Herbert L Clarke Music and Personal Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Music

Photographs

Personal Papers

Awards, Medals, and Memorabilia

Phonodiscs

Long Beach Municipal Band--Programs, News Clippings, and Photographs

Instruments



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Collection Overview

Title: Herbert L Clarke Music and Personal Papers, circa 1880-1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/54

Primary Creator: Clarke, Herbert L. (Herbert Lincoln) (1867-1945)

Extent: 21.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized in 7 series. Series 1, Music, ca.1851-1945, (Boxes 1-80, 89, & 92) is arranged sequentially by a unique catalog number used by Clarke to manage his performance library, music without these numbers was left in the order it was found, Series 2, Photographs, 1868-1945(Boxes 81-88), Series 3, Personal Papers, 1887-1953 (Boxes 81-84, 86, 89-90), is arranged alphabetically, Series 4, Awards, Medals, and Memorabilia, ca.1892-ca.1945 (Boxes 91, 97-99), Series 5, Phonodiscs, ca.1895-ca.1942 (Boxes 93-94), Series 6, Long Beach Municipal Band, ca.1936-1991, Boxes 95-96), and Series 7, Instruments, ca.1886-ca.1945, (Boxes 100-106). Microfilm of original manuscripts is on reels 106 - 112 in box 6 of the master negatives.

Subjects: Bands, Music, Sousa, John Philip

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of Clarke's performance library of original and published music for band and orchestra music, scrapbooks, photographs, musical instruments, personal correspondence, news clippings, awards, and other memorabilia documenting his career as cornetist, a member of the Sousa Band, conductor for the Long Beach Municipal Band, composer and arranger, and music educator. Many of the methods included near the end of Series 1 are autographed by the respective authors.

Biographical Note

Herbert L. Clarke (1867-1945), cornetist, composer, bandleader and educator was considered the King of the cornet in his day. He first studied the violin at the age of 5 and at 13 began playing professionally in the Philharmonic Society Orchestra of Toronto. At the same time he began to study the cornet and soon began to play it professionally in a restaurant band and in the Queen's Own Regimental Band. After a move to Indianapolis, Clarke learned to play the viola and subsequently joined the England's Opera House Orchestra and played cornet in the When Clothing Store Band. It was with this band that in 1886 Clarke won a solo cornet contest and received a one-of-a-kind pocket cornet made by the famous instrument maker, Henry Diston, which can be seen at the Sousa Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.

Clarke moved to New York City in 1892 where he briefly played for the Gilmore Band. In 1893, Clarke became the solo cornet player for the John Philip Sousa Band and later became the assistant conductor, composer and arranger. He performed as soloist for 3 of the 4 European Tours and 1910-1911 World Tour. During the off-seasons Clarke pursued his own musical endeavors. These included conducting the Reeve's Concert Band in Providence, RI, recording his solo cornet compositions, duets, and quartets with the Victor Label, and playing 2nd Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

After leaving Sousa's Band, he became the conductor of the Anglo-Canadian Leather Company Band in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, and later moved to California and conducted the historic Long Beach Municipal Band until his death in 1945. Rarely after the age of 50 did he perform the cornet in public. He published several articles and books about the cornet and method books on cornet playing and of particular notice are his early drafts of these methods books and articles.

Subject/Index Terms

Bands
Music
Sousa, John Philip

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: unknown

Acquisition Method: The music and personal papers were donated to the University of Illinois in 1945.

