Albert Kahn papers: 1896-2014
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1891-1982 [subseries]

The majority of the files in the School of Music Topical Files, 1891-1982 subseries (5.0 linear feet) document the School of Music after 1940, when it became an autonomous unit of the University of Michigan. The majority of these files are comprised of the minutes of faculty meetings (1942-1952, 1957-1983), and executive committee meetings (1946-1951, 1960-1987). These minutes and the Faculty Communications files (1957-1979) along with the Regents Communications files (1926-1929, 1953-1981) are good sources for documenting school activities and development of administration policies.

The early years of the School of Music are sparingly documented. The Reports, 1880 file contains (copies of) the original reports drafted to the Board of Regents requesting a professorship in music and the regents response to the request. The materials in the Building Association file document the issuing of bonds to build the Maynard Street structure in 1893. The Student Ledgers, an incomplete run from 1881 to 1940, list student names, tuition, and instructors.

Other documentation pertains to student performance groups, School of Music buildings, and efforts to raise funds for the school. The documentation of student groups mostly consists of correspondence for tour and performance arrangements and does not address the creative process. Much of the material relates to the University Band from 1924 to 1953, including correspondence and clippings. There is Michigan Singers correspondence from 1953 to 1962, and Union Opera news releases, correspondence, and clippings from 1951 to 1956. In the 1956/57 school year the Union Opera became coeducational and changed its name to Musket. There are Musket news releases, minutes, and correspondence from 1956 to 1962. The Men's and Women's Glee Clubs files consist of correspondence relating to touring and performances. The International Center files (1956-1961) document spring tours given around Michigan by international students to increase appreciation for diverse cultures. Photographs of student performance groups are found in the Student Touring Organizations Scrapbook which dates from the 1950s.

There are several files related to the funding and building of School of Music buildings. The conception and planning process for the Earl V. Moore Building is documented in the New Building files, which include news clippings and a drawing of the old school of music building on Maynard Street before it was razed in 1965.

The capital campaign files document a three-year campaign to expand facilities, to develop a sound recording laboratory, to build an institute for advanced studies in music, and to establish a residential string quartet. The campaign was part of a university-wide fund-raising drive begun in 1980 and active through 1983. The School of Music tied the campaign into their centennial celebration entitled "For Century II." The Development Committee minutes, and Development of Public Relations files document additional fund-raising efforts of the school.

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Ad-hoc Committee on Space Needs and Room Utilization 1964-1970
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Arts Chorale 1953-1954
 
Band, University of Michigan 1924-1953
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A-Z (24 folders)
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American Bandmasters Association
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Assistance Fund
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Buick
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Bursley, Dean J. A.
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Cavender, George, R.
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Falcone, Nicholas D.
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Harris Hall
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Lee, Jack K.
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Revelli, William D.
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Rose Bowl Trip January, 1948
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Building Association 1891-1926
 
Capital Campaign
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Activities 1982-1983
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Case Statement
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Correspondence 1980-1981
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Donors 1982-1983
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Draft 1982
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Executive Committee 1982
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Minutes 1981, 1983
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Organization 1979-1980
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Capital Outlay and Planning 1973-1979
 
Development Committee (minutes)
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1971-1981 (2 folders)
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Development of Public Relations 1970-1981
 
Executive Committee (minutes)
 
1940-1941
 
Tenure Cases
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Hanns Pick 1941
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Wassily Besekirsky & Hanns Pick 1941-1942
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1941-1951 (4 folders)
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1960-1981 (13 folders)
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1982-1987 (6 folders)
 
Faculty Communications
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1957-1979 (4 folders)
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Faculty Evaluations 1973
 
Faculty Meetings (minutes)
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1942-1983 (18 folders)
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International Center
 
Between Semester Tour
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1956-1958 (2 folders)
 
Spring Tour
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1957-1961 (5 folders)
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Men's Glee Club 1953-1954
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Men's and Women's Glee Club Concert April, 1950
 
Michigan Singers
 
General
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1953-1962 (8 folders)
 
Spring Tours
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1954-1957 (4 folders)
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1960-1962 (3 folders)
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Student Manager's Correspondence 1953-1954
 
MUSKET
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General 1961-1962
 
News Releases
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1956-1962 (5 folders)
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Powder and Horn Society
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Union Coed Show 1956-1957
 
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
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Self-Survey 1960
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Self-Survey 1970 (5 folders)
 
New School of Music Building on North Campus
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General 1958-1970
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Clippings 1960-1965
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Dedication Correspondence 1964
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Preparation for Plans for School of Music Building, Documentation 1950-1956
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Outline of Plan for the Organization and Administration of a Conservatory of Music in Connection with the University of Michigan (includes minutes and drawings) circa 1890
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Planning 1980-1989
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"Planning Activities 1968 1975" Report to Academic Affairs Advisory Committee, 1963 1963-1968
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Proposals for Music Centers 1987
 
Regents Communications
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1926-1929
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1953-1981 (10 folders)
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Report on the Work of the Professor of Music and Instruction in Music 1880
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Scholarship Concerns Committee 1972-1975
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Stellfeld Collection 1954-1956
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Student Touring Organizations, Scrapbook

(includes black and white, positive photographic prints, ca. mid 1950s)

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Symphony Orchestra 1954-1955
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Theater and Drama Department Transfer 1983-1990
 
Union Opera
 
General
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1951-1956 (5 folders)
 
News Releases
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1953-1956 (3 folders)
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Study Committee 1954-1955
 
University Choirs
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1959-1961 (2 folders)
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University Orchestra 1958-1961
 
Women's Glee Club
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1945-1954
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Award Fund
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William P. Woodworth Cello Collection 1960-1961