American Choral Directors Association Special Collections

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Harold A. Decker Papers and Recordings

Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings

Russell Mathis Papers

L. Stanley Glarum Papers and Audio Recordings

Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia

Elwood Keister Papers

Ferenc Farkas Collection

Charles C. Hirt Papers

Walter S. Collins Papers

Elaine Brown Music and Papers

Fred Waring Collection

F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores

Robert Shaw Collection

Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers

Small Collections



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Collection Overview

Title: American Choral Directors Association Special Collections, ca. 1950-2000Add to your cart.

ID: 12/9/172

Primary Creator: American Choral Directors Association (1959-)

Other Creators: Brown, Elaine (1910-1997), Christiansen, F. Melius (1871-1955), Collins, Walter S. (1926-1997), Decker, Harold A. (1914-2003), Farkas, Ferenc (1905-2000), Glarum, L. Stanley (1908-1975), Haberlen, John B. (1940-), Hayes, Morris D. (1919-2006), Hirt, Charles C. (1911-2001), Keister, Elwood (1920-2003), Kirk, Colleen J. (1918-2004), Mathis, Russell (1926-2014), Maze, Glen L. (1928-2002), Page, Ronald Royce (ca. 1940-), Shaw, Robert Lawson (1916-1999), Snyder, Ellis Emanuel (1898-1969), Snyder, Robert Ellis (1930-2021), Waring, Fredrick Malcolm (1900-1984), Yamron, Janet (1932-), Youngberg, Eva Mae Struckmeyer (1930-)

Extent: 70.75 cubic feet

Arrangement: Organized in 15 record groups: Record Group 1, Harold A. Decker Papers and Sound Recordings; Record Group 2, Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings; Record Group 3, Russell Mathis Papers; Record Group 4, Stanley Glarum Papers and Sound Recordings; Record Group 5, Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia; Record Group 6, Elwood Keister Papers; Record Group 7, Ferenc Farkas Collection; Record Group 8 Charles C. Hirt Papers; Record Group 9, Walter Collins Papers; Record Group 10; Elaine Brown Music and Papers; Record Group 11, Fred Waring Collection; Record Group 12, F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores; Record Group 13, Robert Shaw Collection; Record Group 14, Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers; and Record Group 15, Small Collections which consists of 5 series including the Eva Youngberg Papers, Ronald Page Collection, John Haberlen Robert Shaw Collection, John Haberlen Research Files on William L. Dawson, and the Glen Maze Collection of Choral Method Books. Record Groups will be processed over time.

Date Acquired: 01/06/2022

Subjects: Books, Choirs, Choral music, Choral singing -- Instruction and study, Choral Society, Church music--Catholic Church, Civil Rights, Class Record Books, Compositions-Music, Folk music, Folk songs, Magazines, Music -- Brazil, Music -- China, Music -- Illinois, Music -- Illinois - Education, Music -- Japan, Music -- Korea, Music -- Russia, Music - United States, Musical Repertoires, Music Library, Music Publishers, Music teachers, Music teachers - Training of, Music Teachers National Association, Teaching Methods, Vocal music

Formats/Genres: Scrapbooks

Languages: English, French, Italian, German, Polish, Slovak, Russian, Ukrainian, Hungarian, Romanian, Serbian, Hebrew, Yiddish, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Spanish;Castilian, Thai, Swedish, Chinese

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, programs, lectures, photographs, research files, newsletters, newspaper clippings, sound recordings, meeting minutes, awards, publications, music scores and parts, and personal papers documenting the careers of major American choral directors and leaders of the American Choral Directors Association between the 1950s and 2000.

Biographical Note

Concerned by the lack of resources available to American choral directors, Robert Landers (director of the US Air Force Choir), Archie Jones (director of choirs at the University of Texas), and Maynard Klein (director of choirs at the University of Michigan) first conceived of a national choral association in 1957. The American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), originally called the American Choirmasters Association following the American Bandmasters Association, was founded two years later in Kansas City, Missouri during the biennial conference of the Music Teachers National Association. The ACDA, which began with 35 members, was established to serve the needs of pubilc school, collegiate, community, sacred, and professional choirs by sponsoring choral workshops, international conventions, concert exchanges, and symposia.

The first executive board was led by Archie Jones (president), R. Wayne Hugoboom (executive director), Earl Willhoite (treasurer), Charles Hirt, Warner Imig, James Aliferis, Elwood Keister, and Harry Robert Wilson. During their first meeting, the executive board established a set of bylaws and yearly dues of $6.

In March 1960, the organization held its first biannual convention in conjunction with the 1960 Music Educator's National Conference. This conference consisted of concerts, reading sessions, workshops, and panel discussions. The following May, the ACDA published the first issue of the Choral Journal. Eleven years later, the organization held its first independent conference in Kansas City. Since then, the ACDA conference has expanded to include honor choirs and multiple sessions.

