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The Hubert P. Henderson papers

 Collection 0058-SCPA

Hubert P. Henderson directed the band program at the University of Maryland, College Park from 1955-1965. Under his leadership the program underwent a series of significant changes, including a closer association with the School of Music and the formation of the Symphonic Band. Henderson was elected to the American Bandmasters' Association (ABA) in 1961 and resigned from the association in 1968. During his membership, he was integral to the establishment of the ABA Journal, a scholarly peer-reviewed publication, and served as the first director of the ABA Research Center. He made arrangements for the 1965 ABA Conference, held in College Park. The collection contains material related to his ABA work - especially the establishment of the Journal - during his tenure at the University of Maryland.


  • 1932-1966
  • Majority of material found within 1964-66

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:


2.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Hubert P. Henderson Collection spans from 1932 - 1966, with the bulk of the materials from 1964 - 1966. The collection documents Henderson's participation in the American Bandmaster's Association (ABA) during the mid-1960s, particularly his work with the ABA Journal, the ABA Research Center, and ABA conferences.


Hubert P. Henderson was the director of the University of Maryland's band program from 1955 to 1965; he was elected a member of the American Bandmasters' Association (ABA) in 1961 and left the organization in 1968. Before arriving at the University of Maryland, Henderson graduated at the University of North Carolina in 1941, served two tours of duty in the Army Air Force, holding the position of Warrant Officer Bandleader during two years of his service. In 1954 Henderson was appointed instruction and Director of Bands at Montana State University.

Henderson became the director of bands at the University of Maryland in 1955. The position he assumed was newly created; for the previous five years Air Force Captain Robert Landers directed the University's College Park band during his off-duty hours. Before Henderson became director, the band had been administered by the Military Department. Starting in the fall of 1955, however, the band became part of the Music Department.

These administrative changes had significant ramifications for the identity of the band and Henderson, with the help of student leaders and music faculty led this difficult transition. He formed a symphonic band and required the performance of contemporary band compositions in the band's concert series. He encouraged local high school bands and band competitions at both the high school and collegiate levels.

Starting in the 1960s, Henderson became increasingly involved in the ABA. In 1964, he was appointed the first editor of the ABA Journal. That year he also participated in the creation of the ABA Research Center at the University of Maryland, of which this collection is a part. The 1965 ABA Conference was held in College Park and Henderson made arrangements for conference venues and performances. His affiliation with both the University of Maryland and the ABA ended in 1968 when he began an administrative position at the University of Kentucky.


This collection is organized as one series.

  1. Series 1: ABA

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Submitted to the ABA Research Center by Dr. Henderson in July 2006 (07-100-ABA).

Related Material

American Bandmasters Association official records, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. Finding Aid)

Hubert P. Henderson papers: A Finding Aid
Christina Taylor Gibson
July 2008
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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