Merton Robert Lundsten Band Scrapbooks and Sound Recording Collection, 1907-1960
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Brief Description: Consists of scrapbooks containing programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, personal notes  documenting Robert Lundsten's time performing in the Rockford High School Band (1930 - 1933), University of Illinois 2nd Regimental Band (1937 - 1938), and American Legion Band (1949 - 1952).  Also includes audio recordings of the Harlem High School Band, University of Illinois Concert Band, University of Illinois Singing Illini, and Men's Glee Club.
Held at:
The Sousa Archives and Center for American Music
236 Harding Band Building
1103 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820 6223
Phone: 217-244-93093
Fax: 217-244-8695
Email: schwrtzs [at] illinois.edu
Record Series Number: 12/9/112
Created by: Lundsten, Merton Robert (1916-1995)
Volume: 1.0 cubic feet
Acquired: 08/22/2009.
Arrangement: Recordings are arranged chronologically within each type of ensemble/group.
Biographical Note for Lundsten, Merton Robert (1916-1995) : Merton Robert Lundsten (June 23, 1916 - May 1995) was born and raised in Rockford, IL by his parents Harry and Alice.  Merton grew up learning to play the clarinet, studying with Wally Holt during the summer of 1930 for a total of 8 lessons. Lundsten attended the University of Illinois as an Engineering Major from 1937-1938, and while he did not graduate with a degree, Lundsten became an apprentice in 1939 with the Barber-Colma Co. out of Rockford, IL. Here he became the designer and, later, the sole engineer in the cutting tool department. Also in 1939, Lundsten married Beotrice Bergholt who worked as a telephone operator. Lundsten loved all bands, but had a particular interest in marching bands. He played in Rockford marching bands until his later years.
Subject Index
Bands
Genres/Forms of Material
Sound Recordings
Languages of Materials
English [eng]