John Agnew Collection, no date (CA4999)
0.2 cubic feet, 8 audio cassettes
Audio cassettes of folk music of Missouri, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Features the fiddle along with other string instruments. Also includes sheet music of American and Irish folk music.
Kamau Agyei a/k/a Carroll L. Jenkins Collection, 1986 (K1023)
Kamau Agyei was a musician, as secretary-treasurer the Musicians Protective Union Local No. 627 and president of the Mutual Musicians Foundation as well as other organizations. Includes photocopies of articles about him.
All Star Concert Series Collection, 1937 (R0928)
This is a program for a vocal concert presented by baritone Nelson Eddy at Memorial Hall in Joplin, Jasper County, Missouri, on Tuesday evening , April 20, 1937.
Adam Allendorf Collection, no date (C2546)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)
Songs and plays in German.
Jimmie Allison Papers, 1988-2013 (R1444)
0.5 cubic foot (9 folders, 3 CDs)
The Jimmie Allison Papers contain materials related to the bluegrass career of Jimmie Allison and his bands. This includes bluegrass event and festival fliers, photographs, news articles, and song lists and lyrics.
Hermann B. Almstedt Papers, 1887-1954 (C2408)
1.5 cubic feet
Correspondence with colleagues and students, articles, speeches, poems, programs, report cards and diplomas of Hermann B. Almstedt, professor of Germanic Languages at the University of Missouri.
American Guild of Organists, Greater Kansas City Chapter Records, 1934-2008 (K0605)
Organizational records including scrapbooks, minutes, membership records, and printed and published materials, programs, clippings, and photographs.
American Guild of Organists, St. Louis Chapter Records, 1921-2021 (S0363)
6 cubic feet
This collection consists of correspondence, photographs, chapter yearbooks, program booklets, handbooks, and financial materials documenting the American Guild of Organists, St. Louis Chapter's mission to nourish appreciation and interest in organ music through education, mutual support, and networking for current and future organists.
Ararat Shrine Band Collection, (K0485)
The Ararat Shrine Band Collection contains materials related to the band and its members, most notably a large volume of sheet music used by the band during performances. The collection also contains photographs of the band, the Ararat Chanters, and Gaylord Bleakley, director of the Ararat Shrine Band, as well as an audio CD and an LP of recorded musical selections performed by the band.
Artist Presentation Society Records, 1946-2014 (S0249)
0.08 cubic foot
The Artist Presentation Society Records contain bylaws, meeting minutes, and programs pertaining to the organization’s mission to advance young classical musician’s careers by holding annual auditions and hosting concerts for the winners. Topics of interest include concert ticket sales, audition applicant requirements, membership outreach, and the concert series Prelude Performances, co-sponsored by the Sheldon Concert Hall.
Austin Wood Auditorium Collection, 1967 (R0992)
0.01 cubic foot (1 folder)
This is a brochure promoting the 1967 season at the Austin Wood Auditorium at Lake Ozark in Miller County, Missouri. Featuring starts from the "Grand Ole Opry," the country music venue featured namesake Austin Wood and such well-known performers as Loretta Lynn, Roy Acuff, Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, Tex Ritter, Ralph Emery, and Ernest Tubb.
Baldknobbers Hillbilly Jamboree Collection, 1970 (R1218)
This is a souvenir booklet from the Baldknobbers Hillbilly Jamboree show at Branson in Taney County, Missouri. The show, one of the first in Branson, featured the talents of the Mabe family. Although undated, the booklet is believed to be from the 1970 season.
Barton-Para Family Papers, 1955-2006 (CA6659)
4.2 cubic feet
Scrapbooks and photograph albums compiled by Ruth Barton, Cathy Barton, and Dave Para. Cathy Barton and Dave Para of Columbia and Boonville, Missouri, were folk musicians who founded the Big Muddy Folk Festival in 1991.
Bass Family Papers, 1864-1932 (C2367)
0.06 cubic feet (3 folders)
Notebook and miscellaneous papers concerning music, recipes, home remedies, medical care, school reports, accounts and business of Sallie F. Ellis [Mrs. Lawrence Derby Bass, Sr.], L. Derby Bass, Jr., and Ella Read Bass of Boone County, MO.
