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Richard V. Madden Collection


Richard V. Madden Collection
Madden, Richard V.
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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:

Richard Vickrey Madden was the band director for the Evanston Township and Haven High School Bands from 1937 to 1942. In 1942, he left Evanston and Haven to direct the Syracuse University Band and teach woodwinds. He also taught at Northwestern and Ohio State Universities at this time, directing summer session clinics at Northwestern and teaching woodwinds at Ohio. The Richard V. Madden Collection contains materials related to Madden's career as a performer, band director, and administrator.

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Historical Note

Richard Vickrey Madden was born in 1912 to the Colonel and Mrs. C.M. Madden. Madden was an accomplished oboist and violinist from an early age, placing first in State Competitions for violin in 1928 and second place in National Competitions for oboe in the same year. In 1929 he placed third for oboe in National Competitions. He was Band Cadet Captain for the Senn High School Band, as well as principal oboist and English horn player.

From Senn, Madden went on to Northwestern University to study music education, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1933 and his master's in 1941.

From 1937 to 1942, Madden was the band director for the Evanston Township and Haven High School Bands. In 1942, he left Evanston and Haven to direct the Syracuse University Band and teach woodwinds. He also taught at Northwestern and Ohio State Universities at this time, directing summer session clinics at Northwestern and teaching woodwinds at Ohio.

Richard V. Madden died in 1987.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Richard V. Madden Collection comprises one linear foot of materials relating to his performance, band directing, and music supervisory careers, as well as his associations with city, state, and national music festivals, clinics, conferences, and educational organizations. The materials span from 1882 to 1980. The majority of the materials fall between the dates 1930 and 1940. Although the majority of the materials are textual and in good condition, some items may have access restrictions due to their fragile state. There are also items within the collection that require special handling due to their format. There was no prescribed original order for the documents, so the order as it appears here was imposed by the processor. Therefore, not only is the overall organization of the collection that of the processor's own device, but the sequence of documents within folders and the titles of said folders are also artificial to the collection.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The materials comprising the Richard V. Madden Collection were donated by Mr. Madden to the American Bandmasters Association Research Center on February 9, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Processed by Jennifer A. Thompson, June 1999.

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

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Newspaper Clippings, 1925-1935 and undated (1 folder)

This series contains of clippings and partial sections of newspapers relating to Madden's violin and oboe performances as well as random band and orchestra concerts.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Newspaper Clippings, 1925-1935, undated series 1box 1folder 1

Series 2: Journals, 1980 (1 folder)

This series contains a copy of the Journal of Band Research, Volume 16, Number 1, Fall/1980. The important article in this issue is "William D. Revelli: Portrait of a Distinguished Career" by Michael L. Mark on pages 1-28. Madden provided information on his relationship with and knowledge of Revelli for the creation of the article.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Journal of Band Research, vol. 16 - Fall 1980, no.1, 1980 series 2box 1folder 2

Series 3: Newsletters, 1974-1980 (1 folder)

This series consists of a copy of American Bandmasters Association Newsletter, which was prepared and edited by Madden. There is also a draft of an editor's note for a later ABA Newsletter issue by Madden. The Newsletter contains information relating to the personal and professional lives of ABA members. There is also a draft of an editor's note for a later ABA Newsletter issue by Madden.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
American Bandmasters Association Newsletter, January 1974-1980 series 3box 1folder 3

Series 4: Concert Programs, 1934-1942 (3 folders)

This series consists of a mixture of concert programs, notes, correspondence, repertoire lists, and school bulletins documenting bands Madden either performed with, directed, guest conducted, supervised, or heard. The materials document Madden's time as band director at Evanston Township and Haven High Schools as well as at Syracuse University. It also documents his time at Northwestern University as student performer and conductor through concert programs of the University Symphony, individual recitals, and high school bands clinics held at Northwestern. There are concert programs for the Legion Band, Oscar W. Anderson Band, Chicago Business Men's Orchestra, George Dasch Band, Rochester Park Band, Cleveland Orchestra, Minneapolis Symphony, Morton Concert Band, Henry Weber WGN Orchestra, Ohio State University band and orchestra, University of Chicago Band, Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Glenn Bainum Band, Chicago Symphony, Bachman's Band. There are also concert programs from the high school bands of Marshall, Cleveland Heights, Hobart, Austin, Waukegan Township, Proviso, Highland Park, Geneva Community, and Boise. Richard Czerwonky, Rubinoff, Glenn Clifford Bainum, and Harold Bachman all figure prominently in this series. The documents are arranged by the level of the performing group, i.e. high school, college, professional, and then chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Professional Bands and Orchestras, 1934-1942, undated series 4box 1folder 4
University/Conservatory Bands and Orchestras, 1936-1940, undated series 4box 1folder 5
High School Bands and Orchestras, 1937-1942 series 4box 1folder 6

