Although the memories of Anaheim are rapidly receding from my memory, I did want to mention that the American Library Association Annual Conference offered a number of meetings and programs that probably would have been of great interest to archivists who deal with performing arts collections. Naturally I couldn’t manage to attend all of them, but one that I did take in which is worth noting was a session sponsored by the ALA Public Information Office entitled, Baseball’s Greatest Hit: The Story of “Take Me Out to the Ball Game.” The program featured a fast-paced, yet deeply personal, multimedia presentation by Andy Strasberg, one of the co-authors of the recent book of the same name.
Also opening this Friday is a related exhibition, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game”: 100 Years of Music, Musicians, and the National Pastime at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. The show promises to draw heavily on materials from the NYPL’s Music Division and other departments, but it also will feature items from Stamberg’s own extensive personal collection. Hopefully one of our New York friends will be able to provide us with a firsthand account.
In the meantime, the rest of us can lobby TCM to broadcast Shine on Harvest Moon (1944), the Warner Brothers biopic about the relationship of Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (the lyricist of the song). I must have seen this film on television during my misspent and invalid-ish childhood, but I really only remember Dennis Morgan being Chauncey Olcott.
Image credit: White Studio key sheet of images of Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth. NYPL Digital Gallery Image ID # wwm9911_w95f0_27237