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Russell V. Morgan Papers

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/19478

Abstract

Title:
Russell V. Morgan Papers
Author/Creator:
Morgan, Russell
Collection number:
71-11-MENC
Size:
1.75 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1920-1952
Inclusive dates:
1896-1998
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:

Russell V. Morgan (1893-1952) was an American music educator, former President of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), (1930-32) and MENC Hall of Fame inductee (1996). Morgan studied music education at Northwestern University where he received a BM (1915), MM (1921), and was awarded an honorary doctorate (1936). During his career, Morgan served as an army bandmaster during World War I, a church organist, a supervisor of music in public schools, and author of articles, books and school texts on music and music education. The Russell V. Morgan Papers covers the period from 1896-1998; the bulk of the materials date from 1920-1952. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, speeches, correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings, and articles related to the Morgans career as a music educator, his involvement with MENC, and music education and reference materials.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Russell V. Morgan 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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

Russell V. Morgan received a bachelors degree and a masters degree from Northwestern University (1915) before beginning his career as the Supervisor of Music in the Highland Park, Illinois public schools (1915-16) and Director of State Teachers College in La Crosse, Wisconsin (1916-20). He served as an army bandmaster in Germany from 1918-1919 before becoming Supervisor of Music in Cleveland public schools (1923) and organist at Old Stone Church in Cleveland, Ohio, positions he would hold until his death. Russell V. Morgan was involved in many music education organizations and co-authored several books on music education and school music songbooks. In 1936 he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Northwestern University. Russell V. Morgan was inducted into the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Hall of Fame in 1996.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Russell V. Morgan Papers covers the period from1896-1998; the bulk of the materials date from 1920-1952. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, speeches, correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings, and articles related to the Morgans careers as music educators, involvement with MENC, and music education and reference materials.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Various gifts of Hazel B. Morgan and Harriet Mogge (daughter) between June 1971 and June 2010.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Amy Grossnickle, June 2010

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD databse in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, January 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal Files, 1921-1952 (9 folders)

This series contains information about Morgans personal life and career, including resumes and degrees. It has been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 1.1: Education, 1921-1948 (4 folders)

This subseries contains Morgans resumes and degrees from Northwestern University.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Education: Biography, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 1
Education: Northwestern University, 1921, 1936-1937, 1948, undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 2
Education: Northwestern University honorary degree, 1936series 1.1box 1folder 3
Education: Phi Mu Alpha, 1938series 1.1box 1folder 4

Subseries 1.2: Career, 1925-1952 (5 folders)

This subseries contains information about Morgans career as a supervisor in public schools, as organist at Old Stone Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and contracts for publishing books.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Career: Cleveland Public Schools, 1925-1951series 1.2box 1folder 5
Career: Old Stone Church, 1948, 1952series 1.2box 1folder 6
Career: [loose Ohio- related Russell V. Morgan documents], 1932, 1941series 1.2box 1folder 7
Career: [publishing contracts/agreements], 1929, 1949-1951series 1.2box 1folder 8
Career: [University of Hawaii Bulletin], 1948series 1.2box 1folder 9

Series 2: Writings, 1925-1951 and undated (6 folders)

This series contains Morgans educational writings, lecture notes, and personal writings. It has been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 2.1: Educational, 1925-1951 and undated (4 folders)

This subseries contains lecture notes and Morgans professional writings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Educational: Writings- Russell V. Morgan 1/2, 1925-1937, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 10
Educational: Writings- Russell V. Morgan 2/2, 1937-1951series 2.1box 1folder 11
Educational: Incomplete Writings, undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 12
Educational: Lecture Notes, 1936 and undatedseries 2.1box 1folder 13

Subseries 2.2: Personal, 1949 and undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains personal articles, anecdotes, and jokes.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal: Articles, Anecdotes, 1949 and undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 14
Personal: Anecdotes and jokes, undatedseries 2.2box 1folder 15

Series 3: Reference Items, 1927-1952 (1 folder)

This series contains educational reference items collected by Morgan.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal: Miscellaneous, 1927-1952 series 3box 1folder 16

Series 4: MENC, 1990-1996 (3 folders)

This series contains writings and information about Morgans Hall of Fame Induction. (The corresponding award is located in Series 8: Scrapbook Materials.)

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Writings: MENC Historical Center [R. V. Morgan], undated series 4box 1folder 17
Hall of Fame Induction: Russell V. Morgan MENC, 1990, 1996 series 4box 1folder 18
Hall of Fame Induction: [R.V.M. MENC Hall of Fame Induction], 1996 series 4box 1folder 19

Series 5: Musical Projects, 1907-1951 and undated (8 folders)

This series contains booklets from Young Peoples Concerts with the Cleveland Orchestra and writings and manuscripts from the City Club Anvil Revue.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Musical Projects: Educational Concert Series Folder 1, 1934-1935 series 5box 1folder 20
Musical Projects: Educational Concert Series Folder 2, 1937-1938 series 5box 1folder 21
Musical Projects: City Club/ Anvil Revue 1/2, 1948 series 5box 1folder 22
Musical Projects: City Club/ Anvil Revue 2/2, 1948 series 5box 1folder 23
Musical Projects: City Club/ Anvil Revue, 1949 series 5box 1folder 24
Musical Projects: City Club/ Anvil Revue, 1951 series 5box 1folder 25
Musical Projects: [R.V. Morgan- manuscripts], undated series 5box 1folder 26
Musical Projects: Music Scores, 1907-1946 and undated series 5box 1folder 27

