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Raymond F. Dvorak Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Raymond F. Dvorak Papers
Author/Creator:
Dvorak, Raymond F.
Collection number:
85-109-ABA
Size:
4.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1960-1980
Inclusive dates:
1876-1987
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

Raymond F. Dvorak (1900-1982) was an American band director and music educator who spent much of his career as director of the University of Wisconsin bands. The Dvorak Papers covers the period from 1876 to 1987, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1960 to 1980. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers, including published and collected articles, correspondence, programs, memorabilia, and photographs related to Dvorak's work as a band director, particularly those documenting his efforts in memorializing John Philip Sousa.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Raymond F. Dvorak Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Raymond Francis Dvorak was born in Algonquin, Illinois on March 31, 1900. He received a B.S. (1922) and a B.M. (1926) from the University of Illinois, where he also served as assistant director of the bands and director of the Glee Club from 1926 to 1934. From 1934-1968 he served as director of the University of Wisconsin bands. Dvorak was elected to the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1933 and served as President in 1959. Though he retired in 1968, he remained active as a guest conductor and worked on efforts to memorialize John Philip Sousa, helping to establish Stars and Stripes Forever as the official march of the United States and to have Sousa enshrined in the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. In 1980, Dvorak was made an Honorary Life Member of the ABA. Dvorak died November 15, 1982 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Raymond F. Dvorak Papers covers the period from 1876 to 1987; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 1980. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers, including published and collected articles, correspondence, programs, memorabilia, and photographs related to Dvorak's work as a band director, particularly those documenting his interest in memorializing John Philip Sousa.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Donated by Florence H. Dvorak, his wife, in 1985 and on October 30, 1989; Bruce Wilson on December 1, 1989 and February 1, 1990. Also incorporates materials donated by Paul Yoder.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Bradley Mariska, August 2003 and Dave Travis, October 2010

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, August 2007 and revised by Cassandra N. Berman, April 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1935-1982 (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains personal and professional correspondence, and is arranged into general and individual folders. General folders are arranged chronologically and include correspondence with friends and associates, notably Harold Bachman, Leonard Haug, George C. Wilson, Bob Hoe, and Samuel Laboda, among others. Frequent contacts have been organized into separate folders under the correspondent's name. Some correspondence is also located in Series 3 and is arranged by topic there. Correspondence related to John Philip Sousa is located in Series 4, though some correspondence regarding Sousa is also found in the individual folders of this series.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
General Correspondence, 1935-1960 series 1box 1folder 1
General Correspondence, 1966-1969 series 1box 1folder 2
General Correspondence, 1970-1971 series 1box 1folder 3
General Correspondence, 1972-1973 series 1box 1folder 4
General Correspondence, 1974-1975 series 1box 1folder 5
General Correspondence, 1976-1977 series 1box 1folder 6
General Correspondence, 1978-1979 series 1box 1folder 7
General Correspondence, 1980-1981 series 1box 1folder 8
General Correspondence, undated series 1box 1folder 9
Bierly, Paul E., 1967-1976 series 1box 1folder 10
Boots, Fred, 1968-1977 series 1box 1folder 11
Briodo, Arnold, 1972-1978 series 1box 1folder 12
Cariño, Laureano, 1960-1978 series 1box 1folder 13
Cumming, Robert, 1969-1975 series 1box 1folder 14
Heeny, John, 1968-1977 series 1box 1folder 15
Mahan, Jack, 1970-1980 series 1box 1folder 16
Sams, Lynn, 1963-1986 series 1box 1folder 17
McAllister, Forest, 1968-1979 series 1box 2folder 1
Santelmann, William, 1968-1975 series 1box 2folder 2
Sousa, John Philip III, 1973-1976 series 1box 2folder 3
Wall, Eddie, 1968-1978 series 1box 2folder 4

Series 2: Biographical Materials, 1935-1985 and undated (8 folders)

This series incorporates information on the Dvorak's life, including biographical sketches, photographs, and newspaper and magazine articles. For more biographical information on Dvorak, please refer to the Lynn Sams Collection. For more photographs of him, please refer to the SCPA Photograph File (contact curator for details.)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Biographical Sketches, Brochures, etc., 1949-1980 and undated series 2box 2folder 5
Photographs, 1952 and undated series 2box 2folder 6
Journal Articles, 1966-1982 series 2box 2folder 7
Newspaper Clippings, 1935-1985 and undated series 2box 2folder 8
Newspaper Clippings, Fort Dodge (Iowa) Music Festival, June, 1938 series 2box 2folder 9
South Dakota Bandmasters' Association Journal, 1957 series 2box 2folder 10
Musart (National Catholic Music Educators Association), 1960 series 2box 2folder 11
The Wisconsin School Musician, 1960 series 2box 2folder 12

