Bruce Williams Papers and Hammer Dulcimer

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

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Hammer Dulcimer and Peppermill String Band Papers



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Collection Overview

Title: Bruce Williams Papers and Hammer Dulcimer, 1981-1996Add to your cart.

ID: 26/20/252

Primary Creator: Bruce Williams (1943-2021)

Extent: 1.25 cubic feet

Arrangement: Arranged by material, instrument (with accessories) and papers, and then in chronological order.

Date Acquired: 09/15/2023

Subjects: Music -- Illinois, Musical Instrument Makers - United States

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of hammer dulcimer in cloth bag, wooden dulcimer stand, two tuning hammers, four wooden hammers, wooden hammer pattern, paper rosette pattern, photographs, correspondence, and orders of custom built dulcimers; two CDs, one 45rpm audio disc, photographs, newsclippings, sheet music, and preformance and song lists documenting Bruce Williams founding and performances of the Peppermill String Band.

Biographical Note

Bruce John Williams was born July 8, 1943 in Kansas City, MO and died October 25, 2021 in Urbana, IL. He graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971, recieved his master's in electrical engineering in 1973, and worked at the U of I until 2003. In the 1970s and 1980s, Williams built custom hammer dulcimers. In the 1980s, he was a founding members of the Peppermill String Band, in which he played the hammer dulcimer alongside George Lowrey on guitar, Kathleen Everingham on the fiddle, David Nelson on bass, and Roger Diggle on guitar.

Subject/Index Terms

Music -- Illinois
Musical Instrument Makers - United States

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Acquisition Source: Linda Williams

Acquisition Method: Gift


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Series 1: Hammer Dulcimer and Peppermill String Band PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Item 1: Wooden Hammer, undatedAdd to your cart.

Walnut and Cherry

Accession number: 2023.26.20.252.1a

Item 2: Wooden Hammer, undatedAdd to your cart.

Walnut and Cherry

Accession number: 2023.26.20.252.1b

Item 3: Wooden Hammer PatternAdd to your cart.

Spruce

Accession number: 2023.26.20.252.2

Item 4: Wooden HammerAdd to your cart.

Walnut and Maple

Accession number: 2023.26.20.252.3a

Item 5: Wooden HammerAdd to your cart.

Walnut and Maple

Accession number: 2023.26.20.252.3b

Folder 1: Hammer Dulcimer Orders and Correspondence, 1978-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Pamela Sutherland Sheet Music, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Peppermill String Band Photographs, 1981-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Peppermill String Band News Clippings, 1982-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Peppermill String Band CDs, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Hammer Dulcimer Photographs, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Hammer Dulcimer Rosette Pattern, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Peppermill String Band Disc, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Peppermill String Band Performances and Songs, 1989-1995Add to your cart.
Item 6: Tuning Hammer, undatedAdd to your cart.

Unidentified tuning hammer with a maple handle, in leather case. Located in hammer dulcimer case.

2023.26.20.252.4

Item 7: Tuning Hammer, undatedAdd to your cart.

Apsco tuning hammer with a maple handle, in leather case. Located in hammer dulcimer case.

2023.26.20.252.5

Item 8: Hammer Dulcimer, 1996Add to your cart.

Handmade hammer dulcimer. Sapele top, walnut and maple sides, maple bridges (with plastic tops), and steel tuning and hitch pins. The dulcimer has two rosettes made of ebony with mother of pearl inlay.

2023.26.20.252.6a

Item 9: Dulcimer Case, 1996Add to your cart.

Fabric case.

2023.26.20.252.6b

Item 10: Dulcimer Stand, 1996Add to your cart.

Handmade folding stand for the hammer dulcimer. Cherry legs with spruce dowels, twine connections, and felt pads at top to support the instrument.

2023.26.20.252.6c


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