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Edward Bailey Birge Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Edward Bailey Birge Papers
Author/Creator:
Birge, Edward Bailey
Collection number:
85-55-MENC
Size:
2.00 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1890-1952
Inclusive dates:
1890-1966
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:

Edward Bailey Birge (1868-1952) was a music educator and author who taught in public schools, universities, and teacher training colleges. He was a founding member and later president of the Music Supervisors National Conference, which would later become the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and then the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The Birge Papers cover the period from 1890 to 1966; the bulk of the materials date from 1890 to 1952. The collection consists of writings, correspondence, business agreements, programs, certificates, news clippings, photographs, and music.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Edward Bailey Birge 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

Edward Bailey Birge (1868-1952), a founding member and later president of the Music Supervisors National Conference, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He received his formal education at the Classical School in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon receiving his Bachelor in Arts at Brown University in 1891, he became Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Easthampton, Massachusetts. After five years in this position, he became Director of Music in the New Haven, Connecticut State Normal School and Director of Music in the New Britain, Connecticut State Normal School.

While completing his Bachelor of Music degree at Yale University, he also served as Supervisor of Music in Indianapolis, Indiana Public Schools. He held this position from 1901 to 1921, during which time he also served as President of the Indiana Music Teachers Association. From 1921 until 1938, Birge was Professor of Music at Indiana University. In addition to teaching, Birge composed music and was the co-author of several widely-used series of music textbooks for the public schools.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edward Bailey Birge Papers cover the period from 1890 to 1966; the bulk of the materials date from 1890 to 1952. The collection consists of materials related to Birge's career as a music educator as well as his personal life. Materials include writings by and about Birge; letters received by Birge; documents regarding Birge's book, The History of Public School Music in the United States; business documents and publishing agreements; individual and seasonal programs featuring Birge as organist, director, and conductor; honors and certificates, obituaries and documents related to Birge's death; news clippings; photographs; and sheet music, both published and in manuscript form.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of papers and materials from Robert C. Lewis, Edward B. Birge's nephew, received July, 1984. Additional materials received from Doris Rogers of MENC in May, 1998, and from Robert Lewis in July, 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Stephanie Keller, June 2001; revised by Lori Fowser, August 2004; and Cassandra N. Berman, April 2011

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, April 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Writings, 1922-1964 (6 folders)

Series 1 contains various articles from the Discussion Club at Indiana University, published and non-published writings by or about Birge, published articles on the National Music Supervisors Conferences in Chicago, collected writings on Will Earhart, and collected non-music journals.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Discussion Club at Indiana University, 1928-1952 and undated series 1box 1folder 1
Membership Address and telephone list, 1951-1952 series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
A Decade if Discussion, a list of dates and titles for Birge's talks, hosts, speakers, and subject titles chronologically by year, 1928-1938 series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0
The Second Decade of Discussion, 1938-1948 series 1box 1folder 1item 3.0
"A Vanished Type of American Musical Culture", February 11, 1946 series 1box 1folder 1item 4.0
"Wagner," thirty-five handwritten pages, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 5.0
Two-page tribute to managing editors of Music Supervisors Bulletin, Cliff Buttleman and Vanette Lawler, undated series 1box 1folder 1item 6.0
Articles and Writings about Birge, 1922-1964 series 1box 1folder 2
Autographed book Music In Indiana by Elizabeth E. Gunn Seebirt, 1928 series 1box 1folder 2item 1.0
Letter from A.G. Cavins and E.G. Hesser to the Honorable Board of Park Commissioners regarding Birge and the Peoples Chorus, February 10, 1922 series 1box 1folder 2item 2.0
Indiana Composers compiled by Gertrude W. Gregor Clyde E. Titus, and Ruby L. Mosemiller for the Indiana Federation of Music Clubs, inscribed for Mrs. Edward Baily Birge by Gertrude Gregor, 1936 series 1box 1folder 2item 3.0
Quarter Notes Vol.X, No.3, February, 1964 series 1box 1folder 2item 4.0
Illinois Music Educator, January, 1946 series 1box 1folder 2item 5.0
"Appreciation of a Colleague" from Music Educators Journal Vol. XXV, No.1, p.16, September, 1938 series 1box 1folder 2item 6.0
Articles and Writings by Birge, 1925-1950 and undated series 1box 1folder 3
"Some Conclusions", undated series 1box 1folder 3item 1.0
"Where Modern Music Came From (Condensed)" from the Bulletin of Indiana Federation of Music Clubs Vol.10, No.3, pp.3-5, February, 1931 series 1box 1folder 3item 2.0
Reprinted article on sight-reading in The Chord No.9, December, 1925 series 1box 1folder 3item 3.0
"1911-1920" Music Educators Journal Vol. XXXVI, p.24, April-May, 1950 series 1box 1folder 3item 4.0
Non-music Journals belonging to Birge, 1945-1949 series 1box 1folder 4
Indiana Magazine of History Vol. XLII, No.1, March, 1946 series 1box 1folder 4item 1.0
Indiana Magazine of History Vol. XLI, No.4, December, 1945 series 1box 1folder 4item 2.0
Indiana University Bulletin Alumni Edition Vol.47, No.29, December, 1949 series 1box 1folder 4item 3.0
National Music Supervisors Conference in Chicago, 1928 series 1box 1folder 5
"Reminiscences of the Chicago Conference" The Chord No.14, June, 1928 series 1box 1folder 5item 1.0
"Five Thousand Music Teachers" by Percy A. Scholes reprinted from the School Music Review, June, 1928 series 1box 1folder 5item 2.0
Music Supervisors Journal Vol. XV No.1, October, 1928 series 1box 1folder 5item 3.0
Writings on Will Earhart, 1940 and undated series 1box 1folder 6
Articles and Writings about Birge -- "The Qualities of Greatness in Music Teaching" by Will Earhart from The Musician, p.7 (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), October, 1934 series 1box 1folder 7
Articles and Writings by Birge (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), 1932-1933 series 1box 1folder 8
"Supervisor Sketches," The Musician, March, 1932 series 1box 1folder 8item 1.0
Articles and Writings by Birge - "Reflections," from The Musician, Vol. XXXVIII, August, 1933 series 1box 1folder 8item 2.0

