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Gladys Pitcher Papers

Abstract

Title:
Gladys Pitcher Papers
Author/Creator:
Pitcher, Gladys
Collection number:
97-35-MENC
Size:
1.00 linear foot
Bulk dates:
1959-1976
Inclusive dates:
1854-1976
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:

Gladys Pitcher (1890-1996) was a music education, pianist, and cellist. Throughout her career she served as a public school music educator in New England as well as an editor and arranger of choral music for multiple music publishers. The collection consists of articles, newspaper clippings and interviews with the pitcher family, including Gladys parents Elbridge and Emma Pitcher, photographs, awards presented to the Pitcher family, copies of choral arrangements edited by Pitcher, musical collaborations with elementary school students as well as entries submitted to Tuneful Tim, a childrens series of songs and lyrics written by Pitcher and published by C.C. Birchard, and a copy of The Laurel Song Book used by Elbridge Pitcher.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

Gladys Pitcher Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/24233
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

Gladys Pitcher (1890-1996), a pianist, cellist and music educator, was born in Belfast, Maine to music educators Elbridge and Emma Pitcher. Gladys Pitcher graduated from Belfast High School in1907 and went on to study cello and piano at the New England Conservatory of Boston, from which she graduated in 1910. In 1914 she married James T. Sleeper, the Director of the Music Department at Beloit College in Wisconsin, and replaced him temporarily as Director when he left to serve during World War I. Following the War, Pitcher settled in New England and taught music in the public school system. In 1926 she was hired by C.C. Birchard, a music publisher in Boston, where she acted as editor-in-chief until her retirement in 1957. Following her retirement, she continued to write and edit music for the Willis Music Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and continued to edit after settling in Belfast, Maine in 1962. Gladys Pitcher died on March 24, 1996 at the age of 105.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

>The Gladys Pitcher Papers covers the period from 1854 to 1976; the bulk of the materials date from 1959 to 1976. The collection consists of both personal and professional materials related to Gladys Pitchers family and career as a musical educator. Materials include newspaper clippings collected by Elbridge Pitcher, concert posters and programs, photographs, awards presented to Gladys, Elbridge and Emma Pitcher, choral arrangements edited by Gladys Pitcher, one book with a note by Gladys Pitcher, and two collaborative musical works by Gladys Pitcher and public school children.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

This collection was donated by Rhoda Frederick in October 1996.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Nicole Horstman, July 2013

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, October 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: The Pitcher Family, 1887-1967 (11 folders)

This series consists of articles, clippings, and a recorded interview related to the Pitcher family, composed of Gladys, Emma, and Elbridge Pitcher. The bulk of the series consists of articles and clippings from Elbridge Pitchers scrapbooks, including preservation copies and mailing envelopes. Additional materials include concert programs, posters, and brochures, and a transcript of an interview with Gladys Pitcher.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
The Pitcher Family (Elbridge, Emma, Gladys)- newspaper clippings, 1918-1932 and undated series 1box 1folder 1
Elbridge Pitcher- Waverly Make Quartette Scrapbook, 1887-1912 series 1box 1folder 2
Envelope from Elbridge Pitchers Waverly Male Quartette Scrapbook, 1887 series 1box 1folder 3
Concert Poster advertising Waverly Male Quartette Concert [moved to SCPA Workroom Mapcase 1, drawer 10], undated series 1box 1folder 4
Elbridge Pitchers scrapbook [preservation copies], 1916-1949 series 1box 1folder 5
Elbridge Pitchers scrapbook, 1916-1957 series 1box 1folder 6
Third Annual May Music Festival of the High Schools of Knox and Waldo Counties concert placard [moved to oversize box], May 31 no year series 1box 1folder 7
Mounted Reproduction of newspaper photo: Opera Martha at Maine Teachers Convention [moved to oversize box], undated series 1box 1folder 8
Summer Methods School of Washington College of Music, Inc. brochures [Elbridge Pitcher on faculty], undated series 1box 1folder 9
Interview transcript of Gladys Pitcher, undated series 1box 1folder 10
Gladys Pitcher Concert Programs, Articles, and Talk, 1913-1967 series 1box 1folder 11

Series 2: Photographs, 1944 and undated (4 items)

This series consists of four items. Two photographs depict Gladys Pitcher at age four, and have been removed from their cardboard frames and encased in plastic sleeves. The two additional photographs, one from C.C. Birchard and the other from Peter Dykema have been inscribed with messages to Pitcher. The fourth photograph from Peter Dykema has been removed and placed in Oversize Box 3.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, undated series 2box 1folder 12
Gladys Pitcher at 4 years old, seated at piano and cardboard frame, undated series 2box 1folder 12item 1.0
Gladys Pitcher at 4 years old, standing and cardboard frame, undated series 2box 1folder 12item 2.0
C.C. Birchard, inscribed and autographed and mounted. For Miss Pitcher, with the company ten years, and highly respected for her ability and character. In Admiration, C.C. Birchard., undated series 2box 1folder 12item 3.0
Peter W. Dykema, inscribed and autographed. To Gladys Pitcher, artis craftsman and cooperative associate. With warm appreciation from Peter W. Dykema. Sept. 29, 1944 Boston. [moved to oversize box], September 29, 1944 series 2box 1folder 12item 4.0

