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Clarence E. Sawhill Papers


Clarence E. Sawhill Papers
Sawhill, Clarence E.
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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:

Clarence E. Sawhill (1906-1982) was a conductor, music educator, and clinician. He was Director of Bands at the University of California at Los Angeles from 1952-1972. Prior to this, he was Director of Bands at the University of Southern California, Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Illinois, and a high school band director in Urbana, Illinois and Lawrence, Kansas. Sawhill was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1948. The Clarence E. Sawhill Papers consists of personal and professional papers including correspondence, publications, programs, memorabilia, clippings, and articles related to Sawhill's extensive teaching career.

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Historical Note

Clarence Edwin Sawhill was born November, 5 1906 on a farm near Holton, Kansas. Raised in a musical family, Sawhill took piano lessons from his aunts, and at the age of twelve, he started taking violin lessons with a local teacher. In high school, he took up baritone and trombone and played in the Holton Community Band. At Bethany College, Sawhill studied voice, played trombone and violin in the orchestra and baritone in the band, and helped form a student pep band to play at athletic events. After graduating in 1929, Sawhill began teaching instrumental music in Norton, Kansas.

In 1933, Sawhill became the Director of Bands and Orchestras at Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1937, Sawhill moved to Illinois where he became conductor of the Urbana, Illinois High School Band and Orchestra, as well as the Assistant Band Director at the University of Illinois, working under Director A. A. Harding. His duties at the university included assisting Harding with the marching band and concert band, and directing the Second Regimental Band. During his time in Illinois, Sawhill also joined the staff at Interlochen Summer Arts Camp in Michigan. He remained on the staff for ten years.

In 1947, Sawhill moved to California and became Director of Bands at the University of Southern California. A year later, he was elected to the American Bandmasters Association. He remained at USC until 1952, when he moved across town to serve as Directors of Bands the University of California at Los Angeles. In 1961, under his directorship, the UCLA Band was invited to perform for the American Independence Day Celebration at Ribald National Park, in Aalborg, Denmark. The European Tour lasted twenty-seven days and also included concerts in London, Paris, Vienna, Munich, and Copenhagen. Sawhill's final concert at UCLA was held on May 17, 1972. He remained active as a clinician until 1981. Clarence Sawhill died on February 26, 1982.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Clarence E. Sawhill Papers covers the period from 1933 to 1981; the bulk of the materials date from 1947 to 1975. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including correspondence, publications, programs, memorabilia, clippings, and articles related to Sawhill's work as a music educator, band director, and clinician, primarily from his tenures at USC (1947-1952) and at UCLA (1952-1972). The collection includes some materials related to his work at the University of Illinois and in public schools in Kansas.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Kathleen Sawhill Port, Clarence Sawhill's daughter, received in three batches from July 1982 - September 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by:

David Travis, October 2010.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, February 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1947-1979 and undated (0.75 linear feet)

This series contains professional correspondence to and from Sawhill, mostly related to his time at UCLA. This series is organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, undated series 1box 1folder 1
Correspondence (various), 1949-1966 and undated series 1box 1folder 2
Correspondence, 1947 series 1box 1folder 3
Correspondence, 1948 series 1box 1folder 4
Correspondence, 1950 series 1box 1folder 5
Correspondence, 1952 series 1box 1folder 6
Correspondence, 1953 series 1box 1folder 7
Correspondence, 1954 series 1box 1folder 8
Correspondence, 1955 series 1box 1folder 9
Correspondence, 1956 series 1box 1folder 10
Correspondence, 1957 series 1box 1folder 11
Correspondence, 1958 series 1box 1folder 12
Correspondence, 1959 series 1box 1folder 13
Correspondence, 1960 series 1box 1folder 14
Correspondence, 1961 series 1box 1folder 15
Correspondence, 1962 series 1box 1folder 16
Correspondence, 1963 series 1box 1folder 17
Correspondence, 1964 series 1box 1folder 18
Correspondence, 1965 series 1box 2folder 1
Correspondence, 1966 series 1box 2folder 2
Correspondence, 1967 series 1box 2folder 3
Correspondence, 1968 series 1box 2folder 4
Correspondence, 1971 series 1box 2folder 5
Correspondence, 1974 series 1box 2folder 6
Correspondence, 1975 series 1box 2folder 7
Correspondence, 1976 series 1box 2folder 8
Correspondence, 1977 series 1box 2folder 9
Correspondence, 1978 series 1box 2folder 10
Correspondence, 1979 series 1box 2folder 11