Series 2: Letters, 1901-1952 (4 folders)

Series 2 is divided into four folders, made up of letters from Indiana University, letters concerning MENC, letters to Birge from Hamilton C. MacDougal, and miscellaneous letters both personal and professional. Miscellaneous letters include several gift acknowledgement and appreciation letters from various academic and religious institutions; alumni-related letters from Brown University; and handwritten letters from personal and professional acquaintances, including biblical scholar, editor, and author Frank K. Sanders and former MENC presidents Will Earhart and Karl Gehrkens. For letters and correspondence regarding The History of Public School Music, see Series 3.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Indiana University - letters to Birge from William Lowe Bryan, Winfred Merrill, and H. B. Wells, 1920-1944 series 2box 1folder 9
Hamilton C. Macdougal - letters to Birge from MacDougal, his organ teacher, 1939-1944 series 2box 1folder 10
MENC - Letters to Birge regarding MENC, 1928-1940 series 2box 1folder 11
Percy A. Scholes, July 14, 1928 series 2box 1folder 11item 1.0
Louis Woodson Curtis, February 2, 1940 series 2box 1folder 11item 2.0
Clifford Buttelman, April 18, 1940 series 2box 1folder 11item 3.0
Charlie, May 7, 1948 series 2box 1folder 11item 4.0
Miscellaneous Letters, 1901-1952 series 2box 1folder 12

Series 3: History of Public School Music, 1926-1966 (4 folders)

