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George C. Wilson Collection

Abstract

Title:
George C. Wilson Collection
Author/Creator:
Wilson, George C.
Collection number:
86-100-ABA
Size:
0.50 Linear Feet
Bulk dates:
1936-1982
Inclusive dates:
1936-1982
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:

George C. Wilson (d.2001) was a music educator, band director, Director and Vice-President of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. In 1948, he was elected a member of American Bandmasters Association (ABA), where he served on the board of Directors (1963, 1966), as vice-president (1964), and president (1965), and in 1998 was elected as an honorary life member. The George C. Wilson papers include materials relating to Wilsons tenure as the director at Interlochen, including correspondence, programs, calendars, and newspaper clippings from National Music Camp; correspondence and programs relating to appearances as guest conductor and adjudicator in the United States and abroad; and newspapers, correspondence, and other ephemera regarding the creation, at the invitation of Imelda Marcos, of the Philippine National Arts Center in Manila in 1976. Also included in this collection are correspondence, programs, etc. regarding Wilsons career as a conductor prior to becoming director of Interlochen.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

George C. Wilson Collection, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/1767
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

Dr. George C. Wilson (1908-2001) was known as a music educator and conductor. He graduated from the University of Illinois and earned a masters degree from Columbia University. Dr. Wilson began his career as a conductor at Kansas State Teachers College and went on to conduct the band and orchestra at University of Arizona. He spent ten years as the director of bands at the University of Missouri, from 1946 until 1956. Elected to the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) in 1948, he was elected president in 1965 and was later named as an honorary life member in 1998. Dr. Wilson helped organize the 1966 conference of the International Society for Music Education, the first to be held in the United States, at Interlochen, Michigan.

Dr. Wilson dedicated much of his life to the National Music Camp, later known as the Interlochen Arts Camp. In 1950, he was elected vice-president and director of the National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan and starting in 1958, served as a full-time faculty member at the National Arts Academy. He later served as interim president from 1970 to 1971 of the Interlochen Center for the Arts. In 1973 he assisted Imelda Marcos with the development and planning of the Philippine Center of the Arts, which would later open in 1976. George Wilson died on February 2,4 2001 in St. Louis, Missouri.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The George C. Wilson Collection covers the period from 1936 to 1982. The collection includes materials relating to Wilsons tenure as the director at Interlochen, including correspondence, programs, calendars, and newspaper clippings from National Music Camp; correspondence and other materials relating to his membership and tenure as President of the American Bandmasters Association; correspondence and programs relating to appearances as guest conductor and adjudicator in the United States and abroad; and newspapers, correspondence, and other ephemera regarding the creation, at the invitation of Imelda Marcos, of the Philippine National Arts Center in Manila in 1976. Additional professional papers of Dr. Wilson are held by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan. These papers are from the Interlochen Center for the Arts records and refer to Dr. Wilsons tenure as director of the National Music Camp.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

First part of collection gifted to the University of Maryland by George C. Wilson in December 1985.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Nicole Horstman, October 2013

Processing note:

Processing supported by the Rose Marie Grentzer Fund.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Colleen McKnight, June 2007.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Personal, 1970-1978 and undated (1 folder and 9 items)

This series contains biographical materials relating to Charles C. Wilson, including excerpts of reviews, a log of musical activities, personal biography, and copies of his business card from his tenure as Vice President and Director of the National Music Camp. Also included in this series are eight yearly personal calendars, arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Biographical Materials, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1970 series 1box 1folder 1item 1.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1971 series 1box 1folder 1item 2.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1972 series 1box 1folder 1item 3.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1973 series 1box 1folder 1item 4.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1974 series 1box 1folder 1item 5.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1975 series 1box 1folder 1item 6.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1976 series 1box 1folder 1item 7.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1977 series 1box 1folder 1item 8.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendar, 1978 series 1box 1folder 1item 9.0
Personal Memorandum- Calendars, 1970-1978 series 1box 1folder 2

Series 2: Interlochen Center for the Arts, 1963-1985 and undated (4 folders and 1 item)

