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Henry L. Cady Papers

 Collection 0065-SCPA

Henry L. Cady (1921-2004), professor emeritus in music education and former chair of music department at the University of Delaware, Newark, with research partner and fellow Ohio State University colleague, Erwin H. Schneider, headed the Schneider-Cady USOE Project E-016, Evaluation and Synthesis of Research Studies Relating to Music Education, funded by the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The project is a compilation of a majority of the theses, dissertations, and articles written between 1930 and 1962 on studies relating to music education. The collection includes an extensive bibliographic card file collection organized by categories such as "The Teacher," "The Student," The Teaching-Learning Process," "Higher Education," and subcategories such as "music education," "music therapy," "theory" and "musicology," in addition to correspondence with other music education scholars related to the Music Education Research Council (MERC), formed in the mid 1960s, of which Cady was project coordinator. MERC was formed in conjunction with Cady's second Department of Education project, USOE Project 6-13488, A Conference of Research in Music Education, for which the E-016 bibliography was expanded. The collection also includes copies of the final publications, Evaluation and Synthesis of Research Studies Relating to Music Education (1965), and Final Report: A Conference of Research in Music Education (1967).


  • 1962-1978
  • Majority of material found within 1962-1978

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. There are no restricted files.

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:


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Born on July 6, 1921 in Manchester, NH, Dr. Henry L. Cady graduated from Middlebury College with a B.A. in 1947. He received his M.A. from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1952. Dr. Cady was an instructor from 1952 until 1954 at National College in Kansas City, MO. From 1955 until 1962, he was professor and head of the music department at William Jewell College in Liberty, MO. Dr. Cady received his Ph. D. in music education from Kansas University in 1962. He taught at the Ohio State University from June 1962 until July 1975, where he and his fellow colleague, Erwin Schneider, completed their U.S. Department of Education study on previous research in music education. Cady then worked as a professor at the University of Delaware-Newark beginning in 1975, becoming chair of the music department and achieving emeritus status upon retirement in 1985. Cady's studies on the status of research in music education are a substantial contribution to the history of music education as an academic subject in higher education. He died in Lorain, Ohio on September 22, 2004.


Cady, Henry Lord. Special Collections in Performing Arts Biography Files. University of Maryland.

Cady, Henry Lord. University of Delaware Personal Information form, 1975. "Henry L. Cady." Biography, Ohio State University News and Information Service, 1966.

Cady, Henry Lord. Curriculum Vita, 1975.

Campbell, L. Leon], University of Delaware Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, typed letter signed to Henry L. Cady on the occassion of his attaining Professor Emeritus, 1985.

Social Security Death Index, last accessed via 9 July 2019.


This collection is organized into three series.

  1. Series 1: MERC Correspondence, Minutes, Research Materials
  2. Series 2: Research Publications
  3. Series 3: Bibliographic Card File

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Henry L. Cady, received in two shipments on June 26, 1985 and December 6, 1993.

Related Material

This material is part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center (previously the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Historical Center), since the Music Education Research Council is an organization connected to NAfME.

Henry L. Cady Papers
Processed by Elizabeth Yackley and John K. Leupold II, July 2008.
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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