Anna Olswanger papers
The collection consists of publications, short stories, and other papers of Anna Olswanger, a children's story author and freelance editor. Included are published copies of Olswanger's short stories "Big Mistreatin' Bittersweet'n Blues" and "Chicken Bone Man," as well as materials relating to Olswanger's father, Berl Olswanger, a blues musician and composer. Also present is a published transcript of Anna Olswanger's 1993 interview with Gene Olswanger (Berl Olswanger's sister) describing her family.
- Olswanger, Anna, 1953- (Person)
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Anna Olswanger, a literary agent, children's book author, and miniature book publisher, was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1953. She has written several short stories, many of which revolve around the themes of blues music and Jewish life, including "Schlemiel Crooks, "Greenhorn," "Big Mistreatin' Bittersweet'n Blues," "Berl's Blues," and "Chicken Bone Man." In 2001, Olswanger moved to New Jersey, where she began publishing limited edition miniature books for collectors of Judaica.
Berl Olswanger (1917-1981), Anna Olswanger's father, also a native of Memphis, was a noted blues musician and composer. He toured in the 1930s with George Olsen's big band orchestra, served in World War II as Admiral Halsey's entertainment officer for the South Pacific, wrote commercial jingles, hosted his own television show, and owned a music store. Several of Berl Olswanger's compositions are the basis of Anna Olswanger's writings.
Publications, short stories, and other papers of Anna Olswanger, children's story author and freelance editor. Included are published copies of Olswanger's short stories "Big Mistreatin' Bittersweet'n Blues" and "Chicken Bone Man," as well as materials relating to Olswanger's father, Berl Olswanger, a blues musician and composer from Nashville (Tennessee), and his sister Gene Olswanger.
Materials are described at the item level.
Materials were donated in 1997 and 2004 by Anna Olswanger.
Processed by Sarah Dorpinghaus, March 2011.
- Blues (Music)
- Jewish composers -- Tennessee -- Nashville
- Jewish musicians -- Tennessee -- Nashville
- Jewish women authors
- Music by Jewish composers -- Tennessee -- Nashville
- Olschwanger family
- Olswanger, Anna, 1953-
- Olswanger, Berl, -1981
- Olswanger, Gene
- press releases
- sheet music
- short stories
- Inventory of the Anna Olswanger Papers, 1985-2004
- Processed by: Sarah Dorpinghaus; machine-readable finding aid created by: Sarah Dorpinghaus
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