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Michael Mark rare book collection

 Collection 0205-SCPA
The Michael Mark rare book collection contains books relating to music education, music performance, instrumental method, and secular and Christian songs. Materials range from 1822 to 1926, with the bulk of the volumes dating from 1830 to 1885.

Dates

  • 1822-1926
  • Majority of material found within 1850-1900

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an appointment or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Extent

135 Items

Scope and Content of Collection

The Michael Mark rare book collection contains 135 books relating to music education, music performance, instrumental method, and secular and Christian songs. Materials range from 1822 to 1926, with the bulk of the volumes dating from 1830 to 1885.

Biography

Michael Mark (1936-2018) was an American music educator, scholar, and author. He received degrees in music from Catholic University (BM 1958 and DMA 1969), George Washington University (MA 1960), and the University of Michigan (MM 1962). As a teacher, he worked in the public schools of Prince George's County, Maryland from 1958-1963. He held the rank of Associate Professor at Morgan State University from 1966-70, served as Head of Music Education at Catholic University from 1973-81, and as Supervisor of Music for the Auburn and Elmira, New York public schools from 1970-73. After leaving these positions in 1981 he started a career at Towson State University. At Towson, he served as Dean of the Graduate School from 1981 until 1995, and as Professor of Music from 1981 until 1998.

As an author and editor, Mark contributed much to the field of music education. He was the author of several music education texts, including Contemporary Music Education, A History of American Music Education (with Charles Gary), and Source Readings in Music Education. Mark also edited and published articles in various music education journals including Music Educators Journal, The Instrumentalist, and the Council for Research in Music Education.

In addition to being a Fulbright Scholar, Mark was the recipient of the 1998 distinguished alumni award from Catholic University. Mark was inducted into the Music Educators National Conference Hall of Fame in 2008.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into one series:
  1. Michael Mark rare book collection

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gifts of Michael Mark between 2000 and 2011.

Related Material

Michael Mark papers, Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. (finding aid)

- National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Historical Center (finding aid) (LibGuide)

Processing Information

Initial inventory and preservation housings created by Amanda May in 2012. Books catalogued by Alice Lasota in 2014.
Title
The Michael Mark rare book collection
Status
Completed
Author
Amanda May
Date
May 2012
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:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States