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Dungill Family Papers

Finding Aid: Dungill Family Papers
Repository: Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature

Dungill Family PapersThe 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.

Selected Artifacts

Photo of the Dungill Family of Chicago, taken in 1934. The photo features, from left to right: Gloria, Gerald, Alexander, Elaine, Harriet, Doyle, Evette, and Charles "Cookie" on the piano. Promotional material from the Dungill International Concert Company, produced in the 1950s.

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