Records of Joseph S. McElheran, Master of Music at the Yorkshire School for the Blind
- 1917-2015 (Creation)
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0.012 cubic metres
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(1900 - 1971)
Joseph Samuel McElheran was born in Chatham, Kent, on 26th April 1900. McElheran, who was registered blind, studied music at Henshaw’s School for the Blind in Manchester. A qualified organist, McElheran taught music at Henshaw’s before taking up the post of Assistant Master of Music under Reginald Rose at the Yorkshire School for the Blind at the King’s Manor, York, in 1923. After the retirement of Rose, McElheran served as Master of Music at the school until its closure in 1956. McElheran taught piano and organ to the pupils and held a regular programme of recitals and concerts, often performing with respected local musicians. Joseph S. McElheran met his wife Hilda Veale, a fellow teacher at the Yorkshire School for the Blind, and the couple were married in 1928. They had three children. McElheran was also the church organist at St Michael-le-Belfrey in York and served as president of the York & District Organists’ Association in 1957-8. He died in York on 11th February 1971.
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The archive was deposited at the Borthwick Institute in 2016.
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Newspaper cuttings book, examination results book, scrapbook with notes on programmes of concerts, David McElheran's notes about Joseph McElheran (his father) and the Yorkshire School for the Blind, and original photographs from the album of Joseph McElheran showing pupils and school outings.
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Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws., 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.
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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.
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- Wilberforce Home for the Multiple Handicapped Blind, York (Subject)
- Wilberforce Trust (Subject)
- Yorkshire School for the Blind (Subject)
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Rules and/or conventions used
ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).
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Created by S. Kent 01.11.2016