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Edward L. Rainbow papers

 Collection 0103-SCPA

Edward L. Rainbow (1929-2002), a professional musician, was involved in a variety of ensembles throughout his career. For many years he performed with groups such as the U.S. Army Band, and the Fort Worth and Sacramento Symphonies. During this time he became an assistant dean at the University of the Pacific, and later a professor of double bass at the University of North Texas. Throughout his life Rainbow was also an avid member of the Music Educators Research Council, part of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), later renamed to the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). This collection consists of correspondence, biographical information, programs for university ensembles, memorandums, meeting agendas and notes, research papers, proposals, bibliographies, handbooks, budget outlines, dissertation reviews, and personal notes, as well as other materials pertaining to Rainbow’s career as a professor at the University of North Texas; his work as an assistant dean at the University of the Pacific; his work as a member of MENC’s Music Educators Research Council; and his extensive research in music education.


  • 1965-2003
  • Majority of material found within 1968-1976

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:


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Scope and Content of Collection

The Edward L. Rainbow papers cover the period from 1965 to 2003; the bulk of the materials date from 1968 to 1976. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including handwritten notes, correspondences, programs, memorandums, training manuals, proposals, research papers, proposals, and agendas related to Rainbow’s work as a professor at the University of North Texas, and his work with the Music Educators Research Council.


Edward L. Rainbow (b. 1929 - d. 2002) was an American music professor and professional double-bassist. He began his musical career on the road with performers including Teresa Brewer, Dennis Day, and the Freddy Martin Orchestra. In the 1950s, he became a member of the U.S. Army Band based in Nevada. Following his time in the Army Band, he received Bachelors and Masters degrees in music from the University of Northern Iowa, and later his Ph.D. in music education from The University of Iowa. During the 1960s, Dr. Rainbow served as an assistant dean and chairman of music education at the University of the Pacific, in California.

Throughout his career, Dr. Rainbow served as a member of various ensembles including the Fort Worth Symphony, the Fort Worth Opera, the Sacramento Symphony, and was an assistant conductor for the Stockton Symphony in California. In 1966, Dr. Rainbow joined the University of North Texas music faculty as a professor of Double Bass and Music Education. Throughout his career, Rainbow was also an active member of the Music Educators Research Council (MERC) of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), later renamed the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He authored numerous research articles and papers on music education, and co-authored, with his wife Hildegard C. Froehlich, Research in music education: an introduction to systematic inquiry (Schirmer, 1987).


This collection is organized into six series.

  1. Correspondence
  2. MERC Materials
  3. Notes
  4. Personal Biographies
  5. Programs
  6. University Materials

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Hildegard Froehlich, wife of Edward L. Rainbow, in 2005 (06-26-MENC).

Related Material

These materials are found in the University of Maryland libraries:

  1. Rainbow, Edward L., Hildegard C. Froehlich. Research in Music Education: An Introduction to Systematic Inquiry. New York: Schirmer, 1987. [Stacks: MT1 .R26 1987]
  2. Bulletin - Council for Research in Music Education. [Lowens Room: MT1 .C7]
  3. Journal of Research in Music Education. [Lowens Room: ML1.J6]
Edward L. Rainbow papers
Amanda Weeks
June 2011
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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