataloging available in the online catalog for those discs that have been transferred to CD. The group of 7 inch reel-to-reel tapes from the early 1950s will be reformatted in the future.


IT'S LIKE AN ACT OF MURDER; YOU PLAY WITH INTENT TO COMMIT SOMETHING. DUKE ELLINGTON