Series 5: Papers, undated (1 folder)

This series contains rough and final drafts of a paper by Madden entitled "Ill Woodwinds Nobody Blows Well." The paper discusses Madden's experiences with woodwinds, through private and public school instruction and personal performance experience, gives advice on buying quality woodwind instruments and lesson techniques for double-reed players in order to ensure proper embouchure and breath support.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
"Ill Woodwinds Nobody Blows Well", undated series 5box 1folder 7

Series 6: Conference Materials, 1935-1942 (3 folders)

This series contains conference programs, individual programs for educational sessions, concert programs and contests held at the conferences, group performance schedules, and social calendars. The materials are arranged by the organization that sponsored the conference and then chronologically.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
North Central Music Educators Conference, 1935, 1939 series 6box 1folder 8
American Bandmasters Association National Summer Conference, 1936 series 6box 1folder 9
Music Educators National Conference, 1938, 1942 series 6box 1folder 10

Series 7: Contest/Festival Materials, 1930-1941 (5 folders)

This series contains correspondence, bulletins, concert programs, participant rules and instructions, contest regulations and manuals, repertoire lists, and judge's group assignments relevant to city, state, and national music competitions. Included are documents pertaining to the Ohio Intercollegiate Orchestra Festival, Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois District Music Festivals, and the National Solo and Ensemble Music Festivals. There are also judge's comment sheets from district competitions specific to Lowell and Evanston Township High Schools. The documents are arranged according to competition, with an emphasis on Indiana, Illinois, and National contests judging from the amount of material on each.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Miscellaneous Band and Orchestra Contests, 1930-1938, undated series 7box 1folder 11
Indiana School Band and Orchestra Contest, 1935-1936 series 7box 1folder 12
State and National School Band and Orchestra Solo and Ensemble Contests' Repertoire Lists, 1935-1941 series 7box 1folder 13
Illinois High School Band Solo and Ensemble Contest, 1936-1938, undated series 7box 1folder 14
National School Orchestra Contest, 1937 series 7box 1folder 15

Series 8: Clinic Materials, 1936-1969 (2 folders)

This series contains correspondence, promotional flyers, notes, and band rosters, as well as lists of conductors' assignments, repertoire, selections for sight reading, offered courses, and group performances. The correspondence consists of invitations to attend the clinics as a band or conductor as well as suggestions for possible courses or repertoire for the clinics. King Stacy, Ralph E. Rush, Hazel Lloyd and other members of the Board for National School Music Competition-Festivals and officers of the Region III Clinic Committee figure prominently here. Clinic materials include those of the Indiana Band and Orchestra Clinic, Northwestern University Band and Orchestra Clinics, Mid-West National Band and Orchestra Clinic, University of Illinois National Clinic, and the Ohio State University Orchestra, Band, and Choral Clinic. The series is arranged by clinic, with specific emphasis on those held at Northwestern University due to the amount of material involved.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Northwestern University Band and Orchestra Clinics, 1936-1941, undated series 8box 1folder 16
Miscellaneous Band and Orchestra Clinics, 1937-1969 series 8box 1folder 17

Series 9: Scrapbooks, 1882-1943 (2 folders)

This series consists of newspaper clippings, telegrams, notes, correspondence, concert and festival programs and tickets, high school dance flyers and tickets, high school band trip itinerary and travel memorabilia, snippets of poetry, advertisements for World Book, and payroll stubs. The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically. They document Madden's triumphs in band at Senn High School's ROTC band between 1929 and 1934, as well as his career as a band director at Evanston and Haven High Schools, Syracuse, Northwestern, and Ohio State Universities. The scrapbooks also relate Madden's mother's work with the Band Mothers' Association at Senn High School, and the money the organization raised for the band.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Scrapbook, 1882-1943 series 9box 1folder 18
Syracuse Band Scrapbook, 1942-1943 series 9box 1folder 19

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.