Patrick Conway Collection
Patrick ("Patsy") Conway was a prominent band leader in the early 20th Century. While a music teacher at Cornell University, he organized and directed the Ithaca Band, which later became known as Patrick Conway and His Band around 1908. During the summer season Conway's band toured the mid-western and western United States performing at state fairs and expositions, including the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915, and had regular engagements at Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia, and Young's Pier, Atlantic City. After serving in the First World War, Conway returned to Ithaca and founded the Military Band School as an affiliate of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. He taught at the school from 1922 until his death in 1929. The Conway Collection consists of scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, programs of his concerts from 1919-1928, photographs, advertisements, correspondence and other materials related to his career.
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Patrick Conway Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.
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Along with Patrick S. Gilmore, John Philip Sousa, and Arthur Pryor, Patrick Conway stands as a major contributor to the history of bands in the United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Patrick ("Patsy") Conway was born on July 4, 1867 near Troy, New York. He received his early formal education at the Homer Academy. Following the death of his father, when Conway was fifteen, he went to work at a carriage factory. It was there that he was taught to play the cornet by a fellow worker, who was also director of the Homer Band. Conway joined the band and within a few years became its director. He continued his formal music education at Ithaca Conservatory and Cornell University.
In 1895 Conway moved to Ithaca to teach music at Cornell. He organized the Cornell Cadet Band and remained its director for thirteen years. During this period, Conway organized and directed the Ithaca Band, in addition to directing the Lyceum Theater orchestra. During the summer season the Ithaca Band, which changed its name to Patrick Conway and His Band around 1908, toured the mid-western and western United States performing at state fairs and expositions, including the Panama-Pacific Exposition in 1915. Conway's band also had regular summer engagements for over twenty years at Willow Grove Park, Philadelphia, and Young's Pier, Atlantic City.
In addition to its concert schedule, Patrick Conway and His Band recorded for the Victor Talking Machine Company, and were featured on the "General Motors Family Hour" radio shows during the 1928-1929 seasons.
During the First World War, Conway was commissioned as a captain in the U.S. Army Air Service and organized the air corps' first band. Following the war, Conway returned to Ithaca and founded the Conway Military Band School as an affiliate of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music. He taught at the school from 1922 until his death.
Conway married the former Alice Randall in 1893. They had two children: Paul (1894-1920), who played in the Conway band and died of tuberculosis at the age of twenty-six, and Katherine (b. 1896). Conway died on June 10, 1929, following an operation.
Scope and Contents of the Collection
The Patrick Conway Collection covers the period from 1906 to1980; the bulk of the materials date from 1908-1928. The collection consists of scrapbooks containing clippings, programs, advertisements, and memorabilia; correspondence; photographs; articles; and sound recordings related to Conway's career as an educator at Cornell University and founder of the Conway Military Band School, and as the conductor of the Ithaca Band, later renamed Patrick Conway and his Band.
Custodial History and Acquisition Information
EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, August 2007 and edited by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.
Arrangement of Collection
This collection is arranged into five series.
Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1905-1980 and undated (6 items)
This series contains three scrapbooks and two groups of scrapbook pages. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, concert programs and advertisements, correspondence, and mementoes regarding Patrick Conway's life and career as band director, and educator.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame|
|Scrapbook, Patrick Conway, Ithaca, New York., 1906||series 1||box 1||folder 1|
|Scrapbook, untitled; This scrapbook mostly contains Conway band programs and newspaper clippings. There are also several photographs., undated||series 1||box 1||folder 2|
|Scrapbook pages; These pages contain two items: a program of the Patrick Conway Memorial Concert at Ithaca College on May 14, 1933, and a review of the same from the Ithaca Journal-News on May 15, 1933., 1933||series 1||box 1||folder 3|
|Scrapbook pages; These pages contain an article from The Saturday Ithaca Journal A Credit to all Ithaca was Patsy Conways Band and and an article from the Ithaca Journal Patrick Conway and Ithaca Band., 1969, 1980||series 1||box 2||folder 1|
|Photocopy file; This file contains photocopies of materials on Conway from Katherine Conway White., undated||series 1||box 2||folder 2|
|Scrapbook, untitled; detailed inventory provided in finding aid., 1916-1929||series 1||box 3||folder 1|
Series 2: Programs, 1919-1928 (8 folders)
This series contains programs for performances of Patrick Conway and His Band from 1919 to 1928. Additional programs and publicity materials are found in the scrapbooks of Series I.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Steel Pier (Atlantic City, New Jersey)., 1919-1926||series 2||box 1||folder 4|
|Week beginning August 3l, 1919, August 3l, 1919||series 2||box 1||folder 4||item 1.0|
|Week beginning July 3, 1926, July 3, 1926||series 2||box 1||folder 4||item 2.0|
|Week beginning June 26, 1926, June 26, 1926||series 2||box 1||folder 4||item 3.0|
|Atlantic City Mirror, September 1, 1920, Steel Pier announcement of performances of Capt. Pat Conway and His Band (p. 22) and an article on Conway's Versatility (p. 44)., September 1, 1920||series 2||box 1||folder 4||item 4.0|
