Consists of correspondence, research notes and papers, exhibit scripts, photographs, news clippings and brochures, NEH grant proposals and project reports, and administrative files documenting the creation and management of the Sousa Archives for Band Research between 1994 and 2003. In addition there are personal papers of Phyllis Danner documenting her tenure as the University Bands Librarian prior to her tenure as the archivist for the Sousa Archives. There are also photographic copies of Sousa documents, dating as early as 1902, that were sent to Danner for her research and exhibit projects.
This collection also includes correspondence, research notes and papers, exhibit scripts, photographs, news clippings and brochures, grant proposals and project reports, and administrative files documenting the management of the Sousa Archives and Center for American Research between 2004 and 2013. This includes a large amount related to outreach and public engagement. Of significant interest are the American Music Month files which include correspondence, research, and files related to the Congressional Proclamation of American Music Month, the Sousa Sesquicentennial celebration events, the Stradivari exhibit and events, the Lincoln Bicentennial grant, exhibits, and events, the James Bond 50th Anniversary exhibits and events, and the Urbana-Champaign Local Music Preservation Initiative's oral history interview transcriptions and audio clips.