Fred Waring papers, 1922-1984

336

Collection Overview

Title:
Fred Waring papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1922-1984
Creator:
Waring, Fred
Abstract:
Music composer, arranger, conductor, and performer.
Abstract:
The collection contains the records pertaining to the business and operational aspects of Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians as well as the business records of Fred Waring's America. Includes business correspondence, tours, financial records, legal papers, workshops, television shows, photographs, and fan mail.
Collection Number:
336
Size:
159 Cubic feet
Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical Note

Fred Waring was born on June 9, 1900 in Tyrone, Pennsylvania. He left his home in 1915 to go on tour with a four man band that included his brother, Tom, and also entered Penn State to study engineering. In 1916, he formed the band, ldquo;The Pennsylvanians,rdquo; and by 1922, he was recognized around the country as one of the nationrsquo;s top band leaders and choral arrangers.

Mr. Waring was a pioneer in broadcasting, starting his first weekly coast-to-coast radio musical show for Gold cigarettes, during President Franklin D. Rooseveltrsquo;s first term. By 1934, he was nationally known as the ldquo;King of Radio.rdquo;

He also was one of the first to venture into television. His weekly, hour-long musical show made its debut on CBS on Easter in 1949.

Mr. Waring divided his choral group into two sub-groups: The Young Pennsylvanians and the Waring Blendors. The latter was named for the Waring blendor, the appliance Mr. Waring financially backed.

In 1983, Waring was awarded a Congressional Medal of Honor, the nationrsquo;s highest honor for a civilian.

Waring had become a trustee and distinguished alumnus of Penn State. Penn Statersquo;s Pattee Library was selected to house the massive ldquo;Fred Waringrsquo;s Americardquo; collection.

He died on July 29, 1984, just after completing his annual workshop.

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Collection Arrangement

Arranged chronologically.

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research. Restrictions, where applicable, are noted at the series, subseries, or file levels.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Fred Waring papers, 1922-1984. (336), Penn State University Archives, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

Processing Information

Processed by Special Collections staff.

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Collection Inventory

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