Iowa Bandmasters Association Collection

Collection Overview

Title: Iowa Bandmasters Association Collection

Record Series: MsC-90

Record Group:


Creator: Iowa Bandmasters Association

Date: 1940-1942; 2008-2020

Extent: 1 box (0.42 linear feet)

Repository: Special Collections & University Archives at Rod Library, University of Northern Iowa

Language: Materials entirely in English.

Information for Users

Accessing the Collection:

No restrictions. Materials are open for research.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

The 21st century material was donated by Fine & Performing Arts Collection librarian Angela Pratesi in 2017. Items from about 1936 to the 1940s were donated by Barbara Delgado, whose grandfather, Ferdinand Arno Schweizer, was a member of the association.

Sensitive Materials Statement: Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy or similar laws, and the Iowa Open Records Law (see Iowa Code § 22.7). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Northern Iowa assumes no responsibility.

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Historical Note

The Iowa Bandmasters Association is an organization that seeks to “promote excellence in bands through professional development, mentorship, performance, and advocacy.” It was founded in March 1928 in Fairfield, Iowa, and was originally called the Iowa Band Association. As of 2019, the organization has over 1000 members, a majority of whom are school band directors.

Scope and Content

The collection contains 10 spiral bound print volumes, titled "Directory & Handbook," dating from 2008 to 2020. They contain information about boards and committees, a brief history of the organization, awards and honors, resolutions, and membership information. Additionally, there are two issues of The Iowa Bandmaster: Volume 5, no. 1 (September 1940) and Volume 6, no. 3 (May 1942). Content includes short articles, information about members, pictorial essays, and more. Also included are a 1940 Iowa Bandmasters Association Directory and the President's Conference Newsletter from 2014.

Finally, there are two photographs of Iowa Bandmasters Association members which include F.A. Schweizer (the editor of The Iowa Bandmaster).


Box 1:

  • Folder 1: Iowa Bandmasters Association membership directory & handbook, 2008-2011
  • Folder 2: Iowa Bandmasters Association membership directory & handbook, 2011-2014
  • Folder 3: Iowa Bandmasters Association membership directory & handbook, 2014-2017
  • Folder 4: Iowa Bandmasters Association membership directory & handbook, 2017-2019; president’s 2014 letter; 2017-2018 officers information
  • Folder 5: The Iowa Bandmaster, 1940-1942; 1940 directory
  • Folder 6: photographs
  • Folder 7: The Iowa Bandmaster, 1936-1941; Ferdinand A. Schweizer obituary.



Processing Information

Collection processed by Special Collections student intern Nick Waters on November 16, 2017. Updated by Archival Processor Tessa Wakefield, February 2021.