Dungill Family Papers
The Dungill Family Papers document the history of the musical accomplishments of the Dungill family between the 1930s and the 1980s. The Dungills resided in Chicago’s historic Morgan Park community, and developed a unique family orchestra that consisted of nine family members: the parents, Doyle and Evette Dungill, and the children: Alexander, Elaine, Melody, Gerald, Charles, Gloria, and Harriette. As professionally trained musicians, Doyle and Evette decided early in their marriage to develop a musical family. As a result of this dream, all seven of their children were trained in music by the age of three. Every member of the group was trained in the areas of voice and instrumental music. They played the trombone, coronet, marimba, trumpet, drums, bass tuba, piano and saxophone. The Dungills also mastered a variety of forms of music, including choral, classical, and popular music and developed a rich repertoire of vocal solos, instrumentals, duets, trios, quartets, and sextets in English, Italian, Russian, Hawaiian, Spanish, German, and several African languages.