Michael Ross was the Director of the CIO International Affairs Department during World War II, and later served as Director of the AFL-CIO International Affairs Department from 1958 to 1963. This collection of primarly covers relations between officers at the CIO and the AFL and the effects of the Cold War on CIO policy toward Europe and the Soviet Union. Types of material include correspondence, clippings, minutes, reports, and subject files.
The bulk of the Russell S. Howland papers consists of original holograph scores and arrangements by Russell Howland; in some cases related descriptions by the composer have been retained as well. Most of the compositions are intended for concert band or small woodwind ensembles and date from 1944 to 1971.
Theodore Moses Tobani was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1855 and died in New York City in 1933. He was a prolific composer and arranger active in the late 19th and early 20th century. This collection was donated by his granddaughter, Ruth Kafka, and contains scores, magazine articles, membership certificates, and miscellaneous items related to Tobani.
Ruth Schell Overholser (1918-2020) earned a degree in Music Education from the University of Maryland in 1961. Overholser was a vocalist, elementary school teacher, an active member of the Washington Alumnae chapter of the Sigma Alpha Iota (SAI) International Music Fraternity, and a donor to the University of Maryland School of Music. Overholser's personal papers and memorabilia.