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Letter from Robert Tanner to Mother
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With this letter to his mother, Robert Tanner includes a photocopy of a newspaper article about his Uncle Allen Tanner's musical accomplishments. Transcript included.

Tchelitchew and Neo-Romantics by Allen Tanner
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In this draft essay, Allen Tanner describes Pavel Tchelitchew's artistic style, comparing his style with neo-romanticism and surrealism. Transcript included.

"Alice B. Toklas" by Allen Tanner
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In this draft essay, Allen Tanner writes about Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas.

"Les Ballet Russes-'Ode'" by Allen Tanner
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In this brief essay draft, Allen Tanner describes the ballet "Ode," which Pavel Tchelitchew designed the sets for. Transcript included.

"Au Chateau de la Muette" clipping from unknown newspaper
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This newspaper clipping is about French opera singer Georgette LeBlanc.

Trip to Tunisia in 1926 by Allen Tanner
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In this draft Allen Tanner describes his trip to Tunisia with Pavel Tchelitchew in 1926. Transcript included.

"Music Notes" clipping from unknown newspaper
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This news clipping describes a piano recital by Allen Tanner at the home of Signor Gianni Parente.

Trip to Algeria in 1927 by Allen Tanner
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In this draft Allen Tanner describes his trip to Algeria with Pavel Tchelitchew in 1927. Transcript included.

Life with Tchelitchew by Allen Tanner
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In this draft, Allen Tanner describes in great detail his relationship with his partner of 12 years, Russian artist Pavel Tchelitchew. Tanner also discusses Tchelitchew's relationship with English poet Edith Sitwell. Transcript included.

Score by Allen Tanner
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Pianist Allen Tanner wrote this score by hand.

"Syzmanowski a Step Nearer Place in the Sun" by Cecil Smith, Chicago Daily Tribune newspaper clipping
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This news clipping describes a performance by Chicago pianist Wanda Paul of Polish composer Karol Szymanowski's symphony. Allen Tanner is listed as a close friend of Szymanowski.

"Front Views and Profiles" by June Provines clipping from unknown newspaper
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This news clipping highlights American pianist Allen Tanner and Austrian composer Ernst Krenek.

"Joyce Obscenity Trial" by Allen Tanner
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Allen Tanner describes Margaret Anderson's reaction to being fingerprinted after her conviction for publishing obscene material in the Little Review, James Joyce's Ulysses.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Margaret Anderson
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In this draft letter, Allen Tanner writes to Margaret Anderson about their first meeting in Chicago. He also discusses her past relationships with fellow editor of the Little Review Jane Heap, and opera singer Georgette LeBlanc.

"The Social Whirl" by Mrs. Henry Field clipping from unknown newspaper
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This social column by Mrs. Henry Field describes Allen Tanner's return to the United States from Europe with Pavel Tchelitchew. Field also hints at the end of Tanner's friendship with Gertrude Stein.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Parker Tyler
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In this draft letter, Allen Tanner writes to author Parker Tyler to assist Tyler in writing his book The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew. Tanner discusses...

Letter from Allen Tanner to Kirk Askew
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In this letter to R. Kirk Askew, owner of the Durlacher Bros. art gallery, Allen Tanner discusses the sale of several Pavel Tchelitchew paintings in Askew's gallery. He also mentions his health and the death of one of Tchelitchew's sisters....

C. W. Best Artists’ Series Russian Company concert program
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This concert program is for one of the C. W. Best Artists' Series Russian Company's performances.

Notes on Parker Tyler’s The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew by Allen Tanner
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In these notes, Allen Tanner writes about his feelings regarding  the way Pavel Tchelitchew and Edith Sitwell are remembered in Parker Tyler's book The Divine Comedy of Pavel Tchelitchew.

Letter from Allen Tanner to Kirk Askew
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In this letter to R. Kirk Askew, owner of the Durlacher Bros. art gallery, Allen Tanner tells Askew that he wants Askew's wife Constance to have one of Pavel Tchelitchew's drawings--the "Ode" sketch. The last page appears to be part of a...

Notes on Gay Life in Chicago during the 1910s by Allen Tanner
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Allen Tanner recalls his impressions of gay life (camp) in Chicago during the 1910s including the origin of the use of the word "drag." Transcript included.

Notes on Gertrude Stein’s writing by Allen Tanner
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In these notes, Allen Tanner describes what he likes about Gertrude Stein's writing style.

Alexander Scriabin by Allen Tanner
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In this draft essay, Allen Tanner argues that Russian composer Alexander Scriabin's talents and contributions are overlooked by younger musicians. Transcript included.

Leaving Europe for the United States by Allen Tanner
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In this essay, pianist Allen Tanner recalls the end of his relationship with his partner of 12 years, Russian artist Pavel Tchelitchew. Tanner writes: "The parting--at the station--was dreafully tragic--for his face bore the quiet, withdrawn...

Hillel at Dickinson College (Feb. 1988)
February 1988

The Hillel Council announces upcoming events in this flier, including the "famous" family Shabbat dinner, a Shabbat service, a presentation from Jewish storyteller Don Fudderman, and an opportunity to meet a visiting Israeli family at the Army...

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