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Frederic W. Boots Papers

Abstract

Title:
Frederic W. Boots Papers
Author/Creator:
Boots, Frederic W.
Collection number:
09-85-ABA
Size:
2.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1953-1975
Inclusive dates:
1948-2006
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:

Throughout his military career, Frederic Wallace Boots (1922-2006) served in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He directed the United States Military Academy's Cadet Glee Club in West Point, NY and eventually became Associate Band Master of the United States Army Band at Fort Myer, VA. He was a life member of the Virginia and National Federations of Music Clubs, a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and a member of the American Bandmasters Association. The collection consists of correspondence, administrative records, programs and tour itineraries, military documents, articles, newspaper clippings, scores: published and manuscript, photographs, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia related to Boots' career; the ensembles with which he was involved; and materials he collected on musical figures of personal interest, including: John P. Sousa, John J. Pershing, Raymond Dvorak, and Frederick P. Williams.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Frederic W. Boots Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4938
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

Frederic W. Boots was born in Champaign, IL on September 27, 1922. After graduating from Portage Wisconsin High School in 1940, Boots attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed two years of music study before enlisting with the Army and serving until 1945. He returned to the University of Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 1949.

Boots went on to become the Assistant Professor of Music at San Jose State College in California, but he was called back to active duty and became Warrant Officer Band Leader, serving in Ft. Bliss, TX, Korea, Tokyo, Japan, West Point, NY, Heidleburg, Germany, and Ft. Monroe, VA. During his service Boots directed the United States Military Academy's Cadet Glee Club and held the title of Associate Band Master of the United States Army Band.

After retiring from the military, Boots was appointed head of the Special Services Division of Alexandria Libraries. He went on to earn his Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University and worked as Quality Assurance Consultant in the Library of Congress' Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Until his death in 2006, Boots was a member of the American Bandmasters Association, a life member of the Virginian and National Federations of Music Clubs, a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and had Masonic Affiliations with West Point Lodge 877, Sojourners, Heroes of '76 and Scottish Rite.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Frederic W. Boots Papers cover the period from 1948 to 2006; the bulk of the materials date from 1953 to 1975. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scrapbooks, correspondence, programs, scores, clippings, photographs, and recordings related to Boots' work as conductor of the United States Military Academy Glee Club and Associate Band Master of the United States Army Band. This collection also includes materials collected during his forty-year membership in the American Bandmasters Association.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Patricia Boots, wife of Frederic W. Boots, received in February 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Amanda Holgate

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Mary Crauderueff, May 2009

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Military Career, 1953-2006, undated (9 folders)

This series contains correspondence, programs, articles, clippings, and photographs relating to Boots' military career and retirement. It has been divided into three sub-series.

Subseries 1.1: West Point Papers, 1953-1987, undated (2 folders)

This sub-series contains materials relating to Boots' career in the United States Military Academy, and in particular, his role as conductor of the Cadet Glee Club. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
West Point Papers, Cadet Glee Club, 1956-1962, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
West Point Papers, 1953-1987, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 2

Subseries 1.2: United States Army Band Materials, 1965-1970, 1975, undated (3 folders)

This sub-series contains papers and programs relating to Boots' career with the United States Army Band, and in particular, his role as Associate Band Master. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Army Band Materials and Programs, 1956-1970, undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 3
Brucker Hall dedication, 1975series 1.2box 1folder 3item 1.0
Night of the Miracle Programs, 1966-1970series 1.2box 1folder 4
Prelude to Taps Programs, 1966-1970series 1.2box 1folder 5

Subseries 1.3: Scrapbooks and Obituary, 1954-1971, 2006, undated (4 folders)

This sub-series contains materials organized by Boots that document his military career and retirement, including programs, photographs, and correspondence. Among the correspondence is an original letter from President Nixon to Boots. The final folder contains his obituary clipping and photograph. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbook of Boots' Military Career ((The Key to Tokyo that Boots received in 1954 is housed in BOX 5.), 1954-1965series 1.3box 1folder 6
Scrapbook of Boots' Military Career, 1966-1971series 1.3box 1folder 7
Scrapbook of Boots' Military retirement, 1971series 1.3box 1folder 8
Boots' Obituary and Photo, May 14, 2006series 1.3box 1folder 9

Series 2: Collected Materials, 1942-1983, undated (6 folders)

This series contains pamphlets, programs, clippings, articles, photographs, and a monograph collected by Frederic Boots about Douglas MacArthur, John Philip Sousa and John J. Pershing, Raymond Dvorak, Frederick P. Williams, and George S. Howard. Also includes a photograph of a U.S. Army band, pre-Pershings Own, ca. 1918.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Materials about Douglas MacArthur, his Memorial and funeral, undated series 2box 2folder 1
Materials about Sousa and Pershing, 1976 and 1979, undated series 2box 2folder 2
Materials about Raymond Dvorak, 1942-1982, undated series 2box 2folder 3
Materials about Frederick P. Williams, 1971-1983, undated series 2box 2folder 4
Howard, George S. A Symphony in the Sky. The John Philip Sousa Foundation; San Antonio, Texas: Southern Music Co., 1991 series 2box 2folder 5
Oversized photograph of a pre-Pershings Own Army band, ca. 1918. Stored in map case 1, drawer 2., 918 series 2box 2folder 6

Series 3: Raoul F. Camus Dissertation Materials, 1969 (2 folders)

This series contains correspondence between Boots and Camus as well as a draft of Camus dissertation, The Military Band in the United States Army prior to 1834.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Military Band in the United States Army prior to 1834 by Raoul F. Camus, Draft, 1969 series 3box 2folder 7
The Military Band in the United States Army prior to 1834 by Raoul F. Camus, Draft, 1969 series 3box 2folder 8

Series 4: American Bandmasters' Association, 1970-1998, undated (19 folders)

This series contains materials relating to Boots' involvement in the American Bandmasters Association.

