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Eunice L. Boardman papers

 Collection 0199-SCPA

Dr. Eunice Louise Boardman was a music educator who taught general and choral music as well as college-level teacher’s courses at multiple institutions, most notably at the University of Illinois where she achieved tenure in 1988. She co-authored an array of pedagogical music books, for which she was well known, such as Exploring Music (1966). She was active within the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) as both a committee member and chair.


  • 1943-2009
  • Majority of material found within 1995-1998

Use and Access to Collection

There are no restricted files in this collection.


2.50 Linear Feet

Scope and Content of Collection

The Eunice Boardman papers consists of material dating between 1943 and 2009 with the bulk of the materials dating between 1995 and 1998. The collection consists of scrapbook fragments, newspaper clippings, photographs, papers, diplomas, award plaques, one yearbook, and one, printed oral history.


Dr. Eunice Louise Boardman was born on January 27, 1926 in Cordova, Illinois and attended Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, earning her BA in 1947. She went on to earn an MA from the Columbia University Teachers College in 1951 and later, in 1964, she earned a PhD from the University of Illinois. She taught both general and choral music classes at the K-12 level as well as teacher education courses at a variety of institutions such as the University of Wichita, the University of Wisconsin, and Northern Illinois University.

She was awarded tenure at the University of Illinois in 1988 and chaired the Graduate Committee on Music Education there. She was also involved in the Institute of Logopedics for handicapped students in Wichita, KS as well as Milton Babbit's Contemporary Music Project. Throughout her life, Boardman authored and co-authored several books important to the music pedagogy world: Musical Growth in the Elementary School (1997), Exploring Music (1975), The Music Book (1981), General Music Today (1988), Dimensions of Musical Thinking (1989), and Holt Music (1988).

An active member of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Boardman was appointed to several committees at varying levels within the organization such as the Society for Music Teacher Education and Early Childhood Committee. She also taught music widely in public schools in Postville, Maquoketa, Clinton, and Grinnell, Iowa and participated in music curriculum development in a number of states.

Dr. Boardman was awarded a Distinguished Service Award from the Wisconsin Music Educators Association in 1985 and inducted into the Music Educators Hall (MENC) of Fame in 2004.

Dr. Eunice Louise Boardman died in Bettendorf, Iowa on May 5, 2009.


This collection is minimally processed. Materials are in original order. An inventory is available below.

  1. Series 1: Eunice L. Boardman Collection

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

The materials were donated in August 2013 by Dr. Verna M. Brummett, heir to the collection items created or amassed by Dr. Boardman.

Eunice L. Boardman papers
Minimally Processed
Sarah Lindblom
August 2013
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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