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Office of the Dean of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

Identifier: UA 009.1

Scope and Contents

This Collection contains the personal and official papers of the Deans of the School of Music, Wade R. Brown, Henry Hugh Altvater, Lawrence E. Hart, Lee Rigsby, and Robert L. Blocker. Official correspondence ranges scattered years from 1912-1986. They outline plans that the Deans had for the School of Music and also business transactions and personal correspondence. Brown's papers give information about his various functions and duties as Dean of the School of Music, Director of the North Carolina High School Music Contest, Head of the Woman's College Concert Series, Choirmaster at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and President of the Greensboro Civic Music Association. They also provide information concerning the development of the State Music Contest during its early years and during the depression, the development of the school and its relationship to the rest of the college and the arrangement of musical events on campus and throughout the community. While abroad for the summer, his secretary wrote letters to keep him informed about campus life. There is personal correspondence from family members and about his summer travels and his association with religious and civic organizations. There are references to the political situation of World War I and World War II as well as an essay by Brown on the Jewish contribution to Western culture (1935). The correspondence of Altvater during the first three years of his service as Dean of the School of Music (1936-1939) is mostly official correspondence and memoranda. It provides a very good picture of the School of Music, including his plans for the school and his relationship to former Dean Wade R. Brown. Included are the files of Dr. Hart as head of the North Carolina concerts for the Kennedy Center bicentennial project. Also included is an archive of the department's website from 2015.


  • 1894 - 2021


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.


23.75 Linear Feet (19 Boxes)

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This collection contains the administrative records of the Dean of the School of Music, Dance, and Theatre. Included are correspondence, memoranda, committee records, annual reports, and other records that document the activities of the Dean.

Arrangement Note

The arrangement scheme for this collection was imposed during processing in the absence of a useable original order. This collection is organized into four series with series one and two arranged in alphabetically order while series three and four are arranged chronologically.

Method of Acquisition

Records were transferred from the department or unit.

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Processing Information

Processed in November 2016.

Office of the Dean of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Sean Mulligan
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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US