Series 2: Publications, 1933-1980 and undated (1.25 linear feet)

This series consists of publications by and about Clarence Sawhill and the UCLA Band program, as well as other published materials collected by Sawhill. Included are brochures and bulletins from camps, clinics, and festivals featuring Sawhill or the UCLA Band, and newspaper clippings from Sawhill's career at the University of Illinois, USC, and UCLA.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"An Administrator's Guide to the Instrumental Music Program in the Public Schools" by Clarence Sawhill, undated series 2box 3folder 1
[Articles by Clarence Sawhill], 1937-1954 series 2box 3folder 2
[Articles about Clarence Sawhill/UCLA Program], 1945-1977 series 2box 3folder 3
[Articles about Clarence Sawhill/UCLA Program], 1950-1957 series 2box 3folder 4
[Articles about Clarence Sawhill/UCLA Program], 1964-1973 series 2box 3folder 5
[Method Books by Clarence Sawhill], 1962 and undated series 2box 3folder 6
[ABA Publications], 1980 series 2box 3folder 7
[School and Camp Bulletins], 1957-1958 and undated series 2box 3folder 8
[UCLA Publications], 1957-1968 series 2box 4folder 1
[USC Publications], circa 1968 series 2box 4folder 2
[Guest Conducting/Clinic/Honors], 1957-1974 and undated series 2box 4folder 3
[Brochures for Camps, Clinics, Festivals, and Workshops], 1957-1973 and undated series 2box 4folder 4
[Collected Articles], 1933-1965 and undated series 2box 4folder 5
[Music], 1944 and undated series 2box 4folder 6
[Band Music Lists], 1954-1956 series 2box 4folder 7
[John Philip Sousa Souvenir Magazine], 1928 series 2box 4folder 8
Newspaper Clippings: Illinois, circa 1930s-1940s series 2box 5folder 1
Newspaper Clippings: USC, circa 1940s-1950s series 2box 5folder 2
Newspaper Clippings: UCLA, circa 1950s-1970s series 2box 5folder 3
Newspaper Clippings: International Newspapers, 1961 series 2box 5folder 4
Newspaper Clippings: John Philip Sousa, 1931-1932 and undated series 2box 5folder 5
Newspaper Clippings: Miscellaneous, 1959-1965 and undated series 2box 5folder 6

Series 3: Programs, 1936-1981 and undated (2.00 linear feet)

This series contains programs collected during Sawhill's music career. Concert programs cover concerts that Sawhill conducted; clinics or festivals in which he participated or adjudicated; and other assorted concerts. This series also contains programs from ABA and MENC conventions and USC and UCLA events. Programs are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs, undated series 3box 6folder 1
Programs, 1936 series 3box 6folder 2
Programs, 1937 series 3box 6folder 3
Programs, 1943 series 3box 6folder 4
Programs, 1944 series 3box 6folder 5
Programs, 1947 series 3box 6folder 6
Programs, 1948 series 3box 6folder 7
Programs, 1949 series 3box 6folder 8
Programs, 1950 series 3box 6folder 9
Programs, 1952 series 3box 6folder 10
Programs, 1953 series 3box 6folder 11
Programs, 1954 series 3box 6folder 12
Programs, 1955 series 3box 6folder 13
Programs, 1956 series 3box 6folder 14
Programs, 1957 series 3box 6folder 15
Programs, 1958 series 3box 6folder 16
Programs, 1959 series 3box 6folder 17
Programs, 1960 series 3box 6folder 18
Programs, 1961 series 3box 6folder 19
Programs, 1962 series 3box 6folder 20
Programs, 1963 series 3box 6folder 21
Programs, 1964 series 3box 7folder 1
Programs, 1965 series 3box 7folder 2
Programs, 1966 series 3box 7folder 3
Programs, 1967 series 3box 7folder 4
Programs, 1968 series 3box 7folder 5
Programs, 1969 series 3box 7folder 6
Programs, 1970 series 3box 7folder 7
Programs, 1971 series 3box 7folder 8
Programs, 1972 series 3box 7folder 9
Programs, 1973 series 3box 7folder 10
Programs, 1974 series 3box 7folder 11
Programs, 1975 series 3box 7folder 12
Programs, 1976 series 3box 7folder 13
Programs, 1977 series 3box 7folder 14
Programs, 1978 series 3box 8folder 1
Programs, 1979 series 3box 8folder 2
Programs, 1981 series 3box 8folder 3
Church Programs, 1948-1967 series 3box 8folder 4
ABA Programs, 1957-1976 series 3box 8folder 5
CBDNA Convention, 1964 series 3box 8folder 6
MENC (and related) Convention Programs, 1948-1979 series 3box 8folder 7
USC Presidential Inauguration, 1948 series 3box 8folder 8
USC Commencement, 1947-1948 series 3box 8folder 9
University of California Charter Day, 1963-1966 series 3box 8folder 10
University of California Presidential Inauguration, 1968 series 3box 8folder 11
UCLA Commencement, 1957-1972 series 3box 8folder 12
Band Banquet Programs, 1963-1972 series 3box 8folder 13
Interlochen Music Camp Programs, 1957-1966 and undated series 3box 9folder 1
Programs from Guest Conducting/Adjudicating Appearances, 1958-1964 series 3box 9folder 2
Programs from Guest Conducting/Adjudicating Appearances, 1959-1981 series 3box 9folder 3
Other Programs, 1941-1967 series 3box 9folder 4
Other Programs, 1957-1967 series 3box 9folder 5

