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Jerry Pierce Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Jerry Pierce Papers
Author/Creator:
Pierce, Jerry
Collection number:
95-94-ICA
Size:
3.00 Linear Feet and 412 Recordings
Bulk dates:
1966-1993
Inclusive dates:
1898-1994
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:

Jerry Pierce (1937-1994), an American clarinetist, saxophonist, teacher, writer, and avid collector, was born in 1937 in Muncie, Indiana. He played clarinet with the Virginia Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, and Anderson Symphony, and saxophone with Doug Mulligan and Russ Carlyle. From 1967 until the 1980s, he taught clarinet at Anderson University and Marion College. In 1980 he became the President of the International Clarinet Association and served until 1986. The collection is comprised of Pierce's professional and personal papers, photographs, manuscripts, and recordings. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, published programs, newspaper articles, photographs, autographs, manuscripts, non-clarinet scores, and recordings.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Jerry Pierce 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

Jerry Pierce, an American clarinetist, saxophonist, teacher, writer, and avid collector, was born in 1937 in Muncie, Indiana. He grew up in the Midwest and attended Indiana University and Ball State University. He studied clarinet with Henry Gulick, Jerry Stowell, Robert McGinnis, Bernard Portnoy, and Daniel Bonade.

In 1956 he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania to study clarinet with Bonade. This began a life-long friendship that lasted until Bonade's death in 1976. After Bonade's death, his widow, Maude La Charme, gave Pierce the majority of Bonade's personal papers, photographs, and other memorabilia. Based on these items and his own experiences, Pierce wrote the four-part series, "The Bonade Legacy," which appeared in The Clarinet, the journal of the International Clarinet Association. The articles were the first comprehensive examination of Bonade's history.

As a performer, Pierce appeared with both classical and jazz groups. He played clarinet with the Virginia Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, and Anderson Symphony, and saxophone with Doug Mulligan and Russ Carlyle. From 1967 until the 1980s, he taught clarinet at Anderson University and Marion College.

After helping to establish the International Clarinet Association, he was elected President in 1980 and served until 1986. During his Presidency he started "Pierce's Potpourri," a regular column in The Clarinet that he continued until his death in 1994.

Pierce was a diligent correspondent and avid collector. He searched worldwide for musical scores, often unknown or obscure, and was known to openly share scores from his personal collection with others. Pierce died in 1994. The testimonies of friendship and loss that appeared in "Jerry D. Pierce (1937-1994): A Tribute" in the November/December 1994 issue of The Clarinet are profound.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The collection is comprised of the professional and personal papers, photographs, and manuscripts, and recordings of Jerry Pierce (1937-1994), clarinetist, saxophonist, teacher, writer and collector. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, published programs, newspaper articles, photographs, autographs, manuscripts, non-clarinet scores, and recordings.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Given to the University of Maryland Libraries by Linda Pierce as part of the Jerry Pierce Score Collection, upon husband Jerry Pierce's death in 1994.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Vin Novara, Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, Cassandra N. Berman, Michael Casto

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, November 2010; updated by Amanda May, December 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1918-1994 and undated (8 folders)

This series consists of Jerry Pierce's professional and personal correspondence; correspondence of his wife, Linda Pierce; and third- party correspondence. Items are arranged alphabetically. If there are multiple correspondences by the same individual, they are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence Letters to Jerry Pierce (A-M), 1970-1994 and undated series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence Letters to Jerry Pierce (A-Z), 1969-1994 and undated series 1box 1folder 2
Correspondence Terry Oxley (Re: J. Henry Spencer), 1988 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence Letters from Jerry Pierce, 1958-1987 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence To Linda Pierce, 1962-1988 and undated series 1box 1folder 5
Third-Party Correspondence, 1918-1993 series 1box 1folder 6
Third-Party Correspondence, 1952-1987 series 1box 1folder 7
Letters of Brian S. Manton Myatt, 1964-1972 series 1box 1folder 8

Series 2: Publications, 1924-1988 and undated (6 folders)

This series includes research materials and Pierce's papers on Daniel Bonade, articles written for The Clarinet, "Pierce's Potpourri," record reviews, and articles about the clarinet or clarinetists. It is arranged alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Pierce's Research Materials on Bonade, 1924-1979 and undated series 2box 1folder 9
Miscellaneous Pierce Materials Found in Bonade Boxes, undated series 2box 1folder 10
Master of Music Thesis "The Bonade Legacy", 1977 series 2box 1folder 11
Articles by Jerry Pierce, undated series 2box 1folder 12
Notes for ICA Recordings 1373, 1450, 1459, and 1484, 1988 and undated series 2box 1folder 13
Pierce Publications Miscellaneous Articles, 1976 and undated series 2box 1folder 14
Clarinet Publications, 1962-1979 and undated series 2box 1folder 15

