Paul E Bierley Papers


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

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Sousa Research Materials

American Band History Materials

Paul Bierley Professional Papers

Audio-Visual Material


Press Books

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Collection Overview

Title: Paul E Bierley Papers, 1864-2015Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/94

Primary Creator: Bierley, Paul E. (1926-2016)

Extent: 102.5 cubic feet


The collection is arranged in eight series:

Series 1, Correspondence, ca.1960-2000: Sub-Series 1, Correspondence: Authors and Researchers; Sub-Series 2, Correspondence: Sousa Band Members; Sub-Series 3, Correspondence: Recording Companies and Record Collectors; Sub-Series 4, Correspondence: Libraries, Museums and Historical Societies; Sub-Series 5, Correspondence: Universities and Colleges; Sub-Series 6, Correspondence: Military and Government; Sub-Series 7, Correspondence: Publishers (Literary and Music); Sub-Series 8, Correspondence: Sheet Music Publishers and Collectors; Sub-Series 9, Correspondence: Loras Schissel; Sub-Series 10, Correspondence: Others.

Series 2, Sousa Research Materials, ca. 1892-1995: Sub-Series 1, Sousa Subject Files; Sub-Series 2, Sousa Band Personnel Files; Sub-Series 3, Oral Histories and Interviews; Sub-Series 4, Articles and Clippings; Sub-Series 5, Operetta Scores and Librettos; Sub-Series 6, Sousa Band Programs; Sub-Series 7, Willow Grove Programs; Sub-Series 8, Sousa Collection Catalogs and Finding Aids; Sub-Series 9, Dissertations and Theses on Sousa and Band; Sub-Series 10, Original Sousa Novels and Other Books; Sub-Series 11, Original Sousa Newspaper Articles; Sub-Series 12, Original Photographs and Tour Maps; Sub-Series 13, Oversized Materials - Japan Sousa Society; Sub-Series 14, Oversized Material; Sub-Series 15, Sousa Correspondence; Sub-Series 16, Photobook Research Materials; Sub-series 17, Sousa Research Photographs.

Series 3, American Band History Materials, ca.1900-2000: Sub-Series 1, Articles and Clippings; Sub-Series 2, Leonard B. Smith and the Detroit Concert Band; Sub-Series 3, Henry Fillmore Materials; Sub-Series 4, Hallelujah Trombone; Sub-Series 5, Robert Hoe V Materials; Sub-Series 6, Fillmore Correspondence.

Series 4, Paul Bierley Professional Papers, ca. 1953-2003: Sub-Series 1, Paul E. Bierley - Personal and Professional Papers; Sub-Series 2, Paul E. Bierley Honoraria; Sub-Series 3, Paul E. Bierley Publications; Sub-Series 4, Paul E. Bierley Organizational Memberships; Sub-Series 5, Paul E. Bierley Speaking Engagements; Sub-Series 6, Paul E. Bierley Personal Photographs.

Series 5, Audio Recordings, ca. 1925-2000: Sub-Series 1, Reel-to-Reel and Cassette Audio Tapes, LPs; Sub-Series 2, Reel-to-Reel Tape Recordings, North American Aviation Band.

Series 6, Photographs, ca. 1864-1964: Sub-Series 1, Digital Photographs, 1864-1964; Sub-Series 2, Barry Furrer Photographs, ca. 1900-1930; Sub-Series 3, Band Members; Sub-Series 4, Candids and Train Wrecks; Sub-Series 5, Performances, Operettas, Undated; Sub-Series 6, Sousa Band Photographs and Sousa with Others; Sub-Series 7, Non-Sousa Band Photographs and Portraits; Sub-Series 8, The American Phenomenon (University of Illinois Press and Integrity Press) Photographs; Sub-Series 9, The Incredible Band of John Philip Sousa (University of Illinois Press) Photographs.

Series 7, Press Books, 1882-1953. The material is organized either alphabetically by author (or recipient in the case of the correspondence), or chronologically when applicable.

And Series 8, Published Books, 1853-2007. Material is Arranged alphabetically by author's last name.

