Lloyd P. Farrar Music Instrument Collection and Personal Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Music Instruments

Personal Papers

Published Books of Museum Exhibitions and General Histories

Treatises on Instrument Builders and Performance Practice



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Collection Overview

Title: Lloyd P. Farrar Music Instrument Collection and Personal Papers, 1850-2005Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/92

Primary Creator: Farrar, Lloyd Phillip

Extent: 84.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: The Collection is arranged into four unique series: Series 1) Musical Instruments, Series 2) Personal Papers, Series 3) Published Books of Museum Exhibitions and General Histories, and Series 4) Treatises on Instrument Builders and Performance Practice. Series 1 is arranged chronologically by date of acrual. Series 2 is arranged alphabetically by title. Series 3 is arranged into two subseries: Subseries 1) Museum Catalog Books and Exhibits of Musical Instruments and Subseries 2) Published Biographies and General Histories, Both are arranged alphabetically by title. Series 4 is arranged into two subseries: Subseries 1) Publications, Dissertations, and Unpublished Manuscripts on Instrument Builders and Subseries 2) Treatises on Musical Instrument Performance Practice, Both are arranged alphabetically by title.

Date Acquired: 09/26/1995. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Brass Instruments, Musical Instrument Collections, Musical Instrument Makers - Europe, Musical Instrument Makers - United States, organology

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English, German, Dutch;Flemish, Czech, Japanese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of Woodwind, string, and brass instruments by predominantly American, but some European, musical instrument manufacturers; Personal papers including notes on instrument builders, articles written about musical instruments, and photographs of musical instruments; and Books on musical instrument builders, museum collections and exhibits of musical instruments, treatises on performance practice and building musical instruments, and general histories about music in the 19th century.

Biographical Note

Lloyd P. Farrar (ca. 1932) has been interested in musical instruments since he was a child. After starting college as a geologist in North Carolina he hitchhiked across the country to the University of Illinois where he studied trombone and musicology. After joining the Phi Mu Alpha Fraternity he met his wife Doris Vogt, then a member of Mu Phi Epsilon, both were involved in musical activities at the University and they were married in 1956. At the University of Illinois he performed as the principal trombonist in the University Symphony Orchestra as well as on sackbut with the Collegium Musicum. Farrar graduated with his bachelors degree in music in 1955 and his masters degree in 1956. After his time at the University of Illinois, Farrar spent a year in the Netherlands on a Fullbright Grant studying early Dutch music. He and his wife then traveled to the University of Texas at Austin where he began his PhD in Musicology, but he never completed his dissertation. While he was in Washington DC studying at the Library of Congress, Farrar took a job teaching music history and band at Mary Washington College in Viriginia. In addition, he helped to form the nearby Prince George's Civic Orchestra in Washington DC, conducting the orchestra from 1965 to 1969. Around 1971, Farrar began to lose his sight and abandoned much of his intensive bibliographic work at the time, but continued his organological work. During the mid 1970s he collected hundreds of musical instruments as a means of correcting and expanding Lindesay Langwill's instrumental history book to include American manufacturers. Between the late 1970s and mid 1980s, Farrar was one of the country's leading organologists writing articles for The Woodwind Quarterly, The International Trumpet Guild, The American Musical Instrument Society, The Serpent Newsletter, and the American Musicological Society as well as serving on the board of governors for the American Musical Instrument Society where he chaired the committee for revisions to the Langwill Index. In 1988, Farrar examined and arranged the John Held and Chatfield Band Library at the Utah State Archives. In the late 1980s he began the Patuxent Martial Musick Collection in Colesville, Maryland, which was later transferred to the Sousa Archives in 1995. In 1996, the Farrars moved to Norris, Tennessee, where Mr. Farrar continues to collect and write about musical instruments.

Subject/Index Terms

Brass Instruments
Musical Instrument Collections
Musical Instrument Makers - Europe
Musical Instrument Makers - United States
organology

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals:

Additional materials were acquired from Lloyd Farrar on September 29, 2004; January 25, 2005; March 4, 2012; and June 26, 2016.

Yamaha Bb Flugelhorn received from Geoffrey Britten on May 2, 2019.

