William Herb Papers, Sousa Band Uniform and Travel Trunk


Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Subject Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description

Photographs and Digital Images

Artifacts and Ephemera

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Finding Aid for William Herb Papers, Sousa Band Uniform and Travel Trunk, 1924-1980 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

By Adriana Cuervo, Tracy Parish, Raquel Flores-Clemons, Jana Kelly, Jared Lofrano, Kimberly Sessoms, Florence Paisey, and Scott Schwartz

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Collection Overview

Title: William Herb Papers, Sousa Band Uniform and Travel Trunk, 1924-1980Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/102

Primary Creator: Herb, William

Extent: 3.6 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized in 2 series.

Date Acquired: 01/10/2006. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Bands, Railroad Accidents, Sousa, John Philip

Formats/Genres: Other Pictorial

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of black and white photographs and digital images*, newsclippings, concert programs, and Herb's band uniform, travel trunk and music stand that document Herb's career as a musician in and involvement with the Sousa Band and Allentown Band. Series 1, Photographs and Digital Images, ca. 1924-1936, is arranged in 4 subseries: Train Wrecks, Band Members and Musicians, Sousa Band, and Artifacts and Ephemera. Digital images have been placed at the end of each subseries. Series 2, Artifacts and Ephemera, ca. 1924-1980, includes concert programs, newsclippings, Herb's band uniform, travel trunk and music stand. Of particular interest are original photographs and digital images documenting three different railroad accidents that the Sousa Band was involved in while on tour through America. In addition many of the images illustrate the band members' leisure activities when not performing. William Herb's travel trunk, used throughout his time with the Sousa Band, contains numerous original travel stickers collected by Herb from hotels that the Sousa Band stayed in while on tour in both the United States and Europe. *Many of the digital images were acquired as low resolution scans, and may not be suitable for some forms of reproduction.

Biographical Note

William Herb played tuba for the John Philip Sousa Band between 1924 and 1932.  In addition, Herb was also a member of the Allentown Band from 1904 to c.1930, and continued to be involved with the organization following his tenure. According to an interview with Herb, he had never formally studied music but had played the tuba since the age of seven. In 1924 he stopped to hear Sousa perform at Willow Grove Park and after the concert he was told by a member of the ensemble the he was just the tuba player Sousa was looking for.  Herb remained with the Sousa Band until Sousa's death.

Subject/Index Terms

Railroad Accidents
Sousa, John Philip

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: A small selection of original photographs, a Sousa Band uniform (i.e., trousers and hat), a music stand and a travel trunk belonging to William Herb were donated on June 1, 2008 as part of Gary Herb's estate by Michael Denofrio.

Acquisition Source: Gary Herb

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Processing Information: Processed in July 2008.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding Aid information revised July 17, 2008.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Series 1: Photographs and Digital Images, 1924-1936],
[Series 2: Artifacts and Ephemera, 1924-1980],

Series 2: Artifacts and Ephemera, 1924-1980Add to your cart.
Box 1: 1924-1980Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Concert Programs and Ephemera, 1925-1947Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Newspaper Clippings, 1925-1980Add to your cart.
Box 2: Sousa Band Uniform Pants and Hat, 1924-1932Add to your cart.
Item 1: Sousa Band Uniform Pants, 1924-1932Add to your cart.
Uniform Pants (Accession No. 2008.120912.002A)- 18 waist, 42 long, Manufacturer and Date unknown. Black, Wool/cotton blend with pocket and waistband liners. 13 buttons show no indications of any missing. Minimum signs of deterioration on both legs evident on hem, mid calf, and inseam near side pocket.
Item 2: Sousa Band Hat, 1924-1932Add to your cart.
Uniform Hat (Accession No. 2008.120912.002B)- 9 1/2" diameter. Black wool hat, with satin liner and leather band on interior. Two buttons and band across bill. Hat in good condition, not warped. Nametag under leather band with William Herb's signature.
Box 3: Sousa Travel TrunkAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Billy Herb's travel trunk while a member of the Sousa Band, 1924-1932Add to your cart.
(Accession No. 2008-1209102-04)
MapCabinet 3Add to your cart.
MapDrawer 5Add to your cart.
Item 4: William Herb Music Stand and Case, undatedAdd to your cart.
Music Stand and Case (Accession No. 2008.120912.004). Music Stand- William Herb's music stand with "W.M. V. Herb" engraving. Case- Brown leather case for music stand, broken closure.

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