Based at the University of Illinois Library and University Archives, the Sousa Archives and Center For American Music brings together a host of ephemeral records and artifacts that "document America's local and national music history and its diverse cultures." The heart of the collection is, not surprisingly, a massive archive of John Philip Sousa's personal papers and documents. In the "Research the Collections" area, visitors can browse through an alphabetical listing of the digitized materials, which include sheet music, newspaper clippings, and so on. Further on, the "Featured Acquisitions" area includes information about recently acquired materials, including an audio recording of "Stars and Stripes Forever" as performed in 1909 by the Sousa Band, under the baton of Herbert L. Clarke. Finally, the "Experience American Music" area includes a remarkable detailed performance timeline for Sousa and his band between 1892 and 1931. Additionally, the timeline also includes information about each featured performer.


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