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Archival Collections

 

H.E. NUTT ARCHIVAL COLLECTIONS

at VanderCook College of Music

 

Collections A-G

John H. Beckerman Collection
Harris V. Bergh Collection
Richard E. Brittain Papers
Forrest L. Buchtel, Sr. Papers
Harry Charles Papers
Elver J. Fitchhorn Collection
Valerie Forster Gorski Collection
James Gilworth Papers
Ed Grabow Papers
Mark Grauer Collection

Collections H-M

Haskell Harr Papers
Ralph Hermann Papers
Merle Isaac Papers
Lulu Ising Collection
Barbara Larsen Collection
Howard R. Lyons Collection
Charles Menghini Papers
Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Collection

Collections N-Z

Donald Noonan Collection
Hubert E. Nutt Papers
Alfred Reed Papers
Roseanne Rosenthal Papers
Everett R. Smith Collection
VanderCook College Departmental Records
VanderCook College Photograph Collection
VanderCook College Concert and Recital Collection
VanderCook College Student Life Collection
VanderCook College Student, Alumni and Faculty Papers
Hale A. VanderCook Papers
Gilbert E. Wilson Papers
Paul Yoder Papers
Victor Zajec Collection

 

COLLECTIONS A-G

John H. Beckerman Collection

John H. Beckerman

John H. Beckerman was past president of Vandercook College of Music, from 1950/51 through 1966. He was also a member of the faculty, teaching woodwind methods courses. Beckerman received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lewis Institute (later to merge into Illinois Institute of Technology) circa 1928.

The collection includes materials created by Beckerman for the classes he taught at VanderCook College of Music and method books or other materials owned by Beckerman that contain his personal annotations or additions.

0.530 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Richard E. Brittain, Papers

Richard E. Brittain

Richard (Dick) E. Brittain was born in Frankfort, Indiana in 1917. He enrolled in VanderCook College of Music in 1935, and by his third year at was assigned teaching duties which included directing the concert band. As H.E. Nutt’s “right hand man”, Brittain was a vital part of the College’s success and its involvement with the Midwest Band Clinic. He served as a member the Clinic’s Board of Directors and was presented the coveted Midwest Medal of Honor. Prior to his retirement in 1988, Dick had led the VanderCook Band in 37 Midwest performances. He was a significant part of VanderCook for 53 years, serving as President, Dean, band director, and conducting, theory, and applied woodwind instructor.

This collection includes Brittain’s certificate of honorary membership in Kappa Kappa Psi fraternity, and a collection of concert programs featuring VanderCook alumni.

0.464 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Forrest Lawrence Buchtel, Sr., Papers

Forrest L. Buchtel, Sr.

One of the most prolific writers of school band music, Buchtel studied privately with H.A. VanderCook. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music Education degrees from the VanderCook College of Music and began teaching there in 1931. He also taught in the public schools, including Lane Tech and Amundsen HS. Lyons Band Instrument Company hired Buchtel to write “Melody Fun,” the instruction book that helped popularize the tonette, a plastic pre-band instrument.

Series include manuscripts, handwritten or photocopies, of several compositions or arrangements by Forrest L. Buchtel, Sr.

0.379 cubic feet (1 box)

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Harry Charles, Papers

Harry Charles, class of 1953 (MMEd), donated this collection of historic VanderCook materials in the fall of 2001.

The collection consists of photographs, concert programs, and student notebooks dating from the late 1940s and early '50s.

0.287 cubic feet (1 box)

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Elver J. Fitchhorn Collection

Elver J. Fitchhorn, 1896-1985

Elver J. Fitchhorn was born in Pulaski County, Indiana on July 3, 1896. He was a former French horn player with the John Phillip Sousa band. Early in his career, he played violin in theaters. He took classes at VanderCook School of Music, entering in September 1915, up to 1936. He studied personally with Hale VanderCook. Fitchhorn was regarded as the “father of the pre-band instruments” (the saxette and song flute). He also patented a molded plastic fipple-flute in 1937. He was bandmaster in the Delaware, Ohio City Schools from 1928 to 1938. Later he served as educational director for C.G. Conn Ltd. In 1936 the School Musician rated him one of the 10 outstanding band masters in the United States. He received the National Band Association “citation of excellence in 1976. He died in 1985 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Series includes the book, “Music in Institutions,” by Willem van de Wall (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1936), inscribed by the author to Fitchhorn.

