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Charles B. Fowler papers

 Collection 0003-SCPA
The professional and personal papers of Charles B.[Bruner] Fowler (1931-1995), eminent American arts advocate, educator, editor, writer and philosopher, fill 236 boxes. The collection consists of published and unpublished articles, including related research and correspondence; published reports, pamphlets and educational materials; chapters written in books; authored and edited books, including personal copies of each; unpublished keynote addresses and speeches; reports of studies and projects, presentations at conferences, seminars and symposia; unpublished scripts; recorded interviews and speeches; slides and photographs; and memorabilia related to Dr. Charles Fowler's work.

Dates

  • 1940-1995
  • Majority of material found within 1960s-1995

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

128.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Charles B. Fowler papers cover the period from 1960 to 1995. The collection consists of published and unpublished articles, including related research and correspondence; published reports, pamphlets and educational materials; chapters written in books; authored and edited books, including personal copies of each; unpublished keynote addresses and speeches; reports of studies and projects, presentations at conferences, seminars and symposia; unpublished scripts; recorded interviews and speeches; slides and photographs; and memorabilia related to Dr. Fowler's work as an American arts advocate, educator, editor, writer and philosopher.

Biography

Charles B. (Bruner) Fowler (1931-1995), American writer and consultant in the arts, was noted for his activity and commentary in the field of arts education. A prolific author, he wrote more than two hundred articles as well as books, reports and other works. Fowler frequently spoke at arts and arts education gatherings, providing insightful views on the state of the arts nationally. For fifteen years (1974-1989) he served as Education Editor of Musical America Magazine, reporting "On Education" across the country. From 1966 to 1971 he was editor of Music Educators Journal. His last publications were Sing!, a textbook for secondary school choral classes (Hinshaw, 1988), the widely acclaimed sequel to Coming to Our Senses: Can We Rescue the Arts for America's Children (American Council for the Arts, 1988) and Music! Its Role and Importance in Our Lives, a textbook appropriate for high school and introductory college courses (Glencoe/ Macmillan/McGraw Hill, 1992). From 1989 until 1993, Dr. Fowler served as director of National Cultural Resources, Inc.

As a practitioner of several arts and with an extensive background in teaching on every level, Dr. Fowler championed the cause of arts education as an essential part of every person's education. He was a guest professor at a number of American universities, participated in numerous educational projects and symposia, and lectured on the subject of arts education throughout the United States and abroad. His degrees included a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY at Potsdam, a Master of Music from Northwestern University and a Doctor of Musical Arts (with a minor in fine arts) from Boston University. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award from Boston University in 1990 and an honorary doctorate from the Crane School of Music in 1995. Dr. Fowler wrote educational materials for the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. He was the writer for the grand opening of Epcot Center for Walt Disney Productions, the grand opening of Knoxville World's Fair, the annual Christmas pageant at the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California, and several National Public Radio programs. He prepared scripts for Jose Ferrer, Richard Thomas, Gregory Peck, President Gerald Ford, and Dinah Shore, among others.

Arrangement

This collection has been organized into fifteen series.
  1. Correspondence
  2. Subject Files
  3. Writings
  4. Teaching and Conducting
  5. Diaries
  6. Personal and Family Papers
  7. Music Scores by Fowler
  8. Audio Recordings
  9. Video Recordings
  10. Computer Disks
  11. Photographic Materials
  12. Artwork
  13. Awards
  14. Realia
  15. Resources

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift to the University of Maryland Libraries from Dr. Fowler. Sent in three parts: July 1992, October 1992, and December 1995.
Title
The Charles B. Fowler papers: A Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Lynne Jacobsen
Date
April 1999
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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