Series 3 contains materials related to Birge's book The History of Public School Music in the United States, including journal reviews, correspondence, letters of appreciation and interest, and related articles.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
HPSM Reviews, June, 1928 series 3box 1folder 13
"The Musician," Vol. 33, June, 1928 series 3box 1folder 13item 1.0
"School Music," Vol.30, No.143, January-February, 1929 series 3box 1folder 13item 2.0
"The Libretto," Vol.3, No.5, June, 1928 series 3box 1folder 13item 3.0
"Music Educators Journal," Vol.24, No.6, May, 1938 series 3box 1folder 13item 4.0
HPSM Correspondence, 1929-1966 series 3box 1folder 14
Birge from Francis E. Perical, Treasurer of MSNC, March 23, 1929 series 3box 1folder 14item 1.0
Birge from Paul Kempf, publisher for "The Musician", May 7, 1928 series 3box 1folder 14item 2.0
Birge from Isaac Doughton, May 15, 1939 series 3box 1folder 14item 3.0
Birge from Clifford Buttelman, November 6, 1951 series 3box 1folder 14item 4.0
Clifford Buttelman from Birge, November 9, 1951 series 3box 1folder 14item 5.0
Clifford Buttelman from Leroy Baker, November 12, 1951 series 3box 1folder 14item 6.0
Birge from Robert Choate, November 13, 1951 series 3box 1folder 14item 7.0
Birge from Cliff Buttelman, March 9, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 8.0
Handwritten from Birge to Colleagues regarding legal rights, March 11, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 9.0
Handwritten from Birge to Colleagues, March 12, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 10.0
Birge from his attorney, Leroy Baker, March 14, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 11.0
Baker from G. Jones regarding assignment of copyright, March 18, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 12.0
Birge from Buttelman, March 24, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 13.0
Baker from E. J. Krane, Theodore Presser Co., March 25, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 14.0
Birge from Cliff Buttelman, April 8, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 15.0
Handwritten from Birge to Ralph Rush, April 10, 1952 series 3box 1folder 14item 16.0
E. J. Krane from Leroy Baker, May 13, 1955 series 3box 1folder 14item 17.0
Copy of letter to Leroy Baker, June 7, 1955 series 3box 1folder 14item 18.0
Mrs. Lewis from E. J. Krane, Theodore Presser Co., June 8, 1955 series 3box 1folder 14item 19.0
Mrs. Lewis from Leroy Baker, June 8, 1955 series 3box 1folder 14item 20.0
Mrs. Lewis, Mrs. Leach from N. Elsier, Theodore Presser Co., April 29, 1966 series 3box 1folder 14item 21.0
Mr. Elsier regarding reissuing of Birge's book, May 4, 1966 series 3box 1folder 14item 22.0
Mr. Gary from niece regarding assigning copyright to MENC, August 3, 1966 series 3box 1folder 14item 23.0
HPSM Related Articles, 1926-1939 series 3box 1folder 15
"Public School Music Education in the United States," printed and reprinted from the International Education Review, Vol. 7, No.5/6, 1939 series 3box 1folder 15item 1.0
"Public School Music's Contribution to Musical Education," from the MTNA proceedings, in Rochester, NY, 1926 series 3box 1folder 15item 2.0
Other HPSM Documents (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), 1927-1955 series 3box 1folder 16
Signed agreement between Birge and Oliver Ditson Company regarding Birge's unpublished work entitled "History of Public School Music in the United States", 1927 series 3box 1folder 16item 1.0
Unsigned assignment of copyright regarding Birge's "History of Public School Music in the United States" and MENC, 1952 series 3box 1folder 16item 2.0
Unsigned renewal of copyright, 1955 series 3box 1folder 16item 3.0

Series 4: Business Documents, 1893-1954 (3 folders)

This series includes signed publication agreements and royalty statements pertaining to Birge's publications. The documents are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Signed Agreements and Letters Between Birge and the Silver Burdett Company, Library of Congress, and C.C. Birchard, 1893-1954 series 4box 2folder 1
Copyright statement from Library of Congress, 1893 series 4box 2folder 1item 1.0
"Silver Songs Series, No.4", 1899 series 4box 2folder 1item 2.0
"Supplementary Song Series Number Five", 1910 series 4box 2folder 1item 3.0
"Supplementary Song Series Nos. 1,2,3,4", 1914 series 4box 2folder 1item 4.0
Memorandum of Agreement, 1920 series 4box 2folder 1item 5.0
"The New Modern Music Series", 1924 series 4box 2folder 1item 6.0
"Manual, One Book Course, Progressive Series", 1925 series 4box 2folder 1item 7.0
"The American Backgrounds Music Series", 1938 series 4box 2folder 1item 8.0
Letter to Editors from C.E. Griffith, Silver Burdett Company, 1944 series 4box 2folder 1item 9.0
"Instrumental Horizons, Album One", 1949 series 4box 2folder 1item 10.0
"Kindergarten Book of the New Music Horizons Series", 1950 series 4box 2folder 1item 11.0
"World Music Horizons Gr. 7," "American Music Horizons Gr. 8", 1951 series 4box 2folder 1item 12.0
Letter to New Music Horizons Editorial Board, 1952 series 4box 2folder 1item 13.0
"Philippine Music Horizons" with letter from C.E. Griffith, 1954 series 4box 2folder 1item 14.0
Royalty Statements - Silver Burdett Company Royalty Account Statements, 1953 series 4box 2folder 2
Signed Agreements and Letters Between Birge and the Silver Burdett Company, Library of Congress, and C.C. Birchard (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), 1910-1950 series 4box 2folder 3
"Master Musician Series", 1910 series 4box 2folder 3item 1.0
The Progressive Music Series, 1912 series 4box 2folder 3item 2.0
"Book Five" of "The Progressive Music Series", 1917 series 4box 2folder 3item 3.0
"Rural Song Book" of "The Progressive Music Series", 1917 series 4box 2folder 3item 4.0
"The Music Hour" with letter from C.E. Griffith, 1932 series 4box 2folder 3item 5.0
"Music in Rural Education", 1933 series 4box 2folder 3item 6.0
"Silver Song Series," "Supplementary Song Series", 1950 series 4box 2folder 3item 7.0

