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Band (University of Michigan) records, 1892 - 2012, 1929 - 2012

9 linear feet — 80 oversize bound volumes — 38 oversize scrapbooks — 1 oversize folder — 14.1 GB (online)

Established by students in 1896, the University of Michigan Band had its first salaried director in 1915. The William Revelli era (1935-1971) brought the Band to prominence as the marching, concert, and symphony bands toured and performed extensively, including a tour of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union by the Symphony band in 1961, the Jazz Band's 1965 tour of Latin American, and the Symphony Band 2011 tour of China. Records include scrapbooks of band activities (including photographs); bound volumes ("Blue Books"), 1936-present, containing band formations, newsletters, and announcements of band activities, also topical files relating to band tours and concerts. The Marching Band is best documented, although concert band, symphony band, and related ensembles are represented.

The University of Michigan Band records are divided into eight series: Tours and Concerts, Yearbooks, Photographs and Posters, Audio-Visual Material, Band Books ("Blue Books"), Scrapbooks, Publications, and Director's Records. The majority of the records consist of bound volumes of band formations, announcements, and publications, and oversized scrapbooks of band activities. Additional material includes topical files documenting tours and performances. The bulk of the documentation pertains to the Marching Band.


Orlan W. Boston papers, 1911-1959

21 linear feet

Professor of mechanical engineering, University of Michigan. Correspondence, committee reports, annual reports, and other papers, relating to the College of Engineering and to Boston's activities in professional societies; also photographs.

The collection, largely unprocessed, has been maintained in the order received. There were three recognizable series: Professional Correspondence, dating from 1924 to 1956; Miscellaneous University Files; and Miscellaneous Correspondence (which covers roughly the same period as the Professional Correspondence but which Boston maintained separately). There is also one folder of photographs.


Richard Crawford (1935- )papers, 1893-1915, 1949-2001

3.75 linear feet

Professor at University of Michigan School of Music, papers largely related to the Music School's Honors Program and Crawford's teaching career.

The Crawford papers in the main date from 1949 to 2001. Historical material collected by Crawford dates from 1893 to 1915. The Crawford papers measure 3.75 linear feet. They consist almost exclusively of records from the School of Music's Honors Program, which Crawford administered in the 1960s, and Crawford's teaching material. The collection has been divided into four series, School of Music Records, Teaching Material, Other Professional Material, and Collected Historical Music Material.


School of Music, Theatre & Dance (University of Michigan) records, 1880-2021 (majority within 1940-2010)

43.5 linear feet — 7 oversize volumes — 688.97 GB (online) — 2 oversize boxes — 1 archived website

Music, theatre, and dance education unit of the University of Michigan. Also represented in this collection are its predecessor organizations, the Ann Arbor School of Music and the University School of Music, and its departments. Includes records of students and instructors, correspondence, topical files, and materials related to student and faculty performance groups. Archived versions of the School's websites provide additional documentation of academic programs, research, events, people, and policies.

The School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (University of Michigan) records document music education in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and student and faculty musical production beginning in 1885. The records include student ledgers listing names, tuition, and instructors; correspondence and clippings, 1924-1953, concerning the University Band, including correspondence of William D. Revelli; files relating to musical programs, particularly the Michigan Singers' Spring Tour, the Union Opera, and Musket productions; minutes of the executive committee and faculty; and digitized audio and video recordings of performances, including performances at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, by the Michigan Youth Ensembles, and other groups associated with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Also included are files associated the Department of Dance and Department of Theatre and Drama.

  1. Topical Files -- Boxes 1-5, 25-30, 35-41, online
  2. Student Ledgers -- Volumes 1-7
  3. Dean's Files -- Boxes 6-8, 30-31
  4. Faculty Records -- Boxes 9-24
  5. Donor Files -- Box 31
  6. Executive Committee -- Boxes 32, 34
  7. Department of Dance -- Boxes 44-46, online
  8. Department of Theatre and Dance -- Box 33
  9. Archived Website -- online
  10. Audio recordings (original audiotapes and digital recordings) -- Boxes 42-43, online
  11. Video recordings -- online

Stanley S. Kresge Papers, 1909-1985

20 microfilms (10.5 linear) — 2 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 0.5 linear feet (papers not microfilmed) — 8 film reels

Businessman with the S. S. Kresge Company (later K mart Corporation) and philanthropist. Business records, materials relating to philanthropic activities, notably documenting the work of the Kresge Foundation, and family materials; also organizational materials, speeches, and photographs and motion pictures.

The Stanley Kresge Papers, an important source for the researcher interested in the history of the S.S. Kresge Company/K mart Corporation; the work of the Kresge Foundation; and the Kresge family, have been divided into six series: Kresge Company/K mart Corporation; Kresge Foundation; Organizations; Personal; Speeches; and Visual Materials. The collection has now been microfilmed to allow inter-library access to the collection. These 21 microfilm rolls comprise the bulk of Kresge's collection. Excluded from the microfilming have been a few folders of restricted financial materials, two oversize ledgers, and, of course, the motion picture films. The following finding aid is a guide to the entire collection with appropriate indication of files and other materials not part of the microfilm edition.