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Michael Mark papers

 Collection 0091-SCPA

Michael Mark (1936-2018) was an American music educator and author. He received his degrees in music from Catholic University (BM 1958 and DMA 1969), George Washington University (MA 1960), and the University of Michigan (MM 1962). During his career, Mark was employed by public school systems and universities in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New York. As an author, he published numerous books and articles on music education, frequently on the history of that topic. Mark's papers consist of educational materials, correspondence, writings, newspaper clippings, photographs, books, recordings, memorabilia, and scores related to his career as an educator and author. Also included are materials about Bennett Reimer and Dr. William Revelli, both of whom worked closely with Mark.


  • 1894 - 2017
  • Majority of material found within 1960-2008

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


12.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Michael Mark papers cover the period from 1894 to 2017; the bulk of the materials date from 1960 to 2008. The collection consists of personal and professional papers related to Mark's work as an educator, including his work at Towson University, Catholic University, the Maryland State Department of Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, and with various music education organizations such as the Music Educators National Conference. Materials include published and unpublished writings, correspondence, programs, newspaper clippings, articles, recordings, books, and scores. In addition, materials about Bennett Reimer and William Revelli are included.


Michael Mark (1936- 2018) was an American music educator, scholar, and author. He received degrees in music from Catholic University (BM 1958 and DMA 1969), George Washington University (MA 1960), and the University of Michigan (MM 1962). As a teacher, he worked in the public schools of Prince George's County, Maryland from 1958-63. He held the rank of Associate Professor at Morgan State University from 1966-70, served as Head of Music Education at Catholic University from 1973-81, and as Supervisor of Music for the Auburn and Elmira, New York public schools from 1970-73. After leaving these positions in 1981 he started a career at Towson University (initially known as Towason State University when he began working there.) At Towson, he served as Dean of the Graduate School from 1981 until 1995, and as Professor of Music from 1981 until 1998. In addition, Mark started the MFA program at Towson University in 1995.

As an author and editor, Mark contributed much to the field of music education. He authored several music education texts, including Contemporary Music Education, A History of American Music Education (with Charles Gary), and Source Readings in Music Education. Mark also edited and published articles in various music education journals including Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, and the Council for Research in Music Education.Mark made contributions to the Maryland Historical Society as well; he wrote multiple posts for their blog, Underbelly, and volunteered at their library.

In addition to being a Fulbright Scholar, Mark was the recipient of the 1998 distinguished alumni award from Catholic University. Mark was inducted into the Music Educators National Conference Hall of Fame in 2008.


This collection is organized into fourteen series.

  1. Series 1: Education
  2. Series 2: Employment
  3. Series 3: Writings
  4. Series 4: Education Papers
  5. Series 5: Correspondence
  6. Series 6: Related Projects
  7. Series 7: Awards and Certificates
  8. Series 8: Programs, Newspaper Clippings, and Photographs
  9. Series 9: Recordings
  10. Series 10: Books, Articles, and Scores
  11. Series 11: Memorabilia
  12. Series 12: Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Centennial
  13. Series 13: Bennett Reimer Materials
  14. Series 14: William Revelli Research Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Michael Mark on March 1, 1996, with multiple accruals between 2000 and July 2017.

Related Material

- National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Historical Center (finding aid) (LibGuide)

- Bennett Reimer papers, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

Michael Mark papers
Amy Grossnickle (2011); revised by Amanda May (2012)
February 2011, revised January 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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

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