Series 3: Professional Papers, 1923-1985 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains records related to Dvorak's career as a band director and researcher. Included are programs from the Universities of Illinois and Wisconsin and from guest conducting appearances, as well as information about the ABA convention, hosted by Dvorak, in 1960 in Madison, WI.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs: University of Illinois Concert Band, 1923-1925 series 3box 2folder 13
Programs: University of Wisconsin, 1940-1981 series 3box 2folder 14
Programs: Wisconsin Bandmasters' Association, 1946-1974 series 3box 2folder 15
Programs: Guest Conducting Appearances (1 of 2), 1939-1970 series 3box 2folder 16
Programs: Guest Conducting Appearances (2 of 2), 1971-1985 series 3box 2folder 17
ABA: 26th Annual Convention, Madison, WI, 1960 series 3box 3folder 1
ABA Materials, 1948-1981 series 3box 3folder 2
Hymn to Peace Composition Contest, 1951-1952 series 3box 3folder 3
Hymn to Peace Composition CInternational Band Score and Repertoire Standardization (1 of 2), 1950-1951 series 3box 3folder 4
International Band Score and Repertoire Standardization (2 of 2), 1951-1953 series 3box 3folder 5
Simco Band Information, 1923-1938 and undated series 3box 3folder 6
University of Wisconsin News Releases, 1948-1952 series 3box 3folder 7
Publications, 1934-1969 series 3box 3folder 8
Miscellaneous Professional Paper, 1938-1970 and undated series 3box 3folder 9

Series 4: John Philip Sousa, 1876-1987 and undated (3.25 linear feet)

This series contains material regarding Dvorak's interest in John Philip Sousa. He was involved in many efforts to recognize the contributions of John Philip Sousa to American music, such as naming "Stars and Stripes Forever" as the official march of the United States and the enshrinement of Sousa into the Hall of Fame for Great Americans. Also included are materials related to Sousa organizations with which Dvorak worked and memorabilia related to Sousa's career. It is divided into four sub-series.

Subseries 4.1: "Stars and Stripes Forever" Project, 1973-1987 and undated (4 Folders)

This subseries contains records related to Dvorak's effort to establish "Stars and Stripes Forever" as the official march of the United States.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1973-1987 and undatedseries 4.1box 3folder 10
Articles and Clippings, 1976-1987series 4.1box 3folder 11
Congressional Record, 1975series 4.1box 3folder 12
Other Documents, 1975-1978 and undatedseries 4.1box 3folder 13

Subseries 4.2: ABA Hall of Fame Committee, 1960-1980 and undated (2.50 linear feet)

This subseries contains records related to Dvorak's campaigns to get John Philip Sousa elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at the Bronx Community College, CUNY and contains extensive correspondence, financial records, and memorabilia. Correspondence in this subseries includes letters of support by many notable people in the political and cultural communities during the early 1970s including: Senators Birch Bayh, Pete Comenici, Barry Goldwater, Hubert H. Humphrey, Walter Mondale, Sam Nunn, and Adlai Stevenson; Governors Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and Nelson Rockefeller; Nobel Prize for Literature Winner Saul Bellow; golf great Sam Snead; and musicians Arthur Fiedler, Richard Franko Goldman, Howard Hanson, Otto Luening, Vincent Persichetti, William Schuman, "Doc" Severinsen, Lawrence Welk, and Meredith Wilson. There is also one letter from Eleanor Roosevelt expressing her regret that she can't support Sousa's nomination because she has already supported other candidates. Sousa won election to the Hall of Fame in 1973 and was enshrined in 1976. Also included in this subseries are materials from other Sousa-related events at the time.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence with Electors, 1960series 4.2box 3folder 14
Correspondence, 1968-1969series 4.2box 3folder 15
Correspondence with Electors, 1970series 4.2box 3folder 16
Correspondence, 1970series 4.2box 3folder 17
Request for Letters of Support, 1970series 4.2box 4folder 1
Correspondence, 1971series 4.2box 4folder 2
Correspondence, 1972series 4.2box 4folder 3
Congratulatory Letters, 1973series 4.2box 4folder 4
Correspondence, 1973series 4.2box 4folder 5
Letters from VIPs, 1973series 4.2box 4folder 6
Correspondence with Electors, 1973series 4.2box 4folder 7
Official Mailings Materials, 1973series 4.2box 4folder 8
Correspondence, 1974series 4.2box 5folder 1
Correspondence, 1975series 4.2box 5folder 2
Correspondence, 1976series 4.2box 5folder 3
Correspondence, 1977-1979series 4.2box 5folder 4
Correspondence, undatedseries 4.2box 5folder 5
Ken Slater Correspondence, 1970-1980series 4.2box 5folder 6
J. C. Walker Correspondence, 1966-1970series 4.2box 5folder 7
Letters of Support and Resolutions sent to Electors, 1969-1973series 4.2box 5folder 8
John Henry Letters to Electors, 1970series 4.2box 5folder 9
Resolutions and Petitions (originals) (1 of 2), 1969-1970 and undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 1
Resolutions and Petitions (originals) (2 of 2), 1969-1970 and undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 2
Resolutions and Petitions (published) (1 of 2), 1970series 4.2box 6folder 3
Resolutions and Petitions (published) (2 of 2), 1970series 4.2box 6folder 4
VIP Letters to Electors (originals) (1 of 2), 1973series 4.2box 6folder 5
VIP Letters to Electors (originals) (2 of 2), 1973series 4.2box 6folder 6
VIP Letters to Electors (published) (1 of 2), 1973series 4.2box 6folder 7
VIP Letters to Electors (published) (2 of 2), 1973series 4.2box 6folder 8
VIP Letters and Petitions not used, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 9
Photographs from Enshrinement Ceremony at the Kennedy Center, 1976series 4.2box 7folder 1
Program from Enshrinement Ceremony at the Kennedy Center, 1976series 4.2box 7folder 2
Press Clippings, 1970-1976series 4.2box 7folder 3
Music Periodical Articles, 1969-1970series 4.2box 7folder 4
Hall of Fame for Great Americans, 1976 and undatedseries 4.2box 7folder 5
Financial Records, 1976series 4.2box 7folder 6
Sousa Bust Fund, 1975-1976series 4.2box 7folder 7
Finances/Expenses, 1971-1976series 4.2box 7folder 8
Committee Ledger, 1971-1976series 4.2box 7folder 9
Committee Minutes and Documents, 1969-1971series 4.2box 8folder 1
Committee Mailings and Materials, 1970-1973 and undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 2
Elector Rosters, 1970-1973series 4.2box 8folder 3
John Philip Sousa Memorial, Inc., 1978series 4.2box 8folder 4
Dvorak Draft Correspondence, Working Papers, Notes, 1973-1974 and undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 5
Drafts of Letters to Governors, 1973 and undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 6
Draft Presentations and Publications, 1973 and undatedseries 4.2box 8folder 7
Sousa Stage - Kennedy Center, 1971series 4.2box 8folder 8
"Stars and Stripes" Ballet, 1972series 4.2box 8folder 9
Bicentennial Parade of American Music, 1976series 4.2box 8folder 10
"El Capitan" Ballet, 1976series 4.2box 8folder 11

