A Guide to the Oscar L. Wallace Collection,


Archives & Special Collections
College of Staten Island Library, CUNY
2800 Victory Blvd., 1L-216
Staten Island, NY 10314

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Finding Aid by Katie Fernandez

Overview of the Collection

Collection No. : SIM-14
Title: Oscar L. Wallace Collection
Creator: Oscar L. Wallace
Dates: 1970-1992
Extent: Approximately .5 Linear Feet
Abstract: Materials in this collection document the life and career of Oscar L. Wallace, a Merchant Marine and musician who retired to Staten Island.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oscar L. Wallace Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Department of the Library, College of Staten Island, CUNY, Staten Island, New York.


This collection was donated to the CSI Archives & Special Collections.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Katie Fernandez.

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Access to this record group is unrestricted.

Copyright Notice

The researcher assumes full responsibility for compliance with laws of copyright. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections.

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Biographical Sketch

Oscar L. Wallace was born in Argentina. As a teenager, he studied at a conservatory in Buenos Aires, learning piano, organ, accordion, melodic, guitar, trumpet, and ukulele. He joined the Argentinean Merchant Marines and worked on his musical career when he was not at sea. Wallace moved to the United States in 1960; he joined the United States Merchant Marines and furthered his musical career by composing. One of his well-known works was entitled “Jackie,” and was dedicated to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. He left the Merchant Marines in 1977 and retired to Staten Island, where he took classes at the College of Staten Island and sang at venues around the island, including the Holiday Inn in Graniteville, Staten Island.

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The materials in this collection are arranged individually by type of material. The scrapbooks and cassette tapes are included at the end of the collection.

Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms. Manuscript collections are not included in the College of Staten Island's library catalog at this time.

Subject Names

Onassis, Jacqueline Kennedy, 1929-1994.

Subject Topics

Composers -- Staten Island (N.Y.)

Merchant marine -- Argentina.

Merchant marine -- United States.

Musicians -- Staten Island (N.Y.)

Musicians -- South America -- Argentina.

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Container Listing


Box# Folder# Contents
1 1

Newsclipping – “Argentinean native croons through career” Staten Island Advance

Letter- T.J. Chesson, U.S. Navy to Mr. Wallace regarding sheet music donation, 1980

Letter- Thomas N. Altringer U.S. Army to Mr. Wallace regarding sheet music donation, 1981

1 2 Sheet Music-“Only You” (Solo Tu), recorded by Carol Vasquez with Oscar Wallace and Allen Berk Band

Sheet Music- “Jackie,” recorded by Oscar Wallace with Allen Berk Band

Sheet Music- “Be a Volunteer,” words & music by Lt. Col. Oscar L. Wallace

Sheet Music- “I’ll Raise This Song to MY Lord Jesus-Christ,” words & music by Oscar L. Wallace

1 3 Book- Poems and Poesias: A Bilingual Book – English and Spanish by Oscar L. Wallace, 1992
Bound Scrapbook   30 Melodies by Oscar L. Wallace ASCAP- Member
Bound Scrapbook   Teoria Musical (Solfeo) by O.L. Wallace, American Spanish Music CO. INC.
Audiocassette   The Romantic Songs of Oscar Wallace featuring Carol Vasquez
Audiocassette   The Romantic Songs of Oscar Wallace

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