Scope and Content
Title: Frederick P. Williams papers
Identifier/Call Number: PA Mss 72
UC Santa Barbara Library, Department of Special Collections
Language of Material:
39.17 linear feet
(30 cartons, 10 oversize boxes, 1 small shoebox)
Date (inclusive): 1800-2009
Date (bulk): 1900-2000
Research files on concert, military, and ethnic bands collected by Frederick P. Williams.
Special Research Collections, UC Santa Barbara Library
Williams, Frederick P.
The collection is open for research.
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.
[identification of item], Frederick P. Williams papers, PA Mss 72. Department of Special Collections, University Libraries,
University of California, Santa Barbara.
Library purchase, 2009.
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
Sousa, John Philip, 1854-1932
Williams, Frederick P. -- Archives
Clippings (information artifacts)