Other Note: Pages


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 4: Awards, Medals, and Memorabilia],
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[Series 7: Instruments],
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Series 4: Awards, Medals, and MemorabiliaAdd to your cart.
Box 91: MedalsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Shrine Club of Long Beach, 6/16/1936Add to your cart.
Item 2: Lions  ClubAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Saint Johns Encampment, 1802-1902Add to your cart.
Item 4: Long Beach Municipal BandAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Chicago Council Princes of JerusalemAdd to your cart.
Item 6: Unidentified, 1908Add to your cart.
Item 7: Long Service Grand Commandery of St. JohnsAdd to your cart.
Item 8: Tri-State Band Festival, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 9: Marksman, 1903Add to your cart.
Item 10: UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Item 11: UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Item 12: Unidentified two guns crossingAdd to your cart.
Item 13: WanderersAdd to your cart.
Item 14: Tri-State Band Festival, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 15: Sherwood ForestersAdd to your cart.
Item 16: The Wanderers Club, 1904Add to your cart.
Item 17: National Band FestivalAdd to your cart.
Item 18: National School Band Association, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 19: I.M.P.A. of Toronto, 7/15/1914Add to your cart.
Item 20: The Wanderers Club, 1905Add to your cart.
Item 21: The Wanderers Club, 1909Add to your cart.
Item 22: Georg Lang Munich, 6/1900Add to your cart.
Item 23: The Wanderers Club, 1906Add to your cart.
Item 24: National High School Clinic Band, 1936Add to your cart.
Item 25: Ernest Williams School of Music, 3/14/1940Add to your cart.
Item 26: Tenth Olympiad in Los Angeles, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 27: New York State Commission Paris Exposition, 1900Add to your cart.
Item 28: Unidentified two guns crossingAdd to your cart.
Item 29: The Wanderers Club Johannesburg, 1910Add to your cart.
Item 30: Unidentified United States flagAdd to your cart.
Item 31: Long BeachAdd to your cart.
Item 32: Navy LeagueAdd to your cart.
Item 33: Masonry MedalAdd to your cart.
Item 34: Navy LeagueAdd to your cart.
Item 35: Tri-State Band Festival, 1940Add to your cart.
Item 36: Tri-State Band Festival, 1938Add to your cart.
Item 37: Benevolent and Protective Order of the ElksAdd to your cart.
Item 38: Long BeachAdd to your cart.
Item 39: Artillery Company of Massachusetts and London, 10/3/1903Add to your cart.
Item 40: The American Bandmaster's Association, 8/1936Add to your cart.
Item 41: Unidentified eagle of Chicago, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 42: Around the World with Sousa, 1910-1911Add to your cart.
Item 43: Kidderminster Brussel Weavers of Philadelphia, 1902Add to your cart.
Item 44: Artillery Company of Massachusetts and London (duplicate), 10/3/1903Add to your cart.
Item 45: American Federation of MusiciansAdd to your cart.
Item 46: All-Western Band Review in Long Beach, 1939Add to your cart.
Item 47: Queen's Own Rifles of CanadaAdd to your cart.
Item 48: 50th Jubilaeum, 1910Add to your cart.
Item 49: Federation of State Societies of Long BeachAdd to your cart.
Item 50: American Federation of Musicians in Los Angeles, 1932Add to your cart.
Item 51: American Bandmasters Association in Chicago, 1933Add to your cart.
Item 52: 11th American Bandmasters Association in Hagerstown, MD, 3/10-13/1940Add to your cart.
Item 53: 6th American Bandmasters Association in Cincinnati, 3/7-10/1935Add to your cart.
Item 54: Musicians Association of Long Beach, CA, 7/18/1937Add to your cart.
Item 55: American Bandmasters Association Convention in Toronto, 1934Add to your cart.
Item 56: Supreme Pyramid Ancient Egyptian Order, 11/2-5/1938Add to your cart.
Item 57: 8th American Bandmasters' Association in Milwaukee, 3/5-7/1937Add to your cart.
Item 58: American Bandmasters' Association in Boston, 4/5-12/1931Add to your cart.
Item 59: Douglas Dedication in Long Beach, 10/17/1941Add to your cart.
Item 60: National School Music Competition Festival, 5/9-11/1940Add to your cart.
Item 61: Supreme Pyramid in Santa Cruz, 11/5-8/1941Add to your cart.
Item 62: Supreme Pyramid in Sacramento, 11/6-9/1940Add to your cart.
Box 97: Awards & Miscellaneous ItemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Gold Pocket Watch presented by U. S. S. Alabama, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Trophy from Long Beach Municipal Band, 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Ram's Horn Trumpet presented by J. C. Creason, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Trophy presented by H. N. White Instrument CompanyAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Miniature Trumpet (broken)Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Telescoping BatonAdd to your cart.
Box 98: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Presented by 2nd Regiment Band, 1903Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Presented by American Federation of Musicians, Local 47, 1933Add to your cart.
Box 99: BatonsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Presented by Herntzman's Band, 1892Add to your cart.
blue case
Folder 2: Presented by 21st Infantry Band, June 23, 1898Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Presented by M. M. B. H., 1925Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Herbert L. Clarke black and ivory batonAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: SEEAdd to your cart.
Box 1: Oversized Special CollectionsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Two Wooden Batons and Storage Plaque from Doug Beesley, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Unidentified black and ivory batonAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Unidentified wooden batonAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Device for measuring mouthpiece pressureAdd to your cart.
Box 110: AwardsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Willow Grove Cup, 1902Add to your cart.
Item 8: Knights Templar Sword, undatedAdd to your cart.
Accession # 2004.120954.008

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[Series 5: Phonodiscs],
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[Series 7: Instruments],
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