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JEAN MARIE MISSUD (1852-1941) PAPERS, 1856-1941

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:Missud, Jean M. (Jean Marie), 1852-1941
Title:Jean Marie Missud (1852-1941) Papers
Quantity:6.5 Linear feet (13 boxes)
Abstract:The Jean Marie Missud Papers consist of the personal and business papers of this Salem, Massachusetts, composer, bandmaster, and musician.
Collection Number:MSS 273

Series List

SERIES I. Business Papers
SERIES II. Personal Papers
SERIES IV. Salem Cadet Band

Scope and Content Note

The Jean Marie Missud Papers consist of the personal and business papers of this Salem, Massachusetts, composer, bandmaster, and musician. The collection is divided into four series.

Series I. Business Papers consists of sixty-three appointment books that list engagements scheduled for the Salem Cadet Band, orchestras, and smaller groups of musicians that performed at various events including parades, concerts, commencements, fairs, etc., under the direction of Jean M. Missud. These books also give instruction as to the number of players required, type of dress, whether music stands and pins for securing music were needed, itinerary, and mode of transportation. Some programs, newspaper clippings, and correspondence have been pasted in the books.

Series II. Personal Papers includes correspondence and copies of calling cards of Jean Missud. Also included are four photographs taken aboard the S.S Servia, June 1896, probably when the band sailed for England to perform for Queen Victoria; a photograph taken in Villefranche, France; a scrapbook of newspaper clippings regarding concerts and other musical subjects and activities; and a scrapbook of poems, mostly by a Mrs. Hemans.

Series III. Music consists of a collection of fifty-two compositions written by Jean Missud. These are filed in numerical order in the boxes; see Appendix I for an alphabetical list. These compositions include marches, waltzes and polkas.

Series IV. Salem Cadet Band consists of a record book of meetings of the committee of the Salem Cadet Band, June 10, 1879-October 24, 1885; a list of ticket purchasers for concerts given April 3 and April 18, 1882; a notebook of programs and clippings, May 29, 1915-August 23, 1917; miscellaneous pamphlets; and two rubber stamps with insignia of the Salem Cadet Band imprinted.

Biographical Sketches

Jean Marie Missud was born in Nice, France, on April 25, 1852, the son of Joseph and Augustine (nee Barelli) Missud. He studied at the Municipal Music Conservatory and composed music at a very early age. In 1869 he enlisted in the United States Navy on board the Sabine in Nice and arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1870. He played the clarinet in local bands, joined the Salem Brass Band in 1872, and was its leader until he joined the Salem Independent Cadets as leader of their band, the Salem Cadet Band, which he formed in 1878.

The Salem Cadet Band performed at parades, fairs, lawn and garden parties, political rallies, banquets, dances, weddings, class days and commencements, operas, at colleges, armories, yacht clubs, hotels, skating rinks, churches, halls, and parks in the local area as well as in some of the large cities in the East. The band traveled to England in 1896 where they played for Queen Victoria. On February 2, 1901, the band played for the memorial services conducted by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company at Trinity Church, Boston, on the death of Queen Victoria. The cadets also played in Washington, D. C., at the inaugurations of Presidents Taft and Wilson. In 1920, the Salem Cadet Band and Orchestra began playing the Sunday afternoon Read Fund Philharmonic concerts at the Salem YMCA during the months of January and February. These concerts continued for twenty-one years under the direction of Jean Missud until his death in 1941. When the U. S. Marine Band visited Salem, its leader, John Philip Souza, called Jean Missud to stand to conduct the band in one of his own marches. The fiftieth anniversary of Jean Missud's leadership was observed in 1928 at the state armory.

Jean Missud died at his daughter's home in Marblehead on July 17, 1941, and was buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery, Salem. He left one son, Walden Missud of Salem, as well as his daughter, Marie Schwarz.

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.

Salem Cadet Band (Salem, Mass.)
Band music
Band musicians
Military music
Salem (Mass.)


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Administrative Information


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

Jean Marie Missud (1852-1941) Papers, MSS 273, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.


This collection was donated by Mrs. Marie Schwartz, daughter of Jean M. Missud on January 14, 1942. Two letters dated 1885 and 1886 regarding the hiring of the Salem Cadet Band were donated by L. B. Romaine on November 10, 1953.

Processing Information

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

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