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Frederic W. Boots papers

 Collection 0074-SCPA
Throughout his military career, Frederic Wallace Boots (1922-2006) served in Asia, Europe, and the United States. He directed the United States Military Academy's Cadet Glee Club in West Point, NY and eventually became Associate Band Master of the United States Army Band at Fort Myer, VA. He was a life member of the Virginia and National Federations of Music Clubs, a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and a member of the American Bandmasters Association. The collection consists of correspondence, administrative records, programs and tour itineraries, military documents, articles, newspaper clippings, scores: published and manuscript, photographs, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia related to Boots' career; the ensembles with which he was involved; and materials he collected on musical figures of personal interest, including: John P. Sousa, John J. Pershing, Raymond Dvorak, and Frederick P. Williams.

Dates

  • 1948-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1953-1975

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

2.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Frederic W. Boots papers cover the period from 1948 to 2006; the bulk of the materials date from 1953 to 1975. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including scrapbooks, correspondence, programs, scores, clippings, photographs, and recordings related to Boots' work as conductor of the United States Military Academy Glee Club and Associate Band Master of the United States Army Band. This collection also includes materials collected during his forty-year membership in the American Bandmasters Association.

Biography

Frederic W. Boots was born in Champaign, IL on September 27, 1922. After graduating from Portage Wisconsin High School in 1940, Boots attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He completed two years of music study before enlisting with the Army and serving until 1945. He returned to the University of Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in 1949.

Boots went on to become the Assistant Professor of Music at San Jose State College in California, but he was called back to active duty and became Warrant Officer Band Leader, serving in Ft. Bliss, TX, Korea, Tokyo, Japan, West Point, NY, Heidleburg, Germany, and Ft. Monroe, VA. During his service Boots directed the United States Military Academy's Cadet Glee Club and held the title of Associate Band Master of the United States Army Band.

After retiring from the military, Boots was appointed head of the Special Services Division of Alexandria Libraries. He went on to earn his Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University and worked as Quality Assurance Consultant in the Library of Congress' Division for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Until his death in 2006, Boots was a member of the American Bandmasters Association, a life member of the Virginian and National Federations of Music Clubs, a life member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity, and had Masonic Affiliations with West Point Lodge 877, Sojourners, Heroes of '76 and Scottish Rite.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged into six series.
  1. Series 1: Military Career
  2. Series 2: Collected Materials
  3. Series 3: Raoul F. Camus Dissertation Materials
  4. Series 4: American Bandmasters' Association
  5. Series 5: Photographs
  6. Series 6: Scores

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Mrs. Patricia Boots, wife of Frederic W. Boots, received in February 2009.

Related Material

The Frederic Boots papers are part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

The Boots materials included three ABA Convention programs from 1960 and three ABA Convention programs from 1961. If you would like to view these materials, they are located with the ABA Archives materials.

The Boots materials included ABA Directories from 1975 through 2006. If you would like to view these materials, they are located with the ABA Archives materials.

The Boots materials included a third revision copy of "Lest We Forget." If you would like to view this, it is located with the ABA Archives materials.

Howard, George S. A Symphony in the Sky. The John Philip Sousa Foundation; San Antonio, Texas: Southern Music Co., 1991. Copy also found in Lowens Special Collections Room - ML422.H6 A3 1992.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Frederic W. Boots papers
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda Holgate
Date
2009-03-01
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
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