This series contains correspondence, programs, clippings, photographs, and a yearbook from Wilsons tenure as director of the National Music Camp at Interlochen Center for the Arts. Items within each folder are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
National Music Camp- Correspondence, 1963-1978 series 2box 1folder 3
National Music Camp- Programs, 1963-1978 series 2box 1folder 4
National Music Camp- Clippings, 1964-1985 series 2box 1folder 5
National Music Camp- Photographs, undated series 2box 1folder 6
National Music Camp- Speech at Interlochen Service, July 14, 1985 series 2box 1folder 7
Interlochen Directory, 1977 series 2box 1folder 8
National Music Camp- The First Fifty Years, 1977 series 2box 1folder 8item 1.0

Series 3: American Bandmasters Association, 1931-1982 and undated (.50 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence, minutes and reports, convention and committee materials and clippings relating to the American Bandmasters Association, of which he became a member in 1948 and later served as President in 1965. Correspondence in arranged alphabetically by correspondent, with other materials arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Bandmasters Association: Correspondence A-O, 1941-1981 series 3box 2folder 1
American Bandmasters Association: Correspondence P-Z, 1964-1971 series 3box 2folder 2
American Bandmasters Association: Minutes and Reports, 1966-1982 series 3box 2folder 3
American Bandmasters Association: 1966 Convention- Evanston, IL, 1965-1966 series 3box 2folder 4
American Bandmasters Association: Santelman Correspondence, 1965-1974 series 3box 2folder 5
American Bandmasters Association: Remembrance Committee, 1979-1981 series 3box 2folder 6
American Bandmasters Association: ABA/JBA Conference, 1982-1984 series 3box 2folder 7
American Bandmasters Association: Clippings, 1963-1982 series 3box 2folder 8
American Bandmasters Association: Band Music Catalog, March 1965 series 3box 2folder 9
American Bandmasters Association: Miscellaneous, 1931-1982 and undated series 3box 2folder 10

Series 4: Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1934-1985 (2.5 linear feet)

This series contains correspondence and programs relating to appearances as guest conductor and adjudicator in the United States and abroad.

Subseries 4.1: National Music aFestivals, 1934-1985 (1.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains correspondence, programs, and other materials relating to appearances made by Wilson as conductor, adjudicator, and clinician of various music festivals nationally. Items within this subseries are arranged chronologically by year, with certain festivals arranged alphabetically by title.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1941-1950series 4.1box 3folder 1
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1950-1955series 4.1box 3folder 2
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1956series 4.1box 3folder 3
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1957series 4.1box 3folder 4
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1958series 4.1box 3folder 5
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1959series 4.1box 3folder 6
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1960series 4.1box 3folder 7
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1961series 4.1box 3folder 8
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1962series 4.1box 3folder 9
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1963series 4.1box 3folder 10
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1964series 4.1box 4folder 1
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1965series 4.1box 4folder 2
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1966series 4.1box 4folder 3
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1967series 4.1box 4folder 4
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1968series 4.1box 4folder 5
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1969series 4.1box 4folder 6
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1970series 4.1box 4folder 7
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1971series 4.1box 4folder 8
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1972-1973series 4.1box 4folder 9
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1974-1975series 4.1box 5folder 1
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1976series 4.1box 5folder 2
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting, 1977-1985series 4.1box 5folder 3
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Fanshawe College, 1972series 4.1box 5folder 4
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Ferns State College, 1971-1977series 4.1box 5folder 5
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Greater Southwest Music Festival, 1973series 4.1box 5folder 6
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Illinois Music Educators Association, 1966-1972series 4.1box 5folder 7
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Kenosha Unified School District, 1972-1974series 4.1box 5folder 8
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Louisiana: Tensas Fine Arts Center, 1969series 4.1box 5folder 9
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- MENC Western Division: Hawaii All-State, 1968-1969series 4.1box 5folder 10
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Michigan School Band and Orchestra Association, 1970-1979series 4.1box 5folder 11
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Oklahoma Music Educators Association, 1974-1979series 4.1box 5folder 12
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Tri-State Music Festival: Enid, OK, 1963-1976series 4.1box 5folder 13
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- Wisconsin School Music Association, 1971series 4.1box 5folder 14
Guest Adjudicating/Conducting- World Youth Symphony Orchestra, 1967-1968series 4.1box 5folder 15

Subseries 4.2: International Music Festivals, 1973-1975 and undated (.50 linear feet)