|Willow Grove Park (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)., 1923-1926||series 2||box 1||folder 5|
|Week beginning May 27, 1923, May 27, 1923||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 1.0|
|Week beginning May 10, 1924, May 10, 1924||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 2.0|
|Week beginning May 18, 1924, May 18, 1924||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 3.0|
|Week beginning May 25, 1924, May 25, 1924||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 4.0|
|Week beginning May 31, 1925, May 31, 1925||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 5.0|
|Week beginning May 15, 1926, May 15, 1926||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 6.0|
|Week beginning May 23, 1926, May 23, 1926||series 2||box 1||folder 5||item 7.0|
|Wildwood Convention Hall, (Wildwood, New Jersey)., 1927-1928||series 2||box 1||folder 6|
|Week beginning July 2, 1927, July 2, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 1.0|
|Week beginning July 9, 1927, July 9, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 2.0|
|Week beginning July 16, 1927, July 16, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 3.0|
|Week beginning July 23, 1927, July 23, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 4.0|
|Week beginning August 6, 1927, August 6, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 5.0|
|Week beginning August 20, 1927, August 20, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 6.0|
|Week beginning August 27, 1927, August 27, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 7.0|
|Week beginning September 3, 1927, September 3, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 8.0|
|Week beginning September 10, 1927, September 10, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 9.0|
|Week beginning June 30, 1928, June 30, 1928||series 2||box 1||folder 6||item 10.0|
|EndicottIdeal Park, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 7|
|September 18, 1927, September 18, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 7||item 1.0|
|Ithaca Conservatory, 1924-1927||series 2||box 1||folder 8|
|November 9, 1924, November 9, 1924||series 2||box 1||folder 8||item 1.0|
|January 18, 1925, January 18, 1925||series 2||box 1||folder 8||item 2.0|
|January 23, 1925, January 23, 1925||series 2||box 1||folder 8||item 3.0|
|April 27, 1925, April 27, 1925||series 2||box 1||folder 8||item 4.0|
|February 20, 1927, February 20, 1927||series 2||box 1||folder 8||item 5.0|
|Official Sesquicentennial Daily Programs (Philadelphia), 1926||series 2||box 1||folder 9|
|Unidentified programs, undated||series 2||box 1||folder 10|
Series 3: Photographs, 1906-1929 (2 folders)
This series contains seventeen photographs taken between ca. 1906 and 1929. These photographs were removed from the Patrick Conway scrapbook (see Series IA). Included here are ten portraits of Conway, five candid photographs of Conway and others, one portrait of Conway's brother Martin, and one picture postcard.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Portraits, 1906-1929 and undated||series 3||box 1||folder 11|
|Conway in Ithaca Band uniform (with cap) ca. 1906; captioned in scrapbook Probably about 1910; 8.5x11, tinted., circa 1906||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 1.0|
|Similar to III.1.1, ca. 1906; captioned in scrapbook Dad about 1910; 3.5x 5.5, black and white., circa 1906||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 2.0|
|Conway in band uniform, ca. 1908; photograph by Koehne Chl; 7.5x9.75, black and white., circa 1908||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 3.0|
|Conway in U.S. Army uniform, Camp MacArthur; captioned in scrapbook Patrick Conway, Captain, U.S.A.F. Waco, Texas, 1918; photograph by Gildersleeve, Waco; 4.5x9.5, black and white., 1918||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 4.0|
|Conway in U.S.R. [Army Reserves?] uniform, undated; 3.75x 4.75, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 5.0|
|Similar to III.1.5, undated; 5x 7.25, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 6.0|
|Conway in band uniform, undated; 4.5x 6.5, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 7.0|
|Conway, 1929; note on front, Patrick Conwaytaken shortly before his death on June 10, 1929; photograph by Apeda, New York; 8x10, black and white., 1929||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 8.0|
|Similar to III.1.8; 4.5x6.25, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 9.0|
|Similar to III.1.8; 4x5.75, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 11||item 10.0|
|Candids, 1915-1925 and undated||series 3||box 1||folder 12|
|Conway (left center) with John Philip Sousa (right center), Panama-Pacific Exposition, San Francisco, 1915; 10x7.25, black and white., 1915||series 3||box 1||folder 12||item 1.0|
|Sousa conducting the massed bands, Panama-Pacific Exposition. Conway in uniform located left center, first row; 10x4, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 12||item 2.0|
|Note on front, Conway Band School rehearsal May 1925; Conway on left with baton; 5.5x3.5, black and white., 1925||series 3||box 1||folder 12||item 3.0|
|Note on front, Dad & Janitor of Conservatory; note on back, "Dad and caretaker at Conservatory about 1925"; 2.25x5.5, black and white., 1925||series 3||box 1||folder 12||item 4.0|
|Conway. Note on front, Ithaca 1925; 3.25x5.25, black and white., 1925||series 3||box 1||folder 12||item 5.0|
|Others, 1910 and undated||series 3||box 1||folder 13|
|Portrait of Martin Conway in band uniform, undated; 3.75x5.75, black and white., undated||series 3||box 1||folder 13||item 1.0|
|Postcard from Papa (Patrick Conway) to his son Paul Conway, postmarked Mitchell, S. Dak Sep 27 1910 front pictures advertisement Mitchell Corn Palace, Sept. 26 to Oct. 1st, 1910Conway's Band; 3.5x5.5, black and white., 1910||series 3||box 1||folder 13||item 2.0|
Series 4: Printed Materials, 1922-1927 (0.25 linear feet)
This series contains articles about Patrick Conway from between 1922 and 1927; a biographical sketch of Conway, letters from Katherine Conway White to Acton Ostling, an unpublished essay on Conway by Karen E. Haun, and other materials.