Series 3: Awards Presented to Gladys Pitcher, 1943-1976 (8 items)

This series consist of awards presented to Gladys Pitcher over the course of her career as a music educator, as well as awards for her service as a volunteer in the U.S. Army Anti-Aircraft Division. Also included in this series are two certificates of Honorary Life Membership into the Maine Teachers Association, awarded to Elbridge S. and Emma B. Pitcher.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Awards, 1943-1976 series 3box 1folder 13
Lowell Mason Award, March 20, 1976 series 3box 1folder 13item 1.0
Maine Music Educators Association Honorary Life Membership, October 8, 1971 series 3box 1folder 13item 2.0
Army Air Forces Aircraft Warning Service Award, May 29, 1944 series 3box 1folder 13item 3.0
Boston Anti-Aircraft Region U.S. Army Certificate of Service, March 31, 1943 series 3box 1folder 13item 4.0
William A. Dwiggins Award presented by The Bookbuilders of Boston, February 24, 1958 series 3box 1folder 13item 5.0
Women and War by Dorothy Kraus, reprinted from the Bostonian, December 1943 series 3box 1folder 13item 6.0
Maine Teachers Association Honorary Life Membership [two certificates: Emma B. Pitcher and Elbridge S. Pitcher], October 1945 series 3box 1folder 13item 7.0
The New England Conservatory of Music Sixtieth Anniversary as a Graduate, May 22, 1971 series 3box 1folder 13item 8.0

Series 4: Choral Music Arrangements, 1927-1973 (.50 linear feet)

This series consists of thirty-three published choral music arrangements arranged by Gladys Pitcher. Each arrangement indicates the vocal parts included (soprano, alto, tenor, and bass). The bulk of choral arrangements were published by C.C. Birchard & Co., of Boston, Mass., and The Willis Company, of Cincinnati, Ohio.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Choral Music Arrangements, Numbers 1-30, 1927-1973 series 4box 2folder 1
All Praise to Thee by Thomas Tallis, arr. Pitcher. M. Witmark, 1959 series 4box 2folder 1item 1.0
Through all the World Below, early southern American hymn, arr. Pitcher. Neil A. Kjos Music Co., 1959 series 4box 2folder 1item 2.0
Alleluia! Sing to Jesus! By William C. Dix, arr. Pitcher. The Willis Music Co., 1959 series 4box 2folder 1item 3.0
Come, Dearest Lord by Isaac Watts, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1959 series 4box 2folder 1item 4.0
Lovely Nymphs by Giovanni Giacomo Gustoldi, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1967 series 4box 2folder 1item 6.0
Dear Innsbruck, I Must Leave Thee by Herman Isaac, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1967 series 4box 2folder 1item 7.0
Rejoice, my Friends, from Southern Harmony and Musical Companion (1854), arr. Pitcher. B.F. Wood, 1959 series 4box 2folder 1item 8.0
How Long Wilt Thou Forget Me? by Carl Pflueger, arr. Pitcher. R.L. Huntzinger, 1965 series 4box 2folder 1item 9.0
All Glory, Laud, and Honor by Melchior Teschnew, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1965 series 4box 2folder 1item 10.0
The Green Dress, South African song collected by Josef Marais, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 1item 11.0
The First Day of May, French cumulative song, arr. and trans. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 1item 12.0
Come, Dance Tonight, Italian folk song from Sicily, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 1item 13.0
Fiddlin Fun, traditional tune based on Old Dan Tucker and other fiddle tunes, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1958 series 4box 2folder 1item 14.0
When the Love Comes Trick-a-lin Down, Negro Spiritual, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 1item 15.0
All Through the Night by David Owen, arr. Pitcher. [S.S.A.] Willis, 1966 series 4box 2folder 1item 16.0
All Through the Night by David Owen, arr. Pitcher. [S.A.B.] Willis, 1966 series 4box 2folder 1item 17.0
Rio Grande, sea chantey, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1966 series 4box 2folder 1item 18.0
St. Francis Hymn by St. Francis of Assissi, arr. and trans. Pitcher. [S.A.B.] Willis, 1965 series 4box 2folder 1item 19.0
St. Francis Hymn by St. Francis of Assissi, arr. and trans. Pitcher. [S.S.A.] Willis, 1967 series 4box 2folder 1item 20.0
Fable by Leigh McBradd, arr. from Long Wharf Songs by Pitcher, Willis, 1967 series 4box 2folder 1item 21.0
Passacaglia by Leigh McBradd, arr. from Long Wharf Songs by Pitcher, Willia, 1967 series 4box 2folder 1item 22.0
Loch Lomon, Scottish folk song, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1966 series 4box 2folder 1item 23.0
Single and Free, Irish folk song, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 1item 24.0
The Heavens Resound by Beethoven and Andrea Hofor, arr. Pitcher. Willis, 1959 series 4box 2folder 1item 25.0
The Day of the Kings, Spanish Christmas carol from Castile, arr. G. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 1item 26.0
Break Forth, O Beauteous, Heavnly Light by J.S. Bach, arr. G. Pitcher. Willis Music Co., 1973 series 4box 2folder 1item 27.0
Now Let Evry Tongue Adore Thee by J.S. Bach, arr. G. Pitcher. Willis, 1973 series 4box 2folder 1item 28.0
The Nut-Tree (Der Nussbaum) by Robert Schumann, Op. 25; No.3, arr. G.Pitcher. Willis, 1973 series 4box 2folder 1item 29.0
Praise God in Nature, Scottish Gaelic Hymn, arr. G. Pitcher. Willis, 1973 series 4box 2folder 1item 30.0
Marianina by David Stevens, arr. Pitcher. C.C. Birchard, 1927 series 4box 2folder 1item 5.0
Choral Music Arrangements, Numbers 31-33, 1960-1968 series 4box 2folder 2
Day of Gladness: The Story of the Birth of the Christ Child Told in Scripture and Carols by Pitcher. Willis, 1968 series 4box 2folder 2item 31.0
People and Song: Unusual Folk Songs arr. by Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1960 series 4box 2folder 2item 32.0
Not Too High Low Songs for Junior High, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1961 series 4box 2folder 2item 33.0
Choral Music Arrangements, Numbers 34-38, 1951-1962 series 4box 2folder 3
A Dozen Songs of the Americas arr. Pitcher. Belwin, 1958 series 4box 2folder 3item 34.0
Swing Your Partner: for SATB with Dancers, arr. Pitcher. Harold Flammer, 1959 series 4box 2folder 3item 35.0
30 Old and New Christmas Carols (S.S.A.), comp., arr., ed. By Pitcher. G. Schirmer, 1961 series 4box 2folder 3item 36.0
30 Old and New Christmas Carols (T.T.B.B.), comp., arr., ed. By Pitcher.. G. Schirmer, 1961 series 4box 2folder 3item 37.0
Ten American Songs, arr. for treble voices by Pitcher. C.C. Birchard, 1951 series 4box 2folder 3item 38.0
Choral Music Arrangements, Numbers 39-44, 1957-1964 series 4box 2folder 4
Playtime in Song: Folk Songs in Simple Dance and Play Patterns by Pitcher. M. Witmark, 1960 series 4box 2folder 4item 39.0
The Bay Book: Two-part Sacred Music for Womens Voices (S.A.), comp., ed., arr. by Pitcher. Willis, 1964 series 4box 2folder 4item 40.0
Sing Together at Christmas by Pitcher. Willis, 1960 series 4box 2folder 4item 41.0
Long Wharf songs, music by Pitcher, words by Leigh McBradd. Willis, 1962 series 4box 2folder 4item 42.0
An Arranger Looks at High School Choral Music, Gladys Pitcher, The Flammerion, 1957 series 4box 2folder 4item 43.0
Correspondence with Womens League about choral arrangement work, undated series 4box 2folder 4item 44.0

