Scrapbooks for the Crackerjacks, 1974-1994

KC Manuscript Collection 216

The Crackerjacks Scrapbook collection consists of three scrapbooks compiled by member Helen Hamilton between 1974 and 1994.  These books contain clippings, photographs, brochures, correspondence, and cards.  A large portion of the material pertains to events in the lives of individual members rather than to The Crackerjacks as a whole.  Hamilton’s documentation of events during the early 1990s is less thorough than the previous two decades because she became less active with the group following her return to fulltime employment.

Historical Note:
Janice Treadway formed the performance group in 1974.  When first organized, the group consisted of six women and was called The Singing Housewives.  The following year their number increased to twelve, and the ensemble became The Crackerjacks.  The group sang mostly upbeat spirituals, show tunes, and popular songs from the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.  In later years the women added choreography to their performances and a feature called The Message Parlor, wherein they would alter lyrics to suit specific audiences or individuals.  The group had disbanded by 2002.

There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property, and libel laws as they apply.

This collection should be cited as:

Scrapbooks for the Crackerjacks, 1974-1994.  KC Manuscript Collection 216, Archives of the City of Kingsport, Tennessee.

Helen F. Hamilton donated this collection during February 2007.

Jeff A. Jenson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in May 2007.

Crackerjacks, The (Musical group).


BOX 1                                                                                                                  

Scrapbook, 1974-March 1982


1. Scrapbook, May 1982-August 1986

2. Scrapbook, September 1986-April 1994