Consists of original and published music compositions and arrangements for wind band, original and published band books, photographs, programs, news clippings, business records, sound and videotape recordings, and an award documenting Pietro A. Cipollone's career as a composer, music educator, conductor, and director of wind ensembles in both Italy and the United States between 1905 and 1954. The papers also document Cipollone's involvement and management of the Ferrari Band, the Royal Italian Band, and the Loyal Order of the Moose Band. In addition to Cipollone's original musical compositions there are his and other's arrangements of works by such leading Italian and American composers as Luigi Bertolini, Giuseppe Verdi, John Philip Sousa, and Edwin Franko Goldman. The collection provides unique documentation of the melding of predominantly nineteenth- and twentieth-century Italian orchestral and wind-band composition with early twentieth-century American music traditions. Of particular interest are Cipollone's arrangements of musical compositions by John Philip Sousa.
The collection is organized in four series: Series 1, Music Manuscripts, ca 1848-1954; Series 2, Published Music, ca 1863-1935; Series 3, Band Books, 1895-1937; and Series 4, Personal Papers, 1934-2000. The papers are arranged alphabetically by either title or type of material within each series. A composer/title index for all the music is located at the end of the finding aid.