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Milton Stevens Papers

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Abstract

Title:
Milton Stevens Papers
Author/Creator:
Stevens, Milton
Collection number:
11-34-STEV
Size:
169.5 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1980-2007
Inclusive dates:
1901-2010
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:

Milton Lewis Stevens Jr. (1942-2007) was an American trombonist who spent the majority of his professional career in the Washington, DC region. He earned a B.M. from Oberlin College, M.M. from the University of Illinois, and a D.M.A. from Boston University. Stevens joined the National Symphony Orchestra in 1978 and held the principal trombone chair for 29 years. In 1993, he co-founded the Washington Symphonic Brass. He was also an educator teaching at Catholic University of America and the University of Maryland. The collection consists of personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, clippings, articles, programs, correspondence, date books, photographs, scores, and recordings related to Stevenss work as a musician and educator.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Milton Stevens 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

Milton Lewis Stevens Jr. was born in 1942, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. He began playing the trombone when he was twelve and continued playing through his attendance at Searles High School in Great Barrington. He graduated from the music conservatory of Oberlin College in Ohio in 1964 (B.M.). In 1966, he received his M.M from the University of Illinois and in 1975 he earned his D.M.A. from Boston University.

In 1978, Stevens joined the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and was named principal trombonist, a chair he held for the next 29 years. In 1993, he co-founded the Washington Symphonic Brass, a brass ensemble that performs throughout the Washington D.C. area. Dr. Stevens also founded the Interservice Trombone Choir, a group of volunteer trombonists from various military bands in and around Washington.

In addition to performing with and conducting various music groups, Dr. Stevens also taught at the University of Maryland and the Catholic University of America. He also gave classes at many trombone and brass workshops such as Summit Brass. Dr. Stevens died while traveling in Denver, Colorado on July 30, 2007.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Milton Stevens Collection covers the period from 1901 to 2010; the bulk of the materials date from 1980-2007. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, clippings, articles, programs, correspondence, date books, photographs, scores, and recordings related to Stevenss work as a musician and educator, including his work with the Catholic University of America, the University of Maryland, International Trombone Association, Interservice Trombone Choir, National Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington Symphonic Brass, for which he was a co-founder.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Priscilla Stevens (Milt Stevens' wife) in December 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by David Brenneman, Janet Peterson, June 2012

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Amanda May, September 2012.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into seventeen series:

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: University of Maryland, 1987-2007 and undated (47 folders)

This series contains student papers, ensemble information, administrative papers, and commencement information. It has been divided into four subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 1.1: Student Papers, 1987-2005 and undated (27 folders)

This subseries contains papers written by students at the University of Maryland. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 1.2: Ensembles, 1997-2007 and undated (8 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to University of Maryland brass ensembles. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 1.3: Administrative, 1989-2007 and undated (11 folders)

This subseries contains materials related to Stevens' teaching at the University of Maryland. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 1.4: Commencement, 2000-2005 (1 folder)

This subseries contains materials related to the University of Maryland commencement. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 2: Private Teaching Files, 1956-2007 and undated (48 folders)

This series contains clippings, articles and literature lists relating to Stevens' teaching interests. It has been divided into three subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 2.1: Clippings, Undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains clippings of music excerpts and books announcements from magazines and newspapers. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 2.2: Articles, 1956-2007 and undated (26 folders)

This subseries contains articles relating to Stevens teaching interests. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 2.3: Literature Lists, 1980-2007 and undated (20 folders)

This subseries contains music literature lists. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 3: Educational Materials, 1973-2002 and undated (18 folders)

This series contains papers written by non-University of Maryland students and music card files. It has been divided into two subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 3.1: Other Student Papers, 1973-2002 and undated (9 folders)

This subseries contains papers written by non University of Maryland students. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 3.2: Card Files, Undated (9 folders)

This subseries contains card files of music for solos and ensembles. Materials have been kept in their original order within the folders.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 4: Washington Symphonic Brass, 1987-2007 and undated (144 folders and 12 data discs)

This series contains performance information, administrative files and clippings relating to the Washington Symphonic Brass. It has been divided into three subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 4.1: Performances, 1996-2007 (55 folders)

This subseries contains materials relating to Washington Symphonic Brass performances. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 4.2: Administrative, 1987-2007 and undated (86 folders and 12 data discs)

This subseries contains materials relating to the administration of the Washington Symphonic Brass. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 4.3: Clippings, 1999-2007 (3 folders)

This subseries contains newspaper and magazine clippings about the Washington Symphonic Brass. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 5: National Symphony Orchestra, 1970-2008 and undated (19 folders)

This series contains materials relating to Stevens' time with the National Symphony Orchestra. It has been divided into two subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 5.1: Various Documents, 1983-2005 and undated (9 folders)

This subseries contains clippings and other materials relating to Stevens time with the National Symphony Orchestra. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 5.2: Programs and Schedules, 1970-2008 (10 folders)

This subseries contains programs and schedules for the National Symphony Orchestra. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 6: Trombone Events and Groups, 1981-2006 and undated (11 folders)

This series contains materials relating to trombone events and groups in which Stevens participated. It has been divided into three subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 6.1: International Trombone Association, 1981-2006 (3 folders)

This subseries contains materials relating to the International Trombone Association. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 6.2: International Trombone Workshop, 1980-1992 (2 folders)

This subseries contains materials relating to the International Trombone Workshop. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 6.3: Interservice Trombone Choir, 1991-1997 and undated (6 folders)