Basye Family Papers, 1812-1960 (C2505)
3.9 cubic feet
Correspondence, legal documents, clippings, account books, scrapbooks, photographs, Bible records, and papers collected to establish the Basye family genealogy. Included are Bowling Green Methodist Episcopal Church and Cumberland Presbyterian Church registers, and early letters describing activities and family life in Missouri and other states, notably California and Wisconsin. Mining, the California gold rush, and the Civil War are also described. Numerous correspondents are women.
Belchamber Family Papers, 1892-1993 (CG0041)
3.2 c. f.
The Belchamber family papers contain photographs, correspondence and scrapbooks from the Belchamber family and its various branches. This collection also includes photographs and memorabilia relating to Will Mayfield College in Marble Hill, the Iron Mountain Railroad, and regional buildings and environs from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Benecke Family Papers, 1816-1989 (C3825)
90.8 cubic feet (7592 folders, 62 volumes, 413 glass plate negatives), 4 audio tapes, 5 audio discs
Correspondence, business and law firm records, civic, political, legislative, and personal papers of a German American family of Brunswick, Missouri.
Chuck Berry Project Research Papers, 1958-1984 (S0196)
0.04 cubic feet, 8 folders, 2 audio tapes, 2 microfilm rolls
Kenn Thomas and UM-St. Louis history professor George Lipsitz began the Chuck Berry project in December 1981 to document the life and career of rock 'n' roll performer Chuck Berry, a native St. Louisan. The project collected oral histories, articles, and documents concerning Berry's life and career. The papers contain articles, interview features and newspaper clippings on Berry (including an index to other newspaper clippings in the morgue of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, from 1958-1983), the transcript of Berry's trial for a 1959 arrest on a morals charge, two papers written by George Lipsitz in 1982 and 1983 and an article on Berry written by Kenn Thomas and published in St. Louis Magazine in 1982. The collection also includes oral history interviews with St. Louis guitarist Billy Peek, conducted by George Lipsitz in August 1982 (T-703) and Chuck Berry's daughter, Ingrid (T711), conducted by Kenn Thomas in April 1983.
Bicentennial Horizons of American Music Records, 1973-1977 (S0397)
2.5 cubic feet, 68 folders, 5 volumes
This collection contains the official records of a national festival of the performing arts, June 14-July 4, 1976, in St. Louis, Missouri, to help commemorate the nation's bicentennial. BHAM was sponsored by the St. Louis Spirit of '76 Bicentennial Committee. Events include music, dance, theatre, multi-media, opera, folk music, jazz, prose, poetry, and film.
Edna Scotten Billings Papers, 1938-1974 (K0941)
Billings was the organist for Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Kansas City, MO. Includes recital programs, order of services, various publications, and music scores.
Bittersweet Papers, 1973-1983 (R0669)
27 cubic feet (761 folders)
These are papers of "Bittersweet: The Ozark Quarterly," a journal of Ozark culture published by Ellen Gray Massey and her English classes at Lebanon High School. Included are tape recordings, transcripts, and photographs of interviews. Subjects include fiddling, making railroad ties, one-room rural schools, social customs and more, the African-American experince, and handicrafts.
Wayne Bledsoe Papers, 1972-2013 (R1355)
0.05 cubic foot (1 folder, 1 DVD)
The Wayne Bledsoe Papers contain materials related to Bledsoe's career in bluegrass. A noted host and program producer of Bluegrass for Saturday Night, KUMR. This collection includes bluegrass festival program booklets from Dixon, Missouri and a DVD containing the KMST radio station 40th anniversary show introduced by Wayne Bledsoe.
Blind Boone Memorial Foundation, Inc. Papers, 1886-1976 (C3664)
0.4 cubic feet
Included in this collection are some of the compositions of John William "Blind" Boone, a musician and composer of classical and ragtime music. Also included are orchestrations and choral arrangements of Boone's music, correspondence, programs, and posters from a memorial concert in 1961. Correspondence concerning recovery of Boone's piano and posters and tickets from some Boone concerts are also part of the collection.
"Blind Boone's Piano Music," Frank Townsell, 1998 (CA5761)
Audio recording of music composed by African-American John W. "Blind" Boone, performed by Frank Townsell.
Boone County Black Archives Collection, 1867-2014 (C4057)
0.6 cubic feet (38 folders), 1 video cassette, 4 compact discs, 1 computer disc, 1 DVD
The Boone County Black Archives Collection is an artificial collection documenting the lives of Blacks living in Boone County, Missouri. The materials include photographs, scrapbooks, correspondence, news clippings, booklets, and other ephemera.
