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Lynn L. Sams papers

 Collection 0039-SCPA
A founding member of the American Bandmasters Association, Lynn L. Sams (1896-1990) was also a businessman and leader in the music industry. For many years, he served as editor of the ABA newsletter and as the ABA historian--both in official and unofficial capacities. Over his lifetime, Sams collected biographical and photographic materials documenting the history of the band in America and the prominent people in the band world. The collection consists of correspondence, notes, photographs, sound recordings, and publications related to Sams' research on the 20th century band movement and development of the American Bandmasters Association, and for his unfinished manuscript "History of School Bands." Correspondents include Harold B. Bachman, Jaroslav "Jerry" Cimera, Herbert L. Clarke, Merle Evans, William P. Foster, Karl L. King, Caesar LaMonaca, Frank Mancini, Williams Santelmann, Al Wright, and Paul Yoder.

Dates

  • 1930-1990
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1990

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

33.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Lynn L. Sams papers cover the period from 1913 to 1990; the bulk of the materials date from 1940 to 1985. The collection consists of correspondence, notes, photographs, sound recordings, and publications related to Sams' research on the 20th century band movement and development of the American Bandmasters Association, and for his unfinished manuscript "History of School Bands." Correspondents include Harold B. Bachman, Jaroslav "Jerry" Cimera, Herbert L. Clarke, Merle Evans, William P. Foster, Karl L. King, Caesar LaMonaca, Frank Mancini, Williams Santelmann, Al Wright, and Paul Yoder

Biography

Lynn L. Sams (4 April 1896—17 March 1990) was a founding member of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA), and a leader in the music industry. He served as editor of the ABA newsletter for many years and also served as that organization's historian—both in official and unofficial capacities. Over his lifetime, Sams collected biographical material and photographs documenting the history of the band in America and also the prominent people in the band world.

Sams began his music career as a traveling salesman for the Conn Corporation and eventually became president of the company. Sams's early days as a traveling salesman became the basis for the character Professor Harold Hill in Meredith Wilson's musical The Music Man. Sams became an activist in the musical instrument industry and was instrumental in the 1965 repeal of the excise tax on musical instruments. After leaving Conn in 1955, Sams became vice-president of Buescher Instrument Company. Sams's final years were devoted to the writing of a book, The History of School Bands, which was left unfinished at the time of his death in Napa, California.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into seven series.
  1. Series 1: Biographical Files
  2. Series 2: Subject Files
  3. Series 3: Professional Activities
  4. Series 4: Photographs
  5. Series 5: History of School Bands
  6. Series 6: Memorabilia and Awards
  7. Series 7: Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The Lynn L. Sams papers were in the care of Charles Payne until given to the ABA Research Center at the University of Maryland in 1991. The Lynn Sams Portrait Collection [Appendix] was originally deposited by Sams at the University of Michigan. Sams withdrew the collection on 16 May 1983, at which time it was transferred to the University of Maryland.

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Lynn L. Sams papers: A Finding Aid
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Laura Drake, 1993. Revised by Bradly Mariska, May 2003. Revised by Nicole Horstman, November 2012.
Date
2012-11-01
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2008-05-06: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, May 2008.
  • 2008-06-19: EAD markup checked and verified using JEdit software by Jennie A. Levine, June 2008.
  • 2012-11-21: EAD checked and verified using Oxygen by Amanda May, November 2012.
  • 2015-04-23: EAD checked and verified using Oxygen by John Davis, April 2015.

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