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Arthur Wise Papers

Abstract

Title:
Arthur Wise Papers
Author/Creator:
Wise, Arthur
Collection number:
76-02-ABA
Size:
9.00 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1946-1970
Inclusive dates:
1861-1972
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:

Arthur Wise (1906-1973) was a music educator, involved as both a public school band director and a community ensemble conductor. He served the public school system for over 35 year, as band director at Lisbon H.S. in Lisbon, Ohio, and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Wise was an avid Civil War scholar, and, with the collaboration of Francis A. Lord, he published two books on the topic, Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War and Uniforms of the Civil War. Wise also completed research for and drafts of a text on the Willow Grove Park Concerts by the likes of Arthur Pryor, Patrick Conway, John Philip Sousa, and the Banda Rossa, as well as the orchestras of Wassili Leps, Theodore Thomas, Nahan Franko, Walter Damrosch, and Victor Herbert. The work remains unpublished. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, photographs, musical scores, research materials, programs, newsletters, articles, newspaper clippings, book drafts, and other memorabilia related to Wise's career.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Arthur Wise Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4966
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

Born 17 December 1906, Arthur M. Wise studied cornet with Ross Hickernell at the Dana Musical Institute (now part of Youngstown University), earning a B.M. in 1929 and a M.M. in 1940. A teacher for over 35 years, Wise was band director at Lisbon H.S. in Lisbon, Ohio, and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia.

In 1947, Wise organized the Columbiana County (Ohio) Symphony Orchestra. The following summer, he attended the Berkshire Music Festival at Tanglewood, where he studied conducting with Bernstein, Copland, Koussevitsky, and others. In 1958, Wise was selected to play string bass in the Fourth All-American Bandmasters' Band, organized for the Mid-West National Band Clinic.

As an avid Civil War scholar he published, with the collaboration of Francis A. Lord, two books on the topic, Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War (New York: T. Yoseloff, 1966) and Uniforms of the Civil War (South Brunswick: T. Yoseloff, 1970). Wise moved with his wife to Phoenix in 1965 for health reasons. Soon after, he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Wise was extremely active as an arranger, though only a handful of his works were ever published. Wise also left behind a manuscript about the history of the Willow Grove Park Band Concerts upon his death in 1973 in Arizona. It was never published.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Arthur Wise Papers cover the period from 1861 to 1972; the bulk of the materials date from 1946 to 1970. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, photographs, musical scores, and book drafts. The collection contains materials primarily related to the conductor and author's research interests. Notes for his two books, both written with Francis A. Lord, Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War (New York: T. Yoseloff, 1966) and Uniforms of the Civil War (South Brunswick: T. Yoseloff, 1970), are an important part of the collection.

The significance of this collection for the ABA Research Center is materials Wise collected while doing research for an unpublished book on Willow Grove Park, including original programs for such bands as those of Arthur Pryor, Patrick Conway, John Philip Sousa, and the Banda Rossa, as well as the orchestras of Wassili Leps, Theodore Thomas, Nahan Franko, Walter Damrosch, and Victor Herbert. These programs span the years from 1901 to 1925. A draft of this book is included in the papers.

Wise was also active as an arranger and composer. Dozens of manuscripts of compositions (mostly for band) comprise a significant portion of the collection. Most of these works were never published.

The Wise Papers also contain materials related to Wise's career as a music educator, primarily at Lisbon (Ohio) High School and Philadelphia's Lincoln High School.

There was no prescribed original order for the documents, so the order as it appears here was imposed by the original processor. Therefore, not only is the overall organization of the collection that of the processor's own device, but the sequence of documents within folders and the titles of said folders are also artificial to the collection.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The collection is a gift of Mr. Arthur Wise, received in multiple shipments beginning in October 1972. Documentation of his donation can be found in the SCPA correspondence files under Wise, Arthur.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Bradley Mariska (2003); updated by Amanda Holgate (2009)

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: Music Manuscripts, 1962-1963, undated (2.00 linear feet)

This series contains band and orchestra scores and parts, as well as choral music, in manuscript. Most pieces are Wise's arrangements and transcriptions, with a few original compositions. Nearly all of these works went unpublished.

