Harry Begian Papers

Overview

Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Clinics and Conference Presentations

Sound Recordings

Correspondence

Administrative Records and Research

Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers

Music

Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms

Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records

Books



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Finding Aid for Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/25

Primary Creator: Begian, Harry (1921-2010)

Extent: 25.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into seven series: Series 1, Clinics and Conference Presentations; Series 2, Sound Recordings; Series 3, Correspondence; Series 4, Administrative Records and Research; Series 5, Teaching Notes; Series 6, Music; and Series 7, Photographs and Uniforms. Materials are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Date Acquired: 12/10/1995. More info below under Accruals.

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, concert recordings, program notes, convention materials, research materials, and published articles that document Harry Begian's career as a conductor, teacher, guest speaker, and scholar from 1946-2005. In addition to administrative materials from his University career, this collection contains his personal teaching materials such as class notes, lesson plans, and conducting exercises. This collection also contains two boxes of his personal arrangements for high school and University bands.

Biographical Note

Harry Begian (1921-2010), University band conductor, composer, arranger, and pedagogue, has appeared as a guest conductor and speaker for numerous high school, University, and professional concert bands throughout the United States and internationally.  Dr. Begian started his career as a band director during WWII at McKenzie High school in Detroit before he was drafted.  After he finished serving in the war, he went on to become the director of the Cass Technical High School Symphonic Band from 1947-1964, making it one of the finest high school bands in the country.

Dr. Begian was director of bands at Wayne State University, his alma mater, from 1964-1967, and director of bands at Michigan State University from 1967-1970 before his 14 year tenure as director of bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1970-1984.  After his retirement from the University of Illinois, he went on to become the director of the Purdue University Symphonic Band from 1985-1987.

In addition to being a professional conductor and composer, Dr. Begian is also widely recognized for his pedagogical techniques, and he has published 17 articles on rehearsal analysis and conducting strategies.  He has also been the subject of two dissertations, as well as numerous interviews published in the Instrumentalist.  Dr. Begian has been the recipient of various awards, including the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, The Edwin Franko Goldman Award, and the Notre Dame St. Cecelia Award among others.


