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Seymour Swets Collection

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Abstract

Biographical Note

Detailed Description

Personal and Music Department Papers

Music Department Affairs

Programs and Festivals

Music Conferences and Miscellaneous

Music Conferences and Programs

Oratorios

Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society

Pageant Materials and Music

Miscellaneous materials

Books and pamphlets

Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs

LP33's



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Seymour Swets Collection, 1919-1973 | Heritage Hall, Hekman Library

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Collection Overview

Title: Seymour Swets Collection, 1919-1973Add to your cart.

ID: COLL/252

Primary Creator: Swets, Seymour (1900-1982)

Extent: 6.5 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Professor of music at Calvin College. The collection includes lectures, correspondence, the manuscript of "Fifty Years of Music Making," programs, publicity, soloist information, articles, plus information on performances of the Messiah, other oratorios, musical groups, choirs, and tours.

Biographical Note

Seymour Swets was born in South Holland, Illinois, in the year 1900, the beginning of a new century. His parents moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, in order to make use of the greater Christian education opportunities for their large family. Swets received his BA degree from Calvin in 1922, and a master's degree in history from the University of Michigan the following year. That year, 1923, he has appointed to teach music and speech at his alma mater.

In 1923 there was no music department, nor were any music courses offered for credit. As former President William Spoelhof said, "He was at the beginning." The next forty-four years were dedicated to serving Calvin, the church, and the community through teaching music, directing the A Cappella Choir, and administering the music affairs of the school. In addition, he directed the musical programs of the Oratorio Society from 1924 until his retirement in 1967. Upon his retirement he spent some five years in research for his book, published in 1973, Fifty Years of Music at Calvin College.

He served as an elder at LaGrave Christian Reformed Church, Grand Rapids, Michigan, as well as their choirmaster for many years.


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[Series 1: Personal and Music Department Papers, 1928-1965],
[Series 2: Music Department Affairs, 1919-1967],
[Series 3: Programs and Festivals],
[Series 4: Music Conferences and Miscellaneous, 1953-1962],
[Series 5: Music Conferences and Programs, 1926-1968],
[Series 6: Oratorios, 1938-1966],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society, 1930-1968],
[Series 8: Pageant Materials and Music],
[Series 9: Miscellaneous materials],
[Series 10: Books and pamphlets],
[Series 11: Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs, 1932-1966],
[Series 12: LP33's],
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Series 2: Music Department Affairs --- 1919-1967Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Minutes and papers --- 1963Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Minutes and papers --- 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Minutes and papers --- 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Minutes only --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Papers --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Minutes and papers --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Staff personnel --- 1951-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Music curriculum --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Department budget --- 1951-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Projected needs --- 1946-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 11: College expansion --- 1952-1963Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Division of Language, Literature and Arts --- 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Music - speech building --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Music in a Christian college: a statement of objectives --- 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 3: College pipe organ (1) - on Franklin campus, Eerdmans' gift --- 1930Add to your cart.
Folder 4: College pipe organ (2) - on Knollcrest campus, Zondervan's gift --- 1967Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Cayvan gift of 78 RPM and LP records --- 1951-1965Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Department publicity --- 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 7: First Men's Glee Club --- 1919-1922Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Programs of Men's Glee Clubs --- 1925-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Ladies' Glee Club Programs --- 1927-1931Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Michigan State College Glee Club Festival --- 1929-1930Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Combined Glee Clubs --- 1928-1933Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Quartets, with diary --- 1920-1961Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Seminary choirs --- 1941-1948Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Seminary choir musicAdd to your cart.
Folder 15: Swets - Van Andel pupil recitals --- 1935-1943Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Faculty recitals --- 1951-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 17: College-sponsored student recitals --- 1935-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 18: College-sponsored programs --- 1950-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 19: FAC dedication program --- 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 20: College band programs --- 1948-1967Add to your cart.
Folder 21: College band festivals --- 1957-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 22Add to your cart.
Item 1: College orchestra and string concert programs --- 1948-1967Add to your cart.
Item 2: A Cappella Choir --- 1935-1966Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: First choir --- 1935Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Choirs --- 1936, 1937, 1938Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Choirs --- 1938, 1939, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Choirs --- 1940, 1941, 1942Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Choirs --- 1942, 1943, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Choirs --- 1944, 1945, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Choirs --- 1946, 1947, 1948Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Choirs --- 1948, 1949, 1950Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Choir recording --- 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Choirs --- 1950-51Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Choirs --- 1951-52Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Choirs --- 1952, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Choirs --- 1953, 1954, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Choirs --- 1955, 1956, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Choirs --- 1957, 1958, 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Choirs --- 1959, 1960Add to your cart.
Folder 17: Choirs --- 1960, 1961Add to your cart.
Folder 18: Choirs --- 1961, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 19: Beethoven chorus for the 25th anniversary celebration --- 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Choirs --- 1962, 1963, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Choirs --- 1964, 1965Add to your cart.
Folder 22: Final A Cappella Choir of S. Swets --- 1965-1966Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Personal and Music Department Papers, 1928-1965],
[Series 2: Music Department Affairs, 1919-1967],
[Series 3: Programs and Festivals],
[Series 4: Music Conferences and Miscellaneous, 1953-1962],
[Series 5: Music Conferences and Programs, 1926-1968],
[Series 6: Oratorios, 1938-1966],
[Series 7: Miscellaneous Items Related to the Oratorio Society, 1930-1968],
[Series 8: Pageant Materials and Music],
[Series 9: Miscellaneous materials],
[Series 10: Books and pamphlets],
[Series 11: Soloists' Correspondence and Photographs, 1932-1966],
[Series 12: LP33's],
[All]


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