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Russell V. Morgan Papers

 Collection 0132-SCPA
Russell V. Morgan (1893-1952) was an American music educator, former President of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), (1930-32) and MENC Hall of Fame inductee (1996). Morgan studied music education at Northwestern University where he received a BM (1915), MM (1921), and was awarded an honorary doctorate (1936). During his career, Morgan served as an army bandmaster during World War I, a church organist, a supervisor of music in public schools, and author of articles, books and school texts on music and music education. The Russell V. Morgan Papers covers the period from 1896-1998; the bulk of the materials date from 1920-1952. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, speeches, correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings, and articles related to the Morgan’s career as a music educator, his involvement with MENC, and music education and reference materials.

Dates

  • 1896-1998
  • Majority of material found within 1920-1952

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. Please make an appointment with the curator: Vincent J. Novara Tel: 301.405.9220, Email: vnovara@umd.edu

Extent

1.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Russell V. Morgan Papers covers the period from1896-1998; the bulk of the materials date from 1920-1952. The collection consists of both personal and professional papers including published and unpublished writings, speeches, correspondence, programs, photographs, clippings, and articles related to the Morgan’s careers as music educators, involvement with MENC, and music education and reference materials.

Biography

Russell V. Morgan received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree from Northwestern University (1915) before beginning his career as the Supervisor of Music in the Highland Park, Illinois public schools (1915-16) and Director of State Teachers College in La Crosse, Wisconsin (1916-20). He served as an army bandmaster in Germany from 1918-1919 before becoming Supervisor of Music in Cleveland public schools (1923) and organist at Old Stone Church in Cleveland, Ohio, positions he would hold until his death. Russell V. Morgan was involved in many music education organizations and co-authored several books on music education and school music songbooks. In 1936 he was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from Northwestern University. Russell V. Morgan was inducted into the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Hall of Fame in 1996.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into nine series.
  1. Series 1: Personal Files
  2. Series 2: Writings
  3. Series 3: Reference Items
  4. Series 4: MENC
  5. Series 5: Musical Projects
  6. Series 6: Correspondence
  7. Series 7: Materials Relating to Death
  8. Series 8: Scrapbook Materials
  9. Series 9: Books, Journals and LP Records

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Various gifts of Hazel B. Morgan and Harriet Mogge (daughter) between June 1971 and June 2010.

Related Material

The Russell Morgan Papers are part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center, previously the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Historical Center.

Morgan, Russell V., Hazel Nohavec Morgan. Music Education in Action. Park Ridge: Kjos Music Co., 1960.

Ed., Morgan, Hazel N., Music; a Living Power in Education. A Compendium of the Writings of Russell Van Dyke Morgan. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1953.

Morgan, Russell V., Harry F. Clarke. A Survey of Music Material for Bands in Elementary, Junior and Senior High Schools. New York: National Bureau for the Advancement of Music, 1939.

McConathy, Osbournc, Russell V. Morgan, etc. Music in the Junior High School. New York: Silver Burdett Company, 1938.

Note: These are books to which Russell Morgan has contributed, edited, or written. They can be located in the catalog for the University of Maryland Libraries.

See also: Hazel N. Morgan Papers and The Shared Materials of the Drs. Morgan in the Special Collections in Performing Arts.

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Title
Russell V. Morgan Papers
Status
edited-full-draft
Author
Amy Grossnickle, June 2010
Date
2010-06-01
Language of description
Finding aid written in English

Revision Statements

  • 2013-02-01: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, February 2013.
  • 2014-02-28: EAD markup validated using Oxygen software by Amanda May, February 2014.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library Library

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