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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Finding Aid for Herbert L Clarke Music and Personal Papers, circa 1880-1945 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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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 3: Personal PapersAdd to your cart.
Box 81: Scrapbook: news clippings and reviewsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Scrapbook, 1916-ca. 1942Add to your cart.
ScrapbookPage 1: The Musical Messenger, Herbert L. Clarke, January 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ScrapbookPage 2: Around the World with Sousa, by Herbert L. Clarke, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ScrapbookPage 3: Around the World with Sousa, by Herbert L. Clarke, Chapter 2, 1916Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ScrapbookPage 4: Why Cornetists Fail to Reach Success, by Herbert L. Clarke in Texas Music Educator, No. 1, October 1941Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ScrapbookPage 5: Why Cornetists Fail to Reach Success, by Herbert L. Clarke in Texas Music Educator, No. 2, April 1942Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
ScrapbookPage 6: "Every member of the band was an employee of the leather company" is a paragraph cut from the Edmonton Journal, pg 9, and included in Clarke's scrapbook., July 3, 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Journal identification and date of publication of this quote was taken from was provided by Dave Detwiler on July 25, 2020.
Folder 9: Scrapbook, 1916-ca. 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Scrapbook, 1916-ca. 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Scrapbook, 1916-ca. 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Scrapbook, 1916-ca. 1942Add to your cart.
Box 82: Article Drafts, Magazine Articles, and News ClippingsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Boosey's Military Magazine, ca. 1910Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clarke Honoraria, 1909-1946Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Herbert L. Clarke Scrapbook Cover, 1899Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Herbert L. Clarke Scrapbook, 1887-ca.1900Add to your cart.
Folder 5: A Cornet Playing Pilgrim's Progress (M.S.), 1933Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 6: The Etude Magazine, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 7: "Famous Cornetists of the Past" (M.S.), 1930-37Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Clarke
Author: Clarke
Folder 8: "Famous Cornetists of the Past", 1930-32Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 9: The Metronome, 1909Add to your cart.
Folder 10: "Does Playing While Marching Injure the Lips of Wind Instrument Players?: A Symposium, 1934-35Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Jacob's Band Monthly
Author: Jacob's Band Monthly
Folder 11: "Random Talks on the Cornet" (M.S.), 1932-33Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Clarke
Author: Clarke
Folder 12: "Random Talks: Number Four" (Band Leadership), 1933Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 13: "The Sousa I Knew", 1932Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 14: Sousa News Clippings, 1904-1936Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Christmas Card from Stanwurt Valentine Schilling (Master Stan) to Clarke, 1939Add to your cart.
Author: Stanwurt Valentine Schilling
Folder 16: "How to Appreciate Band Music", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 17: "Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore", 1931Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Box 83: Correspondence, Article Drafts, and ProgramsAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: "Around the World with Sousa" (M.S.), 1933-1935Add to your cart.
Composer/Arranger: Clarke
Author: Clarke
Folder 13: Band and Band Festival Programs, 1897-1941Add to your cart.
Item 1: Tri-State Band Festival Poster, Enid, OK, Apr. 16-19, 1941Add to your cart.
Oversized Item:  Cabinet 3, Drawer 1
Folder 14: Bunker Hill Day, 1915Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Clarke Correspondence-General, 1923-1938Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Clarke Memorial Ceremony Program, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 17: "The Cornet, Trumpet, and Fleugelhorn in the Band", 1932Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Author: Clarke
Folder 18: "Good Bands, Next to Orchestras" (in Musical Canada), 1921Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 19: Interlochen Music Camp Map, 1933Add to your cart.
Folder 20: The Literary Digest Liberty Map of New Europe, 1920Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Lecture Notes, ca. 1941Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 22: "Music: A Science and an Art", ca. 1930Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 23: "My Happy Association with Mr. Sousa", 1941Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 24: Newspaper and Magazine Clippings, 1929-1954Add to your cart.
Folder 25: "The Road to Success" and "How I Became Successful" (M.S.), 1936-1940Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 26: "The Road to Success" and "How I Became Successful", 1936-40Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 27: "How I Became a Cornetist" published booklet, 1934Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Folder 28: Interlochen Radio Broadcast Script, Aug. 9, 1936Add to your cart.
Folder 29: "Huber, The Man and Pioneer", April, 1931Add to your cart.
Author: Rodenberg, L.W.
Folder 30: Guggenheim Memorial Concerts featuring the Goldman Band-programs, 1959Add to your cart.
Box 84Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Book of Friendship (includes newsclippings, autographs), 1937Add to your cart.
Author: Woman's Symphony Orchestra of Long Beach
Folder 3: "Ideal" Scrapbook (Journal article clippings), ca. 1924Add to your cart.
Author: Clarke
Box 86Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Major Clarke and Long Beach Municipal Band, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Box 90Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Letter from City of Toronto to Herbert L. Clarke, 1892Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clarke Band Review in Toronto Daily Star, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Music Day at the Exhibition, Toronto, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Music Day Schedule, Canadian National Exhibition, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Popular Song Writing, Toronto Globe, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Review of the Anglo-Canadian Band, conducted by Clarke, 1921Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Long Beach Girls Appear in Rose Bowl Parade, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Musical Fiesta at the Coliseum Review, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 9: 15,000th Long Beach Municipal Band Concert, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Long Beach Appear in Rose Bowl Parade, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Membership Certificates and Honorary Awards, 1906-43Add to your cart.
Folder 12: American Bandmaster's Association Membership Certificate and Memoribilia, 1924-28Add to your cart.
Box 107: BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: How to Use Organ Stops, 1908Add to your cart.
Author: W. Clarke
Folder 4: A Course in Band and Orchestra Conducting, Vandercook Cornet School, 1916Add to your cart.
Box 108: BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: The Orchestra Director's Manual, 1927Add to your cart.
Author: Allen
Folder 2: Form in Music, Ca. 1900Add to your cart.
Author: Anger
Folder 3: The Golden Book of Favorite Songs, 1923Add to your cart.
Author: Beattie
Folder 4: The Organist's Retrospect: An Autobiography of Ernest Onslow, 1896Add to your cart.
Author: W. Clark
Folder 5: Music Lover's Handbook, 1911Add to your cart.
Author: Clifford
Folder 7: Fundamentals of MusicAdd to your cart.
Author: Miller
Box 109: BooksAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: The Doctor Prescribes Music, 1939Add to your cart.
Author: Podolsky
Folder 2: Getting Results with School Bands, 1938Add to your cart.
Author: Prescott
Folder 3: The Trombone and Its Player, 1937Add to your cart.
Author: Raymond
Folder 4: Complete Instruction Manual for Bugle, Trumpet and Drum, 1916Add to your cart.
Author: Safranek
Folder 5: Parsifal (Libretto), 1903Add to your cart.
Author: Wagner
Folder 6: The Music Conductor's Manual, 1929Add to your cart.
Author: Waters

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