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Series 3: CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Australia, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Australia, July 15- Aug 30 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Band Roster/Seating Charts, 1985-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Big Ten Band Directors Association, 1971-74, 1976-82Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Blue Lake Fine Arts CampAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Books Transferred to SABRE Reformer, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Boston University, May 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Cass TechiNewsclipings, 1926, 1938, 1947-56, 1959-65, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Cass Tech/ Detroit Public Schools Personnel File Correspondence, 1956-59, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Cass Technical High School (1 of 2), 1947-65, 1967-70, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Cass Technical High School (2 of 2), 1947-65, 1967-70, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Cass Tech Concert Programs (1 of 2), 1942, 1947-66, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Cass Tech Concert Programs (2 of 2), 1942, 1947, 1966, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Cass Tech PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Cass Tech Scrapbook, 1954-1955Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Scrapbook: "Begian's Kool Kats" (Cass Technical High), ca. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Gavange: The Beginning (1 of 2), 1947-64Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Gavange: The Beginning (2 of 2), 1947-64Add to your cart.
Folder 19: 1948 Triangle, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 20: 1949 Triangle, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 21: 1951 Triangle, 1951Add to your cart.
Folder 22: 1958 Triangle, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Chatfield Brass Band Library (Minnesota), 1980-81Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Bio - Personal, Begian FamilyAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Cass Technical High School, ca. 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Student Papers, ca. 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Smith-Walbridge Music Camp, ca. 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Conducting: Dearborn Boy's Club Band, 1939-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Indiana Univeristy Bands, 1969-71, 1974, 1980, 1983, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 14: International Symphony of Port Huron and Sarnia, 1961-62Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Mackenzie High School Band, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Michigan Opera Company, 1960-61Add to your cart.
Folder 17: National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan, 1956, 1962-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Northshore Concert Band, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Purdue Band, 1985-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Purdue University Bands, 1977, 1979, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Conductor Photographs, ca. 1965-75Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Correspondents A-Bridges, 1964-96Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Correspondence re: Emily Begian, 1944, 1966, 1984, 1986Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Correspondence: Brian - DAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Correspondence: E - FautchAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Correspondence: Franke - GalisonAdd to your cart.
Folder 27: Correspondence: Gangware - HarrisAdd to your cart.
Folder 28: Correspondence: Haynie - HickmanAdd to your cart.
Box 6Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence:  Hile-HusaAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Correspondence: I-JAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Correspondence: KAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: Correspondence:  L-MarkovichAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Correspondence: Martenson - NAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Correspondence:  O - PAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Correspondence:  R-SimonAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Correspondence:  Smith - SwansonAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Correspondence:  T - VAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Correspondence:  W-ZAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Correspondence:  UnidentifiedAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Michael Begian, 1987-88Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Correspondence:  Victor Bordo, 1957, 1966, 1970-71, 1973, 1977-1980, 1991-1996Add to your cart.
Folder 14: J. Richard Duscomb, 1985, 1988-91Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Leonard Falcone, 1937, 1941, 1964, 1969-72, 1974, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1983, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Arnold Gabriel, 1969-71, 1973, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Grainger, Percy, 1969, 1975, 1977, 1979-81Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Hegerberg, Thad, 1973-81, 1984, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Kevorkian, Jack - CousinAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: Ralph Miller, 1990-91Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Correspondence: Bill Moffit, 1967-69, 1973Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Alfred Reed, 1977-78, 1980, 1985-95Add to your cart.
Folder 23: William D. Revelli, 1951-53, 1964, 1968-70, 1973, 1975-83, 1986, 1993-94Add to your cart.
Folder 24: William Schuman, 1969-70Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Sinta, DonaldAdd to your cart.
Folder 26: Spalding, Daniel, 1980, 1982, 1984-85, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Welch, Myron D., 1967, 1975-83, 1994-95Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Detroit Symphony Orchestra, 1955-56, 1987-88, 1994Add to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Box 7: Subject File, Correspondence: Fordson High School, Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, 1989, 1935-97Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Fordson High School Class of 1939; 50th Reunion, 1989Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Grainger, Percy AldridgeAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Carroll L. Wallace Dissertation Correspondence, 1989-90, 1992-95Add to your cart.
Folder 4: David L. Stagg: DMA Degree Essay, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Percy Grainger Album, 1947-77, 1988, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Great American Marches Album, Oct. 1980 to Spring 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Japan: Tokyo Geijutsu Daigaku, National University of Finr Arts & Music, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Mexican Tune, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, 1951-54, 93Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Michigan State University, 1968-69, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Michigan State University Bands, 1966-69, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Michigan State University Band Articles, ca. 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Michigan State University Band Photographs, 1935-36, 1940, 1956, 1958-60Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Michigan State University: Band Staff, 1969-70Add to your cart.
Folder 15: MSU: Book Material w/ R.G. Sidnell, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Michigan State University Bands Concert Programs and Flyers, 1957-61, 1963-70, 1977, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Michigan State University Correspondence, 1966-68Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Michigan State University Correspondence, 1969-70, 76, 78, 81Add to your cart.
Folder 19: MSU Fight Song Publication and MSU Alma Mater, ca. 1956Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Michigan State University Newsclippings, 1965-70, 77Add to your cart.
Folder 21: MSU Photographs - 1969-70 Season, 1969-70Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Michigan State University Photographs, 1967-70Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Jack Seidler, Graduate Assistant at MSU, 1968-70Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, 1995Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (1 of 2), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (2 of 2), 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (1 of 2), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (2 of 2), 1993Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (1 of 2), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic (2 of 2), 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, 1989Add to your cart.
Box 9Add to your cart.
Folder 9: South Oakland Symphony Society, 1962-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Tanglewood, 194-42, 1946-47Add to your cart.
Folder 13: United States Air Force Band, 1965-68, 1972, 1977, 1980-81Add to your cart.
Folder 14: United States Army Bands, 1955, 1966, 1970, 1972, 1980-82, 1990Add to your cart.
Folder 15: U.S. Army Records and Materials WWII, 1943-46, 1955, 1985Add to your cart.
Folder 16: United States Coast Guard Band, 1975, 1982Add to your cart.
Folder 17: United States Marine Band "The President's Own", 1954, 1963, 1967, 1969, 1972, 1974, 1977-78, 1980-81, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 18: United States Navy Band, 1969, 1971-73, 1977Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Raymond F. Dvorak, 1962, 1967, 1969, 1973, 1976-77, 1982-83Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Mark H. Hindsley, 1976, 1980-81, 1995Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Reports and Correspondence: Guest Conducting Appearances, 1973-79, 1981-83Add to your cart.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Wayne State University, 1970Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Wayne State University Harold Arnold Correspondence, 1967, 1971-75, 1977, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Wayne State University Bands - before Harry Begian, 1944, 1946-47, 1953, 1956-57Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Wayne State University Bands - Concert Programs, 1938-42, 1946-52Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Wayne State University Band Warm-Ups, 1964-66Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Wayne State University - Correspondence with Joe Labuta, Bob Lawson, and Dennis Tini, 1994-95Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Wayne State University Newsclippings, 1951, 1964-68Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Wayne State University - papers/essays by H.B., 1947Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Personal Correspondence, 1970-1981Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Personal, 1972-73Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Correspondence (Cass Tech.), 1984 & 2003Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Personal papers and correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 20: E-Mail CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 21: Student CorrespondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: U of I last year correspondenceAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Perspectives Essay (Completed 9-13-02), correspondence, 2002Add to your cart.
Box 18Add to your cart.
Folder 52: Letters and pictures received since retirement from students and colleagues:  Part 1Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Letters and pictures received since retirement from students and colleagues:  Part 2Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Letters and pictures received since retirement from students and colleagues:  Part 3Add to your cart.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1968-1993Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Application for Sabbatical Leave of Absence, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1982Add to your cart.

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[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Administrative Records and Research],
[Series 5: Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms],
[Series 8: Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records, 1961-1973, 1961-62, 1964-68, 1973, 1983],
[Series 9: Books],
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