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Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow (1873-1929) Papers

Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow (1873-1929) Papers

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FREDERICK ELLSWORTH BIGELOW (1873-1929) PAPERS, 1893-1930





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Bigelow, Frederick Ellsworth, 1873-1929
Title:Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow (1873-1929) Papers
Dates:1893/1930
Quantity:0.5 Linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow Papers consist mainly of manuscript and published music that was written or published by this Salem, Massachusetts, composer and band musician.
Collection Number:MSS 274

Series List


SERIES I. Manuscript Music
SERIES II. Published Music
SERIES III. Miscellaneous Papers

Scope and Content Note

The Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow Papers consist mainly of manuscript and published music that was written or published by this Salem, Massachusetts, composer and band musician. The collection has been divided into three series.


Series I. Manuscript Music contains manuscript compositions. Some of the pieces were written for brass bands or marching bands with brass, woodwinds, and drums; some were written for full orchestras as well.


Series II. Published Music consists of published Bigelow music, including marches originally presented by the Salem Cadet Band.


Series III. Miscellaneous Papers includes some photographs, newspaper clippings, his marriage certificate, and his obituary.


Biographical Sketch

Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow was born on August 20, 1873, in Ashland, Massachusetts, one of five brothers, all of whom were professional instrumentalists at some time in their lives. Bigelow studied music with Joseph Morrisette at Worcester Academy and then graduated from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy with the degree of Ph. G.


In 1892 Bigelow organized the Ashland Brass Band with Morrisette. It was during this time that Bigelow composed the famous "Our Director" march, which was dedicated to Morrisette. The march was published in 1895 by Jean M. Missud, leader of the Salem Cadet Band. Bigelow was a member of the band, playing the saxophone. The march was republished several times, both my Missud and other publishers. Initial presentation of this march (and others) was at the Sunday afternoon Read Fund concerts of the Salem Cadet Band.


Bigelow worked as a pharmacist in Salem for many years, opening his own business, the Forest River Pharmacy in 1913. He remained active as a musician, playing with the Salem Cadet Band when time permitted. He died at his home, 67 Loring Avenue, Salem on May 11, 1929 at the age of fifty-six years. He was survived by his wife, Nellie (nee Urann) Bigelow and two brothers, Charles and Eugene.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Bigelow, F. E.
Missud, Jean M. (Jean Marie), 1852-1941
Salem Cadet Band (Salem, Mass.)
Band music
Composers
Instrumentation and orchestration (Band)
Marches
Marches (Band)--Scores
Music
Musicians
North shore musician
Salem (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

Frederick Ellsworth Bigelow (1873-1929) Papers, MSS 274, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

The provenance of the collection is not known.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, March 1995. Updated by Nicholas Long, May 2015.


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