In addition to their biannual conference, the organization has fostered the annual Schmitt and Pepper Choral Composition Competitions since 1962. In 1991, the ACDA added the Raymond W. Brock Student Composition Competition. In addition, the ACDA also provides awards for dissertations and professional research on choral music. 

Since 1961, the ACDA has been governed by both national and regional officers from six regions. In 1979, the ACDA added a seventh region to accomodate expanding membership.

Subject/Index Terms

Books
Choirs
Choral music
Choral singing -- Instruction and study
Choral Society
Church music--Catholic Church
Civil Rights
Class Record Books
Compositions-Music
Folk music
Folk songs
Magazines
Music -- Brazil
Music -- China
Music -- Illinois
Music -- Illinois - Education
Music -- Japan
Music -- Korea
Music -- Russia
Music - United States
Musical Repertoires
Music Library
Music Publishers
Music teachers
Music teachers - Training of
Music Teachers National Association
Teaching Methods
Vocal music

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: American Choral Directors Association

Acquisition Method: Transfer through deed of gift.

Appraisal Information: 10 boxes of loose choral music in the Decker Record Group (box 7-8,10-11, 13-15, 18, 23 and one unlabelled box) was deaccessioned June 24, 2022.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Record Group 1: Harold A. Decker Papers and Recordings, 1902-2009],
[Record Group 2: Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings, 1949-2003],
[Record Group 3: Russell Mathis Papers, 1960-1977],
[Record Group 4: L. Stanley Glarum Papers and Audio Recordings, 1930-1977],
[Record Group 5: Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia, 1956-1991],
[Record Group 6: Elwood Keister Papers, 1958-1995],
[Record Group 7: Ferenc Farkas Collection, 1933-2001],
[Record Group 8: Charles C. Hirt Papers, 1923-2001],
[Record Group 9: Walter S. Collins Papers, 1940-1996],
[Record Group 10: Elaine Brown Music and Papers, 1880-2005],
[Record Group 11: Fred Waring Collection, 1937-1997],
[Record Group 12: F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores, 1918-1954],
[Record Group 13: Robert Shaw Collection, 1954-2005],
[Record Group 14: Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers, 1935-1999],
[Record Group 15: Small Collections, 1893-2006],
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Record Group 11: Fred Waring Collection, 1937-1997Add to your cart.
Consists of photographs, notebooks, articles, audio recordings, and films.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fred Warinng and His Pensylvanas: A Photo Story, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Fred Waring and the Pensylvanvans: A Photobiography, undatedAdd to your cart.
Published booklet of photographs and brief descriptions from Waring's life.
Folder 3: Waring, Fred: Notebook - Photos, Essays, Letters, Brief Biography, Anniversary Program, 1937-1997Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Waring, Fred: Tone Syllables (4 copies), 1945-1951Add to your cart.
8-page article made avaiable with all new Shawnee Press choral editions.
Folder 5: Fred Waring's America: A Collection of the University Libraries, undatedAdd to your cart.
Small brochure about Waring's extensive collectioon in Penn State's Universty libraries.
Folder 6: Waring, Virginia: Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Book & CD, 1997Add to your cart.
Foreword by Robert Shaw. Comprehensive biography of Waring by his wife, Virginia. Published by University of Illinois Press, Urbana and Chicago,.
Disk 1: Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Sentimental Journey, undatedAdd to your cart.
CD
Audio-Visual Recording 1: Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians present Chesterfield Pleasure Time: A film, 1940Add to your cart.
Film from 1940 radio show.
Audio-Visual Recording 2: Fred Waring's America VIdeo Dub from "It's All About Love" Stage Presentation, 1979Add to your cart.
Hershey, PA Theatre.
Audio-Visual Recording 3: Fred Waring's Pennsylvanians' Reunion, July 30, 1994Add to your cart.
Hosted by Virginia Waring.

Browse by Record Group:

[Record Group 1: Harold A. Decker Papers and Recordings, 1902-2009],
[Record Group 2: Colleen J. Kirk Papers and Sound Recordings, 1949-2003],
[Record Group 3: Russell Mathis Papers, 1960-1977],
[Record Group 4: L. Stanley Glarum Papers and Audio Recordings, 1930-1977],
[Record Group 5: Morris D. Hayes Papers and Realia, 1956-1991],
[Record Group 6: Elwood Keister Papers, 1958-1995],
[Record Group 7: Ferenc Farkas Collection, 1933-2001],
[Record Group 8: Charles C. Hirt Papers, 1923-2001],
[Record Group 9: Walter S. Collins Papers, 1940-1996],
[Record Group 10: Elaine Brown Music and Papers, 1880-2005],
[Record Group 11: Fred Waring Collection, 1937-1997],
[Record Group 12: F. Melius Christiansen Choral Scores, 1918-1954],
[Record Group 13: Robert Shaw Collection, 1954-2005],
[Record Group 14: Robert and Ellis Snyder Choral Library and Personal Papers, 1935-1999],
[Record Group 15: Small Collections, 1893-2006],
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