Acquisition Source: Lloyd Farrar

Acquisition Method: Gift of Lloyd and Doris Farrar.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Music Instruments, ca. 1850-1967],
[Series 2: Personal Papers, 1939-2005],
[Series 3: Published Books of Museum Exhibitions and General Histories, ca. 1901-2004],
[Series 4: Treatises on Instrument Builders and Performance Practice, 1871-2002],
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Series 4: Treatises on Instrument Builders and Performance Practice, 1871-2002Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 1: Publications, Dissertations, and Unpublished Manuscripts on Instrument BuildersAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "A Compendium of United States Military Bugles and Trumpets," by J.T. Carter, ca. 1981-1992Add to your cart.
Unpublished Manuscript on Makers of Military Bugles between (1800-1900). Also Includes "The Music Imprints Bibliography of Field Bugle and Field Trumpet Calls, Signals, and Quicksteps for the United States Army, Navy, and Marine Corps: 1812-1991," by R. Ranch and "A Day in Markneukirchen," International Trumpet Association Article by Kees van Hage. In addition, folder contains correspondence between Lloyd Farrar and Jack T. Carter.
Folder 11: "The Cornet Compendium: The History and the Development of the Nineteenth Century Cornet," by Richard I. Schwartz, 2001Add to your cart.
Unpublished Manuscript on Cornet Performers, Recordings of Cornettists, Pieces that feature Cornet, and Builders of Cornets from the 19th Century.
Folder 12: "The Cornet Compendium: The History and the Development of the Nineteenth Century Cornet," Supplement, by Richard I. Schwartz, 2002Add to your cart.
Unpublished Treatise Containing Extensive History of Cornet Builders of the 19th century.
Folder 13: "Dictionary of Twentieth Century Italian Violin Makers," by Marlin Brinser, 1978Add to your cart.
Published by American Graphic.
Folder 14: "Early American Brass Makers," by Robert E. Eliason, 1979Add to your cart.
Published by The Brass Press. Contains information on brass instrument builders J. Lathrop Allen, E.G. Wright, and Isaac Fiske.
Folder 15: "The Elkhart County Historical Society: Musical Instrument Manufacturing in Elkhart, Indiana," Compiled by Dean McMakin, 1987Add to your cart.
Unpublished manuscript on builders in Elkhart Indiana, including: C.G. Conn, Buescher, Martin, E.K. Blessing, Elkhart Musical Instrument Company, Seidel Band Instrument and E. A. Couturier Company, C.W. Osgood, American Manufacturing Company and the Harry W. Pedler Company, Babbit Brothers, Elkhart Band Instrument Company, Pan American, Selmer, W.T. Armstrong, Art Musical Instrument Company, the Linton Company, Indiana Brass Instrument Company, Artley, Larilee, Fischer, Reid, Hardy, Hoosier Band Instrument, Platz, J.W. Yunker and Bros, Lesher Woodwind Company, K.G. Gemeinhardt Company, R. Lee Bailey, Bundy Band Instrument Corp., Richards Music Corp., Windsor Oboes, Deford, Westwind Products, Pan Industries, Green, Moore, Jack M. Linton, Emerson Musical Instrument, Diamond Cutter Flute Works, Alcazar, Cauffman, and Clark Baton. Also includes Program for special exhibit at the Elkhart County Historical Museum, 1986.
Folder 16: "An Index of Musical Wind-Instrument Makers," 2nd Ed. Lyndesay G. Langwill, 1962Add to your cart.
Published by Lorimer and Chalmers. Includes Annotations and Additions to the Index by Lloyd Farrar. Also includes Correspondence between Lloyd Farrar and William E. Gibbon dated July 15, 1977.
Folder 17: "Italian Violin Makers," by Karel Jalovec, 1957Add to your cart.
Published by Anglo-Italian Publication Limited.
Folder 18: "Die Geigenmacher der Familie Hopf in Kingenthal," by Bernard Zoebisch, 1999Add to your cart.
Published by Stiftung Kloster Michaelstein. Language: German.
Folder 19: "Mitteilungen des Vereins fur Geschichte der Stadt Nurnberg," by Freidrich Bloch, 1954Add to your cart.
Published by Zerreis and Co. Language: German. Contains information on Trumpet and Trombone builders in Nurnberg from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
Folder 20: "Musical Instrument Making in New York City During the 18th and 19th Centuries (Vol. 1 and 2)," by Nancy Jane Groce, 1982Add to your cart.
Unpublished Dissertation.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Musical Instruments of the Southern Appalachian Mountains," 2nd ed. by John Rice Irwin, 1983Add to your cart.
Published by Schiffer Publishing. Includes ethnographic and historiographic information on builders of Banjos and Dulcimers in the Southern Appalachian Mountains, including home-made instruments.
Folder 2: "Musical Instrument Trade Catalogs listed in E. Richard McKinstry's 'Trade Catalogues at Winterthur: A guide to the Literature of Merchandising 1750-1980,'" unknown Author, ca. 1984-1990Add to your cart.
