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Arthur Wise Papers


Arthur Wise Papers
Wise, Arthur
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9.00 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:

Arthur Wise (1906-1973) was a music educator, involved as both a public school band director and a community ensemble conductor. He served the public school system for over 35 year, as band director at Lisbon H.S. in Lisbon, Ohio, and Lincoln High School in Philadelphia. In addition to his professional responsibilities, Wise was an avid Civil War scholar, and, with the collaboration of Francis A. Lord, he published two books on the topic, Bands and Drummer Boys of the Civil War and Uniforms of the Civil War. Wise also completed research for and drafts of a text on the Willow Grove Park Concerts by the likes of Arthur Pryor, Patrick Conway, John Philip Sousa, and the Banda Rossa, as well as the orchestras of Wassili Leps, Theodore Thomas, Nahan Franko, Walter Damrosch, and Victor Herbert. The work remains unpublished. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, photographs, musical scores, research materials, programs, newsletters, articles, newspaper clippings, book drafts, and other memorabilia related to Wise's career.

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Arthur Wise Papers, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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