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Odell M. Chapman papers

Scope & content

Images, written and printed music, (instruments,) and documents relating to Odell M. Chapman, his musical pursuits, and martial musical ensembles of New England and the United States more broadly. The collection consists mainly of images of drum and band ensembles throughout Connecticut and Rhode Island as well as images of products manufactured by Odell M. Chapman's musical supply business, such as drums, fifes, and drumsticks. The remainder of the collection is made of written material, including both handwritten and published books of music for drums and band instruments, a brief history of the Mattatuck Drum Band written by contemporary band leader Charles S. Miller, and transcripts of a weekly radio program featuring the music of Odell M. Chapman's band. This collection also includes a wooden fife (44.4.1) and a photo album (44.4.2).