Series 4: Professional Papers, 1961-1975 and undated (1.50 linear feet)

This series contains records primarily from Sawhill's time at USC and UCLA, including papers pertaining to the 1961 UCLA band tour of Europe, templates of UCLA marching band drills, and materials regarding a trip to Japan.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Music Lists, 1943-1975 and undated series 4box 10folder 1
UCLA Commencement Cue Books, 1964-1969 series 4box 10folder 2
UCLA Band Manual, 1957 series 4box 10folder 3
UCLA Brochures, 1961-1967 and undated series 4box 10folder 4
Handwritten Notes, undated series 4box 10folder 5
Invitations, 1957-1966 series 4box 10folder 6
Festival Judging Materials, 1967-1968 and undated series 4box 10folder 7
Event Calendars, 1965-1973 series 4box 10folder 8
Football Materials, 1948-1967 series 4box 10folder 9
Football Band, 1957-167 series 4box 10folder 10
Seating Charts, undated series 4box 10folder 11
Biographic Information, undated series 4box 11folder 1
Teaching Materials, 1957 and undated series 4box 11folder 2
Clinics/Camps, 1974-1975 series 4box 11folder 3
Trojan Rally Band: A Proposal, 1946 series 4box 11folder 4
ABA Reports, 1964-1965 series 4box 11folder 5
Adjudication Notes, 1966 and undated series 4box 11folder 6
Band Rosters, undated series 4box 11folder 7
Itineraries, 1961-1965 and undated series 4box 11folder 8
Posters (Note: Oversized posters are located in HH1-12.), 1962-1966 series 4box 11folder 9
UCLA European Trip, undated series 4box 11folder 10
European Tour Materials, circa 1961 series 4box 11folder 11
Receipts Denmark, circa 1961 series 4box 11folder 12
Schedules/Calendars, 1957-1965 and undated series 4box 11folder 13
UCLA Marching Band Carbon Copies of Drill Templates, 1954 and undated series 4box 11folder 14
Kansas Education Materials, circa 1930s series 4box 11folder 15
Interlochen Materials, circa 1953 series 4box 11folder 16
Education Resolution, 1959 series 4box 11folder 17
Japan Travel Guide, 1965 series 4box 12folder 1
Japan Trip Materials, 1964-1967 series 4box 12folder 2
Japanese Concert Programs, 1965 and undated series 4box 12folder 3
Music from Japan Trip, 1962-1963 and undated series 4box 12folder 4
Japanese Publications, 1965 and undated series 4box 12folder 5

Series 5: Photographs, 1963 and undated (1 folder)

This series consists of photographs of people, ensembles, and facilities.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Sawhill Photographs, 1963 and undated series 5box 12folder 6

Series 6: Personal Materials, 1948-1966 (0.50 linear feet)

This series contains postcards and memorabilia from Sawhill's travels, as well as a writing workbook from Sawhill's daughter, Kathleen.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Postcards, undated series 6box 13folder 1
Memorabilia, 1948-1966 and undated series 6box 13folder 2
Kathleen Sawhill Writing Workbook, undated series 6box 13folder 3
Non-Music Flyers, undated series 6box 13folder 4
Menus, undated series 6box 13folder 5
Travel Brochures, undated series 6box 13folder 6
Unidentified Cultural Object, undated series 6box 13folder 7

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center at the University of Maryland.

A copy of Symphony No.1 for Band in One Movement by Frank Erickson was originally included in these papers. It has been transferred to the ABA Score Collection, also housed in Special Collections in Performing Arts. Please contact the curator for assistance.

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