Richard Vickrey Madden was the band director for the Evanston Township and Haven High School Bands from 1937 to 1942. In 1942, he left Evanston and Haven to direct the Syracuse University Band and teach woodwinds. He also taught at Northwestern and Ohio State Universities at this time, directing summer session clinics at Northwestern and teaching woodwinds at Ohio. The Richard V. Madden Collection contains materials related to Madden's career as a performer, band director, and administrator.
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1.00 Linear Feet
The Richard V. Madden papers comprise one linear foot of materials relating to his performance, band directing, and music supervisory careers, as well as his associations with city, state, and national music festivals, clinics, conferences, and educational organizations. The materials span from 1882 to 1980. The majority of the materials fall between the dates 1930 and 1940. Although the majority of the materials are textual and in good condition, some items may have access restrictions due to their fragile state. There are also items within the collection that require special handling due to their format. There was no prescribed original order for the documents, so the order as it appears here was imposed by the processor. Therefore, not only is the overall organization of the collection that of the processor's own device, but the sequence of documents within folders and the titles of said folders are also artificial to the collection.
Richard Vickrey Madden was born in 1912 to the Colonel and Mrs. C.M. Madden. Madden was an accomplished oboist and violinist from an early age, placing first in State Competitions for violin in 1928 and second place in National Competitions for oboe in the same year. In 1929 he placed third for oboe in National Competitions. He was Band Cadet Captain for the Senn High School Band, as well as principal oboist and English horn player.
From Senn, Madden went on to Northwestern University to study music education, receiving his bachelor's degree in 1933 and his master's in 1941.
From 1937 to 1942, Madden was the band director for the Evanston Township and Haven High School Bands. In 1942, he left Evanston and Haven to direct the Syracuse University Band and teach woodwinds. He also taught at Northwestern and Ohio State Universities at this time, directing summer session clinics at Northwestern and teaching woodwinds at Ohio.
Richard V. Madden died in 1987.
This collection is divided up into nine series.
The materials comprising the Richard V. Madden papers were donated by Mr. Madden to the American Bandmasters Association Research Center on February 9, 1984.