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Goldman Band collection

 Collection 0397-SCPA

The Goldman Band collection contains clippings, photographs, and correspondence from the late 20th century iterations of the Goldman Band under conductors Richard Franko Goldman, Ainslee Cox, Gene Young, and David Eaton.

Dates

  • Majority of material found within 1980-1997

Condition Description

Excellent. With the exception of scrapbook items, clippings have been preserved by copying them onto acid free paper. Photographs, including professional images and snapshots are in good condition.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the physical gift of the scores. The composers or their publishers retain any copyright possessed in the collection. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.

Extent

4.5 Linear Feet

Content Description

The Goldman Band collection contains clippings, photographs, and correspondence from the late 20th century iterations of the Band under conductors Richard Franko Goldman, Ainslee Cox, Gene Young, and David Eaton. Collectively these items document the evolution of the organization from one molded after John Philip Sousa's band to one with a far more casual and interactive sensibility.

Biographical / Historical

Edwin Franko Goldman formed the Goldman Band in 1918. It was a concert ensemble built to give free, public concerts in and around New York City. At first many of the musical pieces and musicians were drawn from Goldman's previous band, the New York Military Band. Their first concert was at Columbia University. Subsequent concerts occurred at outdoor venues throughout the New York metropolitan area, including Central Park, Prospect Park, and Lincoln Center. In an age when professional bands were declining in number and stature, the Goldman Band established a certain renown. They commissioned and performed new music alongside classic marches and transcriptions. For most of their existance the Guggenheim Foundation endowed the band, allowing the musicians to tour and perform on radio and television.

After Edwin Franko Goldman's death in 1956, Richard Franko Goldman assumed leadership of the band. When Richard Franko Goldman retired in 1979, Ainslee Cox assumed leaderhsip of the ensemble, serving as conducter until 1988. Subsequent directors were Gene Young (1988-1997), David Eaton (1997-2000), and Christian Wilhjelm (2000-2005). The Guggenheim Foundation withdrew funding in 1983, forcing the band to shorten its season and seek other avenues of funding. Nonetheless the summer concerts continued until 2005 when, after extensive union-management disagreements, a contract could not be agreed upon and the Goldman Band ceased to exist.

Arrangement

To the extent possible, original order has been maintained.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Marine Band Corps Band donated The Goldman Band collection on September 8, 2016.

Related Materials

At UMD:

Franko Goldman Collection (finding aid)

Mabel Rosenthal Collection on Edwin Franko Goldman (finding aid)

American Bandmasters Association records (finding aid)

Condition Description

Excellent. With the exception of scrapbook items, clippings have been preserved by copying them onto acid free paper. Photographs, including professional images and snapshots are in good condition.

Title
Goldman Band collection
Status
Completed
Author
Christina Taylor Gibson
Date
December 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States