0.232 cubic feet (1 box)

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Valerie Forster Gorski Collection

Valerie Forster Gorski is the daughter of Thelma Nutt and step-daughter of Hubert E. Nutt, co-founder and past president of VanderCook College of Music. The collection consists of scrapbooks, photographs, correspondence and other materials relating to Hubert E. Nutt’s life and career.

Series include photographs, H.E. Nutt scrapbooks/notebooks, ephemera, Nutt correspondence, VanderCook College and H.E. Nutt administrative records, VanderCook College concert programs/flyers, H.E. Nutt concert programs (non-VanderCook College performances), and miscellaneous materials.

3.055 cubic feet (9 boxes)

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James Gilworth, Papers

James Gilworth

James Gilworth was President of VanderCook College of Music from 1981-1989. He was also a member of the teaching faculty.

Series include Midwest Band Clinic materials.

1.407 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Ed Grabow, Papers

Ed Grabow received his B.M.Ed. from VanderCook College of Music in 1961, and his M.M.Ed. from VCM IN 1979. Collection includes class notes, textbooks, music, and other materials Mr. Grabow acquired while he was a student.

The collection consists of several boxes of class notes, textbooks, music, and other materials Mr. Grabow acquired while he was a student at VanderCook College of Music in the late 1970's. His documents demonstrate the curriculum at VanderCook at this time. They include teaching materials developed by many of VCM's noteworthy faculty such as H.E. Nutt, Clifford Lillya and Haskell Harr.

1.407 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Mark Grauer Collection

Series include the Joseph Bergeim papers: materials obtained by Mark Grauer at an estate sale. Joseph Bergeim participated in a correspondence course from VanderCook School of Music during 1923. Collection consists of materials pertaining to the VanderCook correspondence course in band and orchestra directing, as well as other correspondence courses taken at various music schools.

0.379 cubic feet (1 box)

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COLLECTIONS H-M

Haskell Harr, Papers

Haskell Harr, 1894-1986

Haskell Harr was born in 1894. He played percussion with theatre and radio bands in the early 1920s. When the “talkies” (motion pictures with sound) put these bands out of business, he decided to study at VanderCook School of Music. He also continued to perform widely and even played xylophone accompaniment for Sally Rand during the 1933 World’s Fair in Chicago. Harr’s life as a wandering musician ended when he became bandmaster of Glenwood School for Boys in 1934. Settling down into a faculty routine, he found time to put in book form the many percussion routines that he had been practicing throughout the years. The result was the widely popular, “Haskell’s Drum Method.” Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, Harr went overseas with the 122nd Field Artillery band, with which he had been serving as a reservist bandmaster. He returned to teaching after the war and became Director of Education for Slingerland Drum Co. He returned to VanderCook College of Music, earning his Bachelor of Music degree in music education in 1952. Harr eventually became head of the percussion department at VanderCook College. He died in 1986.

Series include scrapbooks compiled by Harr.

1.3 cubic feet (1 box)

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Ralph Hermann, Papers

Composer Ralph Hermann was born in 1914. He composed works for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, and concert band.

Series includes a manuscript copy of “Concerto for Horn”, for concert band.

0.43 cubic feet (1 box)

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Merle J. Isaac, Papers

Merle J. Isaac

Merle John Isaac was born in 1898. He received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in 1931. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree from the Lewis Institute, which later merged into the Illinois Institute of Technology. Isaac taught at John Marshall High School, VanderCook College of Music, and many other schools and colleges. He became famous as an arranger and composer of music for school bands and orchestras. His works for band include Festive Holiday Overture. He authored several important method books such as String Class Method.

Series include manuscript copies of method books.

.247 cubic feet (1 box)

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Lulu Ising Collection

Lulu Ising is the granddaughter of Theodore Paschedag, a close friend of the VanderCooks.

The collection includes a variety of materials including photographs, music manuscripts, H.A. VanderCook's conducting jacket, cornet and baton, teaching materials written by H.A. VanderCook, correspondence, and film footage of H.A. VanderCook conducting.

5.387 cubic feet (8 boxes)

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Barbara Larsen Collection

This collection includes materials pertaining to high school band director Lynn C. Huffman. Huffman began his career as a member of the teaching staff of the Conn Company. He was band director of Fenton High School, in Bensenville, Illinois from 1927 to 1962. His bands were always among the highest rated in state competitions. Huffman’s successor was VanderCook College of Music graduate Fred Lewis, under whose leadership the Fenton High School Band received recognition as one of the finest high school performance groups in the nation.

