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Jerry Pierce papers

 Collection 0045-SCPA
Jerry Pierce (1937-1994), an American clarinetist, saxophonist, teacher, writer, and avid collector, was born in 1937 in Muncie, Indiana. He played clarinet with the Virginia Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, and Anderson Symphony, and saxophone with Doug Mulligan and Russ Carlyle. From 1967 until the 1980s, he taught clarinet at Anderson University and Marion College. In 1980 he became the President of the International Clarinet Association and served until 1986. The collection is comprised of Pierce's professional and personal papers, photographs, manuscripts, and recordings. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, published programs, newspaper articles, photographs, autographs, manuscripts, non-clarinet scores, and recordings.

Dates

  • 1898-1994
  • Majority of material found within 1966-1993

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

3.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The collection is comprised of the professional and personal papers, photographs, and manuscripts, and recordings of Jerry Pierce (1937-1994), clarinetist, saxophonist, teacher, writer and collector. The collection consists of correspondence, writings, published programs, newspaper articles, photographs, autographs, manuscripts, non-clarinet scores, and recordings.

Biography

Jerry Pierce, an American clarinetist, saxophonist, teacher, writer, and avid collector, was born in 1937 in Muncie, Indiana. He grew up in the Midwest and attended Indiana University and Ball State University. He studied clarinet with Henry Gulick, Jerry Stowell, Robert McGinnis, Bernard Portnoy, and Daniel Bonade.

In 1956 he moved to New Hope, Pennsylvania to study clarinet with Bonade. This began a life-long friendship that lasted until Bonade's death in 1976. After Bonade's death, his widow, Maude La Charme, gave Pierce the majority of Bonade's personal papers, photographs, and other memorabilia. Based on these items and his own experiences, Pierce wrote the four-part series, "The Bonade Legacy," which appeared in The Clarinet, the journal of the International Clarinet Association. The articles were the first comprehensive examination of Bonade's history.

As a performer, Pierce appeared with both classical and jazz groups. He played clarinet with the Virginia Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, and Anderson Symphony, and saxophone with Doug Mulligan and Russ Carlyle. From 1967 until the 1980s, he taught clarinet at Anderson University and Marion College.

After helping to establish the International Clarinet Association, he was elected President in 1980 and served until 1986. During his Presidency he started "Pierce's Potpourri," a regular column in The Clarinet that he continued until his death in 1994.

Pierce was a diligent correspondent and avid collector. He searched worldwide for musical scores, often unknown or obscure, and was known to openly share scores from his personal collection with others. Pierce died in 1994. The testimonies of friendship and loss that appeared in "Jerry D. Pierce (1937-1994): A Tribute" in the November/December 1994 issue of The Clarinet are profound.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into fourteen series.
  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Publications
  3. Series 3: Programs
  4. Series 4: Teaching Materials
  5. Series 5: Clippings and Articles
  6. Series 6: Frederick Thurston's Scrapbook
  7. Series 7: Artwork
  8. Series 8: Repertoire Lists
  9. Series 9: Fingering Charts
  10. Series 10: Photographs
  11. Series 11: Autographs
  12. Series 12: Promotional Materials
  13. Series 13: Books
  14. Series 14: Realia
  15. Series 15: Recordings
  16. Series 16: Manuscripts

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Given to the University of Maryland Libraries by Linda Pierce as part of the Jerry Pierce Score Collection, upon husband Jerry Pierce's death in 1994.

Related Material

The International Clarinet Association Research Center is also housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts. The Research Center includes the ICA's circulating score collection (including over 3,000 items from Jerry Pierce's personal collection), which is open to University System of Maryland students, faculty, staff, and members of the International Clarinet Association. The score database and borrowing procedures are available here.

In addition to the Jerry Pierce Papers, researchers may be interested in the Jerry Pierce Collection, which comprises materials held by Jerry Pierce that are not part of his personal papers.

Researchers should also consult the Daniel Bonade Papers, the professional and personal papers, photographs, reed cases, personal items, and recording of Daniel Bonade (1896-1976). One of Pierce's teachers, Bonade was also the subject of much of Pierce's research.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Jerry Pierce papers
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Vin Novara, Phyllis Crossen-Richardson, Cassandra N. Berman, Michael Casto
Date
2012-12-01
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2010-11-18: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, November 2010.
  • 2012-08-24: EAD markup checked and verified using Oxgen software by Joanne Archer, August 2012
  • 2012-12-13: EAD validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, December 2012.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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