Subseries 1.1: Band, undated (9 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Band - Marches, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
Band - Sacred, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 2
Band - Transcriptions, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 3
Band - Transcriptions, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 4
Band - Popular Songs and Folksongs, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 5

Subseries 1.2: Orchestral/Chamber Groups, 1963, undated (4 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Band - Popular Songs and Folksongs, undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 1
Band - Popular Songs and Folksongs, undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 2
Band - Popular Songs and Folksongs, undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 3
Band - Popular Songs and Folksongs, undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 4
Orchestra, 1963, undatedseries 1.2box 2folder 5
Orchestra, undatedseries 1.2box 3folder 1
Parts, Beethoven, "Symphony No. 2,", undatedseries 1.2box 3folder 2
Chamber groups, undatedseries 1.2box 3folder 3

Subseries 1.3: Choral, 1962-1963, undated (3 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Choral, 1963, undatedseries 1.3box 3folder 4
Easter Cantata/Lentin [sic] Cantata (2 copies), 1962series 1.3box 3folder 5
Christmas Cantata (2 copies), 1963series 1.3box 3folder 6

Subseries 1.4: Other Manuscripts/Unidentified, undated (3 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Other Manuscripts, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 1
Unidentified Manuscripts, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 2
Unidentified Manuscripts, undatedseries 1.4box 3folder 3

Series 2: Published Music, 1892-1968, undated (1.25 linear feet)

This series contains published scores and instruction books collected by Wise.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Popular Choral and Piano/Vocal, 1892-1953 series 2box 5folder 1
Band/Orchestra Parts, 1929-1958, undated series 2box 5folder 2
Instructional/Pedagogy Materials, 1898-1968 series 2box 5folder 3
Other, 1943, 1962, undated series 2box 5folder 4
Sacred Choral Works, ca. 1928-1961, undated series 2box 6folder 1
Choral Works, 1909-1936 series 2box 6folder 2
Choral Works, 1928-1940, undated series 2box 6folder 3
Choral Works, 1917-1962 series 2box 6folder 4
Choral Works, ca. 1929-1961, undated series 2box 7folder 1
Choral Works, 1909, 1950, undated series 2box 7folder 2
Choral Works, 1898-1961 series 2box 7folder 3
Choral Works, 1909-1958, undated series 2box 7folder 4
Choral Works, 1925-1938 series 2box 7folder 5

Series 3: Photographs, 1939-1961, undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains photographs of Wise and his ensembles.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Concert Band Photos, Lisbon H.S. (31 photos), 1939-1952, undated series 3box 8folder 1
Orchestra Photos - Lisbon H.S. Ohio and Lincoln H.S. Philadelphia, PA (13 photos), 1936-1955 and undated series 3box 8folder 2
Marching Band Photos, Lisbon H.S. (24 photos), 1946-1951, undated series 3box 8folder 3
Marching Band Photos, Lincoln H.S. (15 photos), undated series 3box 8folder 4
Twirlers and Guard (31 photos), circa 1940-1963, undated series 3box 8folder 5
Variety Shows & Musicals, Lisbon H.S. (14 photos), 1947-1950, undated series 3box 8folder 6
Miscellaneous Photographs (29 photos), 1958-1961, undated series 3box 8folder 7
Special Events, 1952-1953, undated series 3box 8folder 8
Other photographs, undated series 3box 8folder 9

Series 4: Programs, 1933-1970, undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains programs from concert performances conducted by Wise.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Columbiana County Symphony Orchestra, Arthur Wise conducting, 1947-1952, undated series 4box 9folder 1
Lisbon High School (David Anderson HS), Arthur Wise conducting, 1940-1952, undated series 4box 9folder 2
Lincoln High School, Arthur Wise conducting, 1952-1965 series 4box 9folder 3
Wise Church Programs, 1947-1964, undated series 4box 9folder 4
Concert Program of Wittenberg Concert Band, performed Wise arrangement, undated series 4box 9folder 5
Other Recital, Choral, Orchestral, and Church Programs, 1933-1970 series 4box 9folder 6

Series 5: Correspondence, 1942-1972, undated (0.25 linear feet)

This series contains letters to Wise on various research topics, including Willow Grove Park concerts and Civil War history.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence Regarding Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War, 1961-1972, undated series 5box 9folder 7
Correspondence Regarding Civil War Uniforms Book, 1966-1972, undated series 5box 9folder 8
Correspondence Regarding Willow Grove Park, 1959-1971, undated series 5box 9folder 9
Correspondence Regarding Band and Professional Matters, 1942-1972, undated series 5box 9folder 10
Correspondence Regarding Manuscripts, 1951-1971, undated series 5box 9folder 11
Correspondence Regarding Articles and Books, 1952-1971 series 5box 9folder 12
Personal Correspondence, 1950-1972, undated series 5box 9folder 13

Series 6: Civil War Research Materials, 1861-1971, undated (2.25 linear feet)

This series contains research materials and drafts for two books on topics relating to the Civil War; a manuscript for Bands and Drummer Boys is included. Published editions of his book were donated to the Research Center by Wise and have been cataloged.

