Joseph Olivadoti Music and Personal Papers, 1835, 1892-1970
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Brief Description: The collection consists of manuscript and published musical compositions and arrangements created by Joseph Olivadoti and his father, Giuseppe, between 1892 and 1970. In addition there are photographs, newsclippings, correspondence, and concert programs documenting Joseph Olivadoti's transatlantic story of transition from Italian born oboist to naturalized American composer, band musician and teacher during the twentieth century.
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: 12/9/100
Created by: Olivadoti, Joseph (1893-1977)
Volume: 10.5 cubic feet

December 8, 2005

Vital records, "Air Waves" condensed score, Edwin W. Wade letter, and press clippings donated by Jerry Nagle on June 17, 2014. Music Publishing Contracts donated by Nagle July 17, 2014.

Arrangement: The collection is organized in 2 series. Series 1, Music, 1835-ca.1966 (Boxes 1 - 24), is arranged alphabetically by type of music composition (e.g., march, waltz, etc.) and Series 2, Personal Papers, ca.1893-1977 (Box 25-28) , is arranged alphabetically by type of document.
Biographical Note for Olivadoti, Joseph (1893-1977) : Joseph Olivadoti (1893-1977) was born in Italy and immigrated from Cortale, Italy to the United States in 1911. During his early years in America he performed oboe for New York City's Italian community bands and orchestras. He eventually became a member of Chicago's "Million Dollar Band" (1927-37) lead by Harold Bachman and during World War II served in the U.S. Navy Band (1942-45). He eventually moved to California after the war and became a member of the Long Beach, California Municipal Band (1958-69). Throughout his career he composed music for band, created numerous instrumental music method books, and taught private music lessons.
Access Restrictions: None.
Subject Index
Band Musicians
Music - United States
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]