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Earl Handlon Collection

Identifier: PA012J

Scope and Contents

Collection includes miscellaneous photographs, a signed book, program, copies of press clippings, other ephemera related to clarinetist Earl Handlon.


  • Creation: c. 1919-2014



Restrictions on Access

Collection is available for use in the Andersen Library Reading Room.

Restrictions on Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical Note

Earl A. Handlon was born in Edwardsville, Illinois in 1896. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War I, playing clarinet in the Navy band at Great Lakes Naval Base (Naval Station Great Lakes) in Chicago. He played in various other bands and orchestras int he Twin Cities before joining the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now Minnesota Orchestra) as a bass clarinetist in 1926. He continued to perform with the Minnesota Orchestra until 1959. His teachers included Clarence Warmelin and George (Georges) Grisez, Tony Sack, and Joseph Schreurs. Notable students include Robert Marcellus, principal clarinet of the Cleveland Symphony and Henry Rglan Gee, faculty member of the Indiana State University's School of Music. Handlon passed away in Minneapolis on January 30, 1966.


0.25 Linear Feet (1 half hollinger)


Collection of materials related to the life of bass clarinetist Earl Handlon, who performed with the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra (now Minnesota Orchestra) from 1926-1959.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Collection donated to the Performing Arts Archievs by the family of Earl Handlon in 2018.

Related Materials

Related collections at the University of Minnesota Libraries include: Minnesota Orchestra records (PA012).

Processing Information

Collection processed and finding aid written by Archives and Special Collections staff in 2018.

Earl Handlon Collection
Amanda Holscher
September 2018
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Collecting Area Details

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