Archival collection Collection on Erline Harris

Collection Number:
circa 1940s
0.07 Linear feet (1 folder) 

[Identification of Item], Collection on Erline Harris, Library and Archives, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

Female rhythm and blues singer during the 1940s and 1950s. Contains four photographs, three concert handbills, and one clipping advertising a concert.
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Scope and Contents note

The Collection on Erline Harris consists of four black-and-white photographs of R&B singer Erline Harris, as well as three concert handbills, and one newspaper clipping advertising Harris's performance at the Orchid Room, Kansas City, Missouri.

Biographical Note

One of the first rhythm and blues singers to use the phrase "rock and roll," Erline Harris was born in Arkansas in 1914. She began performing professionally during the 1940s, often with her husband Ike "Streamline" Harris, and continued performing until 1953. Harris died on January 6, 2004.


"Erline Harris." Wikipedia. Accessed November 4, 2011.

Custodial History note

The Collection on Erline Harris was received by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum, Inc. as a gift from Dale Comminey on September 28, 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Christine Borne, Project Archivist. Completed November 4, 2011. Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS and local processing manual.

Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open for research. Patrons must sign the Acknowledgment of Legal Responsibilities and Privacy Rights statement on the Researcher Registration form before using this collection. Consult the Library and Archives in advance of your visit to ensure access to these materials is available.

Conditions Governing Use note

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Inc. owns right, title, and interest in the works of authorship embodied in the materials in this collection. The transfer of Donor's literary and other property rights does not include works of other individuals and organizations contained in the gift. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library and Archives.

Collection Inventory
Item Materials
Collection on Erline Harris, circa 1940s
Folder: 71 (Mixed materials)