Series 5: Programs, 1903-1946 (3 folders)

This series includes both individual and seasonal programs that feature Birge as choral conductor, organist, director, donor patron, and lecturer. They are arranged chronologically by performance or event.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Programs of Indiana University School of Music, 1921-1941 series 5box 2folder 4
Seasonal programs featuring convocation and memorial fund recitals by the University Chorus and Summer School Chorus conducted by Birge as well as an illustrated lecture titled "Music Memory for Small Children" by Birge, 1921-1922 series 5box 2folder 4item 1.0
Individual and seasonal programs of "The Messiah" by George Frederick Handel given by the University Chorus and conducted or directed by Birge (Note: "Messiah" program from 1924-1925 located in Box 4, oversize.), 1924-1939 series 5box 2folder 4item 2.0
The first and second annual May Music Festival, the second also featuring the Forty-Sixth Annual Convention of the Indiana Music Teachers Association held in 1923 when Birge was president of IMTA, 1922-1923 series 5box 2folder 4item 3.0
A Benefit Concert for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra in observance of National Music Week, presented by the Women's Committee of the Indiana State Symphony Society, Birge listed as a donor patron, 1941 series 5box 2folder 4item 4.0
Other programs featuring or collected by Birge, 1903-1946 series 5box 2folder 5
The Teachers' Womens Chorus, March 23, 1903 series 5box 2folder 5item 1.0
Four transparencies of programs conducted and directed by Birge: "Saengerfest"; "Haydn's Creation" and "The Messiah"; "The Messiah"; "Elijah", 1908-1921 series 5box 2folder 5item 2.0
The Bloomington Friday Musicale, January and March, Birge as director. The January performance features Horatio Parker and includes a review in the form of a news clipping, (see copy in Series 8: Clippings), 1923 series 5box 2folder 5item 3.0
Peoples Chorus performance of "The Messiah" by George Frederick Handel, conducted by Birge, 1923 series 5box 2folder 5item 4.0
Fiftieth Anniversary Celebration for Fred L. Clark as organist and piano teacher held in the Congressional Church in Easthampton, Mass, 1928 series 5box 2folder 5item 5.0
Ballroom American Womans Club piano recital given by Hanna Van Vollenhoven in New York; Includes letter to Mr. Birge from Ms. Vollenhoven (see copy of letter in Series 2: Letters), 1937 series 5box 2folder 5item 6.0
Trinity Episcopal Church of Bloomington, Indiana where Birge was organist and choir director, includes service programs, 1944-1946 series 5box 2folder 5item 7.0
Programs of Indiana University School of Music -- "Messiah" program (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), 1924-1925 series 5box 2folder 6

Series 6: Honors and Organization Certificates, 1890-1938 (2 folders)

This series includes certificates honoring Birge for his membership in various clubs, fraternities, and associations, as well as the Liber Brunensis, a bound work from Brown University, in which Birge is listed as a member of the 1890 junior class.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Honors and Organization Certificates Honors and Organization Certificates, 1924-1938 and undated series 6box 2folder 7
Lambda Chapter Sinfonia Fraternity of America certificate honoring Birge as an elected brother and Honorary Member, April 8, 1924 series 6box 2folder 7item 1.0
The Columbia Club - Associate Membership certificate of membership, February 13, 1925 series 6box 2folder 7item 2.0
The American Association for the Advancement of Science certificate of membership, October 16, 1926 series 6box 2folder 7item 3.0
Delta Epsilon Fraternity certificate of membership, June 25, 1927 series 6box 2folder 7item 4.0
Indiana University Emeritus Club certificate of membership, July 1, 1938 series 6box 2folder 7item 5.0
Two Music Educators National Conference life membership certificates, undated series 6box 2folder 7item 6.0
Liber Brunensis - Brown University (Flat item; housed in Box 5.), 1890 series 6box 2folder 8