Series 3: Programs, 1930-1992 (2 folders)

Jerry Pierce's concert programs from 1969 to 1993 make up this series, which is organized in alphabetical order by concert location. Multiple performances at the same venue are chronologically organized.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs of Jerry Pierce (Performer), 1969-1992 series 3box 2folder 1
Programs Conferences, Concerts (without Jerry Pierce), 1930-1989 series 3box 2folder 2

Series 4: Teaching Materials, 1986-1993 and undated (4 folders)

This series contains information from Music Today Teaching Studios and Pierce's annotated teaching schedules.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Music Today, 1989-1993 series 4box 2folder 3
Teaching Schedules, undated series 4box 2folder 4
Jerry Pierce Education Materials, 1986-1991 series 4box 2folder 5
Selected Improvisation Methods, undated series 4box 2folder 6

Series 5: Clippings and Articles, 1917-1992 and undated (15 folders)

Pierce's collection of clippings from newspapers, journals, and other trade publications make up this series. Articles about Jerry Piece and Daniel Bonade are organized chronologically in their own sub series. Other items include articles on musical and nonmusical subjects, which are organized alphabetically by author or subject.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newspaper Articles about Jerry Pierce, 1958-1991 series 5box 2folder 7
Newspaper Clippings Referencing Bonade, 1959 and undated series 5box 2folder 8
Benade, A.H. History of Woodwinds, undated series 5box 2folder 9
Reed Articles, 1991 series 5box 2folder 10
Fingering Charts, undated series 5box 2folder 11
Articles about Rabbi James Heller, 1964-1971 series 5box 2folder 12
Articles about Alan Shulman, 1985 series 5box 2folder 13
Articles about Richard H. Walthew, with Correspondence, 1917-1952 series 5box 2folder 14
Composer Articles, 1988-1991 series 5box 2folder 15
Jazz Articles, 1955-1992 series 5box 2folder 16
Materials Music Miscellaneous, 1957-1990 series 5box 2folder 17
H.A. Selmer, Inc. Souvenir Catalogue, 1931 series 5box 2folder 18
Publications, 1951 series 5box 2folder 19
Mazaraki, Desportes Greek Clarinet, 1959 series 5box 2folder 20
Non-Music-Related Articles, 1982-1989 and undated series 5box 2folder 21

Series 6: Frederick Thurston's Scrapbook, 1922-1956 (1 folder)

This series consists of a copy of Frederick Thurston's (former principal of the BBC Orchestra) scrapbook.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Frederick Thurston's Scrapbook, 1922-1956 series 6box 2folder 22

Series 7: Artwork, 1970 and undated (2 folders)

Four items make up this series consisting of a pen and ink drawing by Maude Bonade, Daniel Bonade's wife; postcards from the homes of Josef Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven; and other artwork.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Artwork, undated series 7box 3folder 1
Postcards from Josef Haydn's House, 1970 series 7box 3folder 2
Postcards from Mozart's House, undated series 7box 3folder 3
Postcards from Beethoven's House, undated series 7box 3folder 4

Series 8: Repertoire Lists, 1953-1992 and undated (6 folders)

This series contains bound and unbound repertoire lists from publishers, libraries, and individuals, which are organized alphabetically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bound repertoire lists, 1953-1979 series 8box 3folder 5
Bound repertoire lists, 1980-1989 series 8box 3folder 6
Repertoire Lists [oversized], undated series 8box 3folder 7
Repertoire Lists, undated series 8box 3folder 8
Repertoire Lists, undated series 8box 3folder 9
Repertoire Lists, undated series 8box 3folder 10
Repertoire Lists Miscellaneous, undated series 8box 3folder 11
Whistling and Hoffmeister, 1987 and undated series 8box 4folder 1
Wilcox Vaaler Chamber Music Library, 1991 series 8box 4folder 2
Wilcox Vaaler Chamber Music Library, 1992 series 8box 4folder 2
Wilcox Vaaler Chamber Music Library, 1991 series 8box 4folder 3
Wilcox Vaaler Chamber Music Library, 1992 series 8box 4folder 4

Series 9: Fingering Charts, undated (2 folders)

Various fingering charts for different clarinet systems and other woodwinds, and suggestions for resonant fingerings, make up this series. Items are alphabetically organized by author unless unknown, when organized by title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Fingering Charts, undated series 9box 4folder 6
Oversized Fingering Charts (13-Key Stümpel, 5-Key) (see Oversized Folder), undated series 9box 4folder 7

