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Edward L. Rainbow Papers


Edward L. Rainbow Papers
Rainbow, Edward
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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:

Edward L. Rainbow (1929-2002), a professional musician, was involved in a variety of ensembles throughout his career. For many years he performed with groups such as the U.S. Army Band, and the Fort Worth and Sacramento Symphonies. During this time he became an assistant dean at the University of the Pacific, and later a professor of double bass at the University of North Texas. Throughout his life Rainbow was also an avid member of the Music Educators Research Council, part of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), later renamed to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This collection consists of correspondence, biographical information, programs for university ensembles, memorandums, meeting agendas and notes, research papers, proposals, bibliographies, handbooks, budget outlines, dissertation reviews, and personal notes, as well as other materials pertaining to Rainbows career as a professor at the University of North Texas; his work as an assistant dean at the University of the Pacific; his work as a member of MENCs Music Educators Research Council; and his extensive research in music education.

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Historical Note

Edward L. Rainbow, music professor and professional double-bassist, was born in 1929. He began his musical career as a musician on the road with performers including Teresa Brewer, Dennis Day, and the Freddy Martin Orchestra. In the 1950s he became a member of the U.S. Army Band based in Nevada. Following his time in the Army Band he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and later his Ph.D. in music education from The University of Iowa. During the 1960s, Rainbow served as an assistant dean and chairman of music education at the University of the Pacific, in California.

Throughout his career, Rainbow served as a member of various ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera, the Sacramento Symphony, and was an assistant conductor for the Stockton Symphony in California. In 1966, Dr. Rainbow became an addition to The University of North Texas music faculty as a professor of Double Bass and Music Education. During his tenure at UNT, Rainbow successfully created their Ph.D. developed the music education program. Throughout his career, Rainbow was also an active member of the Music Educators Research Council (MERC) of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), later renamed the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), and wrote and published numerous research articles and papers on music education, and co-authored with his wife Hildegard C. Froehlich Research in music education: an introduction to systematic inquiry (Schirmer, 1987). Rainbow died in 2002.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Edward L. Rainbow Papers covers the period from 1965 to 2003; the bulk of the materials date from 1968 to 1976. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including handwritten notes, correspondences, programs, memorandums, training manuals, proposals, research papers, proposals, and agendas related to Rainbows work as a professor at the University of North Texas, and his work with the Music Educators Research Council.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Hildegard Froehlich, wife of Edward L. Rainbow, in 2005 (06-26-MENC).

Processing Information

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Processed by Amanda Weeks, June 2011

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Nicole Horstman, October 2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1968-1994 (1 folder)

This series contains correspondence from Rolf Davidson regarding his orchestral research, and from professional drummer Bob Emry, then a prospective University of North Texas student. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence, 1968-1994 series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: MERC Materials, 1968-1973 (3 folders)

This series contains the instructional materials and notes, written by Rainbow, for the Music Educators Research Council conference and training session on experimental design. It also contains both materials regarding the 1976 MERC conference, and materials from the conference itself. These include the MERC handbook, memorandums, research papers, proposals, budget outlines, agendas, and hand-written notes from the meetings. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
MERC Training Session in Experimental Design (1 of 2), 1968 series 2box 1folder 2
MERC Training Session in Experimental Design (2 of 2), 1968 series 2box 1folder 3
MERC Conference Materials, 1973-1976 series 2box 1folder 4

Series 3: Notes, 1970 and undated (10 folders)

This series contains articles, published materials, and Rainbows handwritten notes on a wide variety of topics, including performance anxiety, therapy, and acoustics. Materials are organized into ten sub-series.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Acoustics, undated series 3box 1folder 5
Aesthetics, undated series 3box 1folder 6
Bibliography, undated series 3box 1folder 7
Dissertation Reviews, undated series 3box 1folder 8
Individual Topics, undated series 3box 1folder 9
Notes-in depth, 1970 and undated series 3box 1folder 10
Orchestral Analysis, undated series 3box 1folder 11
Performance Anxiety, undated series 3box 1folder 12
Taste-listener Rep., undated series 3box 1folder 13
Therapy, undated series 3box 1folder 14

Series 4: Personal Biographies, 1929-2003 (1 folder)

This series contains Rainbows curriculum vitae detailing all of his educational and professional accomplishments, a newsletter announcing his death, and a program from an event celebrating his life. Materials are arranged chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Personal Biographies, 2003 and undated series 4box 1folder 15

Series 5: Programs, 2003 (1 folder)

This series contains two concert programs, one from the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra, and the other from the University of Central Oklahoma Wind Ensemble. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Programs, 2003 series 5box 1folder 16

Series 6: University Materials, 1968-1999 (3 folders)

This series contains materials from the North Texas University, including term papers written for Rainbows Psychology of Music course (MUSC552), an outline of the Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education degree program, and a copy of the speech given by Dr. William V. May from the University of North Texas in regards to music education in the Denton Independent School District. This series also contains materials from the University of the Pacific, including a description and analysis of the results from a questionnaire sent out to alumnae of The University of the Pacific who majored in music. Materials are organized chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
University of North Texas, 1968-1999 series 6box 1folder 17
University of the Pacific-Questionnaire and Analysis, 1965 series 6box 1folder 18
On Protecting Our Arts in the Schools, 1992 series 6box 1folder 19

Related Material

These materials may be found in the University of Maryland libraries:

Rainbow, Edward L., Hildegard C. Froehlich. Research in Music Education: An Introduction to Systematic Inquiry. New York: Schirmer, 1987. [Stacks: MT1 .R26 1987]

Bulletin Council for Research in Music Education. [Lowens Room: MT1 .C7]

Journal of Research in Music Education. [Lowens Room: ML1.J6]

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