John William "Blind" Boone and Wesley Boone Papers, no date (C2883)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Publicity poster announcing the appearance of Blind Boone in Columbia, MO. Program of piano concert of Little Blind Wesley, nephew of Blind Boone.
John William "Blind" Boone Piano Roll, c. 1920 (CA5843)
1 piano roll
Performance by Blind Boone of "Nearer My God To Thee," published by the QRS Company, c. 1920.
Bootheel Project Records, 1993-1997 (C3928)
3.2 cubic feet, 161 audio cassettes, 9 audio discs, 2 video cassettes
Records of the Bootheel Project, which documents the art, culture, and heritage of the Missouri Bootheel. The records include photographs, color slides, audio cassettes, transcripts, and video cassettes of interviews with Bootheel residents. Sound recordings, planning documents, field workers' notes and miscellaneous items collected throughout the project are also included.
William Clark Breckenridge Papers, 1752-1927 (C1036)
4.75 cubic feet (117 folders, 21 volumes), 1 card file, 3 rolls of microfilm
The papers of the St. Louis businessman, writer, and historian contain correspondence, scrapbooks, book sale announcements, and miscellaneous materials, with an emphasis on St. Louis and Missouri history.
Bernice Tate Burwell Collection, 1921-1946 (K0234)
Mrs. Burwell was manager and later owner of the Horner-Kansas City Conservatory of Music, as well as being a writer and produced musical shows. Scrapbooks and photographs concerning dance department performances, faculty and students of the Conservatory and other Burwell activates.
Carl Busch Papers, 1885-1984 (K0222)
Busch was a composer, educator, founder of an early symphony, and for fifty years the most noted musician in Kansas City. Included are his musical compositions, and works by other composers that Busch added to, transcribed, edited, and gave or received as gifts. Also correspondence from Busch's friends and colleagues, and from relatives in Europe, most of which are written in German and Danish, photographs and artifacts.
Sanford Brunson Campbell Papers, 1947 (C3204)
0.02 cubic feet (1 folder)
Letters to Floyd C. Shoemaker, Columbia, MO, from Venice, CA, about jazz musician Scott Joplin. Includes some printed brochures regarding ragtime, jazz, and Scott Joplin.
Miss Glenn Campbell Scrapbook, 1933-1953 (K1085)
Scrapbook of clippings and pictures of the lives of various musical artists.
Loman D. and Laura M. Cansler Collection, 1820-2005 (C4018)
10.5 cubic feet (223 folders), 203 audio tapes, 41 audio cassettes, 35 audio discs, 2 video cassettes
The Loman and Laura Cansler Collection represents a lifetime of collecting on Missouri’s folk song and folklore tradition. Cansler recorded and collected folk songs, proverbs, jokes, and home remedies, primarily in Missouri, but also in Kansas and Illinois. In addition to this large body of folk song and folklore material, the collection includes information on Cansler’s early life in Dallas County, Missouri, his WWII service, and his career as a school counselor at the Fayette and North Kansas City High Schools. The collection also includes slides and prints of Laura Cansler’s abstract expressionist artwork.
Cape Girardeau Academy Collection, 1855 (R1056)
This is a program of exercises of the First Annual Exhibition of Cape Girardeau Academy, held at Cape Girardeau in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri, on June 28, 1855. Included were elocutions and declamations by students, with musical interludes.
Carnahan Family Oral History Collection, 2001-2002 (SP0050)
0.5 cubic foot (9 folders, 19 cassette tapes)
The Carnahan Family Oral History Collection consists of nineteen cassette tapes featuring interviews with family members of Governor Mel Carnahan. They were interviewed by Alex Primm two to four months following the Governor’s death in a plane crash on October 16, 2000.
Millietta Perdina Carpenter Photograph Collection, no date (K1082)
0.03 c.f. (1 folder)
Photographs of bands and musicians.
Carthage High School Collection, 1944 (R1244)
This is a program for "Oh Doctor," an operetta by Estelle M. and Palmer J. Clark, presented by the musical organizations of Carthage High School at Carthage in Jasper County, Missouri, on March 30-31, 1944. The director was Frances Ragsdale and the accompanist was Ruth Hibbs.
