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Edward Bailey Birge Papers

 Collection 0050-SCPA
Edward Bailey Birge (1868-1952) was a music educator and author who taught in public schools, universities, and teacher training colleges. He was a founding member and later president of the Music Supervisors National Conference, which would later become the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and then the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). The Birge Papers cover the period from 1890 to 1966; the bulk of the materials date from 1890 to 1952. The collection consists of writings, correspondence, business agreements, programs, certificates, news clippings, photographs, and music.

Dates

  • 1890-1966
  • Majority of material found within 1890-1952

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

2.00 Linear Feet

Biography

Edward Bailey Birge (1868-1952), a founding member and later president of the Music Supervisors National Conference, was born in Northampton, Massachusetts. He received his formal education at the Classical School in Providence, Rhode Island. Upon receiving his Bachelor in Arts at Brown University in 1891, he became Supervisor of Music in the public schools of Easthampton, Massachusetts. After five years in this position, he became Director of Music in the New Haven, Connecticut State Normal School and Director of Music in the New Britain, Connecticut State Normal School.

While completing his Bachelor of Music degree at Yale University, he also served as Supervisor of Music in Indianapolis, Indiana Public Schools. He held this position from 1901 to 1921, during which time he also served as President of the Indiana Music Teachers Association. From 1921 until 1938, Birge was Professor of Music at Indiana University. In addition to teaching, Birge composed music and was the co-author of several widely-used series of music textbooks for the public schools.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into ten series.
  1. Series 1: Writings
  2. Series 2: Letters
  3. Series 3: History of Public School Music
  4. Series 4: Business Documents
  5. Series 5: Programs
  6. Series 6: Honors and Organization Certificates
  7. Series 7: Obituaries
  8. Series 8: Clippings
  9. Series 9: Photographs
  10. Series 10: Composed Music

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of papers and materials from Robert C. Lewis, Edward B. Birge's nephew, received July, 1984. Additional materials received from Doris Rogers of MENC in May, 1998, and from Robert Lewis in July, 2004.

Related Material

This collection is part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Edward Bailey Birge Papers
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Stephanie Keller, June 2001; revised by Lori Fowser, August 2004; and Cassandra N. Berman, April 2011
Date
2011-04-14
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2011-04-20: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, April 2011.
  • 2011-04-25: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie Levine Knies, April 2011.

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