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Eugene Morlan papers

 Collection 0170-SCPA
Eugene Morlan (1917-2010) was an American music educator, and an active member and employee of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), know known as the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). He received a BA from Indiana State Teachers College in 1939 and a MA and Ed. D from the George Peabody College for Teachers in 1946 and 1966 respectively. As an educator, he taught in Westfield, Illinois from 1939-41. He went on to become the Supervisor of Music in Shenandoah County, Virginia from 1941-54 and President of the Virginia Music Educators Association from 1952-1954. Morlan was employed by MENC from 1955-84 as assistant executive secretary and director of professional programs. Morlan’s other musical activities included producing soldier shows for the U.S. Army Special Services during World War II and founding the Mormon choir of Washington, D.C., which he conducted from 1980-2000. Morlan received the Alumni Achievement Award from Indiana State University in 1994.

Dates

  • 1915-2010
  • Majority of material found within 1932-2000

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: https://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Extent

18.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Eugene Morlan papers covers the period from 1915 to 2010; the bulk of the materials date from 1932 to 2000. The collection consists of correspondence, programs, books, photographs, newspaper clippings, and articles related to Morlan’s work at MENC and as an educator, including his time at the George Peabody College for Teachers and Shenandoah County Public Schools in Virginia.

Biography

Eugene Morlan (1917-2010) was an American music educator, and active member and employee of the Music Educators National Conference. He received a BA from Indiana State Teachers College in 1939 and a MA and Ed. D from the George Peabody College for Teachers in 1946 and 1966 respectively. As an educator, he was employed in Westfield, Illinois from 1939-41. He then moved on to become the Supervisor of Music in Shenandoah County, Virginia from 1941-54 and President of the Virginia Music Educators Association from 1952-1954. Morlan was employed by MENC from 1955-84. During this time he worked as the assistant executive secretary and director of professional programs and throughout his career planned seventy-three national and regional conferences. Morlan also served three times as the acting executive director.

Outside of his professional career, Morlan pursued a variety of musical activities. Morlan produced soldier shows for the U.S. Army Special Services during World War II in the Pacific Theater. In 1980 he was one of the founding members of the Mormon choir of Washington, D.C., and conducted the group until 2000. Other conducting engagements include work with the McLean Choral Society, and guest conducting three combined Interfaith Concerts at the Washington National Cathedral and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 1993. Morlan received the Alumni Achievement Award from Indiana State University in 1994.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into nine series.
  1. Education
  2. Writings and Speeches
  3. Employment
  4. Correspondence
  5. Programs
  6. Related Materials
  7. Photographs
  8. Scores and Recordings
  9. Books

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Transferred by Mary Howell on November 5, 2010.

Related Material

Microform: Morlan, Gene. Programs of Action for State Music Educators Associations [dissertation], Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, 1967.
Title
Eugene Morlan papers
Status
Completed
Author
Amy Grossnickle and David Brenneman
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
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