Series 10: Photographs, undated (1 folder)

This series consists of photographs of Jerry Pierce and other musicians, with and without him. Items are filed in alphabetical order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs/Autographs, undated series 10box 4folder 8

Series 11: Autographs, undated (3 folders)

Several autographs of composers, conductors, and musicians are included in this series. It is arranged alphabetically by person or by organization.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Prize Autographs, undated series 11box 5folder 1
Autographs Continued, undated series 11box 5folder 2
Malcolm Arnold Autograph, undated series 11box 5folder 3

Series 12: Promotional Materials, 1960-1991 (1 folder)

Promotional materials from instrument and accessory companies, music publishers, information about clarinet events, and items that were included with musical scores in the International Clarinet Association's score collection are in this series.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Promotional Materials, 1960-1991 series 12box 5folder 4

Series 13: Books, 1943-1949 (4 folders)

This series consists of Pierce's music and language books organized alphabetically by author.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Beethoven by Romain Rolland, 1943 series 13box 5folder 5
Pronouncing Guide to French, German, Italian, Spanish by Jones, Smith, and Walls, 1945 series 13box 5folder 6
Pronouncing Pocket Manual of Musical Terms, 1947 series 13box 5folder 7
Elementary Training for Musicians by P. Hindemith, 1949 series 13box 5folder 8

Series 14: Realia, undated (20 items)

This series contains 2 clarinet neck straps, 1 Selmer HS mouthpiece, a thumb rest, reed tying string, a plastic tube, an envelope of pads, 2 clarinet keys, reed wire, 9 rings of sandpaper, and an oboe staple.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
2 Clarinet Neck Straps, 1 Selmer HS mouthpiece, undated series 14box 5folder 9
Thumb Rest, Reed Tying String, Plastic Tube, Envelope of Pads, 2 Clarinet Keys, Reed Wire, 9 Rings of Sandpaper, Oboe Staple, undated series 14box 5folder 10

Series 15: Recordings, 1939-1986 (421 recordings)

This series consists of discographies, album covers, program notes, and 421 recordings, many of which feature or include Jerry Pierce as clarinetist or speaker. The Recordings Database may be accessed here.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Discographies, undated series 15box 5folder 11
Album Covers and Program Notes, 1982-1992 and undated series 15box 5folder 12

Series 16: Manuscripts, undated (17 folders)

This series contains Pierce's orchestral and technical bound manuscripts for clarinet, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet, and bassoon.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clarinet Finger Technic and Scales, undated series 16box 6folder 1
Essentials of Clarinet Finger Technic by Jerry Pierce, undated series 16box 6folder 2
Orchestra Studies for Clarinet by Jerry Pierce, undated series 16box 6folder 3
Orchestra Studies for Eb Clarinet by Jerry Pierce, undated series 16box 6folder 4
Orchestra & Music Works & Studies for Clarinet by Jerry Pierce, undated series 16box 6folder 5
Orchestra Studies for Clarinet by Jerry Pierce, Volumes IV & V, undated series 16box 6folder 6
Bass Clarinet Orchestra Studies by Jerry Pierce, undated series 16box 6folder 7
Beginning Bassoon Fingerings and Scales, undated series 16box 6folder 8
Miller, Moonlight Serenade, undated series 16box 6folder 9
Mozart, Divertimenti No. 1, undated series 16box 6folder 10
Stravinsky, Pastorale, undated series 16box 6folder 11
Stravinsky, A Soldier's Tale, undated series 16box 6folder 12
Arrangements for Eb Clarinet, undated series 16box 6folder 13
Arrangements for Eb Alto Clarinet, undated series 16box 6folder 14
Arrangements for Bass Clarinet, undated series 16box 6folder 15
Arrangements for A Clarinet, undated series 16box 6folder 16
Arrangements for Bassett Horn, undated series 16box 6folder 17
Miscellaneous Arrangements, undated series 16box 6folder 18
Quartet Editing, undated series 16box 6folder 19

Related Material

The International Clarinet Association Research Center is also housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts. The Research Center includes the ICA's circulating score collection (including over 3,000 items from Jerry Pierce's personal collection), which is open to University System of Maryland students, faculty, staff, and members of the International Clarinet Association. The score database and borrowing procedures are available here.

In addition to the Jerry Pierce Papers, researchers may be interested in the Jerry Pierce Collection, which comprises materials held by Jerry Pierce that are not part of his personal papers.

Researchers should also consult the Daniel Bonade Papers, the professional and personal papers, photographs, reed cases, personal items, and recording of Daniel Bonade (1896-1976). One of Pierce's teachers, Bonade was also the subject of much of Pierce's research.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.