This subseries contains materials relating to the Interservice Trombone Choir. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 7: Manuscripts, 1947-1991 and undated (26 folders)

This series contains Stevens' thesis and other class papers and notes from books. It has been divided into four subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 7.1: Thesis, 1976 (7 folders)

This subseries contains various copies of Stevens thesis. Materials are arranged in probable working order.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 7.2: Class Papers, 1962-1966 (4 folders)

This subseries contains papers written by Stevens for various classes. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 7.3: Notes from Books, 1947-1991 (13 folders)

This subseries contains notes Stevens took from various books he owned. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 7.4: Music Manuscript, Undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains manuscript paper with music composed and transcribed by Stevens.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 8: Personal Documents, 1946-2007 and undated (40 folders and 5 data discs)

This series contains materials related to Stevens' personal life. It has been divided into twelve subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.1: School Transcripts, 1960-1978 (1 folder)

This subseries contains Stevens school transcripts. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.2: Resumes, Undated (3 folders)

This subseries contains various versions of Stevens resumes. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.3: Recommendation Letters, Reviews and Publicity, 1964-1999 and undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains letters of recommendation, reviews and publicity materials for Stevens. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.4: Catholic University of America Adjunct Appointment, 1990-1991 (2 folders)

This subseries contains materials about Stevens Catholic University of America teaching job. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.5: Correspondence, 1989-2007 (2 folders)

This subseries contains professional and personal correspondence. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.6: Loose Documents, 1991-2005 and undated (10 folders)

This subseries contains various loose documents and notes. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.7: Remembrance, 2006-2010 (2 folders)

This subseries contains programs, articles, correspondence, and music celebrating Stevens life as well as a binder put together after Stevens death by his wife Priscilla. Materials have been kept in the original order.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.8: Personal Computer Files, 2002-2005 (5 data discs)

This subseries contains data discs of files from Stevens personal computer. The files include address books, financial materials, WSB files, teaching materials, and various personal documents. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.9: Union Materials, 1973-2007 (3 folders)

This subseries contains directories of ICSOM and the Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Federation of Musicians as well as wage scale information for ICSOM orchestras. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.10: Christian Performing Artists' Fellowship, 1985 and undated (1 folder)

This subseries contains materials related to the Christian Performing Artists Fellowship. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.11: Music Periodicals, 1994-2003 and undated (5 folders)

This subseries contains various music periodicals. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 8.12: Music Resources, 1946-1997 and undated (7 folders)

This subseries contains useful materials for musicians including instrument repair manuals, a trombone excerpt guide, orchestral recordings guide, pictorial guides to historical musical instruments, and various other resources. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 9: Programs and Flyers, 1966-2010 and undated (21 folders)

This series contains programs and flyers for concerts Stevens has performed in, conducted and attended. It has been divided into four subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 9.1: Attended, 1990-2005 (1 folder)

This subseries contains programs of concert Stevens has attended. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 9.2: Contributed, 1966-2007 and undated (16 folders)

This subseries contains programs of concert Stevens has performed in or conducted. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 9.3: Workshops, 1979-2007 (3 folders)

This subseries contains programs of workshops Stevens has performed in, conducted or attended. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 9.4: Flyers, 1989-2010 and undated (1 folder)

This subseries contains flyers of concert Stevens has performed in, conducted or attended. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 10: Yearbooks, 1956-1991 and undated (20 folders and 1 data disc)

This series contains yearbooks from 1956 to 1965 and alumni publications. It has been divided into three subseries.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 10.1: Searles High School, 1956-1960 (5 folders)

This subseries contains five yearbooks from Searles High School. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 10.2: Oberlin College, 1961-1965 (5 folders)

This subseries contains five yearbooks from Oberlin College. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Subseries 10.3: Alumni/Reunion, 1967-1991 and undated (10 folders and 1 data disc)

This subseries contains books and programs from reunions for Searles High School and Oberlin College.

The box inventory for this subseries is not currently available online. Please refer to the subseries description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 11: Photographs, 1950-2005 (1 folder and 3 data discs)

This series contains photographs of Stevens. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 12: Scores, Undated (3255 items)

This series contains trombone ensemble, brass ensemble, and mixed chamber ensemble music as well as solos, method books, excerpt books, scores, and orchestral parts. The inventory is available in two formats: Excel and PDF.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 13: Recordings, Undated (2594 items)

This series contains CDs, DVDs, LPs, DATs, VHS, audiocassette, and open reel tape recordings of both professional and amateur bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and soloists in performance and rehearsal. An inventory is available here.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 14: Realia, 1983-2007 (6 folders)

This series contains articles about the NSOs 1993 tour of Russia and other objects related to Stevens career.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 15: Date Books, 1971-2006 (32 items)

This series contains 32 date books from Stevens career spanning 1971 through 2006, excluding 1988, 1989, 1992, and 2004. Materials are arranged chronologically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 16: Scrapbooks, 1960-2006 (10 items)

This series contains 10 scrapbook binders from Stevens career. The binders include concert programs, flyers, photographs, newspaper clippings, and concert reviews related to his work with the National Symphony Orchestra, the Washington Symphonic Brass, and his teaching at the University of Maryland and other institutions. The original chronological order has been maintained.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

Series 17: Books, 1901-1996 (39 items)

This series contains books with marginalia relating to music. Materials are arranged alphabetically.

The box inventory for this series is not currently available online. Please refer to the series description above for a broad description of the materials or contact the department for more information.

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