Pete Seeger Correspondence in the Vanett Lawler Collection (MENC Papers)
Vanett Lawler (1902-1972) was an administrator in the field of music education both in the United States and abroad. Her work for the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) (later the National Association for Music Education (NAfME)), Pan American Union, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and International Society for Music Education helped create new legislation favorable to the arts, encourage and publish research pertaining to music education, and promote international music education and cooperation. This collection contains her professional papers pertaining to her work for the Music Educators National Conference as Assistant Executive Secretary, Associate Executive Secretary, and Executive Secretary, from 1930 until her retirement in 1968. The collection also includes Lawler's papers pertaining to her work with the Pan American Union while on loan from MENC, as well as her work with the National Education Association, of which MENC is an affiliated organization (and, beginning in 1956, was housed in the NEA building in Washington, D.C). Materials include correspondence, periodicals, photographs, articles, meeting information and agendas, program proposals and outlines, speeches, and various other documents pertaining to MENC, other arts organizations, legislation, and general music education and music information.
The Vanett Lawler MENC Papers covers the period from 1927 to 1975; the bulk of the materials date from 1944-1968. The collection consists of professional papers including correspondence, speeches, performance programs, bulletins, memorandums, project proposals and information, financial records, music education reports, meeting agendas and business, order forms, photographs, press releases, and periodicals. Materials cover Lawler's work with MENC, the Pan American Union, and the National Education Association.
Collection number: 88-7-MENC
Bulk dates: 1944-1968
Inclusive dates: 1927-1975 and undated
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Series 1: MENC Correspondence, 1944-1971 and undated (4.5 Linear Feet)
This series includes a number of letters between Vanett Lawler and Pete Seeger, and a letter from Seeger to Charles Fowler, American writer and consultant in the arts, on the subject of music education that focuses on traditions that fall outside of the realm of western-European art music. Pete's interest in the music of all cultures inspired him to introduce these various traditions to audiences all over the world. (S, 1 of 3 - Note: Original Pete Seeger letter is housed in fireproof shelving; a facsimile is in this folder, 1963-1968.)