Finding Aid for Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97 | The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

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Collection Overview

Title: Harry Begian Papers, 1926-97Add to your cart.View associated digital content.

ID: 12/9/25

Primary Creator: Begian, Harry (1921-2010)

Extent: 25.5 cubic feet

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into seven series: Series 1, Clinics and Conference Presentations; Series 2, Sound Recordings; Series 3, Correspondence; Series 4, Administrative Records and Research; Series 5, Teaching Notes; Series 6, Music; and Series 7, Photographs and Uniforms.  Materials are arranged in alphabetical and chronological order.

Date Acquired: 12/10/1995. More info below under Accruals.

Formats/Genres: Papers

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Consists of correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, concert recordings, program notes, convention materials, research materials, and published articles that document Harry Begian's career as a conductor, teacher, guest speaker, and scholar from 1946-2005.  In addition to administrative materials from his University career, this collection contains his personal teaching materials such as class notes, lesson plans, and conducting exercises.  This collection also contains two boxes of his personal arrangements for high school and University bands.

Biographical Note

Harry Begian (1921-2010), University band conductor, composer, arranger, and pedagogue, has appeared as a guest conductor and speaker for numerous high school, University, and professional concert bands throughout the United States and internationally.  Dr. Begian started his career as a band director during WWII at McKenzie High school in Detroit before he was drafted.  After he finished serving in the war, he went on to become the director of the Cass Technical High School Symphonic Band from 1947-1964, making it one of the finest high school bands in the country.

Dr. Begian was director of bands at Wayne State University, his alma mater, from 1964-1967, and director of bands at Michigan State University from 1967-1970 before his 14 year tenure as director of bands at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1970-1984.  After his retirement from the University of Illinois, he went on to become the director of the Purdue University Symphonic Band from 1985-1987.

