Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Small Special Collections

Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers

Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection

Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook

MPAL Program and Playbill Collection



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Finding Aid for Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Music and Performing Arts Library Small Special Collections, 1911-1981Add to your cart.

ID: 35/3/81

Primary Creator: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Music and Performing Arts Library (1944-)

Other Creators: Bowen, Dorothy (ca. 1900-1980), Haussermann, John (1909-1986), Howenstein, Marshall (1901-2001), Lawrence Tibbett (1896-1960), Lew Williams (1934 -), Magyar, Gabriel (1914-2011), Mickel, Jere C. (1905-1985), Skinner, Frank (1897-1968), Ward, Harriet B. (ca. 1890-1950), Wilkey, Lucille V.

Extent: 4.75 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in five series: Series 1, Small Special Collections, Series 2, Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929, and Series 3, Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970. Content of each series is arranged alphabetically. Series 4 is a single item, Robert Delzell's scrapbook, and contains programs from 1940 arranged in no particular order. Series 5 is arranged into 3 subseries: Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, Chicago Metropolitan Area, and Other Cities. Each subseries is arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.

Date Acquired: 02/23/2010. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Band Concerts, Band Musicians, Bands (Music), Biography, Cage, John, film music, Films, Jazz, Military Bands, Music, School of, Opera, Orchestra, Photographs, Radio Broadcasting, Sousa, John Philip, Symphony Orchestras, Theater orchestra music

Formats/Genres: Newspaper Clippings, Sheet music

Languages: English, French, Hungarian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of small collections of newspaper clippings, sheet music, correspondence, concert programs, biographical sketches, photographs, and radio show scripts documenting music performances by School of Music student ensembles and other nineteenth- and twentieth-century performers and composers. Of particular significance is an original published piano-vocal score of A. Dvorak's Stabat Mater with his hand-written dedication to J. Mandel-Merei.

Biographical Note

The University of Illinois Music and Performing Arts Library was initially founded in the memorial room of Smith Hall in 1943. The school's first music librarian was Jay Allen (1943-1960) and his assistant was Virginia Shirley. In 1963, the University of Illinois received a generous gift from Ellnora Krannert (class of 1912). However, the grant arrived just as the School of Music was planning to construct a new educational building for music on campus. Since Krannert's grant was so substantial, the State of Illinois dropped the budget it had planned for two construction projects: a new library (conceived to alleviate the overcrowded music library in Smith) as well as an addition to Smith Hall. At the time, the library was under the direction of Thor E. Wood (1960-1965). While the new Krannert Center (opened in 1969) contained numerous performance spaces, it did not have space to accomodate the vast library of music books and recordings that had been collected by the School of Music. Funding eventually came in the early 1970s and the School of Music moved into its current location in the Music Building 1114 W. Nevada Street in 1972. The library soon followed, opening in 1974. Head librarian William McClellan (1965-1997) resided over the new library space and quickly began expanding the library's holdings to include not only books and audio recordings but also special collections. Wilma Jean Geil (assistant librarian 1965-1996) collected and processed many of the small special collections. In most cases, if a collection contained published music, LPs, or tape cassettes the items were ingested, cataloged, and dispersed among the circulating library collection. Many of the paper records within special collections acquired by the library remained unprocessed until 2015 when the majority of the special collections were transferred to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music.

Subject/Index Terms

Band Concerts
Band Musicians
Bands (Music)
Biography
Cage, John
film music
Films
Jazz
Military Bands
Music, School of
Opera
Orchestra
Photographs
Radio Broadcasting
Sousa, John Philip
Symphony Orchestras
Theater orchestra music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals:

Ca. 1970 - Dorothy Bowen papers acquired; Ca. 1985 - Hausserman papers acquired from John W. Hausserman, Jr.; 1990 - Marhall Howenstein collection acquired; Ca. 1977 - Gabriel Magyar collection acquired; Ca. 1965 - Songs of France records acquired; Ca. 1980 - Harriet Ward programs acquired; Ca. 1960 - Lucille V. Wilkey music acquired; Ca. 1970 - Lew Williams Jazz Collection acquired. March 20, 2015 - The dePeaux collection (Unisonics score) acquired from Music and Performing Arts Library. May 13, 2015 - The Festival of Contemporary Arts Collection of programs, brochures, and clippings was acquired from the Music and Performing Arts Library.

