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Goelet Family Papers

John William Goelet, 1872-1939, was a professional baseball player and accomplished musician. Under the stage name of Goelet and Hall, John and his wife Vera, were engaged in Vaudeville until he began have failing health in 1929. His wife and daughter, Jane, cared for him until his passing in 1939. John was buried in Orrick, Missouri.

Vera Jewel Hall, 1881-1971, performed in Vaudeville from an early age with the stage name Baby Hall. At some point Vera teamed-up with Ed Raymond performing as a song and dance team, stage name, Raymond and Hall. In 1929 she and her husband left the stage due to John’s illness. Vera later married Daniel C. Braun and lived in Chicago, Illinois, until his passing in 1962. Vera moved to Menlo Park, California where she resided with her daughter Jane until her passing after a long illness, on May 18, 1971.

Photographs and Printed Material, 1896-1971 (bulk 1896-1929). The bulk of the material is comprised of photographs of Vera Hall throughout her career as Baby Hall, as part of the vaudeville act Raymond and Hall and as part of the vaudeville act Goelet and Hall. Photos of her husband and partner John William Goelet and her partner Edward Raymond are also included. The collection also contains printed material including theater programs and announcements, sheet music, newsletters, newspaper clippings and a scrapbook; documents including obituaries and a family tree; an audio tape of Jane Grey’s memories; artifacts including pins and clothes fasteners; and slides from a retrospective called a Salute to Vaudeville and of the family’s travels to Japan.