In addition to being a professional conductor and composer, Dr. Begian is also widely recognized for his pedagogical techniques, and he has published 17 articles on rehearsal analysis and conducting strategies.  He has also been the subject of two dissertations, as well as numerous interviews published in the Instrumentalist.  Dr. Begian has been the recipient of various awards, including the National Band Association's Citation of Excellence, The Edwin Franko Goldman Award, and the Notre Dame St. Cecelia Award among others.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 5: Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms],
[Series 8: Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records, 1961-1973, 1961-62, 1964-68, 1973, 1983],
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Series 7: Photographs, Ephemera and UniformsAdd to your cart.
Box 8Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Pictures of Harry Begian, ca. 1960, 1980Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Postcards: Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts; British Museum, ca. 1966, 1978Add to your cart.
Box 10Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Haskell O. Sexton Photographs, 1917-1978Add to your cart.
Box 11Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Symphonic Band Photograph, 1933, 1959-60, 1971-1972, 1981-1982, 1988-1989Add to your cart.
Folder 23: Photographs: Begian, U of I Bands (1 of 2), ca.1967-1985Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Folder 24: Photographs: Begian, U of I Bands (2 of 2), ca.1967-1985Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Photographs: Large Symphonic Band in Springfield, IL, March 30, 1978Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Photographs: Marching Illini, 1971, 1976-77, 1980Add to your cart.View associated digital content.
Box 12Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Wayne State University Photographs, ca.1960, 1965-66Add to your cart.
Folder 17: From the Hearts of Men: Bicentennial Videotape - UofI Band Harry Begian, 1976Add to your cart.
Box 14Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Address book and Cass Technical High School members list, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Address books, diary, Japanese language guide, prayer book, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 3: America's Band in Blue, in appreciation plaque, 1992Add to your cart.
Folder 4: American Bandmaster's Association membership certificate, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 5: American School Band Director's Association, in appreciation plaque, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 6: "Bell Fronter" and Honorary Member of Mark Foutch's Brass Band plaque, 1972Add to your cart.
Folder 7: City of Waukegan, in appreciation of your visit plaque, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Dr Harry Begian, guest conductor Hersey Band, 1971Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Gamma Omicron chapter, Sinfonia Fraternity of America membership certificate, 1941Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Garfield Symphonic Band in appreciation plaque, 1994-1995Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Georgia All-State Senior High School Symphonic Band, Harry Begian, conductor plaque, 1991Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Leblanc Music Educator's National Advisory Board, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Military insignia (1 of 3), ca. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 14: Military insignia (2 of 3), ca. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Military insignia (3 of 3), ca. 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Memo book, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 17: NCBA President's Award, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Presented to Director Harry Begian, Salem-Keizer All-District High School Honor Band, 1996Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Purdue University Bands, in appreciation plaque, 1987Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Purdue University, in appreciation for his service to Purdue Bands plaque, 1985-1987Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Royal Australian Navy Band, with appreciation plaque, 1983Add to your cart.
Folder 23: St Cecilia Award, 1984Add to your cart.
Folder 22: South Dakota All-State Band Guest Conductor plaque, 1981Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Thank you, from the family, the Marching Illini, 1980Add to your cart.
Box 15Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Poster/Photographs, Begian, Cass Technical High School, May Festival, December 1955-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Begian, Cass Technical High Concert and Marching Bands, 1949-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 13: College Band Directors National Association, 1964, 1968-69, 1971-73, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1990-92Add to your cart.
Box 17Add to your cart.
Folder 25: Cass Tech reunion scrapbookAdd to your cart.
Box 21Add to your cart.
Folder 1: ScrapbookAdd to your cart.
Box 24Add to your cart.
Item 1: Navy Blue Uniform PantsAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120925.001A.
Item 2: Navy Blue University Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120925.001B.
Box 25Add to your cart.
Item 1: Orange University Bands BlazerAdd to your cart.
Accession No. 2007.120925.002.
Box 26Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Milwaukee Police Band Honorary Membership Certificate, 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Concert Programs, ca. 1935-2000Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Newspaper Clippings and Magazine Articles, ca. 1951-1966Add to your cart.
Folder 9: U.S. Naval Acadamy Band Photograph, April, 1993Add to your cart.
Box 28: Rolled photographs (for conservation)Add to your cart.
Item 1: Oversized photo: Marching band performing at Fighting Illini vs. Michigan game at Memorial Stadium. Record attendance, 76127., 1983Add to your cart.
Item 2: Poster. Rose Bowl '84: Illinois Fighting Illini, 1984Add to your cart.
Item 3: Photograph. Georgia Intercollegiate Band at Georgia Music Educators Association. Columbia, GA., 1985Add to your cart.
The first intercollegiate band in Georgia, with Harry Begian conducting.
Item 4: Poster: Wayne University bands with Begian photograph, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 5: Wayne University Band, ca. 1947Add to your cart.
Begian was a special instructor and assistant in University Bands after World War II.
Box 29Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Certificate, Begian, Induction into National Band Association Hall of Fame of Distinguished Band Conductors, February 1994Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, Begian, Michigan State College Military Band and MSU Youth Symphonic Band, 1935-1936 and 1961-Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs from Australian Royal Military BandAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: La Traviata Poster - Begian Conducting, April 22Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs - Marching Illini, Poster - University of Illinois Symphonic Band, 1970, 1976, 1978Add to your cart.
MapCabinet 3Add to your cart.
MapDrawer 1Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Harvard Football Game, 1925Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Clinics and Conference Presentations],
[Series 2: Sound Recordings],
[Series 3: Correspondence],
[Series 4: Administrative Records and Research],
[Series 5: Teaching Notes and Scholarly Papers],
[Series 6: Music],
[Series 7: Photographs, Ephemera and Uniforms],
[Series 8: Correspondence: Church Functions and Congressional Records, 1961-1973, 1961-62, 1964-68, 1973, 1983],
[Series 9: Books],
[All]

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