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Guide to the Frederick P. Williams papers PA Mss 72
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  • Access Restrictions
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  • Acquisition Information
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  • Scope and Content
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  • Title: Frederick P. Williams papers
    Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 72
    Contributing Institution: UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 39.17 linear feet (30 cartons, 10 oversize boxes, 1 small shoebox)
    Date (inclusive): 1800-2009
    Date (bulk): 1900-2000
    Abstract: Research files on concert, military, and ethnic bands collected by Frederick P. Williams.
    Physical Location: Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
    Creator: Williams, Frederick P.

    Access Restrictions

    The collection is open for research.

    Use Restrictions

    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

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

    Acquisition Information

    Library purchase, 2009.

    Processing Information

    Processed by Pearl Ko, 2011.

    Scope and Content

    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, and XVIII. Fall 2012 Addition.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Creatore, Giuseppe, 1871-1952
    Kryl, Bohumir, 1875-1961
    Minchini, Salvatore
    Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932
    Williams, Frederick P. -- Archives
    Band music
    Clippings (information artifacts)