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Earl R. Hoover's Collection of Benjamin Hanby Papers

Identifier: MS-0484

  • Staff Only

This collection contains biographical materials on the songwriter Benjamin R. Hanby and a number of bibliographies on Hanby's songs, which were all collected by Judge Earl R. Hoover. The collection also contains newspaper clippings and records of speeches given by Hoover on Hanby.


  • 1941-1968

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Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.


0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)


This collection contains biographical materials on the songwriter Benjamin R. Hanby collected by Judge Earl R. Hoover.

Biographical/Historical Note

Benjamin Russel Hanby was born on July 22, 1833 in Rushville, Ohio. In 1849, he moved to Westerville, Ohio to attend Otterbein University. Benjamin and his father, Bishop William Hanby, helped with the Underground Railroad by using their home as a station. After Hanby graduated from Otterbein in 1858, he went on to be a minister for a few years. In 1860, he became the principal at Seven Mile Academy in Ohio. By 1864, he was again working as a minister, but that was short lived as by the end of that year, he was running a singing school in New Paris. Hanby also composed quite a few popular songs which include Darling Nelly Gray, Up on the House Top, Jolly Old Saint Nicholas, and Who is He in Yonder Stall. Hanby died on March 16, 1867 in Chicago from tuberculosis. He is buried in Otterbein Cemetery in Westerville.


This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was donated to Special Collections between 1966 and 1968.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA