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Jack Wainwright scrapbook collection

 Collection 0116-SCPA

The Jack Wainwright scrapbook collection contains five scrapbooks of materials, mostly relating to school band contests in which Wainwright was involved between 1923 and 1926.


  • 1923-1926
  • Majority of material found within 1923-1926

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.

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:


1.00 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Jack Wainwright scrapbook collection consists of five scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings and photographs.


Jack Wainwright was born in Lisbon, Ohio on 30 October 1889. Wainwright moved to Oberlin, Ohio in 1910, where he worked as a linotype operator for the Oberlin Review. He entered the Oberlin Academy and played in the college band and conservatory orchestra. He later become director of the band and organized other bands in Wellington, Elyria, Berlin Heights, Lorain, and Olmstead Falls.

In 1913, Wainwright organized the Oberlin Boys Band and the next year they toured the eastern United States and played for President Woodrow Wilson. In 1918, Wainwright enlisted in the Cleveland, Ohio Naval Reserve Band. It was while on tour with this band that Wainwright was asked to move to Fostoria, Ohio and organize a school band. In 1919, Wainwright and his wife, Jeanette Streeter, moved to Fostoria. Wainwright left Fostoria in 1930 to accept a position at Short Ridge High School in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was next appointed head of the music department of South Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, a position he held from 1933 to 1944.

After his retirement, Wainwright served three consecutive terms in the Indiana State Legislature where he served on the penal committee. He immediately organized a band in the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City, where he taught music and instrument repair. Wainwright died on 5 January 1960. Wainwright is best known for being the director of the first band to win a national school band contest, an achievement he earned in 1923. In addition, he established the first nationally known band camp, the Wainwright Band and Orchestra Camp at Oliver Lake, Indiana, in 1926. In 1943, after Wainwright's retirement, the library of this camp was given to Purdue University.


This collection is organized into one series.

  1. Scrapbooks

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The scrapbooks were prepared by Mrs. John W. Wainwright and her family and loaned to Lynn Sams before coming to the American Bandmasters Association Research Center in October 1978.

Related Material

This collection is part of the American Bandmasters Association (ABA) Research Center.

Jack Wainwright scrapbook collection
Finding aid processed by Amanda May, November 2011.
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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