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Records of the University of Florida Department of Music

Identifier: Series 076

Scope and Content

Series 76 contains administrative papers of two heads of the Department of Music, Reid Poole and Robert S. Bolles. The earliest records, however, are Bolles' files as a member of the faculty and, later, Assistant Director of the Division of Music. In 1958, when the Division of Fine Arts was created, Bolles became head of the Dept. of Music. In 1967, Reid Poole became department chair.

The series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, and department minutes. Also included are Poole's files on the Lyceum Council containing correspondence pertaining to performers who appeared on campus. Also of interest are files related to the effort to secure a new music building and in-service courses offered by the department in conjunction with the Division of Continuing Education.

The series also contains concert and recital programs from the Department of Music dating from 1949 through 2020, photographs of the marching band, newsletters, information on courses offered by the Department, and informational brochures on the marching band.


  • Creation: 1948 - 2023



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112.25 Linear feet (11 boxes)

Language of Materials



Correspondence, memoranda, reports, concert programs, newsletters, photographs, and minutes of the UF Department of Music.


This series is arranged into seven subseries: “Series 1: Administrative Records;” “Series 2: Music Courses;” “Series 3: Performances;” “Series 4: “Publications;” “Series 5: Bands;” “Series 6: Audio/Visual;” and “Series 7: Photographs.”

Physical Location

Please note that this collection is housed in the Auxiliary Library Facility off campus and will require advance notice for timely retrieval. Please contact the Special and Area Studies Collections department prior to your visit.

A Guide to the Records of the University of Florida Department of Music
Finding aid created by Dept. Staff
April 2007 (Updated March 2024)
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • July 2018: Added new accession to finding aid; added series 4-7; added concert programs to series 3. All edits made by Sarah Coates
  • December 2019: Added new accession to finding aid. Added box 8 to concert programs. Edits made by Matt Kruse
  • July 2020: Matt Kruse - Added additional music programs.
  • July 2021: Added a number of new music programs and files (box 9).
  • Sept. 2022: Added vinyl records to subseries 6. --Sarah Coates
  • March 2024: Matt Kruse - Added 5 new folders to box 11 from various subseries.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America