Special Collections Department
403 Parks Library
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011-2140

RS 16/3/3
Iowa State University

Cooperative Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics

Extension Music Program
Records, 1926-1993


Descriptive summary

creator:

Iowa State University. Cooperative Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics. Extension Music Program

title:

Records

dates:

1910-1993

extent:

2.1 linear feet (5 document boxes)

collection number:

RS 16/3/3

repository:

University Archives, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University.

 

Administrative information

access:

Open for research

publication rights:

Consult Head, Special Collections Department

preferred citation:

Iowa State University, Cooperative Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics, Extension Music Program Records, RS 16/3/3, Special Collections Department, Iowa State University Library.

 

Historical note

The Extension Music Program brought music and culture into the lives of many rural Iowans through it's short courses, publications, work with 4-H clubs, and the creation of the County Women's Choruses. In 1925, Fannie R. Buchanan became the first Iowa State Music Extension Specialist (1925-1947) for the Iowa State College (University) Cooperative Extension Service in Agriculture and Home Economics. Max Exner (1947-1980) and Neil Bjurstrom (1980-1994) were also Music Extension Specialists.

The state's 4-H clubs, mainly the girls clubs, would study a different type of music, learn songs, and perform at the annual 4-H conventions. In 1934-1935, the clubs studied opera; in particular they focused on the operetta "Bohemian Girl." It was decided that a production of "Bohemian Girl" would be performed by people from across Iowa. 175 singers from forty-seven countries performed the operetta in June 1935 at Iowa State College in Ames and in January 1936 at the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation Convention in Des Moines. This event made national news.

In 1937, the Iowa State College Extension Service and the Iowa Farm Bureau started the County Women's Choruses. The women gathered in the center of the county, usually at the county seat, and were directed by a volunteer leader, usually a former music teacher or someone interested in music. They practiced regularly, usually two to four times a month, and performed at various functions throughout the year. The highlight of the program was the joint appearance of the county choruses together at the state festival, which traditionally opened the first main evening session of the annual Iowa Farm Bureau meeting in Des Moines. The choruses were phased out in 1993.

The Extension Music Program was discontinued in 1994.

 

Collection description

The collection (1910-1993) contains the records Iowa State University Extension's Music Program including materials relating to 4-H, rural school music programs, and the County Women's Choruses. The documents consist of sheet music, correspondence, photographs, slides, and programs. The collection also includes publications sponsored by Extension, many of which were written by Fannie R. Buchanan and Max Exner. Other Extension Music Program publications can be found in RS 16/3/0/98, the MU-Series of Extension publications. Some of the materials in this collection, particularly the rural women's choruses files, came from the Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa.

 

 

Description of series

Series 1

Extension Music Program Records

1910-1993, n.d.

extent:

0.84 linear feet (2 document boxes)

description:

This series consists of materials related to the Extension Music Program, including 4-H and rural school music programs. The records contain sheet music, news clippings, reports, photographs, and slides. Of interest are the programs, sheet music, and correspondence regarding the 1935 performance of "Bohemian Girl"coordinated by Extension. In addition, there are materials relating to the Rural Music History Celebration held in 1986, which include programs, correspondence, photographs, and slides. The collection also includes publications sponsored by Extension, many of which were written by Fannie R. Buchanan and Max Exner. Other Extension Music Program publications can be found in RS 16/3/0/98, the MU-Series of Extension publications.

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

1

1

4-H Boys Programs and Songs

1931,1944

1

2

4-H Camp Song Sheet

undated

1

3

4-H Girls Programs

1930, 1946-1947, undated

1

4

4-H music news clippings, programs, and citations

1936-1985, undated

1

5

4-H music publications – “Dreaming: 4-H Club Songs for Girls,” by Fannie R. Buchanan

1935

1

6

4-H music publications – “Music for Family Festivals”

1927

1

7

4-H music publications – “Songs of the 4-H Clover,” by Max Exner

1964

1

8   

“Bohemian Girl” – news clippings

1935, undated

1

9

“Bohemian Girl” – photographs

1935

1

10

“Bohemian Girl” – programs, correspondence, stage directions, and set and costume designs

1935-1936, undated

1

11

“Bohemian Girl” – sheet music

undated

1

12

Club Songs

undated

1

13

District Training Schools – letters to Extension personnel

1948

1

14

Extension music publications – “Around the World with Folk Music”

1943

1

15

Extension music publications – “Bridge of Song” by Max Exner

1957

1

16

Extension music publications – “Half-Hour Studies from Famous Operas,” by Fannie R. Buchanan

1938

1

17

Extension music publications – “Iowa Farm Bureau Chorus, Plan and Song”

1932

1

18

Extension music publications – “Little Studies in American Music,” by Fannie R. Buchanan

1937

1

19

Extension music publications – “Marching Through History: a Brief Study in Music Appreciation

