Sousa Archives and Center for American Music Administrative Files, 1914-2014
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Brief Description:

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.

Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 35/2/43
Created by: Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
Volume: 29.0 cubic feet
Acquired: June 20, 2005, December 1, 2014, October 4, 2019
Arrangement: The collection is organized in three series: Series 1, Correspondence; Series 2, Administrative Files; and Series 3, Urbana-Champaign Local Music Preservation Initiative. Series 1 is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Series 2 is organized in three sub-series: Sub-series 1, Budget Files, Grant Proposals, Reports, and Collection Management Files; Sub-series 2, Outreach and Research Materials; and Sub-series 3: American Music Month and Public Engagment Files. Sub-series 1 and 2 are unarranged, while Sub-series 3 is arranged by chronologically by event. Series 3 is arranged chronologically.
Biographical Note for Sousa Archives and Center for American Music : Established in 1994 as the Sousa Archives for Band Research and renamed the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music in January 2004.  The Center's mission supports and facilitates research, education, and public engagement by preserving and providing access to the documentary evidence of this country's music and fine arts heritage.  Prior to 1994 the archives was referred to as the Sousa Library and Museum, and was managed by the University Bands.  In 1994 responsibility for the care of the paper records was transferred to the University Library and in 2003 the responsibility for the preservation of the music instruments and artifacts was transferred to the Library.
Access Restrictions: None.
Subject Index
Bands
Music - United States
Popular Music--Illinois--Urbana-Champaign
Sousa, John Philip
Genres/Forms of Material
Papers
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Acquisition Notes:   Records transferred to University Archives June 20, 2005.