Clarke Historical Library
Central Michigan University

Finding aid for
Central Michigan University. School of Music Collection

Finding aid created by
K. Garver, A. Blackburn, Marian Matyn

Summary Information
Title: Central Michigan University. School of Music Collection
Creator: Central Michigan University. School of Music.
Inclusive dates: 1904-2017, and undated
Extent: 7.5 cubic foot (in 15 boxes)
Abstract:
Miscellaneous School of Music material including programs.

Call number: MSS.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University
250 East Preston Street
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
Phone: 989-774-3352
Fax: 989-774-2160
Email: clarke@cmich.edu
Website: http://clarke.cmich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

Acc# 74448, 76074

Access Restrictions:

Central Michigan University. School of Music Collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright is unknown.

Preferred Citation:

Central Michigan University. School of Music Collection Folder # , Box #, Clarke Historical Library, Central Michigan University


Arrangement

Collection is mostly organized alphabetically and then chronologically.


History

Organizational History:

Central Michigan University (CMU)'s Music Department dates almost to the university's founding. By 1892, Mrs. Eva McAllister was the Head of the Department. In 1901, Harper G. Maybee became the Department Head and added a Festival Chorus, a Girls Glee Club, and a 24-Piece Orchestra. From 1913 on, various courses in music analysis, appreciation, instructional techniques, and theory were added. In 1928, the Festival Chorus divided into the A-Capella Choir, Womens Glee Club, and Mens Glee Club. Smaller groups, Madrigal Singers, quartets, and trios also began. The college band was established in 1918 by Mr. J. Harold Powers. The band program has expanded to include a concert band, a marching band, and several smaller ensembles. In 1944, more courses that had previously been offered on a club basis were added for credit. During the 1940s and 1950s, more private instruction and credit courses were added.

In 1995, the Department of Music became the School of Music. The Department of Music's original mission was to prepare students to become public school music teachers. Now, the School of Music offers undergraduate, graduate, specialist, and doctorate degrees. Undergraduates may specialize in Music Performance in Keyboard, Voice, or Band and Orchestral Instruments; Music Theory or Composition; Music Education; or Music in Liberal Studies. Graduates may opt to specialize in Music Performance in Keyboard, Voice, or Band and Orchestral Instruments; and Music Education. Currently, the School of Music is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Association of Schools of Music.

In 1998, the School of Music moved from its longtime home in Powers Hall to a new, state-of-the-art facility, known simply as the Music Building.

Later additions to the collection have been added over time.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of miscellaneous materials from various sources documenting the history of Central Michigan University (CMU)’s Department of and, later, School of Music. Materials in the collection include: correspondence, events, workshop materials, organizational history information, and publications including posters, bulletins, newsletters, un/bound music programs, 1904-2003 (Boxes 1-2); a bound program for 1975 is missing. The first two boxes of the collection were part of the Clarke Historical Library's Central Michigan University (CMU) Vertical File and, as such, the collection is incomplete. A 2017 addition consists entirely of CMU School of Music bound programs, 1979/80-2016/17 (Boxes 3-15). There are no bound programs extant in the collection nor in the School of Music (as of 2017) for the following years: 1992/93, 1994/95, 2003/04, 2004/05, and 2011/12. Materials are in alphabetical and chronological order.