Date Acquired: 04/08/2004. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Aircraft, Band Musicians, Cartooning, Instrumental music, Sousa, John Philip

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, subject files, newsclippings, oral histories, account ledgers, programs, audiotape and videotape recordings, digital photographs, dissertations and theses, books, awards, engineering diagrams, cartoon sketch books, photographs, and press books documenting Bierley's career as an aerospace engineer, leading scholar on John Philip Sousa and Henry Filmore, and managing editor of Integrity Press.

Biographical Note

Paul E. Bierley (1926-2016), tubist, engineer and band researcher, is recognized today as the foremost historian of the music and life of John Philip Sousa.  Spending over 40 years collecting material about Sousa's life, band, and music, Mr. Bierley conducted meticulous and wide-ranging research that led to the publication of two definitive works on Sousa: John Philip Sousa: A Catalogue of His Works, which provides a wealth of details about Sousa's musical and literary works, and his biography,  John Philip Sousa: American Phenomenon. Other Sousa-related works by Mr. Bierley include Hallelujah Trombone (a biography of Henry Fillmore), The Music of Henry Fillmore and Henry Huff, Nineteenth Century American Musical Theater, Later Operetta, Part 1 (El Capitan), and the revised edition of Sousa's Marching Along. Bierley served as editor for the two volume set of William Rehrig's 1991 The Heritage Encyclopedia Band Music (Volume 3, Supplement, 1996), has published many Sousa-related journal articles about the Sousa Band, and has provided liner notes for numerous LPs and CDs.

Bierley was educated as an aeronautical engineer at Ohio State University. During his 35-year career designing airplanes and missiles, he pursued an active career as a musician as well. As a child he began playing the music of Sousa as a tubist in his high school band, and later played the tuba in such ensembles as the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and the Detroit Concert Band. To honor his 40 years of research and scholarly publications on Sousa and American Band History, Ohio Sate University awarded Bierley an honorary doctorate in 2001. He was also awarded the Academy of Wind and Percussion Arts Award from the National Band Association in the same year.

Subject/Index Terms

Band Musicians
Instrumental music
Sousa, John Philip

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: April 8, 2004, June 4, 2008, March, 2010, October 15, 2013, and May 5, 2015.

Acquisition Method: The papers were donated to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign by Paul E. and Pauline J. Bierley on April 8, 2004. Photographs were donated by Paul E and Pauline J. Bierley in June 4, 2008. Sousa Photograph binders and additional Sousa research files donated by Paul E. and Pauline J. Bierley in March 2010. Another addition of books and recordings was donated by Paul E. Bierley on October 15, 2013, and final donation of Sousa and Fillmore research files, books, and recordings was donated by Paul Bierley on May 5, 2015.

Processing Information: Papers processed in 2006, photographs processed in 2008.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revisions made July 17, 2008.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, ca.1960-2015],
[Series 2: Sousa Research Materials, ca.1892-2012],
[Series 3: American Band History Materials, ca.1900-2007],
[Series 4: Paul Bierley Professional Papers, ca. 1953-2014],
[Series 5: Audio-Visual Material, ca. 1925-2000],
[Series 6: Photographs, 1864-2013],
[Series 7: Press Books, 1882-1953],
[Series 8: Published Books, 1853-2007],