Series 7: Obituaries, 1952-1953 (5 folders)

Series 7 includes a copy of Birge's final Last Will and Testament, memorial resolutions, and published articles in memory of Birge.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Last Will and Testament - Correspondence regarding bequest of $1000 to MENC from Birge's Will, 1953 series 7box 2folder 9
Memorial Resolutions and Letters, 1952, 1965 series 7box 2folder 10
Letter of regret to Miss Lilla R. Birge from William H. Fox, Secretary of Indiana University along with memorial resolution prepared by Indian University faculty, Professors Montana Granstad, William H. Fox, and Newell Long, October 7, 1952 series 7box 2folder 10item 1.0
A one-page copy of a resolution by the Board of Trustees of Indiana University enclosed with a letter to Miss Lilla R. Birge, September 25, 1952 series 7box 2folder 10item 2.0
A revised three-page copy prepared by Montana Grinstead, William Fox, and Newell Long on the death of Birge, includes a letter from J. Jeter, Instructor in Music at Indian University, 1965 series 7box 2folder 10item 3.0
News clippings, 1952 series 7box 2folder 11
Herald-Telephone, July 17, 1952 series 7box 2folder 11item 1.0
The Indianapolis Star, July 18, 1952 series 7box 2folder 11item 2.0
Indiana Student, 1952 series 7box 2folder 11item 3.0
Articles, 1952 series 7box 2folder 12
"Edward Bailey Birge 1868-1952" by Charles E. Griffith from The Silver Bugle, published by the staff of Silver Burdett (two-page copy), August 11, 1952 series 7box 2folder 12item 1.0
The Indiana Musicator, Vol.8 No.1, September-October, 1952 series 7box 2folder 12item 2.0
Indiana Alumni Magazine, Vol.15 No.1, p.9, October, 1952, series 7box 2folder 12item 3.0
Delta Upsilon Quarterly, p.218, October, 1952 series 7box 2folder 12item 4.0
Music Educators Journal, Vol. XXXIX, No.1, September-October, 1952 series 7box 2folder 12item 5.0
Last Will and Testament - A copy of Birge's final Last Will and Testament (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), May 23, 1952 series 7box 2folder 13

Series 8: Clippings, 1890-1964 (3 folders)

Series 8 consists of news clippings, including articles of personal interest to Birge, music-related articles, and concert announcements and reviews of performances directed by Birge.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Clippings, 1890-1945 series 8box 2folder 14
Clippings (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), 1890-1964 series 8box 2folder 15
Clippings (Oversized; housed in Box 4.), 1928-1964 series 8box 2folder 16

Series 9: Photographs, undated (2 folders)

This series includes one photo plate of Birge, a photograph of Birge at the organ, and a group photograph of Birge, Osbourne G. McConathy, W. Otto Miessner, and Russell V. Morgan.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photos, undated series 9box 2folder 17
Photos - One photo plate of Edward B. Birge, undated series 9box 2folder 18

Series 10: Composed Music, 1893-1917 and undated (8 folders)

This series contains Birge's copies of some published music, some of his composed music (in both manuscript and published form), and "A History of Music at Shortridge [High School]" by Ann Lindstaedt.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Birge's copy of "Masonic Responses for the Blue Lodge", 1917 series 10box 3folder 1
"A History of Music at Shortridge [High School]" by Ann Lindstaedt, undated series 10box 3folder 2
"The Landing of the Pilgrims" by Edward B. Birge, 1915 series 10box 3folder 3
"The Birds of Killingsworth" by Edward B. Birge (manuscript), undated series 10box 3folder 4
"I Saw Three Gulls Come Flying Low" by Edward B. Birge and Arthur B. Seible (manuscript, three copies), undated series 10box 3folder 5
"Glory Be to God on High" by Edward B. Birge, words by Josephine Robinson (manuscript), undated series 10box 3folder 6
"Nearer My God to Thee" by Edward B. Birge, 1893 series 10box 3folder 7
Book assembled by Edward B. Birge, containing published and manuscript songs written by him, 1915 series 10box 3folder 8

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This collection is part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland.

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