Subseries 4.1: ABA files, 1970-1998. undated (3 folders)

This series contains photographs, correspondence, programs, and clippings related to American Bandmasters Association Conventions (and the joint JBA Convention held in 1987), committees, and Research Center. Materials are in chronological order.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
ABA Materials, 1970-1998, and undatedseries 4.1box 3folder 1
ABA Materials, Kiel, 1985series 4.1box 3folder 2
Oversized photograph: copy of the picture of the 1930 ABA inaugural meeting. Stored in map case 1, drawer 2.series 4.1box 3folder 3

Subseries 4.2: ABA Directories, 1975, 1978-1987 (15 folders)

This sub-series contains Boots ABA Directories, which appear to have been used to keep track of membership dues.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
ABA Directory, 1975series 4.2box 3folder 4
ABA Directory, 1975series 4.2box 3folder 5
ABA Directory, 1978series 4.2box 3folder 6
ABA Directory, 1979series 4.2box 3folder 7
ABA Directory, 1981series 4.2box 3folder 8
ABA Directory, 1982series 4.2box 3folder 9
ABA Directory, 1983series 4.2box 3folder 10
ABA Directory, 1983series 4.2box 3folder 11
ABA Directory, 1983series 4.2box 3folder 12
ABA Directory, 1984series 4.2box 3folder 13
ABA Directory, 1984series 4.2box 3folder 14
ABA Directory, 1986series 4.2box 3folder 15
ABA Directory, 1986series 4.2box 3folder 16
ABA Directory, 1986series 4.2box 3folder 17
ABA Directory, 2 copies, 1987series 4.2box 3folder 18

Subseries 4.3: ABA Recordings, 1985, 1992 (4 cassette tapes, 1 folder)

This sub-series contains recordings from the 1985 and 1992 ABA conferences. 1985: the 51st Annual ABA Convention-Kiel-Kohler, Wisconsin; The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own), Colonel Eugene W. Allen, Leader and Commander (2 copies) 1992: Pershing's Own The United States Army Band, Colonel L. Bryan Shelburne, Jr., Leader and Commander; In Performance for The American Bandmasters Association 1992 Conference, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1992 (2 copies)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Cassette Tapes, 1985, 1992series 4.3box 3folder 19
Folder 18 - The 51st Annual ABA ConventionKiel-Kohler, Wisconsin; The United States Army Band (Pershings Own), Colonel Eugene W. Allen, Leader and Commander (2 copies), 1985series 4.3box 3folder 19item 1.0
Pershings Own" The United States Army Band, Colonel L. Bryan Shelburne, Jr., Leader and Commander; In Performance for The American Bandmasters Association 1992 Conference, Washington, D.C., March 4, 1992 (2 copies), 1992series 4.3box 3folder 19item 2.0

Series 5: Photographs, 1949-1970 (4 folders)

This series contains photographs relating to Boots' military career, both at the United States Military Academy and with the United States Army Band.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
West Point Photos, 1949-1958, and undated series 5box 4folder 1
Photos, 1952-1968, undated series 5box 4folder 2
Photos, 1964-1970, undated series 5box 4folder 3
Oversized photographs: Tokyo, 1952 or 1953 and undated and funeral procession. Stored in map case 1, drawer 2., undated series 5box 4folder 4

Series 6: Scores, 1959, undated (9 folders)

This series contains manuscripts, printing masters, and published scores for works composed or arranged by Boots.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Ballad of Roger Young, printing master, undated series 6box 5folder 1
The Ballad of Roger Young, manuscript scores (A-flat and G-flat), undated series 6box 5folder 2
Semper Paratus, printing master, undated series 6box 5folder 3
On, Brave Old Army Team, published score, 1958 series 6box 5folder 4
On Brave Old Army Team, printing master, undated series 6box 5folder 5
World War I Medley, manuscript score (choir and piano), undated series 6box 5folder 6
World War I Medley, printing master (choir and piano), undated series 6box 5folder 7
World War I Medley, printing master (choir and piano), undated series 6box 5folder 8
World War I Medley, manuscript (choir and band), undated series 6box 5folder 9
Key to Tokyo, awarded to Boots in 1954 (from Sub-series I.3), 1954 series 6box 5folder 10

Related Material

The Frederic Boots Papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

The Boots materials included three ABA Convention programs from 1960 and three ABA Convention programs from 1961. If you would like to view these materials, they are located with the ABA Archives materials.

The Boots materials included ABA Directories from 1975 through 2006. If you would like to view these materials, they are located with the ABA Archives materials.

The Boots materials included a third revision copy of "Lest We Forget." If you would like to view this, it is located with the ABA Archives materials.

Howard, George S. A Symphony in the Sky. The John Philip Sousa Foundation; San Antonio, Texas: Southern Music Co., 1991. Copy also found in Lowens Special Collections Room - ML422.H6 A3 1992.

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