This sub-series contains correspondence, travel documents, programs, clippings, photographs, and other materials relating to three international music festivals attended by Wilson. The first includes materials from Wilsons trip to Iran and Portugal in 1973. The second, made in 1973, contains newspapers, correspondence, and other ephemera regarding the creation, at the invitation of Imelda Marcos, of the Philippine National Arts Center in Manila. The second, made in 1975, includes correspondence, clippings and other documents relating to the First Japan Band, Orchestra, and Chorus Clinic.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Portugal and Iran Trip, February 1973series 4.2box 6folder 1
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Correspondence, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 2
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Travel Documents, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 3
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Programs, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 4
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Press Releases, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 5
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Clippings, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 6
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Photographs, 1973series 4.2box 6folder 7
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Publications, 1973 and undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 8
Philippines Trip: Philippine National Arts Center- Misc., undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 9
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Correspondence, 1974-1975series 4.2box 6folder 10
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Travel Documents, 1974series 4.2box 6folder 11
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Clinic Schedules, 1975series 4.2box 6folder 12
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Clippings, 1974-1975series 4.2box 6folder 13
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Photographs, 1975 and undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 14
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Publications, 1974 and undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 15
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Journals and Writings, undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 16
Japan Trip: Band/Orchestra/Chorus Clinic- Misc., undatedseries 4.2box 6folder 17

Subseries 4.3: Professional Organizations, 1951-1978 and undated (.50 linear feet)

This subseries contains documents related to Wilsons participation in several professional organizations, including the Ann Arbor Civic Symphony, the Michigan Civic Orchestra, and the Northwester Michigan Symphony Orchestra. Materials include correspondence, programs, schedules, and photographs. Items within this sub-series are arranged alphabetically by organization.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Ann Arbor Civic Symphony: Correspondence, Programs, Reports, etc., 1957-1961series 4.3box 7folder 1
Ann Arbor Civic Symphony: Photographs, undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 2
College Band Directors National Association, 1951series 4.3box 7folder 3
First Astro World Music Festival: Correspondence, Programs, etc., 1974-1975series 4.3box 7folder 4
Jackson Symphony Orchestra: Clippings, Programs, Schedules, etc., 1951-1960series 4.3box 7folder 5
Michigan Civic Orchestra Association: Clippings, Programs, Schedules, etc., 1958-1968series 4.3box 7folder 6
Michigan Civic Orchestra Association: Photographs, undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 7
Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic: Programs, 1975-1978 and undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 8
Northwestern Symphony Orchestra: Programs, 1954-1970series 4.3box 7folder 9
Northwestern Symphony Orchestra: Correspondence and Misc., 1965-1969 and undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 10
Northwestern Symphony Orchestra: Photographs, undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 11
Six Flags Over Texas: International Band Festival- Correspondence, Programs, and Travel Documents, 1971-1977series 4.3box 7folder 12
Misc. Professional Academic Organizations, 1959-1976 and undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 13
Misc. Notes, Receipts, etc., undatedseries 4.3box 7folder 14

Series 5: Programs, 1936-1982 (30 items)

This series contains thirty programs spanning 1936-1982, arranged by organization, then chronologically. They include programs for Music Educators National Conferences, the first four conferences of the National Band Association, and the first conference of the International Society for Music Education held in the United States.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Music Educators National Conference, 1936-1970 series 5box 8folder 1
New York, NY, 1936 series 5box 8folder 1item 1.0
St. Louis, MO, 1938 series 5box 8folder 1item 2.0
Los Angeles, CA, 1940 series 5box 8folder 1item 3.0
Cleveland, OH, 1945 series 5box 8folder 1item 4.0
St. Louis, MO, 1950 series 5box 8folder 1item 5.0
chicago, IL, 1962 series 5box 8folder 1item 6.0
Philadelphia, PA, 1964 series 5box 8folder 1item 7.0
Kansas City, MO, 1966 series 5box 8folder 1item 8.0
Seattle, WA, 1968 series 5box 8folder 1item 9.0
Chicago, IL, 1970 series 5box 8folder 1item 10.0
North Central Music Educators Conference, 1959-1971 series 5box 8folder 2
Chicago, IL, 1959 series 5box 8folder 2item 1.0
Columbus, OH, 1961 series 5box 8folder 2item 2.0
Indianapolis, IN, 1965 series 5box 8folder 2item 3.0
Detroit, MI, 1967 series 5box 8folder 2item 4.0
Fargo, ND, 1969 series 5box 8folder 2item 5.0
Cincinnati, OH, 1971 series 5box 8folder 2item 6.0
National Band Association, 1976-1982 series 5box 8folder 3
Iowa State University , 1976 series 5box 8folder 3item 1.0
The University of Tennessee, 1978 series 5box 8folder 3item 2.0
The University of Tennessee, 1980 series 5box 8folder 3item 3.0
Kansas City, MO, 1982 series 5box 8folder 3item 4.0
Other, 1947-1976 series 5box 8folder 4
Tulsa: Southwestern Music Educators Conference, 1947 series 5box 8folder 4item 1.0
University of Illinois-Urbana: College Band Directors National Association, 1958 series 5box 8folder 4item 2.0
Chicago: College Band Directors National Association, 1962 series 5box 8folder 4item 3.0
Interlochen: International Society for Music Education, 1966 series 5box 8folder 4item 4.0
Ann Arbor, Michigan: Midwestern Conference on School Vocal and Instrumental Music, 1976 series 5box 8folder 4item 5.0
Washington, D.C.: National High School Honors Band, 1976 series 5box 8folder 4item 6.0
Traverse City, Michigan: A Night at the Opera House, 1978 series 5box 8folder 4item 7.0
Chicago: Northshore Concert Band, 1982 series 5box 8folder 4item 8.0

