Herbert L. Clarke Music and Personal Papers, ca. 1880 - 1945 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Herbert L. Clarke Music and Personal Papers, ca. 1880 - 1945Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/54

Primary Creator: Clarke, Herbert L. (Herbert Lincoln) (1867-1945)

Extent: 21.0 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is organized in 7 series. Series 1, Music, ca.1851-1945, (Boxes 1-80, 89, & 92) is arranged sequentially by a unique catalog number used by Clarke to manage his performance library, music without these numbers was left in the order it was found, Series 2, Photographs, 1868-1945(Boxes 81-88), Series 3, Personal Papers, 1887-1953 (Boxes 81-84, 86, 89-90), is arranged alphabetically, Series 4, Awards, Medals, and Memorabilia, ca.1892-ca.1945 (Boxes 91, 97-99), Series 5, Phonodiscs, ca.1895-ca.1942 (Boxes 93-94), Series 6, Long Beach Municipal Band, ca.1936-1991, Boxes 95-96), and Series 7, Instruments, ca.1886-ca.1945, (Boxes 100-106). Microfilm of original manuscripts is on reels 106 - 112 in box 6 of the master negatives.

Subjects: Bands, Music, Music Education, Sousa, John Philip

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of Clarke's performance library of original and published music for band and orchestra music, scrapbooks, photographs, musical instruments, personal correspondence, news clippings, awards, and other memorabilia documenting his career as cornetist, a member of the Sousa Band, conductor for the Long Beach Municipal Band, composer and arranger, and music educator. Many of the methods included near the end of Series 1 are autographed by the respective authors.

Biographical Note

Herbert L. Clarke (1867-1945), cornetist, composer, bandleader and educator was considered the King of the cornet in his day. He first studied the violin at the age of 5 and at 13 began playing professionally in the Philharmonic Society Orchestra of Toronto. At the same time he began to study the cornet and soon began to play it professionally in a restaurant band and in the Queen's Own Regimental Band. After a move to Indianapolis, Clarke learned to play the viola and subsequently joined the England's Opera House Orchestra and played cornet in the When Clothing Store Band. It was with this band that in 1886 Clarke won a solo cornet contest and received a one-of-a-kind pocket cornet made by the famous instrument maker, Henry Diston, which can be seen at the Sousa Museum at the University of Illinois at Urbana - Champaign.

Clarke moved to New York City in 1892 where he briefly played for the Gilmore Band. In 1893, Clarke became the solo cornet player for the John Philip Sousa Band and later became the assistant conductor, composer and arranger. He performed as soloist for 3 of the 4 European Tours and 1910-1911 World Tour. During the off-seasons Clarke pursued his own musical endeavors. These included conducting the Reeve's Concert Band in Providence, RI, recording his solo cornet compositions, duets, and quartets with the Victor Label, and playing 2nd Trumpet with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and Principal Trumpet with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra.

After leaving Sousa's Band, he became the conductor of the Anglo-Canadian Leather Company Band in Huntsville, Ontario, Canada, and later moved to California and conducted the historic Long Beach Municipal Band until his death in 1945. Rarely after the age of 50 did he perform the cornet in public. He published several articles and books about the cornet and method books on cornet playing and of particular notice are his early drafts of these methods books and articles.

Subject/Index Terms

Bands
Music
Music Education
Sousa, John Philip

Administrative Information

Repository: The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Accruals: unknown

Acquisition Method: The music and personal papers were donated to the University of Illinois in 1945.

Other Note: Pages


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 4: Awards, Medals, and Memorabilia],
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[Series 7: Instruments],
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Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 81Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Banquet Hall, ca. 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clarke in C.G. Conn Band Instrument Factory, ca. 1920Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Clarke Memorial Monument, 1948Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Clarke Portraits, 1868-ca. 1930Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 5: Clarke Portraits, 1868-ca. 1930Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Clarke Portraits from "The Road to Success" and "How I Became Successful", ca. 1890-1910Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Victor Herbert, 1896Add to your cart.
Box 83: NegativesAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: American Bandmasters Association (ABA), 1930-37Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Band Photographs--General, ca. 1890-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Clarke, 1868-ca. 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Clarke Memorial, 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Clarke and Sousa, 1900-29Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Columbian Exposition, 1893Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Group Photographs-General, ca. 1915-40Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Long Beach Municipal Band, ca. 1923-43Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Musicians and Bandmasters, 1892-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sousa, 1895-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Sousa Band, 1900-40Add to your cart.
Box 85: Oversized PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Alliance Bell Ringers, 1886Add to your cart.
Folder 2: American Bandmasters Association, ca. 1935Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: Anglo-Canadian Leather Company Band, 1919Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: ARMCO Band, ca. 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Herbert L. Clarke, ca. 1910Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 6: Clarke with Long Beach Municipal Band, 1924-34Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 7: Clarke with other bandsAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Other BandsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Simon with ARMCO Band, with Sousa and Clarke, 1920-34Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Sousa Conducts L.A. Grammer School Orchestra, 1928Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Swiss Bell Ringers, 1886Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 12: "The Three Aces" Photograph Frame, 1934Add to your cart.
photographs missing
Box 86: Oversized PhotographsAdd to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: Providence RI Band, Clarke, 1902Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Reeve's American Band in Providence, RI, Clarke, 1902Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 3: American Bandmaster's Association, 1933-35Add to your cart.
Folder 4: ARMCO Band, Frank Simon, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 5: "Season's Greetings" print to Clarke and Long Beach Municipal Band, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Set of two Beasley conducting batons mounted on wooden backing, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 87Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: Clarke Portraits, 1868-ca. 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Clarke Candid, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Clarke with Sousa, 1900Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 4: Clarke with Notable Band Dignitaries, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Band Dignitaries, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: Unidentified Marching Bands, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Box 88Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 1: American Bandmasters Association, 1934-37Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Band Dignitaries and other notable personalities, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: Clarke Marching with a band in Willow Grove Park, PA, ca. 1920Add to your cart.
John Lucas
Folder 4: Clarke with Band Dignitaries, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Clarke with Long Beach Municipal BandAdd to your cart.
Folder 6: John Philip Sousa, ca. 1912-1932Add to your cart.
Box 90Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Unidentified Orchestra, Long Beach CA, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: American Band Master's Association Dinner, 1931Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Unidentified Band, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Citizens Band, Clinton, IA, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: Texas Band, 1938Add to your cart.
Box 111Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Clarke with Others, 1934-1944Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Long Beach Municipal Band, ca. 1924Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Portraits of Various Musicians, ca. 1924 - 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Portraits of Various Musicians, ca. 1924-1941Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Various Bands, ca. 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Clarke, Age 4, with Older Brothers, 1861Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Band Photographs, 1889-1940Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Band Dignitaries, 1904-1937Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 9: Clarke with Majorettes, ca. 1935Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 10: Dr. Orison Swett Marden and Mr. Erwin A. Holt, 1919Add to your cart.
Folder 11: John Philip Sousa Plaque, 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 12: San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge, 1937Add to your cart.
MapCabinet 3Add to your cart.
MapDrawer 1Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Clarke with unidentified band, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Oversized Photographs, 1919, 1941Add to your cart.

Location: Cabinet 3, Drawer 1, Folder 10

Left Side: Tri-State Band Festival Poster, Enid, OK, April 16-19, 1941

Right Side: Anglo Canadian Leather Company Band, 1919

Oversize Panoramic Photo Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Clarke with Long Beach Municipal Band, undatedAdd to your cart.

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