Unpublished Manuscript. Also includes unpublished manuscript, "Handlist of Musical Instrument Trade Catalogs in the Library of Congress Music Division and Dayton C. Miller Collection," Prepared by Peter H. Adams, February 14, 1990. Also includes handwritten notes by Lloyd Farrar, undated.
Folder 3: "Patents for Inventions: Abridgements of Specifications Relating to Music and Musical Instruments, AD 1694-1866," by Tony Bingham, 1871Add to your cart.
Published by Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press). Includes abridged patents (without diagrams) filed in London for musical instruments. Also includes handwritten note by Lloyd Farrar, undated.
Folder 4: "United States Military Drums, 1845-1865: A Pictoral Survey," by G. Craig Caba, 1977Add to your cart.
Published by Civil War Antiquities LTD. Includes handwritten notes and Published Review of the book in the American Musical Instrument Society Journal by Lloyd Farrar.
Folder 5: "Vaclav Frantisek Cerveny: Vynalezce a Hudebni Nastrojar Europskeho a Svetoveho Vyznamu," by Vaclav Korbel and Gunther Joppig, 1987Add to your cart.
Unknown Publisher. Languages: Czech, German, English. Contains information on Czech brass instrument maker Vaclav Cerveny.
Folder 6: "Vaclav Frantisek Cerveny: Musikant, Podnikatel, Vynalezce," by Josef Moravec, 1996Add to your cart.
Published by Betis s.ro. Praha - Bechovice. Langauge: Czech. Also contain postcard to Lloyd Farrar dated August 12, 2012.
Folder 7: "The Woodwind and Brass Guidebook," by Scott Hirsch, 1995Add to your cart.
Published by Stranger Creek Productions. Contains Serial numbers and production dates for American, British, French, and Japanese Woodwind and Brass instruments, including: Armstrong, Artley, Benge, Blessing, Besson, Boosey and Co, Boosey and Hawkes, Boosey Hawkes/Buffet Crampon, Boston Musical Instrument Manufacturory, Buescher/Bundy, Calicchio, C. Fischer, Cleveland Musical Instrument Co., Conn, Covey, Emerson, F.E. Olds and Co, Frank Holton, Fox, G. Leblanc, Gemeinhardt Co., Getzen, H & A Selmer, H.N. White, Hardie, Hawkes, Heckel, Haynes, Henry Distin, Henry Hill, Jupiter Band Instruments, L.A. Sax, Laubin, Lawrie, Linton, Loree, Lot (Louis), Marigaux, Martin Band Instruments, Miraphone, Miyazawa Flutes, Monzani & Co., Olds and Reynolds, Puchner, Rigoutat et Fils, S. Frederics Piccolos, Schilke, Selmer, United Musical Instruments, United Musical Co., Vincent Bach, York, and an index of Trade Names.
Folder 8: "Von Zinken, Floeten, und Schalmeien: Katalog einer Sammlung Historischer Holzblasinstrumente," by Josef Zimmerman, 1967Add to your cart.
Published by A Bezani, Birkesdorf-Dueren. Language: German.
Sub-Series 2: Treatises on Musical Instrument Performance PracticeAdd to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 9: "Arnold Jacobs: Song and Wind," by Brian Frederiksen, 1996Add to your cart.
Published by Windsong Press Limited. Contains Biographical information on Arnold Jacobs, tubist, and Jacob's writings on Performance practice, lung support, embouchure, and technique for tuba.
Folder 10: "Der Completely Abridged Method fur das Bass und der Oder Streich-instrumente," by Yascha Schmutzig (Arthur E. Goldstein), 1960Add to your cart.
Published by Cor Publishing. A Joke Treatise on performing the Bass.
Folder 11: "The Flute and Flute Playing in Acoustical, Technical, and Artistic Aspects," by Theobald Boehm, 1964Add to your cart.
Published by Dover Publications.
Folder 12: "Geschicte des Violinspiels," by Andreas Moser and Hans-Joachim Nosselt, 1966Add to your cart.
Published by Hans Schneider - Tutzing. Langauge: German.
Folder 13: "Die Instrumentation: Posaune," by Hans Kunitz, 1977Add to your cart.
Published by Breitkopf und Hartel Musikverlag Leipzig. Language: German.
Folder 14: "Die Instrumentation: Trumpete," by Hanz Kunitz, 1956Add to your cart.
Published by Breitkopf und Hartel Musikverlag Leipzig. Language: German.
Folder 15: "Die Italienische Lira da Braccio: Eine kunst historische studie zur geschichte der violine," by A Hajdecki, 1965Add to your cart.
Published by Antiqua - Amsterdam. Language: German.
Folder 16: "Making Early Percussion Instruments," by Jeremy Montagu, 1976Add to your cart.
Published by Oxford University Press.
Folder 17: "Oboe Reed Styles: Theory and Practice," by David A Ledet, 1981Add to your cart.
Published by Indiana University Press. Also Includes Handout for "Historical Bassoon Reed Making - The missing pieces," lecture by David J. Ranchor for the 2003 AMIS conference.
Folder 18: "Steel Drums: How to Play Them and Make Them," by Peter Seeger, 1964Add to your cart.
Published by Oak Press.
Folder 19: "Typen europaischer Blockfloten in Vorzeit, Geschichte, und Volksuberlieferung," by Hermann Moeck, 1967Add to your cart.
Published by Moeck Verlag. Language: German. Contains information on German and Eastern European folk flutes and recorders.
Folder 20: "A Word or Two on the Flute," by W. N. James, 1826 and 1982Add to your cart.
Originally Published by Charles Smith and Co - Edinburgh. Third Edition published by Tony Bingham.

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