Series 6: Photographs, 1936, 1963-1966, 1981 and undated (31 items)

This series contains 31 photographs, many of which are unlabeled and undated. Photographs appear to depict various ABA conferences, concerts, and awards ceremonies, as well as multiple photographs of various buildings and placards donated by the American Bandmasters Association. All photographs are black and white, with one exception, 8x10s in Mylar sleeves, and most have accompanying photocopies.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / FrameItem
Photographs, 1936, 1963-1966, 1981 and undated series 6box 8folder 5
Program Office of Concert Facility, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 1.0
Ticketing Building of Concert Facility, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 2.0
Two men and two women in formal wear, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 3.0
Group of men and women in formal wear, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 4.0
Man, possibly George Wilson, shaking hands with man and woman in formal Japanese clothing, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 5.0
Head table at ABA Convention Banquet, Evanston, IL, 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 6.0
Three men conversing and shaking hands, ABA Convention, Evanston, IL, 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 7.0
NO Band, ABA Convention, Evanston, IL, 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 8.0
Head table at ABA Convention Banquet, note on back reads Whiting- Paynters- Baunim (?)- Bachman (?), 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 9.0
ABA Banquet Speaker, Evanston, IL, 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 10.0
Unknown Band and Chorus, ABA Convention, 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 11.0
Man indentified on back as Simon giving a speech, 1966 series 6box 8folder 5item 12.0
Visitors Headquarters donated by the ABA in 1936, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 13.0
Plaque of John Philip Sousa presented to the John Philip Sousa Library by the ABA, August 9, 1936 series 6box 8folder 5item 14.0
Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensemble, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 15.0
Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensemble identified, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 16.0
A.A. Harding, H.L. Clark, and F. Simon presenting the Plaque of John Philip Sousa, Interlochen, 1936 series 6box 8folder 5item 17.0
Sign at the Visitors Headquarters donated by the ABA, 1936 series 6box 8folder 5item 18.0
Unknown award presentation with Chet Whiting, 1963 series 6box 8folder 5item 19.0
ABA Group photograph at National Music Camp, Interlochen, Michigan, Seventh Annual Convention, 1936 series 6box 8folder 5item 20.0
Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensemble identified, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 21.0
Woodwind and Brass Chamber Ensemble identified, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 22.0
Unknown group photograph, possibly ABA Convention, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 23.0
Unknown group photograph, possibly ABA Convention, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 24.0
ABA Convention group photograph, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 25.0
ABA Convention group photograph, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 26.0
Revelli, Fennell, Yoder, Wilson and Sloarm (?) at Interlochen, 1963 series 6box 8folder 5item 27.0
Unknown group photograph, possibly ABA Convention, 1981 series 6box 8folder 5item 28.0
Concert Band photograph taken at the Mid-West National Band Clinic, undated series 6box 8folder 5item 29.0
Twelve men seated at a dinner table, December 1961 series 6box 8folder 5item 30.0
Ten men seated at a dinner table [autographed], December 1961 series 6box 8folder 5item 31.0

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