Subseries 4.3: Sousa Organizations, 1965-1988 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains newsletters and membership lists of the Sousa Band Fraternal Society, a fraternity of former Sousa Band members, and information about the John Philip Sousa Foundation, an organization established to honor the life and works of Sousa through awards in his name. Foundation records include information about its executive board, and some of its projects.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sousa Ba15nd Fraternity: Newsletters, 1965-1982series 4.3box 8folder 12
Sousa Band161 Fraternity: Membership Lists, 1972-1974series 4.3box 8folder 13
Sousa Band Fraternity: Miscellaneous, 1973 and undatedseries 4.3box 8folder 14
Sousa Foundation: Brochure, undatedseries 4.3box 8folder 15
Sousa Foundation: History, undatedseries 4.3box 8folder 16
Sousa Foundation: Directory, 1983-1985series 4.3box 8folder 17
Sousa Foundation: Executive Board Minutes and Reports, 1982-1984series 4.3box 8folder 18
Sousa Foundation: Executive Board Correspondenc, 1981-1988series 4.3box 8folder 19
Sousa Foundation: Other Executive Board Documents, 1983 and undatedseries 4.3box 8folder 20
Sousa Foundation: Sousa Order of Merit, 1984series 4.3box 8folder 21
Sousa Foundation: High School Honors Band, 1984series 4.3box 8folder 22
Sousa Foundation: The Sudler Trophy, 1982-1985series 4.3box 8folder 23
Sousa Foundation: The Sudler Flag of Honor, undatedseries 4.3box 8folder 24
Sousa Foundation: The Sudler International Wind Band Composition Competition, 1981-1985series 4.3box 8folder 25

Subseries 4.4: Other Sousa Materials, 1876-1983 and undated (0.50 linear feet)

This subseries contains memorabilia, biographical materials, and periodical articles related to Sousas life. Memorabilia consists primarily of photographs and programs.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Articles and Correspondence, 1968-1973series 4.4box 9folder 1
Articles about John Philip Sousa, 1876-1983series 4.4box 9folder 2
Journal Articles about John Philip Sousa, 1969-1975series 4.4box 9folder 3
Sousa Biographical Materials, 1976 and undatedseries 4.4box 9folder 4
Sousa Band Programs, 1894-1929series 4.4box 9folder 5
Sousa Photographs, undatedseries 4.4box 9folder 6
Sousa Documents, 1899-1931 and undatedseries 4.4box 9folder 7
Sousa Stamps, undatedseries 4.4box 9folder 8
Other Sousa Memorabilia, undatedseries 4.4box 9folder 9

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