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Collection Number RG5747.AM
Collection Name RG5747 Abbott, Donald Hickson, 1912-1936
Identifier Personal papers
Size and Materials 0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box
Title Donald Hickson Abbott collection
Date or Date Span 1924-1931
Year Range from 1924
Year Range to 1931
Admin/Biographical History Born at Moline, Illinois on October 6, 1912, Donald Hickson Abbott moved to Beatrice, Nebraska with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Abbott. He attended school in Beatrice and played cornet in the band. In 1925 he took second place in the cornet solo contest at the state high school music competition. The Abbotts moved to Lincoln in 1926 where Donald attended the 26th and O Street Junior High School and then Lincoln High. He graduated from Lincoln High School on June 6, 1930.

Immediately following graduation from Lincoln High, Abbott joined a group of musicians and played on an ocean liner to Europe. They played various concerts in France and Belgium before returning to the United States at the end of the summer. Abbott then moved to Santa Ana, California, where he joined his mother and grandmother, Mrs. Marietta Philleo. Abbott's mother had recently moved there and opened a tea room and restaurant. Once there, Donald Abbott attended Santa Ana Junior College. As of 1931 he was playing with Everett Hoagland and his Troubadours ("direct from Hollywood, California").
Scope & Content The collection consists of a scrapbook, several folders of misc. loose items removed from the scrapbook, and a 1928 Lincoln High School yearbook. The materials document Donald Abbott's early education and musical career, mostly dating from 1925-1930. The scrapbook and folders of loose items contain various event programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, etc. One item of particular note is a photograph of Donald Abbott ca. 1925 with two other students from the Beatrice school band. One of the other students in the photo is Spangler Arlington Brugh, who would become known as the film star Robert Taylor. The photo is located on page 14 of the scrapbook. In the folder of loose photographs there is a snapshot of Donald Abbott with John Philip Sousa.
Access Conditions Researchers must use gloves when handling photographs.
Finding Aids Donald Hickson Abbott collection description
Related units of description Another photograph of Donald Abbott and Spangler Arlington Brugh is available in RG0813.PH. That photograph was used in the Nebraska History article, "Robert Taylor of Beatrice: The Nebraska Roots of a Hollywood Star," Winter 1994. Two of Donald Abbott's high school band contest pins are held in the collections of the Nebraska History Museum.
Subjects Music education
People Abbott, Donald Hickson, 1912-1936
Brugh, Spangler Arlington, 1911-1969
Taylor, Robert, 1911-1969
Search Terms Beatrice (Neb.) -- History
Lincoln (Neb.) -- History
Lincoln High School (Lincoln, Neb.)
Musicians -- Nebraska