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Howard Keller sheet music

circa 1960-1990, 7.5 linear feet


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Mummers Museum. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Keller, Howard
Howard Keller sheet music
circa 1960-1990
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7.5 Linear feet
Howard Keller was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and was involved with the New Year's Mummers Parades. The Howard Keller sheet music, circa 1960-1990, consists of musical arrangements by Keller, presumably to be played by Mummers clubs in the annual Mummers Parade.
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Howard Keller was a resident of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was active with Mummers clubs.

The Mummers Parade is an annual New Year's Day event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Local clubs devise elaborate costumes, scenery, and routines for a march through the city streets that some consider the oldest folk festival in America.

Scope and Contents

These musical arrangements were created by Howard Keller. Keller was active with Mummers Clubs, and it is likely that at least some of these arrangements were used in Mummers Parades. The dates of creation are unknown, but based on the likely copying method, it appears that the arrangements fall within the range of 1960 to 1990.

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Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza through the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories


This preliminary finding aid was created as part of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories. The HCI-PSAR project was made possible by a grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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Immediate Source of Acquisition Note

Gift of Ruth and Howard Keller, 1998 (accession #98.16).

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)
  • Philadelphia Mummers (Organization).
  • Philadelphia New Year Shooters and Mummers Association.
Geographic Name(s)
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)
  • South Philadelphia (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Personal Name(s)
  • Keller, Howard
  • Arrangement (Music)
  • New Year
  • Parades
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs
  • String band music

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