On July 7, 2019, additional materials were found for the Kitty Cheatham Collection (formerly called the Yolande Oglesby Collection) and one folder was removed from Series 1 to be included within the Kitty Cheatham Collection in order to maintain the provenance of the original body of material.

Access Restrictions: None

Use Restrictions: None

Physical Access Note: None

Technical Access Note: None

Acquisition Source: Music and Performing Arts Library

Acquisition Method: Gift

Related Materials:

The Music Library Administrative Records (35/3/68) contains many of the control files for these small collections.

University of Illinois Festival of Contemporary Arts Music and Sound Recordings (12/5/818) and the School of Music Audio Department Sound Recordings, Series 4 Festival of Contemporary Arts (12/5/64) both contain material related to the Festival of Contemporary Arts.

The Gabriel Magyar Papers (12/5/23) contain materials related to the Magyar collection.

Materials from Series 4 and 5 were acquired interfiled with the Allen S. Weller Program Collection (12/1/21) and the materials from Box 1, Folder 5 of the Hunleth Music Store Sheet Music and Photograph Collection (12/9/123).

Processing Information: Based on documents from MPAL's administrative records, the loose programs represented in Series 5 derived from 6 separate collections originally acquired by MPAL: the Harrison Edward Cunningham "Candy Box" Collection, the Hattie F Kaufman Collection, an unnamed collection identified only as "Two Boxes of Photographs," the Radcliffe Collection, the Frank Johnson Collection, and the Prehn Collection. These collections were all interfiled together. It was not possible to separate the programs into their original collections based on the descriptions in MPAL's administrative records.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Small Special Collections],
[Series 2: Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929],
[Series 3: Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970],
[Series 4: Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook, 1940],
[Series 5: MPAL Program and Playbill Collection, 1883-1974],
[All]