Researchers may also be interested in other, related School of Music collections which are also housed in the Clarke Historical Library.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Central Michigan University. School of Music.
    • Mount Pleasant (Mich.)--History.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Central Michigan University School of Music Collection. [series]:
    Box   1 F   1
    Organizational History Materials, 1924-1994, undated
    Box   1 F   2
    Annual Reports, 1964-1968
    Box   1 F   3
    Bulletins, 1915/16, 1919/20, undated
    Box   1 F   4
    Correspondence, 1952-1961, 1976-1977
    Box   1 F   5
    Event Schedules, 1909-1989 (Scattered)
    Box   1 F   6
    May Festival, 1905-1924
    Box   1 F   7
    Music Building Plans, 1991
    Box   1 F   8
    Musical Organizations, Undated (circa 1960s-1990s)
    Box   1 F   9
    Newsletters, 1972-2001, 2003
    Box   1 F   10
    Posters, 1968-1980s
    Box   1 F   11
    Programs, Bound, 1962/63
    Box   1 F   12
    Programs, Bound, 1963/64
    Box   1 F   13
    Programs, Bound, 1964/65
    Box   1 F   14
    Programs, Bound, 1965/66
    Box   1 F   15
    Programs, Bound, 1966/67
    Box   1 F   16
    Programs, Bound, 1967/68
    Box   1 F   17
    Programs, Bound, 1968/69
    Box   1 F   18
    Programs, Bound, 1969/70
    Box   1 F   19
    Programs, Bound, 1970/71
    Box   1 F   20
    Programs, Bound, 1971/72
    Box   1 F   21
    Programs, Bound, 1972/73
    Box   1 F   22
    Programs, Bound, 1973/74,
    Box   1 F   23
    Programs, Bound, 1976/77
    Box   1 F   24
    Programs, Bound, 1978/79
    Box   2 F   1
    (.25 cu.ft. box) Programs, Small and Unbound, 1904-1959
    Box   2 F   2
    (.25 cu.ft. box) Programs, Small and Unbound, 1960-1995, undated
    Box   2 F   3
    (.25 cu.ft. box) Publicity / Friends of Music, 1960-1980s
    Box   2 F   4
    (.25 cu.ft. box) Workshops, 1970s-1990s
    Box   3 F   1
    Programs, Bound, 1979/80
    Box   3 F   2
    Programs, Bound, 1980/81
    Box   3 F   3
    Programs, Bound, 1981/82
    Box   3 F   4
    Programs, Bound, 1982/83
    Box   3 F   5
    Programs, Bound, 1983/84
    Box   3 F   6
    Programs, Bound, 1984/85
    Box   3 F   7
    Programs, Bound, 1985/86
    Box   4 F   1
    Programs, Bound, 1986/87
    Box   4 F   2
    Programs, Bound, 1987/88
    Box   4 F   3
    Programs, Bound, 1988/89
    Box   4 F   4
    Programs, Bound, 1989/90
    Box   4 F   5
    Programs, Bound, 1990/91
    Box   4 F   6
    Programs, Bound, 1991/92
    Box   4 F   7
    Programs, Bound, 1993/94
    Box   5 F   1
    Programs, Bound, 1995/96
    Box   5 F   2
    Programs, Bound, 1996/97
    Box   5 F   3
    Programs, Bound, 1997/98
    Box   5 F   4
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 1998/99
    Box   6 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 1998/99
    Box   6 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 1999/2000
    Box   6 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 1999/2000
    Box   6 F   4
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2000/01
    Box   6 F   5
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2000/01
    Box   7 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2001/02
    Box   7 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2001/02
    Box   7 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2002/03
    Box   7 F   4
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2002/03
    Box   8 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2005/06
    Box   8 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2005/06
    Box   8 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2006/07
    Box   9 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2006/07
    Box   9 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2007/08
    Box   9 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2007/08
    Box   10 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2008/09
    Box   10 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2008/09
    Box   10 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2009/10
    Box   11 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2009/10
    Box   11 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2010/11
    Box   11 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2010/11
    Box   12 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2012/13
    Box   12 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2012/13
    Box   12 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2013/14
    Box   13 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2013/14
    Box   13 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2014/15
    Box   13 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2014/15
    Box   14 F   1
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2015/16
    Box   14 F   2
    Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2015/16
    Box   14 F   3
    Programs, Bound, Volume III, 2015/16
    Box   14 F   4
    Programs, Bound, Volume I, 2016/17
    Box   15 F   1
    (.25 cu.ft. box) Programs, Bound, Volume II, 2016/17