Michael Cave Papers, 1944-1997 (C2157)
7.6 cubic feet, 21 audio cassettes, 62 audio tapes, 27 video cassettes, 1 compact disk, and 1 record
The Michael Cave Papers consist of personal and professional correspondence, business records, audiovisual material, and the compositions of Cave, a pianist and composer born in Missouri.
Central Labor Union, Springfield, Missouri Collection, 1939 (R0953)
This is a program for the Central Labor Union's Minstrel and Revue, held at the Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Greene County, Missouri, on April 3, 1939. Produced and directed by Emmett McAtee and featuring Lasses White Minstrels, the show included 100 entertainers and featured minstrel, vaudeville, and night club scenes.
Charles Monroe Chase Papers, 1861 (C2371)
0.08 cubic feet (4 folders)
Letters, Civil War diary, and musical composition book of a band director from DeKalb County, IL. Chase enlisted in the 13th Illinois Regiment in July 1861 and was sent to Camp Rolla in Phelps County, MO. The diary describes camp life, the routine and practice that the band followed, military engagements, and Chase's opinions on the war. The letters to him were written by friends from Sycamore, IL.
Robert P. Christeson Collection, 1841-1995 (C3971)
36.0 cubic feet (886 folders), 1387 audio discs, 135 audio tapes, 152 audio cassettes, 112 wire recordings, 3 film reels
The Christeson Collection contains sheet music, song books, and other publications related to square dancing and folk dances, publications on the history of violins and fiddles, catalogs of instruments and musical recordings, correspondence, photographs and family papers, fiddle organization newsletters, fiddle contest flyers and folk festival information, and the working papers of volumes I and II of The Old-Time Fiddler's Repertory. In addition, this collection contains Christeson's original wire recordings, audio tapes, and audio discs of fiddle tunes, jam sessions, fiddle contests, and other folk genres.
Christian College (Columbia, Mo.) Records, 1836-1986 (C0038)
30 cubic feet (1,392 folders), 5 rolls of microfilm, 1 card file, 51 lantern slides, 11 audio cassettes
The records of the first women’s college chartered in Missouri, and one of the first chartered west of the Mississippi River, consists of correspondence, catalogs, yearbooks, photographs, and financial records.
Donald M. Christisen Papers, 1870-2003 (C4054)
18.1 cubic feet (409 folders), 2 audio tapes, 27 audio cassettes
The papers of a wildlife field biologist for the Missouri Department of Conservation. They include correspondence, field diaries, maps, reports, studies, publications, and photographs. Christisen specialized in the study of native prairie ecosystems, prairie chickens, squirrels, and mast (forage nuts). The papers also include railroad timetables, accident reports, photographs, worker's logs, publications, maps, and blueprints documenting his interest in railroads.
Columbia (Mo.) Concerts and Events Collection, 1970s-2000s (CA6093)
4.85 cubic feet
Concert and event posters and miscellanea pertaining to the Blue Note, True/False Film Festival, and other venues and events located in Columbia, Missouri, and vicinity.
Columbia Chorale (Columbia, Mo.) Records, 1978-2020 (CA6201)
8.7 cubic feet, 54 audio cassettes, 10 audio tapes, 23 CDs, 7 DVDs, 4 computer discs, 2 oversize items
Records of an independent, mixed ensemble dedicated to performing choral music. Founded as the Ad Hoc Singers in June 1978.
Columbia Civic Orchestra (Columbia, Mo.) Records, 1995-2015 (CA6284)
1 cubic foot, 3 computer discs, 41 CDs, 2 oversize items
Records of a volunteer group dedicated to presenting and preserving high-quality symphonic music. Includes organizational records, publications, and audio recordings of performances.
Columbia Mothersingers Records, 1946-2021 (CA6623)
7 cubic feet, 2 oversize volumes, 1 computer disc, 2 DVDs
The records of the organization consist of scrapbooks, photograph albums, meeting minutes, membership lists, president’s notebooks, histories, and miscellaneous material.
Compton Heights Band of St. Louis Records, (S0438)
This collection consists of correspondence, newsletters, surveys, photographs, cassettes, and CDs documenting the band's mission to play and preserve concert band music in the Compton Heights community.
Conley-Miller Family Papers, 1792-1977, 1983 (C3693)
5.4 cubic feet (324 folders, 6 oversize volumes)
Correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, account books, ledgers, financial and personal records, genealogical materials, photographs, and miscellaneous material of the Conley and Miller family of Boone County, Missouri.