Subseries 6.1: Card Inventory of Sources, undated (1 folder)

Bibliographic citations and records for sources used in his publications. Arranged in the order in which they were found.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Card Inventory of Sources, undatedseries 6.1box 10folder 1

Subseries 6.2: Research Materials, Drafts, and Manuscripts, 1861-1971, undated (11 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Civil War Research Materials, 1962-1967, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 1
Civil War Research Materials, 1965-1968, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 2
Civil War Research Materials, 1967-1970, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 3
Photocopying and Ordering Information, 1950-1967, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 4
Published Resources, 1956-1971series 6.2box 11folder 5
Clippings, 1861-1968, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 6
Historic Documents, 1862series 6.2box 11folder 7
Discharge paper for Jacob Snyder to allow him to receive pay, June 14, 1862series 6.2box 11folder 7item 1.0
Pay voucher for Jacob Snyder's service through June 14, 1862, February 28, 1862series 6.2box 11folder 7item 2.0
Bands and Drummer Boys Drafts and Notes, ca. 1951-1961, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 8
Bands and Drummer Boys Drafts and Notes, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 9
Bands and Drummer Boys Drafts and Notes, undatedseries 6.2box 11folder 10
Strike Up the Band manuscrupt [Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War], 1965series 6.2box 12folder 1

Subseries 6.3: Photographs and Illustrations, 1965-1967, undated (4 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photograph reproductions and other illustrations from the Smithsonian, National Archives, Library of Congress, and various repositories, undatedseries 6.3box 12folder 2
Photograph reproductions and other illustrations from the Smithsonian, National Archives, Library of Congress, and various repositories, undatedseries 6.3box 12folder 3
Photograph reproductions and other illustrations from the Smithsonian, National Archives, Library of Congress, and various repositories, 1965-1967, undatedseries 6.3box 12folder 4
Photograph reproductions and other illustrations from the Smithsonian, National Archives, Library of Congress, and various repositories, undatedseries 6.3box 12folder 5

Subseries 6.4: Final Proofs of Photos/Illustrations, undated (2 folders)

Arranged sequentially by page number as they appear in the book Bands and Drummer Boys.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Illustrations used in Bands and Drummer Boys pp. 1-150, undatedseries 6.4box 13folder 1
Illustrations used in Bands and Drummer Boys pp. 152-end, undatedseries 6.4box 14folder 2

Series 7: Willow Grove Park Research Materials, 1900-1970, undated (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains a draft of Wise's unpublished book about the history of the Willow Grove band concerts, as well as research materials. These materials also include original programs and photograph facsimiles.

Subseries 7.1: Willow Grove Park Programs, 1900-1926 (18 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Victor Herbert Orchestra Programs, 1903-1909series 7.1box 15folder 1
Victor Herbert Orchestra Programs, 1910-1914series 7.1box 15folder 2
Victor Herbert Orchestra Programs, 1915-1916series 7.1box 15folder 3
Victor Herbert Orchestra Programs Facsimiles, includes Memorial Concert Program, 1908-1918, 1924series 7.1box 15folder 4
Patrick Conway and His Band Programs, 1910-1926series 7.1box 15folder 5
Patrick Conway and His Band Programs Facsimilies, 1910-1926series 7.1box 15folder 6
Arthur Pryor and His Band, 1906-1926series 7.1box 15folder 7
Arthur Pryor and His Band Facsimilies, 1906-1926series 7.1box 15folder 8
Russian Symphony Orchrestra Programs and Facsimilies, 1912series 7.1box 15folder 9
The Wassili Leps Symphony Orchestra Programs and Facsimiles, 1912-1917series 7.1box 15folder 10
The Theodore Thomas Orchestra Program and Facsimiles, 1908-1912series 7.1box 15folder 11
Sousa and His Band Programs, 1905-1914series 7.1box 15folder 12
Sousa and His Band Programs Facsimilies, 1900-1917series 7.1box 15folder 13
E. Sorrentino's Banda Rossa Program and Facsimiles, 1904series 7.1box 15folder 14
Nahan Franko and his Orchestra Programs and Facsimiles, 1917-1919series 7.1box 15folder 15
Walter Damrosch and His Famous Orchestra Programs and Facsimiles, 1901series 7.1box 15folder 16
The Ellery Band, Taddeo di Giralamo Program Facsimiles, 1912series 7.1box 15folder 17
Sunday School Play Day Program, July 17, 1923series 7.1box 15folder 18

