ABA Research Center, University of Maryland


Founded in 1931, The American Bandmasters Association (ABA) is committed to the preservation of American band history. In addition to the administrative papers, the ABA Research Center includes the collections of Merle Evans, Patrick Conway, Patrick S. Gilmore, Edwin Franko Goldman, Lynn Sams and many other band conductors, as well as historic band recordings, the Minichini Band Score Collection and other score collections, serials, reference books, photographs and a vertical file. We file biographical information on individual conductors and their bands. We also keep a band subject file.

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For more information about the ABA Research Center please contact:

Vincent J. Novara
Curator, Special Collections in Performing Arts
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
University of Maryland
vnovara@umd.edu
tel 301.405.9220 fax 301.314.7170
email: vnovara@umd.edu

ABA Research Center Committee
Richard Miles, Chair; Members: Bill Berz, Mark Fonder, Scott Carter, Bruce Moss, Bill Rehrig, Jeff Bianchi, Otis Kitchen, Raoul Camus, Frank Cipolla, John Casagrande, Edwin Arnold, John Wakefield

Items in the ABA Research Center include:

ABA members may document their careers and help the Research Center acquire band history that might otherwise be lost to future generations.

Papers
Letters, memos, notes, manuscripts, diaries, journals, lectures, speeches, class books, day books, reports, minutes, proceedings, agendas, rosters, legal documents, certificates, summaries, surveys, financial statements, committee files, etc.

Scores
We collect new band scores, as well as out-of-print editions, historical collections, and manuscripts. We are particularly interested in band arrangements and compositions of members.

Recordings
We would like to have the best band recording collection to be found, both old and new. We have high school, college, state, and professional band recordings as well as recordings by military bands.

Periodicals
We aim to have every issue of every band magazine, journal, newsletter, and house organ printed.

Books
Can you contribute any volumes on band history, biography, reference, or method?

Photographs
ABA history, band activities, personalities, instruments, etc.

Interviews
Recorded interviews related to band history and people.

Scrapbooks
Clippings, programs, photos, subjects, etc.