Ferde Grofé Photos, 1942 - 1943, 1957, 1976 - 1977
Scope and Contents note
Photography has always been important to the National Music Camp, and photos exist from the earliest years of the Camp. Beginning in circa 1944, a concerted effort was made each year to fully document camp life. A professional photographer was on site throughout the season, taking high quality, usually staged, photographs. These consisted of group shots of each of the camper cabins, and numerous individual shots of campers and instructors. These photos were developed on-site in the campus darkroom.
The campers at NMC were divided into age groups called Junior, Intermediate and High School. There was also a University contingent from the University of Michigan for many years. The sequence of negatives reflects these divisions. Two other typical divisions are General camp photos and Post-camp photos. General photos are often simply of the High Schoolers who constituted the majority of the campers at NMC, but also include more generic and candid shots of camp life. Post-camp indicates that camp had concluded, and these photos document the routines associated with closing down the camp for the summer.
When the Arts Academy began in the 1962-63 school year, the tradition of photography was continued, and similar high-quality shots were taken of the students. Theses are generally all numbered sequentially, and not divided into the four classes of Freshman, Sophomore, etc. It was around this time that the 4 x 5 large format was supplemented, and then supplanted, by the 120 film medium format, approximately 2.25" x 2.25".
- 1942 - 1943
- 1976 - 1977
Biographical / Historical
Ferde Grofé was an American composer, arranger, pianist and instrumentalist. Ferde became proficient on a wide range of instruments including piano (his favored instrument), violin, viola (he became a violist in the LA Symphony), baritone horn, alto horn and cornet. This command of musical instruments and composition gave Ferde the foundation to become, first an arranger of other composers' music, and then a composer in his own right. Beginning about 1920, he played jazz piano with the Paul Whiteman orchestra. He served as Whiteman's chief arranger from 1920 to 1932. He made hundreds of arrangements of popular songs, Broadway show music, and tunes of all types for Whiteman. Grofé's most memorable arrangement is that of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, which established Grofé's reputation among jazz musicians. Grofé took what Gershwin had written for two pianos and orchestrated it for Whiteman's jazz orchestra. He transformed Gershwin's musical canvas with the colors and many of the creative touches for which it is so well known. Grofé was later employed as a conductor and faculty member at the Juilliard School of Music where he taught orchestration. Grofé created many arrangements for tv and movies.
8 Photographic Prints : 2 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé and Dr. Joseph E. Maddy 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé and Dr. Joseph E. Maddy, with unidentified woman 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé on ladder in tree, with bucket, and unidentified woman 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé sitting on bench with unidentified man holding glass Coke bottle 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé with band students 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé sitting on bench with T.P. Giddings and 5 unidentified men 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Grofé sitting on bench, Dr. Joseph E. Maddy standing with 2 unidentified men
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Negative numbers written on prints: 62 '57; 77, 1942?; 76, 1942?; 60;
8" x 10" - print of Ferde Grofé (left) and Dr. Joseph E. Maddy (right) 8" x 10" - print of Ferde Grofé (left) and Dr. Joseph E. Maddy (center), with unidentified woman (right) 8" x 10" - print of Grofé sitting on bench with unidentified man holding glass Coke bottle 8" x 10" - print of Ferde Grofé (far right) with band students 8" x 10" - print of Ferde Grofé (far left) sitting on bench with T.P. Giddings (far right and 5 unidentified men 1 - 8" x 10" - b&w print of Ferde Grofé sitting on bench (far right), Dr. Joseph E. Maddy (center) standing with 2 unidentified men (left)
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