Subseries 7.2: Photographs, Notes, Histories, and Drafts, 1938-1971 (14 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Willow Grove Park Photographs/Facsimiles, ca. 1957, undatedseries 7.2box 16folder 1
Notes on Willow Grove Park Concert Seasons, 1897-1903, undatedseries 7.2box 16folder 2
Notes on Willow Grove Park Concert Seasons, 1904-1914, undatedseries 7.2box 16folder 3
Notes on Willow Grove Park Concert Seasons, 1915-1919, undatedseries 7.2box 16folder 4
Notes on Willow Grove Park Concert Seasons, 1920-1923, undatedseries 7.2box 16folder 5
Notes on Willow Grove Park Concert Seasons, 1924-1926, undatedseries 7.2box 16folder 6
General introduction to Willow Grove, Silver Cornet Band, and Gilmore Band, 1959-1971, undatedseries 7.2box 17folder 1
Willow Grove research and notes, 1960-1961series 7.2box 17folder 2
Willow Grove research and correspondence, 1959, undatedseries 7.2box 17folder 3
Willow Grove research and correspondence, 1959-1970, undatedseries 7.2box 17folder 4
Willow Grove research and correspondence, 1959-1960, undatedseries 7.2box 17folder 5
Willow Grove research and correspondence, 1938-1960series 7.2box 17folder 6
Willow Grove research, Articles from The Instrumentalist, 1955-1956series 7.2box 17folder 7
Clippings of Willow Grove Park Personalities, undatedseries 7.2box 17folder 8

Subseries 7.3: Willow Grove Manuscript, undated (6 folders)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
1906 Pryor, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 1
Index, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 2
Index (1.a-2.1), undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 3
3.a-5.c, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 4
1910 Conway, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 5
Life of Victor Herbert, undatedseries 7.3box 18folder 6

Series 8: School Band Materials, 1938-1964, undated (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains documents from Wise's work as an educator and memorabilia from schools where he taught.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Onward loose leaf note book, mostly empty, includes orchestra personnel, 1935-1936, undated series 8box 19folder 1
Teaching Materials, 1949, undated series 8box 19folder 2
Wise Planner, undated series 8box 19folder 3
Teaching Materials, 1947-1963, undated series 8box 19folder 4
Conference Papers, ca. 1952, 1953 series 8box 19folder 5
Marching Band Formations and Instructions, 1947-1963, undated series 8box 19folder 6
Marching Band Formations and Instructions, 1946-1963, undated series 8box 19folder 7
Majorette Routines and Formations, 1951-1953, undated series 8box 19folder 8
Programs with Notes, 1938-1954, undated series 8box 19folder 9
Professional Items, 1953-1964 series 8box 19folder 10
Yearbook Pages, Music Program Highlights, 1946-52 and 1957-1960 series 8box 19folder 11
Memorabilia, 1952, undated series 8box 19folder 12

Series 9: Other Professional Materials, 1946-1967, undated (5 folders)

This series contains items relating to Wise's work as a church musician, director of Columbiana County Symphony Orchestra, and other activities.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Columbiana County Symphony Orchestra, 1946-1950, undated series 9box 20folder 1
Music Ministry, 1949, 1953, 1963 series 9box 20folder 2
Settlement Music School, 1954, 1959-1960, undated series 9box 20folder 3
Dana School of Music, 1950, 1956, 1967 series 9box 20folder 4
Miscellaneous, 1960, undated series 9box 20folder 5

Series 10: News Articles and Clippings, 1946-1971, undated (3 folders)

This series contains news articles and clippings relating to Wise and/or his ensembles.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Lincoln Log, 1949, 1953, 1963 series 10box 20folder 6
Newspaper Clippings, 1949-1971, undated series 10box 20folder 7
Magazine and Newsletter Articles, 1946-1969, undated series 10box 20folder 8

Related Material

The Arthur Wise Papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

The following books may be found in the Lowens Room:

Levenson, Chas. Fifty Selected Studies for Violin in the First Position. Bryn Mawr, PA: Theodore Presser, 1920. SCPA Method Books

Lord, Francis A. and Arthur Wise. Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1966. ML1311.L67

Lord, Francis A. Uniforms of the Civil War. New York: Thomas Yoseloff, 1970. (Illustrations by Arthur Wise) UC483.L67

Lütgen, B. Studies in Velocity, Volume II. Ed. Max Spicker. New York: G. Schirmer, 1908. MT885.L87 K85 1908

Moore, E.C. Warming-Up Exercises for School Bands. New York: C. Fischer, 1931. MT810.M65 1931.

Revelli, William D., et al. The World of Music Band Course. New York: Ginn and Co., 1941. SCPA Method Books

Schaefer, August H. Kreutzer's 10 Famous Etudes transcribed for the Trumpet or Cornet. Cincinnati, Ohio: Fillmore Music House, 1934. SCPA Method Books

Stone, George Lawrence. Military Drum Beats for the Drum Corps. Boston: G.B. Stone, 1931. MT662.3.S86 M55 1931

White, Hy. Folklore for Guitar. New York: MCA Music, 1959. MT582 .W44 1959

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