Frances Marvel Gnass collection
Scope and Contents
This collection also contains Gnass’s “Class of 1913” autograph book and January 29, 1913 graduation program; a “Prosperity Certificate” given for "366 Happy Days" for the new year of 1916; newspaper clippings from 1939 and 1944 about Gnass; a photograph of Gnass and Irwin Stillerman from 1948; unused sheets of stationary of Maytone Music Publishers and Topik Tunes with Gnass's Royal Oak, Michigan address on the letterhead; and a copy of The Complete Collection of Poems and Song Lyrics by Frances Marvel Gnass, a soft cover book compiled by Julie Frances Witkowski and published in 2008.
The bulk of this collection consists of copies of sheet music, including “The Garden of Spring” (1937) and “Peek-a-Boo Moon,” with words by Frances Marvel Gnass and music by Sylvester L. Cross (1937); “You’re an Old Fashioned Bouquet,” words and music by Frances M. Gnass, Rose Goddard and Mary E. Gaskill (1939); and “Out of the Night,” by Frances Gnass (1942). Music published by Maytone Music Publishers includes “Subconsciously” (1948), “I’ll Never, Never, Never Leave Nevada” (1948), “It’s All Up to You Sweetheart” (1948), “Be a Friend” (1949), “Farewell” (1949), “Graduation Day” (1949), “Miss Liberty” (1949), and “Knowing You Love Me” (1955), all words and music by Edna Mohr, Marie Miller, Frances Gnass and Dave Ringle. Music published by Topik Tunes includes “Soft as a Whisper,” by Frances M. Gnass (1943) and “Your Love is One That Will Remain,” by Ed Hodowud and Frances Gnass (1951). “My Atomic Sensation” and “Would You Dare?” were written and published by Frances Marvel Gnass, with the music written by Irwin Stillerman (1947). Music published by Bell Music Company, Maytone Music Publishers and Topik Tunes not written by Mrs. Gnass includes “I’m Always Dreaming,” by Joe O’Tosky and Howard Summerlin (1942), “Is Sally Still waiting for Me?” by Lou Breese, Jack Fascinato and Tim Gayle (1943), “Pullin’ Corks” by Jo Billcheck (1945), and “Won’t You,” by Sam Matter and Dave Ringle (1948).
- Witkowski, Julie Frances (Person)
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Information found within collection.
Ancestry.com. "Frances M. Barnhart." Indiana, Marriage Index, 1800-1941. Accessed April 1, 2020. https://www.ancestry.com.
Find a Grave. "Frances Marvel Barnhart Gnass." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed April 1, 2020. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/14515440/frances-marvel-gnass.
0.3 Cubic Feet (1 manuscript box)
Language of Materials
- Authors -- Indiana
- Autograph albums
- Crawfordsville (Ind.)
- Detroit (Mich.)
- Gnass, Frances Marvel Barnhart,1898-1977
- Maytone Music Publishers
- Newspaper articles
- Poets, American
- Promissory notes
- Sheet music
- Women authors
- Women lyricists
- Women poets
- Frances Marvel Gnass collection
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