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Carl A. "Pappy" Fehr Papers, 1907-2012

Carl A. "Pappy" Fehr Papers, 1907-2012
UA 6.017
66.0 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

The collection contains materials related to Dr. Carl A. Fehr's music professorship as well as his direction of the College of William and Mary's choral program and those of The Common Glory and The Founders summer pageants and the Williamsburg Baptist Church choir. In addition to his reflections on choral direction and discipline, the collection includes extensive materials on Dr. Fehr's professional management of the College's choral program, a series of published choral programs, a collection of choral music, his teaching notes and curricula, correspondence, professional awards and memberships, as well as his dissertation and other academic credentials. The choral program is also extensively represented in Choir and Chorus communications, activities, group photographs, scrapbooks and publicity during the years of Dr. Fehr's directorship. In addition to the regular academic year choral program, the Choir's annual spring tours, special guest appearances and national broadcast performances are documented in correspondence, news clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, and audio recordings. The audio recordings were reformatted from their original reel-to-reel audiotape and LP formats and CDs are available for purchase. Contact the Special Collections Research Center (spcoll@wm.edu, 757-221-3090) to request a list of available recordings.

Among the artifacts contained in the collection are Dr. Fehr's formal concert attire and other textiles as well as a miniature stage and figures used to arrange choral groupings. Personal memorabilia include Williamsburg items as well as some material from Austin, Texas, where Dr. Fehr served as choral director in the Austin public school system before coming to the College of William and Mary. However, the collection contains very little material on the Austin phase of his choral career, his directorship of the Common Glory, The Founders and the Williamsburg Baptist Church programs or of his free lance activities as a wedding events organist or as a judicator and director of choral workshops and concert programs.

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The collection is arranged into the following series: Series 1: Concert Programs, 1943-1977; Series 2: Choral Program Statements, circa 1955-1974; Series 3: Choral Program Management, 1946-1974; Series 4: Spring Choir, 1964-1974; Series 5: Choir Activities, 1945-1991; Series 6: Publicity Materials, 1947-1991; Series 7: Department of Music, circa 1950-1974; Series 8: Biographical and Professional Material, 1907-1993; Series 9: News Clippings, 1940-1983; Series 10: Sheet Music, circa 1884-1970; Series 11: Publications, circa 1960-1974; Series 12: Correspondence, 1945-1993; Series 13: Photographs, 1925-1985; Series 14: Audio Recordings, 1946-1983; Series 15: Artifacts, circa 1950-1996; Series 16: Scrapbooks, 1945-1983.
Fehr, Carl A.
Dept. of Music
Choir and Chorus
College of William and Mary--Alumni and alumnae
College of William and Mary--Students
College of William and Mary. Dept. of Music
Sound Recordings

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Administrative Information

The collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.
Acquisition Note
 Source: Gift of Thomas Terry 2/20/2003 and 5/31/2007; gift of G. Lindsey Florence 9/7/2007; gift of Ann and Mark Woolley 1/18/2008..
Acc. 2003.1 received 2/20/2003 from Thomas Terry (class of 1974); Acc. 2007.010, 7 cubic feet, received 5/31/2007 from Thomas Terry; Acc. 2007.65, 1 box of music scores, received from G. Lindsey Florence (class of 1967) 9/7/2007; Acc. 2008.08 received 1/18/2008 from Mark '77 and Ann (Spielman) '75 Woolley. Acquisition information for material received after 7/13/2009 is available by consulting a Special Collections Research Center staff member.
Related Materials
See the William and Mary Choir Alumni Reunion Photo Album (UA 7.016) from 1983 (http://scdb.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=7477). Material related to The Common Glory and The Founders is available in the Jamestown Corporation Records (Mss. 77 C73) (http://scdb.swem.wm.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=7403).
Preferred Citation
Carl A. Fehr Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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