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Title: Merton Robert Lundsten Band Scrapbooks and Sound Recording Collection, 1907-1960
Primary Creator: Lundsten, Merton Robert (1916-1995)
Extent: 1.0 cubic feet
Arrangement: Recordings are arranged chronologically within each type of ensemble/group.
Date Acquired: 08/22/2009
Formats/Genres: Sound Recordings
Consists of scrapbooks containing programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, personal notes documenting Robert Lundsten's time performing in the Rockford High School Band (1930 - 1933), University of Illinois 2nd Regimental Band (1937 - 1938), and American Legion Band (1949 - 1952). Also includes audio recordings of the Harlem High School Band, University of Illinois Concert Band, University of Illinois Singing Illini, and Men's Glee Club.
Merton Robert Lundsten (June 23, 1916 - May 1995) was born and raised in Rockford, IL by his parents Harry and Alice. Merton grew up learning to play the clarinet, studying with Wally Holt during the summer of 1930 for a total of 8 lessons. Lundsten attended the University of Illinois as an Engineering Major from 1937-1938, and while he did not graduate with a degree, Lundsten became an apprentice in 1939 with the Barber-Colma Co. out of Rockford, IL. Here he became the designer and, later, the sole engineer in the cutting tool department. Also in 1939, Lundsten married Beotrice Bergholt who worked as a telephone operator. Lundsten loved all bands, but had a particular interest in marching bands. He played in Rockford marching bands until his later years.