Series include photographs and concert programs.

0.43 cubic feet (1 box)

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Howard Raymond Lyons Collection

Howard Raymond Lyons was born in 1899 in Babcock, Wisconsin. He joined with his cousin William “Bill” Lyons and professional saxophonist Clarence “C.L.” McCreery to form the Lyons Band Instrument Company. In the early 1930s, recognizing the growth potential for school bands, Lyons started a highly successful instrument rental program. Together with Neil Kjos, the Lyons Band Instrument Company published the “Lyons Band News,” the voice of the school music industry. This publication later became the “Lyons/Kjos News.” Lyons was a co-founder of the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic, along with Hubert E. Nutt and Neil A. Kjos. Their vision to plan and organize a local band clinic was realized on December 7, 1946, when approximately 120 directors from the Chicago area assembled on Chicago’s West Side to hear a six-hour clinic plus reading session of new music. The Lyons Band Instrument Company, with its strong business and publicity background, helped to support the Clinic in its early years.

The collection includes the book “The Baton and the Pendulum,” by Chester Earl Whiting, signed by the author and dedicated to Lyons.

0.232 cubic feet (1 box)

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Charles T. Menghini, Papers

Charles T. Menghini

Charles T. Menghini is Director of Bands and President of VanderCook College of Music. He is an internationally recognized author, clinician, adjudicator, and guest speaker. Menghini received a D.M.A. in wind conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and has received many awards for his work in music education, including two National Band Association Citations of Excellence, the Bandworld Legion of Honor, MENC’s Lowell Mason Award, and the Chicago Outstanding Music Educator Award. He is a member of the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic Convention Committee. Menghini taught at the high school level in the public schools of Kansas and Missouri for 18 years before coming to VanderCook. He also played lead trumpet in the Kansas City Chiefs Professional Football Band.

Series includes published and unpublished works by Charles T. Menghini.

0.232 cubic feet (1 box)

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Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic Collection

Co-founders H.E. Nutt of VanderCook School of Music, Howard Lyons of Lyons Band Instrument Company and Neil A. Kjos of the Kjos Music Company formed the Mid-West International Band and Orchestra Clinic in 1946. The Midwest Clinic began as a local entity, quickly expanding to become one of the most recognized instrumental music education clinics in the world. The VanderCook band has been involved with the clinic since the beginning, participating in clinic work, concert performances and other activities.

The collection includes VanderCook College of Music concert programs for all clinics from 1946 to present. Also included are sound recordings of VanderCook College of Music band performances at the Midwest Clinic, dating from 1950 with the following gaps: 1977-80, 1989-91, and 1993. Sound recordings are in a variety of formats, including vinyl discs, cassettes, compact discs and VHS tapes. There are miscellaneous papers in the collection, such as administrative correspondence and documents relating to the Board of Directors for the Midwest Clinic.

4.286 cubic feet (16 boxes)

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COLLECTIONS N-Z

Donald Noonan Collection

Donald Noonan received his BMEd. from VanderCook College of Music in 1975 and his MMEd from VanderCook College of Music in 1989.

This collection includes a manuscript copy of “Supplementary studies in directing,” by H.A. VanderCook, probably in Hubert E. Nutt’s handwriting; a manuscript copy of “God Bless America,” arranged for band by Clarence F. Gates; a manuscript score and parts for “The Duke,” written by Clarence F. Gates for band; 14 black and white photographs of significant VanderCook College of Music people or buildings.

0.448 cubic feet (1 box)

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Alfred Reed, Papers

Band composer Alfred Reed was born in 1921. He composed over 200 works for concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, chorus, and chamber ensembles. He succeeded Frederick Fennell as conductor of the Miami University Wind Ensemble. He was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1974.

Series includes manuscript copies of “Viva Musica!” and “A Christmas Celebration of Songs and Carols.” Alfred Reed died on September 17, 2005.

0.43 cubic feet (1 box)

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Roseanne K. Rosenthal, Papers

Roseanne Rosenthal

Dr. Roseanne Rosenthal was President of VanderCook College of Music from 1989-2004. She is currently a member of the teaching faculty.

Series includes her published research.

