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Overview of the Collection

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Centennial Planning, 1992-1993

PPL

Plainfield Committee for the
Sousa Band Centennial Records [1992-1993]

Finding aid prepared and encoded by Anna Henderson.


Overview of the Collection
Repository: Plainfield Public Library, Local History Department, 800 Park Avenue, Plainfield, NJ 07060
Creator: Plainfield Committee for the Sousa Band Centennial
Title: Papers of the Plainfield Committee for the Sousa Band Centennial
Dates: 1992-1993
Quantity: 3 file folders
Abstract: In 1892, John Philip Sousa left the Marines and held his first concert as a civilian at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, NJ. It was a major event in its day and a committee formed to plan a celebration for its 100-year anniversary. This collection includes planning correspondence, event programs, and newspaper coverage.
Language: The records are in English.

Historical Note

John Philip Sousa was born in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, 1854. His father was born in Spain of Portuguese parents and his mother was Bavarian. Sousa, known as the "March King," ranks among the most famous American composers and conductors. Sousa was the leader of the U.S. Marine Band from 1880 until 1892. After leaving the Marine Band, he formed his own band, which toured Europe several times and was the first American band to make a tour around the world. In 1892, John Philip Sousa left the Marines and held his first concert as a civilian at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, NJ.

On December 25, 1896, he composed The Stars and Stripes Forever, the official march of the United States of America. Sousa was the inventor of the sousaphone. He died on March 6, 1932 in Reading, Pennsylvania and is buried in the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Sousa’s concert at Stillman Music Hall was a major event in its day and, in the early 1990s, a committee formed to plan a celebration for its 100-year anniversary. This collection includes planning correspondence, event programs, and newspaper coverage.

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Scope and Contents

In 1892, John Philip Sousa left the Marines and held his first concert as a civilian at the Stillman Music Hall in Plainfield, NJ. It was a major event in its day and, in the early 1990s, a committee formed to plan a celebration for its 100-year anniversary. This collection includes planning correspondence, event programs, and newspaper coverage.

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Arrangement

The “Plainfield Committee for the Sousa Band Centennial” collection is arranged into one series:

Series 1: Centennial Planning [1992-1993]
This series documents the planning of the centennial celebration of John Philip Sousa's concert at Stillman Music Hall.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The “Plainfield Committee for the Sousa Band Centennial” collection is available for research.

Access is restricted to materials prepared by the Local History department staff. All materials must be viewed in the Plainfield Room and may not be removed to another area of the library without permission of the Library Director or designee. Materials must be handled carefully and kept in order. Materials must not be leaned upon, altered, folded, ripped, or traced upon. Marks may not be added or erased from materials. Materials must be returned directly to Local History department staff and inspected before the researcher leaves the Plainfield Room.

Restrictions on Use

One photocopy may be made (by Plainfield Public Library staff) of each document for the purpose of research; official Local History departmental reproduction fees may apply. Permission to publish must be obtained by the Plainfield Public Library Board of Trustees as delegated to the Library Director. Permission to publish does not constitute a copyright clearance. The researcher is responsible for further copyright restrictions. The Plainfield Public Library is not responsible for the misuse of copyrighted material.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

John Philip Sousa Band

Places:

Plainfield (N.J.)

Subjects:

Music.

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Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements

This collection consists of paper documents, which do not require any additional technology for access.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Identification of item; Date (if noted); “Plainfield Committee for the Sousa Band Centennial” collection, Box and Folder Number; Local History Department, Plainfield Public Library, Plainfield, New Jersey.

Acquisition Information

Unknown.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Anna Henderson in April 2008. The finding aid was written by Anna Henderson in April 2008. Finding aid content follows the guidelines suggested by Describing Archives: A Content Standard.

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Detailed Description of the Collection
Series 1: Centennial Planning, 1992-1993
Box Folder
1 1 Planning Papers and Correspondence, 1992-1993
2 Event Programs and Advertising, 1992
3 Event Newspaper Coverage, 1992

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