1936

1

20

Extension music publications – “Music Gems,” by Fannie R. Buchanan

1939

1

21

Extension music publications – “Music of One World”

undated

1

22

Extension music publications – “Music of the Soil,” by Fannie R. Buchanan

1941

1

23

Extension music publications – “Musical Moments from Latin America,” by Fannie R. Buchanan

1940

1

24

Extension Publications  - “Musical Moments with American Composers”

undated

1

25

Extension music publications – “Singing Time”

1942

5

9

Extension music publications – "Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child"

1951

5

10

Extension music publications – "Vreneli"

undated

1

26

Farm Bureau music publications – “Farm Bureau Sings”

undated

1

27

Farm Bureau music publications – “Official Farm Bureau Songs”

undated

1

28

General music publications – Band Shed Music, by Joe Berryman

undated

1

29

Iowa Church Choir Workshop Festivals

1956-1958

1

30

Iowa Rural Young People’s Group, Music for Wartime Programs, Pamphlets I, II, VIII

1914 circa

5

6

Loan Kit AG-89 – Adult Choir Anthems, General

1978-1979

5

7

Loan Kit Ins-89

1978-1979

5

8

Loan Kit J-89 – Junior Choir Anthems

1978-1979

1

31

“Memory Contest” – Short Course

1926, 1928

2

1

Music Sub-Project Arranged in Four Lessons

undated

2

2

National Music Available on Records for Broadcasting from WOI

undated

2

3

News clippings

1937-1993, undated

2

4

Overview of Activities

1981

2

5

Photographs of 4-H and Extension Music – groups and individuals including Max Exner

1954-1978, undated

2

6

Program Service for Township Meetings

1926,1935

2

7

Report – final

1993

2

8

Rural Music History Celebration – correspondence

1985-1988

2

9

Rural Music History Celebration – photographs (1 8x10 B&W; 17 3x5 and 52 5x7 color)

1986

2

10

Rural Music History Celebration – slides (49 color)

1986

2

11

Rural Music History Proclamation – photograph (1 8x10 B&W)

1987

2

12

Rural School Music – annotated songbook, New Song Book and Music Reader, by Charles Fullerton

1910

2

13

Rural School Music – Charles A. Fullerton, news releases and clippings

1931-1941, undated

2

14

Rural School Music – “Personality Development Through Music,” by Florence George

1947

2

15

Rural School Music – Educational Bulletin Excerpts relating to rural music

1930-1931

2

16

Slides – extension personnel involved in the music program and an image of the 4-H Girls Convention (12 B&W)

undated

 

Description of series

Series 2

County Women's Choruses Records

1934-1993, n.d.

extent:

2.26 linear feet (3 document boxes)

description:

This series contains materials pertaining to the County Women's Choruses that was fostered by the Extension Music Program. The records include programs, correspondence, news clippings, and photographs relating to individual county choruses and to the annual state festivals and other events. The collection also contains sheet music used by the County Women's Choruses. Some rural women's choruses files came from the Iowa Women's Archives at the University of Iowa

 

Container list

Box

Folder

Title

Dates

3

1

Annual State Festivals – correspondence, programs, and budgets

1977-1985

3

2

Annual State Festivals – correspondence, programs, and suggestion forms

1986

3

3

Annual State Festivals – correspondence, and programs

1987-1992

3

4

Annual State Festivals – correspondence, programs, and sheet music

1993

3

5

Correspondence between Extension personnel and members

1936-1989, n.d.

3

6

County Choruses – Allamakee County, news clippings

1960-1981, n.d.

3

7

County Choruses – Howard County, news clippings

1986

3

8

County Choruses – Jasper County, news clippings

n.d

3

9

County Choruses – Linn County, news clippings

1937-1983

3

10

County Choruses – Marshall County, correspondence and songbooks

1950-1953, n.d.

3

11-12

County Choruses – Marshall County, sheet music

n.d.

3

13

County Choruses – Muscatine County, news clippings and programs

1935, n.d.

3

14

County Choruses – Paige County, programs

1956-1990

3

15

County Choruses – Poweshiek County, reports

1937

3

16

County Choruses – Shelby County, programs

1948

3

17

County Choruses – Sioux County, news clippings and programs

1939-1983

3

18

County Choruses – Tama County, news clippings, membership lists and correspondence

1979-1984, n.d.

3

19

County Choruses – Webster County, news clippings

1972, n.d.

4

1

County Choruses – Winneshiek County, news clippings and photocopies of photographs

1976-1985, n.d.

4

2

County Choruses – Worth County, news clippings and correspondence

1937-1980

4

3

Directors and officers lists

n.d.

4

4

Photographs – group images (1 8x10 and 8 5x7 B&W)

1949-1980s, n.d.

MAP CASE

C409

D09

Photographs – Choruses at Washington D.C.

1950

4

5

Plan for activities

1964

4

6-10

Sheet music for choruses used 1930s-1993

1934-1988, n.d.

5

1-3

Sheet music for choruses used 1930s-1993

1934-1988, n.d.

5

4

Silver Anniversary Banquet – program

1956

5

5

Slides of unknown group performing (12 color)

1982