Series 5: MPAL Program and Playbill Collection, 1883-1974Add to your cart.
Consists of programs and playbills for performances in Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, the Chicago Metropolitan Area, and Other Cities from 1883 to 1974. Arranged into 3 subseries based on location.
Sub-Series 1: Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois, 1891-1974Add to your cart.
Consists of programs from Champaign, Urbana, and the University of Illinois from 1891 to 1974. Arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Alpha Epsilon Chapter of Zeta Psi, 1952Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Association of University Women, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Armenian and Syrian Relief Committee, 1918Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Banquet in Appreciation of Dr. and Mrs. W.L. Burlison, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Belvoir Theatre, 1917Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Ben Greet Woodland Players, The, 1912Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Big Twelve Music Festival, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Business Office, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Central Illinois Music Festival, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Champaign Urbana Symphony, 1967-1969Add to your cart.
Folder 11: China Aid Committee of Champaign-Urbana, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Coburn Players, The, 1916Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Coffer Miller Players, The, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: College of Fine and Applied Arts, 1935-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Convocation Programs, 1918-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Department of English, 1921-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Festival of Contemporary Arts, 1948-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 18: First Presbyterian Church, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Girls' Annual Stunt Show, 1918-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Hillel Players, 1930-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Illinois All-State High School Orchestra and Chorus, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Illinois Federation of Music Clubs, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Illinois Theatre, 1912-1920Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Illinois Union Dramatic Club, 1912-1916Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Illini Theatre Guild, 1923-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Illini Union, 1930-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Inaugural James G. Randall Lecture Series, 1974Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Interscholastic Circus, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Lincoln Hall Theater, 1913-1934Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Lorado Taft Lectureship, 1943Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Mask and Bauble, 1914-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 32: May Day, 1914-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Music Study Club, 1929-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Orpheum Theatre, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 35: Philomathean and Alethenai Literary Societies, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Pierrots, 1922-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 37: Players Club, The, 1911-1959Add to your cart.
Folder 38: Professional Societies, 1925-1952Add to your cart.
Folder 39: Ravinia Festival, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 40: Rialto Theatre, 1919-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 41: School of Music, 1914-1951Add to your cart.
Folder 42: Service League of Champaign-Urbana, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 43: Sigma Delta Phi, 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Star Course, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 45: Star Course, 1912-1922Add to your cart.
Folder 46: Star Course, 1923-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 47: Star Course, 1930-1939Add to your cart.
Folder 48: Star Course, 1940-1950Add to your cart.
Folder 49: Star Course, 1950-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 50: Symphony Concert Course, 1915-1924Add to your cart.
Folder 51: Tuesday Morning Musical Club, 1929-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 52: United States Marine Band, The, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 53: University Auditorium, 1912-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 54: University Club, 1916-1918Add to your cart.
Folder 55: University Choral Society, 1903-1929Add to your cart.
Folder 56: University Concert and Entertainment Board, 1931-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 57: Univesrity Concert Course, 1917-1919Add to your cart.
Folder 58: University Presbyterian Church, 1942-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 59: University Theatre, 1954-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 60: University of Illinois Agricultural Club, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 61: University of Illinois Annual Maypole, 1912-1913Add to your cart.
Folder 62: University of Illinois Concert Band, 1931-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 63: University of Illinois German Club, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 64: University of Illinois Glee Clubs, 1923-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 65: University of Illinois Orchestral Concerts, 1913-1915Add to your cart.
Folder 66: University of Illinois Summer Session, 1918-1921Add to your cart.
Folder 67: University of Illinois Symphony Series, 1940-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 68: University of Illinois Women's Club, 1921-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 69: Walker Opera House, 1897-1913Add to your cart.
Folder 70: Women's Group System, 1942-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 71: Woman's League, 1920-1937Add to your cart.
Folder 72: Woman's Relief Corps, 1891Add to your cart.
Folder 73: Virginia Theatre, 1921-1960Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 2: Chicago Metropolitan Area, 1883-1972Add to your cart.
Consists of programs from the Chicago Metropolitan Area from 1883 to 1972. Arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 74: Auditorium Theatre, 1895-1940, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 75: Ben Greet Players, The, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 76: Bertha Ott Concert Management, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 77: Biography of Henry Irving, 1883Add to your cart.
Folder 78: Blackstone Theatre, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 79: Chicago Civic Opera House, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 80: Chicago Musical College, 1900Add to your cart.
Folder 81: Chicago Stagebill, 1936-1952Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, 1902-1935Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Chicago Theater of the Air, 1942-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Cort Theatre Chicago, 1906Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Fourth Presbyterian Church, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Goodman Theatre, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Horticultural Society of Chicago, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Lyric Opera of Chicago, 1954-1972Add to your cart.
Folder 8: National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Orson Welles' "Julius Caesar", 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Press Club Entertainers, 1897Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Rothschild and Company, 1904Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Royal English Circus, The, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Selwyn Theatre, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Sherwood Music School, 1903-1904Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Slayton Lyceum Bureau, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: University of Illinois Commencement Program, 1946Add to your cart.
Sub-Series 3: Other Cities, 1889-1962Add to your cart.
Consists of programs from cities other than Champaign-Urbana and Chicago from 1889 to 1962. Arranged alphabetically by producing organization and chronologically within each organizational grouping.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Aeolian Hall, New York, ca. 1912-1914Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Amateur Musical Club, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 19: American Bandmasters' Association, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 20: American Theatre St. Louis, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Arion Musical Club, 1889Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Central High School, Madison, WI, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: College Smoker Committee, The, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Illinois Music Teachers' Association, The, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Lambs, The, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 27: London Symphony Orchestra, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Lyric Theatre London, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Municipal Opera St. Louis, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Phinney's United States Band, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Sousa Band, ca. 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 32: St. Olaf Lutheran Choir, 1927Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Town Hall New York, The, 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 34: Whitney Museum of American Art, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: William Gillette's "Secret Service", 1897-1898Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Small Special Collections],
[Series 2: Lawrence Tibbett Music and Papers, 1919-1929],
[Series 3: Jere C. Mickel Scrapbook and Opera Program Collection, 1920-1970],
[Series 4: Robert F. Delzell Program Scrapbook, 1940],
[Series 5: MPAL Program and Playbill Collection, 1883-1974],
[All]

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