Guide to the Macha Lucile Vance (1882-1970) Papers

Collection Title: Macha Lucile Vance (1882-1970) Papers
Dates: 1901-1907, 1953, 1971, n.d.
Identification: 31/6/34
Creator: Grannis, Macha Vance, 1882-1970
Extent: 1 Boxes
Language of Materials: English
Abstract: The Macha L. Vance papers fill one box and are comprised mainly of notebooks containing literary excerpts, other readings, and voice and gesture exercises for use in elocution and oratorical training. These notebooks, dating between 1901 and 1904, relate to Vance's studies at Northwestern as well as to her private speech and elocution lessons.
Acquisition Information: Mrs. Vance Grannis donated these materials to the University Archives on November 10, 1978 (Accession #78-103).
Processing Information: Margaret Faverty; February 19, 1990.
Conditions Governing Access: None.
Repository: Northwestern University Archives
Deering Library, Room 110
1970 Campus Dr.
Evanston, IL, 60208-2300
URL: http://www.library.northwestern.edu/archives
Email: archives@northwestern.edu
Phone: 847-491-3354

Biographical/Historical Information

Macha Lucile Vance was born February 6, 1882, in Minnesota Lake, Minnesota. In 1901 she came to Northwestern University from her home in Decorah, Iowa. A student in the University's School of Oratory, she received a Diploma of the University in 1903. After completing her studies Vance briefly joined a Chicago theatrical troupe, the Musical Hoyles, Orchestra and Popular Entertainers. As a reader and voice performer with the troupe she appeared in many small towns and cities across the midwest. During 1904-1905 Vance taught at Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls, Iowa. She returned to Northwestern in 1906 to pursue post-graduate study in the School of Oratory.

On November 28, 1907, Vance married David Long Grannis, a lawyer. The couple took up residence in South St. Paul, Minnesota, and had two sons: Vance B. (born in 1908) and David L., Jr. (born in 1910). Macha Vance Grannis died on December 7, 1970.

Scope and Content

The Macha L. Vance papers fill one box and are comprised mainly of notebooks containing literary excerpts, other readings, and voice and gesture exercises for use in elocution and oratorical training. These notebooks, dating between 1901 and 1904, relate to Vance's studies at Northwestern as well as to her private speech and elocution lessons. A small amount of biographical materials, including transcripts of newspaper accounts of her performances, complete the series.

Subjects

Corporate Name

Northwestern University (Evanston, Ill.)--History

Personal Name

Grannis, Macha Vance, 1882-1970

Subjects

Women college students--Illinois--Evanston


Container List / Contents

  • Biographical Materials, 1901, 1904-1907, 1953, 1971, n.d.Box 1, Folder 1
  • Readings of Private Speech Tutor, Mabel Caroline Church, 1901Box 1, Folder 2
  • Notebook: Excerpts of Readings, 1901-1902Box 1, Folder 3
  • Notebook: Excerpts of Readings, 1902Box 1, Folder 4
  • Notebook: Excerpts of Readings, 1902-1903Box 1, Folder 5
  • Notebook: Music, Literature, Elocution, 1903Box 1, Folder 6
  • Notebook: Excerpts of Readings, 1903-1904Box 1, Folder 7
  • Notebook: Gymnasium Exercises, 1901-1904Box 1, Folder 8
  • Notebook: Excerpts of Readings, n.d.Box 1, Folder 9
  • Notebook: Excerpts of Readings, n.d.Box 1, Folder 10