Series 5: Collaborative Musical Works by Children, 1922 and undated (3 items)

This series consists of two musical works, Mother Natures Family and Tuneful Tim. The first, Mother Natures family, contains a score written by Gladys Pitcher accompanied by dialogue, words, and screenplay written by Pitchers 3rd and 4th grade students. The second work, Tuneful Tim, consists of melodies, lyrics, drawings, and letters submitted by children and their teachers to Tuneful Tim, a character in a series of books by Gladys Pitcher and published by C.C. Birchard.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Operetta Mother Natures Family by 3rd and 4th grade students in Passaic, NJ and Gladys Pitcher [oversize box], December 1922 series 5box 3folder 1
Tuneful Tim [1 of 2] [Contains melodies, lyrics, drawings, and letters submitted by children and their teachers to Tuneful Tim. Tuneful Tim was a character in a series of books by Gladys Pitcher, published by C.C. Birchard], undated series 5box 3folder 2
Tuneful Tim [2 of 2] [oversize box], undated series 5box 3folder 3

Series 6: Books, 1854-1900 (3 items)

This series currently consists of one item, The Laurel Song Book, by William L. Tomlins, including note from Gladys Pitcher stating that this is probably a first edition, used by Elbridge Pitcher in Belfast, ME in 1903. Two additional items, The Cythara by Isaac B. Woodbury and The Jubilate by L.O. Emerson, were discarded on January 18, 2006 due to deteriorated condition.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Books, 1854-1900 series 6box 2folder 5
Tomlins, William L., ed. The Laurel Song Book. Boston: C.C. Birchard, 1900 series 6box 2folder 5item 1.0
The Cythara by Isaac B. Woodbury [discarded because of condition 1/18/06 ljf], 1854 series 6box 2folder 5item 2.0
The Jubilate by L.O. Emerson (2) [discarded because of condition 1/18/06 ljf], 1866 series 6box 2folder 5item 3.0

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