Consists of publicity photos, promotional flyers, newspaper clippings, correspondence, photographs, and an LP sound recording documenting Paul Karlstrom's music career between 1958 and 2014. Karlstrom was an University of Illinois alumnus and former instructor at the College of Law. The photographs include handwritten descriptive notes that identify the individuals in most of the images. The photographs and documents also explore Karlstrom's musical experiences with many of the different bands that he performed with including the Everett Cathey, Red Maxfield, Andy Hasnon, Dick Shelton, Wayne Karr, Dick Cisne, Johnny Bruce, and Medicare 7, 8, or 9 ensembles as well as the Paul Karlstrom and his Orchestra dance band whose members included Robert Schallenberg and Ken Gaburo. In addition there are publicity photographs of various big band musicians dating between 1934 and 1954.
An addition to the Paul Karlstrom Papers was donated to the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music on May 18th, 2018 by David Monk. The addition consists of one folder of band publicity and photographs, nine folders of records of the Champaign Federation of Musicians (CFM) and the American Federation of Musicians (AFM), a ledger book of dues paid to the AFM, and two folders of Paul Karlstrom's personal and family papers.