Anna Fay Herron Bush Papers, 1890-1999
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Brief Description: Consists of music instrument catalogs; lists of sheet music for schools and bands; teacher's instructional notes, music programs, newsletters, and correspondence documenting Anna Fay Herron Bush's career as a public school music teacher in rural southern Illinois (ca. 1950s-1970s) and performance career as an oboist in the Kryl Women's Symphony Orchestra in 1945. Of particular interest are a series of postcards and photos describing her time spent touring with the Kryl Women's Symphony Orchestra, including postcards describing her lessons with oboist Frances Napolilli, funded by Kryl.
Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at]
Record Series Number: 12/9/158
Created by: Anna Fay Herron Bush (1921-2016)
Volume: 10.25 cubic feet
Acquired: 08/10/2017. Additional acquisitions were made on July 24, 2018; September 1, 2018; six boxes of material on June 6, 2019; and eight boxes of material on July 22, 2019.

The materials are organized in six series: Series 1, Education Materials and Professional Correspondence, 1890-1999; Series 2, Personal Papers, 1924-1961; Series 3, Bohumir Kryl Orchestra Correspondence and Digital Photographs, ca. 1945-1947; Series 4, Church Choir Library Scores and Flyers, 1895-1996; Series 5, Sheet Music Collection, 1895-1963; and Series 6, Musical Instruments. Series 2 contains two sub-series: Sub-series 1, Personal and Family Papers and Sub-series 2, College Education Materials and Music Study Scores.

Since there was no original order for the materials, order was imposed by the archivist and became more defined as more materials were acquired. Series 1 and Series 2 are arranged chronologically, with the exception of the music study scores in Sub-Series 2, which have been arranged alphabetically by score type and title of composition. Series 3 has been arranged alphabetically by subject, person, and location. Series 4 and 5 have been arranged alphabetically by title of composition.

Biographical Note for Anna Fay Herron Bush (1921-2016) : Anna Fay Herron Bush was born in Windsor, IL on September 12, 1921. Her father and mother were both school teachers. She attended high school in Windsor, IL and graduated in 1939. She received a teaching certificate from Easter Illinois in 1946, a Bachelors of Music degree from Illinois Wesleyan University in 1947, and a Master of Science in Education (Administration) degree from Eastern Illinois University in 1971. She taught for over 33 years in grade and high schools in Clay, Jasper, Crawford and Clark Counties in Illinois. She played professionally with Bohumir Kyrl's Women's Symphony Orchestra of Chicago on the orchestra's 1945 tour. Anna Fay Herron Bush was a member of national music and education associations. As an active church choir director, she led worship activites at her local church in Oblong, Illinois as well as other church choirs near Effingham, Illinois. Anna Fay Herron Bush passed away on March 31, 2016.
Subject Index
Kryl, Bohumir, 1875-1961
Music - Instruction and study
Musical Instrument Makers
Music teachers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes: Sarah Randolph, Joliet, Illinois  Gift