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Guide to the Frederick P. Williams Papers
PA Mss 72  
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Frederick P. Williams papers
    Dates: circa 1800-2009
    Bulk Dates: (bulk 1900-2000)
    Collection number: PA Mss 72
    Creator: Williams, Frederick P.
    Collection Size: 38 linear feet (30 Paige boxes and 10 flat boxes).
    Repository: University of California, Santa Barbara. Library. Dept. of Special Collections
    Santa Barbara, CA 93106
    Abstract: Research files on concert, military, and ethnic bands collected by Frederick P. Williams.
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the library's online catalog.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    Use of the collection is unrestricted.

    Publication Rights

    Copyright has not been assigned to the Department of Special Collections, UCSB. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Department of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained.

    Preferred Citation

    Frederick P. Williams papers. PA Mss 72, Department of Special Collections, University Libraries, University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Acquisition Information

    Library purchase, 2009.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Papers of band historian and record collector Frederick P. Williams. The bulk of the collection is comprised of research materials on many famous early military and marching bands (Sousa, Pryor, etc.) as well as the lesser known "ethnic" bands led by Giuseppe Creatore and others. The collection contains research materials on early military and ethnic marching band recordings, record "want" and exchange lists, correspondence with other researchers, cylinder and 78 rpm disc catalogs, and auction lists and discographies. The collection also includes Musicians Protection Agency directories, rare concert programs and posters, clippings, flyers, early photos of soloists and bands, conference and events files, and artifacts, including record needles, audio recordings, a Sousa Band uniform, and other items related to early band performances and dance hall recitals. Also included are historical deeds and maps related to the city of Philadelphia and its environs, and Williams family photos, correspondence, and artifacts.


    The collection has been divided into the following series: I. Artist files, II. Band files, III. Articles by F.P. Williams, IV. University of Iowa Special Collections: Chautauqua Collection, V. Musicians Protection Agency directories, VI. Sound recording files, VII. Discographies, VIII. Catalogs, IX. Correspondence, X. Local activities, XI. Miscellaneous, XII. Posters, XIII. Programs, XIV. Photos, XV. Oversize photos, XVI. Oversize, XVII. Conferences, events, XVIII. Fall 2012 addition XIX. Audio recordings [Unprocessed]. (For sub series, see collection contents). Many of the discographies are drafts with handwritten notes by Frederick Williams. Series III., Articles by F.P. Williams, consists of articles and reviews by Williams himself. Miscellaneous items range from cigarette cards to family artifacts.
    In the collection contents portion of this finding guide, Paige boxes are listed simply as "Box." Oversize boxes have been listed as "Flat box."
    In order to maintain the intellectual arrangement of certain files within this finding guide, some boxes have been listed out of sequence. This does not, however, reflect their physical arrangement.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Creatore, Giuseppe, 1871-1952
    Kryl, Bohumir, 1875-1961
    Minchini, Salvatore
    Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932
    Band music