The collection contains the records pertaining to the business and operational aspects of Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians as well as the business records of Fred Waring's America. Includes business correspondence, tours, financial records, legal papers, workshops, radio shows, television shows, photographs, and fan mail.
The Eberly Family Special Collections Library, Penn State University Libraries
College or university
159 Cubic Feet (51 linear feet + 1100 Digital Audio Tapes)
Notated music and Performed music
Pressed 78rpm disc, Lacquer disc, Metal disc, and Digital Audio Tape (DAT)
Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.
Copyright Notice: Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Paper inventory or finding aid, Spreadsheet, EAD finding aid, and Online catalog record
Fred Waring, "the man who taught America how to sing," was born in Tyrone, Pennsylvania in 1900, and was a Distinguished Alumnus and Trustee of Penn State University. Along with his group, the Pennsylvanians, he toured the United States and the world for almost seven decades, building an impressive list of accomplishments in stage, radio, motion pictures, television and music education. Fred Waring’s America is a unique archive that serves as a rich source of primary source material on 20th century American popular culture for researchers from Penn State and around the world, including musicians and music educators, orchestra and choral conductors, documentary filmmakers, golden-age radio enthusiasts and media and cultural historians.
Playable with proper equipment
The radio shows are only a part of the collection. It's noted in the finding aid as a separate series.