|Description||Series||Box / Reel||Folder / Frame||Item|
|Correspondence with Conway, 1915-1929||series 4||box 1||folder 14|
|Envelope addressed to Mrs. Conway with a business card from Pedro Lozano, trombone soloist with the Mexican Orchestra. Also a postcard [Mexican Orchestra?] from the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, 1915||series 4||box 1||folder 14||item 1.0|
|Letter from Sanford French to Conway, November 22, 1927||series 4||box 1||folder 14||item 2.0|
|Letter from Elise Liberati to Conway (April 17, 1928). Handwritten. Also a program of the Grand Liberati Memorial Concert on April 15, 1928, April 17, 1928||series 4||box 1||folder 14||item 3.0|
|Letter from Victor Grabel to Conway regarding the first meeting of the American Bandmaster's Association, April 16, 1929||series 4||box 1||folder 14||item 4.0|
|Letter from Conway to George Howard, May 22, 1928||series 4||box 1||folder 14||item 5.0|
|Materials about Patrick Conway, 1920-1980 and undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15|
|The Key Note (Quarterly publication of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, March 1922)., March 1922||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 1.0|
|The Key Note (Quarterly publication of the Ithaca Conservatory of Music, October 1924), October 1924||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 2.0|
|Six pages of plates from the [Ithaca band school catalogue?], undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 3.0|
|Annual Catalogue of the Conway Military Band School, 1927-1928. Ithaca, New York: Ithaca Conservatory and Affiliated Schools. 38 pages, 6 pages of plates., 1927-1928||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 4.0|
|Patrick Conway," Whittle Musical Review. Volume 4, no. 3 (April 1925), 1, 4-. [page 1 only]., April 1925||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 5.0|
|Press release, "Patrick Conway and His Famous Band., undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 6.0|
|Press release, Patrick Conway and His Famous Band., undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 7.0|
|[Conn advertisement?], Patrick Conway and His Concert Band. [Willow Grove, 1923?] [in Box 2], 1923||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 8.0|
|Silva-Bet Clarinet advertisement, Patrick Conway and his Band at the Sesqui-centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926. the Sesqui-centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926. the Sesqui-centennial Exposition, Philadelphia, 1926., 1926||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 9.0|
|Page from an unidentified magazine regarding Conway at Wildwood in Cape May County. [from George Howard], undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 10.0|
|Unidentified article, Conway Band School. 1 page. [from George Howard], undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 11.0|
|Shades of Conway. Article from an unidentified magazine. [from George Howard], undated||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 12.0|
|Poster for the General Motors Family Party. (November 21, 1924). [Box 3], November 21, 1924||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 13.0|
|Materials from Ithaca College concert tribute to Conway (May 17, 1980). [Box 3], May 17, 1980||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 14.0|
|Pullout section from New York Morning Telegraph (December 19, 1920). [Box 3], December 19, 1920||series 4||box 1||folder 15||item 15.0|
|Materials by Katherine Conway White and George Howard, 1965, 1977 and undated||series 4||box 1||folder 16|
|Biographical sketch of Patrick Conway, undated. 3 page typescript. [4 versions], undated||series 4||box 1||folder 16||item 1.0|
|Correspondence regarding Ostling's article on Conway published in The Instrumentalist (May 1965) with a copy of the article, May 1965||series 4||box 1||folder 16||item 2.0|
|Letter from White to George Howard regarding Conway's scrapbooks (May 12, 1977). 1 page typed. [from George Howard]., May 12, 1977||series 4||box 1||folder 16||item 3.0|
|Other, 1965 and undated||series 4||box 1||folder 17|
|Karen E. Haun, Patrick Conway unpublished essay, March 18, 1965. 7 page typescript., March 18, 1965||series 4||box 1||folder 17||item 1.0|
|Photocopy of pages from History of the Treman Family. [from George Howard]., undated||series 4||box 1||folder 17||item 2.0|
Series 5: Sound Recordings, undated (28 items)
This series contained 28 shellac, 78-rpm sound recordings of the Conway Band directed by Patrick Conway for the Victor and Okeh labels. The disks have been removed and are inventoried with the ABA Sound Recording Collection.
The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.
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