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Exhibit room is open to visitors by appointment only.

Please email Jackie Esposito, University Archivist at jxe2@psu.edu to schedule an appointment.

 

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Fred Waring's America
104 Paterno Library
University Park, PA 16802
ul-spcolref@lists.psu.edu

University Archivist

Jackie Esposito
814-863-3791

Music and CD Sales

Alex Bainbridge

814-867-0292

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Services and Policies

Music Leasing

Most of the original arrangements used by Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians are available for leasing by music educators and music organizations. For a complete listing of arrangements, visit the Fred Waring Music Library. The leasing fees are as follows:

Full arrangement lease (conductor’s score, choral parts, orchestra parts) - $50.00

Partial arrangement (score, choral parts, piano/rhythm parts) - $30.00

Note: Bulk rates can be applied to leasing requests of more than 5 or more titles at 10%. Penn State School of Music discount is 30%. Please contact the Coordinator of collection prior to sending check for leasing music.

Contact the Coordinator of the Collection with any questions about leasing musical arrangements. Also, before sending your check for music you are interested in leasing, contact the Coordinator to verify specific information, including fees.

Sheet Music

For information about educational/research copies only of sheet music owned by the Waring Collection, contact the Coordinator of the collection.

Movie Rentals

Fred Waring’s America has several films from the 1920s, 30s and 40s that star the Pennsylvanians and showcase their pioneering work in the motion picture industry. They are available to rent for 30 days for a fee of $15.00.

The following films are available for rent:

Waring’s Pennsylvanians (1927 Vitaphone short)

Syncopation (1928 RKO feature)

Alma Martyr (1932 Warner Brothers short)

Varsity Show (1937 Warner Brothers feature

Specialty Recordings

We make specialty recordings of songs performed and/or recorded by the Pennyslvanians that are not available commercially. There are also some reference recordings available (see recordings for purchase, Music Educators Series, below). Contact the Coordinator with questions and requests.

Research

The Fred Waring Collection, known as Fred Waring’s America, is a unique part of the Special Collections Library at the University Libraries. This distinctive collection contains the historical memorabilia, music library, radio, television and concert recordings, films, photographs, cartoons, and business and personal correspondence reflecting the life of Fred Waring and his nearly seventy year career as a choral conductor, band leader, music educator and entrepreneur. Our mission is to provide access to primary source material for researchers from Penn State, musicians and music educators, orchestra and choral conductors, documentary filmmakers, golden-age radio enthusiasts as well as media and cultural historians. Research inquires are encouraged, and many materials are available for use by music educators, researchers, and community groups.

Commercial Use Agreements

Our distinctive collection contains a wealth of primary source material, including radio programs from the 1930s and 40s , early television programs from the 1950s, photographs from the 1920s through 1980s that are available to documentary filmmakers, golden-age radio enthusiasts as well as media and cultural historians. Contact the Coordinator of the collection for information about our Commercial Use Agreement policies.

Exhibit Loans

The historical memorabilia, music library, radio, television and concert recordings, films, photographs, cartoons, and business and personal correspondence contained in the Fred Waring Collection may be available for use in museum or archive exhibits. Contact the Coordinator of the Collection for more information.