Paul Karlstrom Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Band Publicity and Photographs

Local and Regional Champaign Federation of Musicians (CFM) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Records

Personal and Family Papers



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Finding Aid for Paul Karlstrom Papers, 1935-2014 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Paul Karlstrom Papers, 1935-2014Add to your cart.

ID: 26/20/206

Primary Creator: Karlstrom, Paul (1920-2014)

Extent: 2.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized into three series. Series 1 consists of band publicity and photographs, and is organized chronologically and/or alphabetically where this information can be identified. Series 2 consists of records from the American Federation of Musicians, and is organized by document type and then chronologically. Series 3 consists of correspondence and news regarding Paul Karlstrom's personal and family life, and is organized by subject.

Date Acquired: 08/23/2016. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Alumni, American Federation of Musicians, Big bands, Gaburo, Kenneth, Law, College of, Medicare 7, 8 or 9

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of publicity photos, promotional flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and an LP sound recording documenting Paul Karlstrom's music career between 1958 and 2014. Karlstrom was an University of Illinois alumnus and former instructor at the College of Law. The photographs include handwritten descriptive notes that identify the individuals in most of the images. The photographs and documents also explore Karlstrom's musical experiences with many of the different bands that he performed with including the Everett Cathey, Red Maxfield, Andy Hasnon, Dick Shelton, Wayne Karr, Dick Cisne, Johnny Bruce, and Medicare 7, 8, or 9 ensembles as well as the Paul Karlstrom and his Orchestra dance band whose members included Robert Schallenberg and Ken Gaburo. In addition there are publicity photographs of various big band musicians dating between 1934 and 1954.

An addition to the Paul Karlstrom Papers was donated to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music on May 18th, 2018 by David Monk. The addition consists of one folder of band publicity and photographs, nine folders of records of the Champaign Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), a ledger book of dues paid to the AFM, and two folders of Paul Karlstrom's personal and family papers.

Biographical Note

Paul Karlstrom was born Jan. 3, 1920, in Peoria, the son of the Rev. Ossian Leanard and Mabel Olivia Karlstrom. His family moved to Rankin, where his father passed away in 1926. Mr. Karlstrom graduated from the University of Illinois in 1942 and was drafted into the Army. He was aboard ship with the intended invasion force when the atom bombs were dropped on Japan. After discharge as a first lieutenant with occupation forces, he entered the U of I Law School, graduating in 1950. He opened his law office in 1951 on the U of I campus. In 1950, he married Doris June Case of Arcola, who passed away in 1998. He had three sons, Ron, Scott and Kirk (Pam) Karlstrom; two grandchildren, Krista (Clayton) Overstreet and Kai; and one great-granddaughter, Kaitlyn. He was a member and president of the Champaign Exchange Club and a member of the Champaign Kiwanis Club, and served on the Board of Trustees of Augustana College in Rock Island for eight years. He was a member of the Champaign Chapter of the American Federation of Musicians since 1937, serving as secretary since 1966. He also served on the law committee of the International Musicians Union and was president of the Illinois Conference of Musicians. He taught law with the U of I College of Engineering for 27 years, retiring as lecturer emeritus. He was a member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He was a member and past president of the University Club. He was organizer and first president of the Campus Businessmen's Association. Mr. Karlstrom began his music career while in high school, playing trumpet at dances in the area with a small group from Hoopeston. Upon enrollment at the U of I in 1937, he found Champaign-Urbana to be a musician's paradise, with five or six full-sized bands playing for the many ballroom dances at fraternities, sororities, Huff Gym and many local ballrooms, including the rooftop of Robeson's Department Store. He also played summer venues in Colorado, Michigan, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Upon returning from the military in 1946, he formed his own band, Paul Karlstrom and His Orchestra, which continued until 1959. In later years, he switched to valve trombone and played a number of dates with Medicare 7, 8 or 9, and continued to play with the group Bud's Band, entertaining local nursing homes weekly.

He passed away on March 19, 2014.

Subject/Index Terms

Alumni
American Federation of Musicians
Big bands
Gaburo, Kenneth
Law, College of
Medicare 7, 8 or 9

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: An addition to the Paul Karlstrom Papers was donated by David Monk on 05/18/2018.

Access Restrictions: Box 2 is restricted to protect the privacy of performers connected to the Champaign Federation of Musicians and the American Federation of Musicians. Please contact the Director of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music for futher information regarding access to this content.

Acquisition Source: Gift: Scott Karlstrom

Acquisition Method: Papers transfered from the Champaign County Historical Archives on August 23, 2016 with Scott Karlstrom's permission.


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[Series 1: Band Publicity and Photographs, 1834-2014],
[Series 2: Local and Regional Champaign Federation of Musicians (CFM) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Records, 1981-2005],
[Series 3: Personal and Family Papers, undated],
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Series 2: Local and Regional Champaign Federation of Musicians (CFM) and American Federation of Musicians (AFM) Records, 1981-2005Add to your cart.
Consists of one ledger book and nine folders containing contracts, project recommendations, correspondence, dues ledgers, member lists, and other records documenting Paul Karlstrom's work as secretary and attorney for local and regional chapters of the CFM and AFM
Box 2: Restricted.  Access through Archivist for Music and Fine Arts Only.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence, Newsletters, and Documents, undatedAdd to your cart.
Materials concerning local and regional chapters of the CFM and the AFM
Folder 3: American Federation of Musicians Contracts, 1994-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Federation of Musicians Contracts, 1997-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American Federation of Musicians Contracts, 2001-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund Memos, Performance Schedules, and Correspondence, 1986-2004Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund Project Recommendations, Contribution Submittals, and Payroll Agreements, 1991-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund Project Recommendations, Contribution Submittals, and Payroll Agreements, 1996-1998Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund Project Recommendations, Contribution Submittals, and Payroll Agreements, 1999-2005Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Dues Paid and Owed, 1993-1997Add to your cart.
Ledgers and Records from the CFM and AFM
Folder 11: Records of Dues Paid to Champaign Federation of Musicians, 1973-1997Add to your cart.
Cards recording members' dues paid and owed. Of particular note is John Garvey's membership card, containing a note documenting his resignation.
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Folder 1: American Federation of Musicians Ledger Book, 1981-1995Add to your cart.
Ledger book contains union dues paid by AFM members between 1981 and 1989. Also included in the book is a photograph from the 1995 American Federation of Musicians Conference.

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