Collection 130 Ephemera of Homer Rodeheaver
Scope and Contents
Audio tapes, newspaper clippings, phonograph records and photographs relating to the musical career and ministry of Homer Rodeheaver. This collection consists mostly of materials from the Homer A. Rodeheaver Company, a publisher of gospel music. There are several different types of order blanks and promotional materials. One newspaper clipping from 1937 refers to his appearance on a CBS radio affiliate playing his trombone. Other items include two issues of Rodeheaver's Musical News which includes a biography of Rodeheaver, various hymns, song lyrics, and articles pertaining to the religious music community. Also included are two audio tapes of selected hymns and nine phonograph records. The phonograph records are listed alphabetically by the title of the song on side A of the record.
- Created: 1916-1939
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Full Name: Homer Alvan Rodeheaver
Birth: October 4, 1880, in Union Furnace, Ohio
Death: December 18, 1955 at his home in Winona Lake, IN
? Attended Ohio Wesleyan University, but did not graduate
1942 Honorary Doctorate of Sacred Music from Bob Jones University
1890s Trombonist for Fourth Tennessee Regimental Band, including during the Spanish-American War
1909-1931 Soloist, musical director and master of ceremonies for Billy Sunday's evangelistic campaigns (also worked with other evangelists)
1909-1955 Published around 80 different religious song books through his publishing company, known at various times as the Rodeheaver-Ackley Co., the Rodeheaver Hall-Mack Co. and the Rodeheaver Co. Owned copyrights to hundreds of religious songs.
1913-1942 Musical recording artist
1920-1955 Founded and headed the Rodeheaver Record Co. with the Rainbow record label.
1923 Accompanied evangelist William E. Biederwolf on a world-wide evangelistic tour
1940s Music leader at Bob Jones University
1950s Sung, played trombone and preached at evangelistic sacred concerts
Other significant information:
Involved with a disparate array of groups and organizations. Rodeheaver was a Mason, worked with the Y.M.C.A. in France, founded Rodeheaver's Boys Ranch, Inc., and started the Summer School of Sacred Music at Winona Lake, Indiana.
2 Audio Tapes
9 Phonograph Records
1 Photograph File
Language of Materials
Accruals and Additions
The materials in this collection were received by the Billy Graham Center Archives from September 1977 to September 1997.
Accession: 77-18, 79-15, 80-27, 80-31 June 27, 1980
Mary Ann Buffington
September 25, 1981, revised
Frances L. Brocker
Accession: 82-73, 84-52, 84-64, 97-76
July 28, 2004, updated
- Ackley, A. H. (Alfred Henry), 1887-1960.
- Ackley, B. D. (Bentley DeForrest), 1872-1958.
- Asher, Virginia Healey, 1869-1937.
- Bennard, George, 1873-1958.
- Brighten the corner where you are.
- Chapman, J. Wilbur (John Wilbur), 1859-1918.
- Christian life -- Hymns.
- Christian life.
- Conversion -- Hymns.
- Crosby, Fanny, 1820-1915.
- Doane, W. Howard (William Howard), 1832-1915.
- Evangelistic work -- Hymns.
- Evangelistic work -- United States.
- Evangelistic work.
- Faith -- Hymns.
- Forgiveness -- Hymns.
- Gabriel, Chas. H. (Charles Hutchinson), 1856-1932.
- Gospel music.
- Gospel musicians -- United States.
- Gospel musicians.
- Hymn writers -- United States.
- Hymn writers.
- Hymns, English
- Hymns, English -- United States.
- Music -- Christianity.
- Music -- United States.
- Music publishing
- Music publishing -- United States.
- Old rugged cross.
- Prayer -- Hymns.
- Repentance -- Hymns.
- Rodeheaver Company.
- Rodeheaver, Homer A. (Homer Alvan), 1880-1955.
- Salvation -- Hymns.
- Sunday, Billy, 1862-1935.
- Collection 130 Ephemera of Homer Rodeheaver
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