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Al Wright Papers

Abstract

Title:
Al Wright Papers
Author/Creator:
Wright, Al
Collection number:
05-40-ABA
Size:
6.50 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1955-1990
Inclusive dates:
1905-1990
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:

The Al G. Wright (1916-) collection contains correspondence, programs, articles, notes, scores, and photographs documenting Wright's career as Director of Bands at Purdue University between 1954 and 1981, and his involvement in a variety of wind band organizations.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

The collection is open for research use.

Preferred citation:

Al Wright Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1903.1/4601
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

The conductor, educator, and composer Al Wright was born in London, England, and attended public school in Pontiac, Michigan. He earned bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Miami in Florida. While in Florida he served as director of the Miami Senior High School Band and Symphony Orchestra, co-directed the Orange Bowl half-time show, and served as President of the Florida Orchestra Association, the Florida Bandmasters Association, and the Florida Music Educators Association. In 1954 he joined the faculty of Purdue University. He was elected President of the American Bandmasters Association in 1980, the same year that he received an Honorary Doctorate from Troy State University. Wright has published more than 150 monographs and magazine articles, and his work on marching band shows is widely admired. Wright has published music under the name George Stone.

  • 1916 Born in London, England, 23 June
  • 1933 Graduated High School, Pontiac Michigan
  • 1937 B.A. in Public School Music, University of Miami
  • 1939-1954 Director of Music, Miami Senior High School
  • 1947 M. Ed., University of Miami
  • 1946-1947 President, Florida Bandmasters Association
  • 1949 Elected to American Bandmasters Association
  • 1951-1953 President, Florida Music Educators Association
  • 1953 Married Gladys Violet Stone
  • 1954-1981 Director of Bands, Purdue University
  • 1961 Founding President, National Band Association
  • 1980 L.L.D (honorary), Troy State University, Alabama
  • 1981 President, American Bandmasters Association

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Al Wright Papers cover the period from 1905 to 1991; the bulk of the materials date from 1955 to 1990. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers, correspondence, contracts, programs, monographs, scores, and photographs relating to Wright's career, and in particular, to his role as conductor of the Purdue University Bands.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Al Wright, received in one shipment in September 2004.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Amanda Holgate, February 2009.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Mary Crauderueff, February 2009.

Arrangement of Collection

This collection is organized into five series.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Documents, 1905-1980 (1.00 linear feet)

This series contains papers related to Purdue band officers, seminar and lecture outlines, Purdue bands performances, Purdue bands operations, and Purdue show scripts. All papers were compiled by Wright. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
List of all student officers in the Purdue University Bands, 1905-1979 series 1box 1folder 1
Seminar and lecture outlines prepared by Wright, 1963-1969 series 1box 1folder 2
List of Purdue University Band performances, 1965-1980 series 1box 1folder 3
Letters and other documents related to Purdue University Bands Operations, 1967 series 1box 1folder 4
Purdue University football pre-game and half-time show scripts and charts, 1972-1973 series 1box 1folder 5
Papers, contracts, correspondence, and programs regarding guest conductors and soloists who appeared with the Purdue University Bands, 1972-1974 series 1box 2folder 1
Papers, contracts, correspondence, and programs regarding guest conductors and soloists who appeared with the Purdue University Bands, 1976-76 series 1box 2folder 2
Papers, contracts, correspondence, and programs regarding guest conductors and soloists who appeared with the Purdue University Bands, 1978 series 1box 2folder 3
One three-line score and a set of parts to Monument Circle, a quickstep march by Carroll H. Copeland dedicated "to the Purdue 'All American Marching Band.'" (Carl Fischer, 1961), 1961 series 1box 2folder 4

Series 2: Travel, 1955-19, and undated (4.50 linear feet)

This series contains papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1955 series 2box 3folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1956 series 2box 3folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1957 series 2box 4folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1958 series 2box 4folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1959 series 2box 5folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1960 series 2box 5folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1960 series 2box 5folder 3
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1961 series 2box 6folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1962 series 2box 6folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1963 series 2box 6folder 3
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1964 series 2box 6folder 4
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1965 series 2box 7folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1968 series 2box 7folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1969 series 2box 7folder 3
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1970 series 2box 8folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1971 series 2box 8folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1972 series 2box 9folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1973 series 2box 9folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1975 series 2box 9folder 3
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1976 series 2box 9folder 4
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1977-1983 series 2box 10folder 1
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1985-1986 series 2box 10folder 2
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1985-1987 series 2box 10folder 3
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1987-1988 series 2box 10folder 4
Papers regarding Wright's guest conducting, clinic performances, convention attendance, and international travels, 1989-1990 series 2box 11folder 1

Series 3: Books, 1964, 1970, and 2004 (3 items)

This series contains books written or collected by Al Wright. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Neidig, Kenneth L. The Band Director's Guide. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1964. (Also found in the UMCP Performing Arts Library Stacks; MT733 .N33), 1964 series 3box 12folder 1
Wright, Al and Gladys Stone Wright. The Music Makers: A Love Story with Music. The John Philip Sousa Foundation Press, 2004., 2004 series 3box 12folder 2
Wright, Al G. and Stanley Newcomb. Bands of the World. Evanston, I.L.: The Instrumentalist Co., 1970. (Also found in UMCP Performing Arts Library Reference and Lowens Special Collections Room; ML1300 .W68), 1970 series 3box 12folder 3

Series 4: Scores, 1959-1983 (7 items)

This series contains scores commissioned by, dedicated to, and collected by Al Wright.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
J.W. Middendorf II, Sousa Celebration, condensed score and full score, 1983 series 4box 13folder 1
Vittorio Giannini, Variations and Fugue, full score, 1967 series 4box 13folder 2
J.W. Middendorf II, Flag of Honor, full score, undated series 4box 13folder 3
Paul W. Whear, Stonehenge Symphony, full score, 1971 series 4box 13folder 4
Alfred Reed, A Sacred Suite, full score and set of parts, 1962 series 4box 13folder 5
Frank D. Cofield, Golden Glory, condensed score, 1960 series 4box 13folder 6
Karl L. King, Black and Gold March, set of facsimile parts, 1959 series 4box 13folder 7

Series 5: Photographs, 1956-1990, and undated (1 folder)

This series contains photographs and facsimile photographs collected by Al Wright.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Photographs and facsimile photographs, undated series 5box 13folder 8

Related Material

The Al Wright Papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center.

Neidig, Kenneth L. The Band Director's Guide. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall, 1964. (Also found in the UMCP Performing Arts Library Stacks; MT733 .N33)

Wright, Al G. and Stanley Newcomb. Bands of the World. Evanston, I.L.: The Instrumentalist Co., 1970. (Also found in UMCP Performing Arts Library Reference and Lowens Special Collections Room; ML1300 .W68)

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