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Frances Elliott Clark Papers


Frances Elliott Clark Papers
Clark, Frances Elliott
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7.25 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
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:

Frances Elliott Clark (1860-1958), born near Angola, Indiana, taught in the public schools of Illinois and Iowa until 1903, when she became the supervisor of the Milwaukee public schools. In 1911, she became the director of the Education Department of the Victor Talking Machine Company, where she promoted the use of the phonograph in music education. A founding member of the Music Educators National Conference (now the National Association for Music Education), she presided over the annual Founder's Breakfasts, served on the executive committee, and chaired at various times the archives, necrology, and the Lowell Mason Sesquicentennial Committees. She was an officer of the NEA music section and was active in the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, correspondence, addresses, programs, reports, memorabilia, clippings, and articles related to Clark's work as a music educator.

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