Series 6: Correspondence, 1928-1943 (1 folder)

This series contains professional correspondence between colleagues regarding MENC, and between Morgan and the Silver Burdett publishing company.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1928-1943 series 6box 1folder 28

Series 7: Materials Relating to Death, 1942-1952 (2 folders)

This series contains notices, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and materials left for Morgans daughter by Hazel N. Morgan.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Materials Relating to Death: [Russell V. Morgan materials pertaining to his death: obituaries, notices, memorial book, photographs], 1952 series 7box 1folder 29
Materials Relating to Death: R.V.M. [for Harriet Aug. 1962], 1942, 1944, 1952 series 7box 1folder 30

Series 8: Scrapbook Materials, 1893-1996 and undated (4 folders)

This series contains newspaper articles, photographs, and awards from Morgans personal and professional life. It is has been divided into three subseries.

Subseries 8.1: Newspaper Articles, 1918-1964 and undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains newspaper clippings about Morgans career and personal life.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newspaper Articles: [newspaper clippings/scrapbook materials], 1952, 1964series 8.1box 1folder 31
Newspaper Articles: Clippings, 1918-1953 and undatedseries 8.1box 1folder 32

Subseries 8.2: Photographs, 1893-1948 and undated (1 folders)

This subseries contains photographs of Morgan and his family from childhood throughout the rest of his life.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs: [photographs- R.V. Morgan], 1893-1948series 8.2box 1folder 33
Photographs: [Russell V. Morgan and Hazel M. Morgan], 1950 and undatedseries 8.2box 1folder 34
Photographs: [Russell Van Dyke Morgan (1893-1952)], undatedseries 8.2box 1folder 35
Photographs: "The Four Horsemen of MENC: Edward Bailey Birge, Osbourne McConathy, Mystery Man, Russell V. Morgan (L to R)", undatedseries 8.2box 1folder 36

Subseries 8.3: Awards, 1996 (1 item)

This subseries contains Morgans award for entering the MENC Hall of Fame.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Awards: [MENC, Music Educators Hall of Fame- Russell V. Morgan 1996], 1996series 8.3box 1folder 37

Series 9: Books, Journals and LP Records, 1930-1952 and undated (10 folders)

This series contains music books, belonging to or co-authored by Morgan. Also included is one journal containing an article by Morgan and four LP recordings. It has been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 9.1: Books and Journals, 1930-1932 (6 folders)

This subseries contains several autographed books, proof copies of text books and one journal containing an article by Morgan.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Beattie, John W., William Breach, , Mabelle Glenn, etc., The Golden Book of Favorite Songs. Chicago: Hall & McCreary Company, 1923series 9.1box 1folder 38
Dykema, Peter W. Twice 55 Part Songs for High School Boys, The Check Book. Boston: C.C. Birchard and Company, 1930. [autograph, Russell V. Morgan, 10/2/30], 1930series 9.1box 1folder 39
McConathy, Osbourne, Russell V. Morgan, James L. Mursell, etc., American Music Horizons. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1951. [autograph, Russell V. Morgan, 2949 Broxton Road, Shaker Heights, 29, Ohio, Proof Copy, 1951series 9.1box 2folder 1
McConathy, Osbourne, Russell V. Morgan, James L. Mursell, etc., New Music Horizons. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1944series 9.1box 2folder 2
McConathy, Osbourne, Russell V. Morgan, James L. Mursell, etc., World Music Horizons. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1951. [autograph, Russell V. Morgan, 2949 Broxton Road, Shaker Heights, 29, Ohio, Proof Copy, 1951series 9.1box 2folder 3
Music Supervisors Journal, 1932series 9.1box 2folder 4

Subseries 9.2: LP Records, 1952 and undated (4 items)

This subseries contains four LPs from Cleveland Public Schools and the Junior Red Cross.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American School Music, Junior Red Cross, Cleveland, Ohio, 2 discs, parts 1-4, undatedseries 9.2box 2folder 5
WBOE Cleveland Public Schools, Jr. Music Workshop, Watching a Melody Grow, November 17, 1952series 9.2box 2folder 6
WBOE Cleveland Public Schools, Jr. Music Workshop, Watching a Melody Grow, PIANO SOLO- Swanee River, and MEET THE FAMOUS- Mozart, November 17, 1952series 9.2box 2folder 7
American Junior Red Cross, International Creative Music Project, Junior Red Cross, Cleveland, Ohio, 2 discs, parts 1-4 (includes one Junior American Red Cross Booklet with songs and photographs), undatedseries 9.2box 2folder 8

Related Material

The Russell Morgan Papers are part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center, previously the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Historical Center.

Morgan, Russell V., Hazel Nohavec Morgan. Music Education in Action. Park Ridge: Kjos Music Co., 1960.

Ed., Morgan, Hazel N., Music; a Living Power in Education. A Compendium of the Writings of Russell Van Dyke Morgan. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1953.

Morgan, Russell V., Harry F. Clarke. A Survey of Music Material for Bands in Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools. New York: National Bureau for the Advancement of Music, 1939.

McConathy, Osbournc, Russell V. Morgan, etc. Music in the Junior High School. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1938.

Note: These are books to which Russell Morgan has contributed, edited, or written. They can be located in the catalog for the University of Maryland Libraries.

See also: Hazel N. Morgan Papers and The Shared Materials of the Drs. Morgan in the Special Collections in Performing Arts.

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