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Grannis, Macha Vance, 1882-1970



  • Existence: 1882-1970

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.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Macha Lucile Vance (1882-1970) Papers

Identifier: 31/6/34
Abstract Macha Lucile Vance received a diploma from Northwestern University's School of Oratory in 1903, and returned to the University in 1906 to pursue post-graduate study in the School of Oratory. Her papers papers fill one box and consist 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...