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Glenn Gildersleeve papers

 Collection 0150-SCPA

The Glenn Gildersleeve papers contains materials relating to his career as a music educator and state administrator of school music. He lived February 1894 through March 1970. Born in Wayne, Nebraska, Gildersleeve studied music at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Teachers College, Columbia University. He was an active member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), serving on the Research Council and the Board of Directors, and was also the President of the Eastern Division. Professionally, he was State Director of Music in Delaware and also chaired the Music Department at Madison College (now James Madison University). The collection contains correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, diplomas, certificates, and publications.


  • 1904-1970
  • Majority of material found within 1919-1943

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: Tel: 301.405.9220, Email:


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Scope and Content of Collection

The Glenn Gildersleeve papers covers the period 1904 through 1970, the bulk of the materials are from 1919 through 1943. The collection consists of both personal and professional materials, including correspondence, manuscripts, photographs, diplomas, certificates, and publications.


Glenn Gildersleeve (b. 28 February 1894 - d. 27 March 1970) was an American music educator, school music administrator, and author. Born in Wayne, Nebraska, he attended Nebraska Wesleyan University, graduating in 1919 with a degree in history and political science, a minor in German, and with a certificate in voice. Concurrent with his military service from 1919 through 1921, Gildersleeve furthered his academic studies by earning a Master of Arts at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1921. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1946. He served as State Director of Music in Delaware (1930 – 1946), and was a professor of music at Madison College in Virginia (1947 – 1961, now James Madison University). Gildersleeve was active in the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), now known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), specifically in the Eastern Division (President 1940-1941), but also served nationally on the Research Council and as a member of MENC's Board of Directors. Gildersleeve was the author of more than five books, several articles, and over twenty reviews.


This collection is not arranged into series; original order remains.

  1. Glenn Gildersleeve papers

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Frank Richard Olenchak, February 5, 1979 (accession 78-29-MENC), following the completion of his dissertation (University of Michigan). Olenchak had received the materials from Gildersleeve’s oldest daughter, Josephine.

Related Material

This collection is part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center (formerly the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Historical Center).

Frances Elliott Clarke Collection: Correspondence (two items)

Two formal portraits in SCPA Photograph File, both c1940s (filed under: Gildersleeve, Glenn)

Lowens Room Biography Files: Gildersleeve, Glenn (obit; MENC profile)

SCPA Research Papers, #745: Olenchak, Frank, "Glenn Gildersleeve and his Contributions to Music Education (1894-1970)," (PhD diss., University of Michigan, 1977).

Processing Information

The original order as found in the boxes was maintained. Plastic paperclips applied in the 1980s were changed to stainless steel paperclips. The boxes were also changed to current archival boxes. No re-foldering was undertaken in 2012. Materials are described at the item level with no series imposed.

Glenn Gildersleeve papers
Vincent J. Novara
August 2012
Description rules
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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