0.216 cubic feet (1 box)

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Everett R. Smith Collection

Everett R. Smith received his BMEd. From VanderCook College of Music in 1962 and his MMEd from VanderCook College of Music in 1971.

This collection includes workbooks for Methods of Teaching Brass, taught by Victor Zajec; a folder of worksheets written by H.A. VanderCook and H.E. Nutt; and a syllabus for Method of Teaching Strings, taught by Harris V. Bergh.

0.448 cubic feet (1 box)

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VanderCook College Concert and Recital Collection

This is a collection of audio and visual performances of VanderCook ensembles, including band, choir, and string ensembles. The collection also includes student seminars and recitals. Formats include cassette, CD, videotape, and DVD. Printed concert programs are also included. Recordings mostly represent 1990 through the present.

The collection can be searched on Horizon, Ruppel Library's online catalog. Recordings can be searched by performer, ensemble, musical work, composer, or year of performance.

To retrieve a list of recordings by year, select a Subject Browse search and type "VCM - Recitals and Concerts"

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VanderCook College Photograph Collection

The VanderCook College of Music Photograph Collection documents the college's history through images of people and events. These include images of VanderCook faculty, staff and students, graduating classes, ensembles and classroom activities. The photos also document various junior and senior high school music ensembles directed by VanderCook personnel, summer camps and workshops. Also included are personal photographs of important individuals in the College's history. The collection includes photographs separated out from the Office of Publications Collection.

Photographs are arranged into series according to decade (1920-1929, 1930-1939 and so forth). There are also series for groups of photographs with miscellaneous dates, as well as undated photographs. Additional series include the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic photographs.

7.737 cubic feet (30 boxes)

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VanderCook College Student Life Collection

This collection documents the history of student life and activities at VanderCook College of Music.

Series include photographs, course-related materials, publications and compositions, audiovisual materials, and student organizations.

1.305 cubic feet (5 boxes)

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VanderCook College Student, Alumni and Faculty Papers

This collection contains the papers of individuals associated with VanderCook College of Music, particularly as these materials pertain to their activities while attending or teaching at the college.

Series include course materials, class projects, publications or compositions, student papers, alumni papers, and faculty papers. This collection includes materials of Forrest L. Buchtel, Sr., Michael Pendowski, Dennis Northway, Marc Jacoby, Harry Lemert, Stuart Baumann, George Stanley, Clifford P. Lillya, and George R. Borich.

2.329 cubic feet (10 boxes)

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Gilbert Edwin Wilson, Papers

Gilbert Edwin Wilson, 1914-2004

Gilbert Edwin Wilson was born in Girard, Ohio on June 10, 1914. He received his B.S. in Education from Southeast Missouri State Teachers College in 1942 and his M.M.Ed. from VanderCook College of Music in 1949. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1969. His dissertation on Hale A. VanderCook was later published by VanderCook College of Music as “H.A. VanderCook the Teacher.” This is the definitive biography of VanderCook. Gilbert Wilson was a conductor of band, orchestra and choral organizations at both the high school and college levels. He was an assistant professor of instrumental music at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and Associate Professor of Instrumental Music at Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska. He died on August 7, 2004 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Series include: oral history interviews with Forrest L. Buchtel, Sr., Haskell Harr, Hubert E. Nutt, Joe Roberts, John H. Beckerman, Richard E. Brittain, Elver J. Fitchhorn, and others; personal correspondence; photographs.

0.819 cubic feet (2 boxes)

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Paul V. Yoder, Papers

Paul V. Yoder, 1908-1990

Paul Van Buskirk Yoder was born in Tacoma, Washington on October 8, 1908. He received a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of North Dakota. Yoder also completed coursework at VanderCook College of Music. He was regarded as the “Dean of American band composers,” composing over 1,500 original compositions and arrangements. He was also called the “father of bands” in Japan, and “America’s musical ambassador” for his international work as a conductor, adjudicator and clinician. His work with schools and band camps had a profound impact on the growth of the school band movement in America. He received hundreds of honors and awards throughout his career, which spanned more than sixty years. He was an Honorary Life Member and Past President of the American Bandmasters Association. He contributed more than 40 years of service to the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, including serving on its Board of Directors. He died in Hendersonville, North Carolina on April 4, 1990.

Series includes the manuscript for his composition "Haskell’s Rascals," a snare drum trio with band accompaniment composed in tribute to Haskell Harr.

0.379 cubic feet (1 box)

 
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