Series 8: Published Books, 1853-2007Add to your cart.
Box 158Add to your cart.
Item 1: Here Comes the Circus! The Rise and Fall of the Circus Band, 1958Add to your cart.
Author: Braathen, Sverre, O.
Item 2: Brass Bands in the 20th Century, 1979Add to your cart.
Author: Brand, Violet and Geoffrey
Item 3: The Cornet and the Cornetist, 1970Add to your cart.
Author: Bridges, Glenn D.
Item 4: Leedy Drum Topics, 1993Add to your cart.
Author: Cook, Rob
Item 5: The Band's been here quite a spell..., 1981Add to your cart.
Author: Cowlishaw, Mary Lou
Item 6: Irish Orpheus, 1950Add to your cart.
Author: Darlington, Marwood
Item 7: Brass Band School, 1853Add to your cart.
Author: Dodworth, Allen
Item 8: Alte Kameraden: Carl Teike Verlag, 1961Add to your cart.
Author:  Doell, Karl Anton
Item 9: The Show is on the Podium, ca. 2007Add to your cart.
Author: Foutch, Paul R.
Item 10: The Wind Band, 1957Add to your cart.
Author: Goldman, Richard Franko
Item 11: The Correct Way to Drum, 1934Add to your cart.
Author: Heney, John J.
Item 12: Brass Band of Columbus the First, 2004Add to your cart.
Author: Herak, Diana
Item 13: Erik Leidzen Band Arranger and Composer, 1990Add to your cart.
Author: Holz, Ronald W.
Item 14: Heralds of Victory, 1986Add to your cart.
Author: Holz, Ronald W.
Item 15: Old York Road Historical Society Bulletin, 1996Add to your cart.
Author: Jordan, Robert et. al.
Item 16: Music for the People: The Souix Falls, South Dakota, Municipal Band 1919-1994, 1994Add to your cart.
Author: Lillehaug, Leland A. and Laurie L. Anderson
Item 17: The Great Big Band, 1978Add to your cart.
Author: Long, Fred E.
Item 18: The Great Circus Train Wreck of 1893, 1984Add to your cart.
Author: Long, Fred E.
Item 19: The Story of the Flute and How to Play it, 1929Add to your cart.
Author: McDiarmid, Ellis
Item 20: A Collection of Ideas for Success in the Band Room, 1990Add to your cart.
Author: Miller, William Clayton
Item 21: Mr. Bell Remembered, 2002Add to your cart.
Author: Nowicke, Carole with Lloyd P. Farrar
Item 22: The Community Band: A Manual of Organization and Operation, 1977Add to your cart.
Author: The Northshore Concert Band and John P. Paynter
Item 23: Drill and Evolutions of the Band, 1943Add to your cart.
Author: Brig. Gen. Russel B. Reynolds
Item 24: Bands of America, 1975Add to your cart.
Author: Schwartz, H.W.
Item 25: Bandstands to Battlefields: Brass Bands in 19th Century America, 2004Add to your cart.
Author: Smith, Brian
Item 26: Colonel Bogey to the Fore: a Biography of Kenneth J. Alford, 1991Add to your cart.
Author: Trendell, John
Item 27: Band Pioneers, 1989Add to your cart.
Author: Trimborn, Thomas J.
Item 28: Frank W. Wadsworth and Lillian Jane Wadsworth pressbook, undatedAdd to your cart.
Author: unknown
Item 29: A History of Military Music in America, 1944Add to your cart.
Author: White, William Carter
Item 30: The Music Makers, A Love Story with Music, 1970Add to your cart.
Author: Wright, Dr. Al and Gladys Stone
Item 31: Famous Bands Engaged for the Canadian National Competition, December 1968Add to your cart.
Single Page, Copy and Original
Box 165Add to your cart.
Folder 23: The March King and His Band, 1957Add to your cart.
Author: Kenneth Berger
Folder 24: Sousa's New Marine Band, 1892Add to your cart.
Author:  D. Blakely.
Folder 25: John Philip Sousa and the National Anthem, 1983Add to your cart.
Author: Edward Delaplaine
Folder 26: The Music Men, 1987Add to your cart.
Author: Margaret Hirdle Hazen and Robert Hazen
Folder 27: The Sousa Band: A Discography, 1970Add to your cart.
Author: James R. Smart. Autographed to Bierley by Smart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Correspondence, ca.1960-2015],
[Series 2: Sousa Research Materials, ca.1892-2012],
[Series 3: American Band History Materials, ca.1900-2007],
[Series 4: Paul Bierley Professional Papers, ca. 1953-2014],
[Series 5: Audio-Visual Material, ca. 1925-2000],
[Series 6: Photographs, 1864-2013],
[Series 7: Press Books, 1882-1953],
[Series 8: Published Books, 1853-2007],

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