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Earl Slocum papers

 Collection 0041-SCPA
Dr. Earl A. Slocum was born near Concord, Michigan and became the first male student to graduate from Albion College with a public school music certificate. After receiving his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan, Slocum took a position as director of bands at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra. He remained at the University until his retirement in 1967. Dr. Slocum was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1941, and was elected President in 1962. He is also known for his transcriptions for concert band. This collection consists of photographs, scores, memorabilia, and scrapbooks collected by Dr. Slocum.

Dates

  • 1875-1990
  • Majority of material found within circa 1919-1990

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

5.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Earl Slocum papers covers the period from 1875 to 1990. The collection consists of photographs, scores, memorabilia, and scrapbooks collected by Dr. Slocum.

Biography

Dr. Earl A. Slocum (1902-1994) was born near Concord, Michigan on June 17, 1902. He graduated from Albion, Michigan public schools in 1921. After beginning a degree in engineering, Dr. Slocum changed his major and became the first male student to graduate from Albion College with a public school music certificate. After teaching in Detroit, Dr. Slocum married Beatrice Watson and took a new teaching assignment in Greensboro, North Carolina. In 1931, Dr. Slocum earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan. He then took a position as director of bands at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra. He remained at the University until his retirement in 1967, when he moved to DeLand, Florida where he served as a member of the Board of Advisors of the Stetson School of Music. He received a Master of Music degree from the University Michigan in 1936, and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Albion College in 1960. Dr. Slocum was elected to the American Bandmasters Association in 1941, and was elected President in 1962. He died in 1994. He is best remembered for his transcriptions for concert band.

Arrangement

The collection has been organized into eight series.
  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Photos
  3. Series 3: Writings
  4. Series 4: Arrangements
  5. Series 5: Music Books
  6. Series 6: Original Works
  7. Series 7: Memorabilia
  8. Series 8: Scrapbooks

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Earl Slocum had sent materials to the American Bandmasters Association Research Center several times throughout his career. In his last will and testament he left his remaining scrapbooks, and published and unpublished band and orchestra music and scores to the American Bandmasters Association.

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association Research Center

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Earl Slocum papers : A Finding Aid
Status
Completed
Author
Sally Roberts, July 2007
Date
2007-07-18
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

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