About Archives



The purpose of the H.E. Nutt Archives is to collect, preserve, and make available for research those materials documenting the history of VanderCook College of Music, and the role of the college and its members in music education past and present.

The H.E. Nutt Archives serves as an information resource and strives to promote research among the "VanderCook College community," including individuals and collective members of the faculty, staff, administration, student body, and alumni. The archives also serves individuals outside of the "VanderCook College community" who have an interest in the college's history or the history of music education.

The H.E. Nutt Archives is a department of VanderCook College of Music.

User Services


The H.E. Nutt Archives is open to VanderCook College of Music's administrative personnel, faculty and students, VanderCook alumni, outside researchers, and others interested in the history of VanderCook College of Music or music education.

Archive materials are non-circulating and can be viewed on-site in the Ruppel Memorial Library's reading room at VanderCook College of Music, by appointment only.

Although reference questions are accepted, researchers are encouraged to make an appointment to visit the archives and perform their own research.

Duplication of archival materials may be requested, in accordance with copyright law and the discretion of archives staff. Prices are: photocopies ($.10 each page), scanned images printed on B&W laserjet ($1.00 each page), scanned images printed on color laserjet using photo quality paper ($5.00 each page).

Note: Certain archival materials (i.e., personnel records) are confidential and can not be viewed without written consent. Contact the archivist for detailed information on archives policy regarding confidential records.


  • User Registration Form - all new users must fill out this form.
  • Deed of Gift - for individuals wishing to donate historical materials to the archives.
  • Transmittal Form - for VanderCook faculty and staff wishing to transfer office materials to the archives.

What the Archives Collects

The archives collects materials in a variety of formats including books, sound recordings, scores and sheet music, photographs, and vertical file materials, including:

  • materials pertaining to VanderCook College of Music's pioneering and continuing role in the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic
  • materials pertaining to VanderCook College of Music's founders and other noteworthy individuals in the College's history
  • materials documenting VanderCook College of Music's historical and continuing role in music education
  • materials relating to the administration of VanderCook College of Music, including personnel and financial records, and the proceedings of various committees
  • recital and concert activities, including sound recordings
  • research projects conducted by VanderCook graduate students or faculty
  • newsletters and other publications produced by VanderCook College of Music
  • materials documenting other college activities and operations such as class schedules and master classes

Donate to the Archives

Do you have materials pertaining to the history of VanderCook College of Music which you would like to donate to the archives? Please view our list, What the Archives Collects, to see if your materials match the scope of our collection. If they do, or if you have are uncertain, please contact the archivist for more information. You will need to fill out a Deed of Gift.

To make a monetary donation to the archives, consider a contribution to the H.E. Nutt Society Fund.

H.E. Nutt Society

The Hubert E. Nutt Society focuses on preserving the memory, works, teachings and ideals of H.E. Nutt. If you are interested in finding out how you can become a member, please write to the following address:

Dr. George R. Borich, Ph.D.
1186 Ballantrae Pl.
Mundelein, IL 60060
(847) 362-5422

The following materials are available for purchase through the H.E. Nutt Society. Proceeds will help support the work of the Society. Contact Dr. Borich for more information:

  • The Lives of Howard Raymond Lyons and Hubert Estel Nutt, Co-Founders of the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, by George R. Borich, Ph.D. Dissertation, Northwestern University, 1984 © $55.00
  • Videotape of Personal Interview and Directing Seminar with H.E. Nutt, VHS format © $35.00

H.E. Nutt Society Fund

Contributions to the H.E. Nutt Society Fund help support the efforts of VanderCook College of Music's archives. Fill out the contribution form and mail to:

H.E. Nutt Archives
VanderCook College of Music
3140 S. Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616

H.E. Nutt Society Fund Donors:

Joe Roman

Steve De Villers

Marcia Cassady
Cory Edwards

Founding Donor
George R. Borich

Archives Staff

Rob DeLand, Head Librarian and Archivist


VanderCook College of Music

3140 South Federal Street
Chicago, IL 60616-3731
(312) 225-6288

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