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John E. "Ned" Mahoney papers

 Collection 0407-SCPA

John Edward "Ned" Mahoney (1911-2012) was a cornetist, conductor, educator, and business owner. After graduating from the Ernest Williams School of Music in 1934, Mahoney joined the Goldman Band as assistant cornet soloist. From 1942 to 1945, Mahoney served in the U.S. Navy as cornet soloist and assistant bandmaster of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Band before being assigned to the USS Yosemite in the South Pacific. After discharge from the Navy, he formed Ned Mahoney Music, Ltd., a music studio, store, and rental program in Long Island, which he ran until his retirement at age ninety. In his later years, Mahoney became a champion for the legacy of his teacher, Ernest Williams (1881-1947). He participated in many of the celebrations of Williams's life held in 1997, and collected programs and photographs relating to Williams's career.

Dates

  • 1931-1976

Condition Description

Some brittle material, otherwise 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 gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. 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 John Edward "Ned" Mahoney collection consists of four series: 1) books, 2) scores, 3) scrapbooks and photographs, and 4) Ernest Williams memorabilia. The bulk of the material relates to Mahoney's early career as a performer and his promotion of Ernest Williams's legacy. In addition to books, photographs, programs, and scores from Mahoney's early years, there is extensive documentation of events celebrating Williams, including two scrapbooks of photographs from these events.

Biographical / Historical

John Edward "Ned" Mahoney (1911-2012) was a cornetist, conductor, educator, and business owner. After graduating from the Ernest Williams School of Music in 1934, Mahoney joined the Goldman Band as assistant cornet soloist. There he formed the Goldman Trio, also known as the Three Aces, with Leonard Smith and Frank Elsass. Later Raymond Crisara and James Burke, one of Mahoney's students, joined the cornet trio. From 1942 to 1945, Mahoney served in the U.S. Navy as cornet soloist and assistant bandmaster of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Band before being assigned to the USS Yosemite in the South Pacific.

After discharge from the Navy, he formed Ned Mahoney Music, Ltd., a music studio, store, and rental program in Long Island, which he ran until his retirement at age ninety. While running his business, Mahoney continued performing, serving as bandmaster for the Kismet Temple Shrine Band between 1968 and 1988 and the Freeport Fire Department band from 1973 to 1976. The ABA awarded him the Edwin Franko Goldman Memorial Citation in 2007.

In his later years, Mahoney became a champion for the legacy of his teacher, Ernest Williams (1881-1947). He participated in many of the celebrations of Williams's life held in 1997, and collected programs and photographs relating to Williams's career.

Arrangement

Materials were selected and inventoried by Ned Mahoney's daughter Anne H. Mahoney. Where possible original order has been maintained. Although Ernest Williams material appears throughout the collection, the series marked "Ernest Williams memorabilia" arrived in its own separate box, and was clearly intended to be separate from the rest of the papers. No order was discerable for the oversize photographs. This collection consists of four series:

Books

Sources

Scrapbooks and Photographs

Ernest Williams Memorabilia

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Ms. Anne Mahoney, July 2, 2015, via her daughter Barbara Mahoney Hamel

Related Materials

Ernest Williams papers (finding aid)

American Bandmasters Association records (finding aid)

Condition Description

Some brittle material, otherwise good condition.

Title
John E. "Ned" Mahoney papers
Author
Christina Taylor Gibson
Date
June 11, 2021
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:
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