06/079 Guide to the Robert L. Marquis, Jr. Collection Marquis Finding Aid Authors: Maristella Feustle.

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Guide to the Robert L. Marquis, Jr. Collection 1925/1935 Music Library Overview of the Collection Robert L. Marquis, Jr. Collection 1925-1935 06/079 Robert L. Marquis, Jr., 1910-1990 2.00 English Music Library Biographical Information:

Robert Lincoln Marquis, Jr. was born on January 7, 1910 in Mineral Wells, Texas. The family relocated frequently as his father taught biology at multiple colleges across Texas, and then served as president of Sul Ross State Teachers College in Alpine. The family moved to Denton in 1923 as Marquis Sr. became the sixth president of North Texas State Teachers College, now the University of North Texas. Marquis Jr. earned a bachelor of arts degree from North Texas in 1930, and a bachelor of science in 1933, continuing his education with a master's degree from the University of Texas in 1940, and a doctorate from New York University in 1941. Marquis' master's thesis was "The development of the symphony orchestra in Texas," while his dissertation was titled "The social psychology of music," demonstrating intersecting interests in music and education which defined his career.

According to his obituary in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, he served as a school band director in San Antonio in 1931-1932, and in the University of Texas Longhorn Band and Austin Symphony Orchestra in 1933-34, returning to North Texas in 1934 to teach in the music and education departments. Marquis played saxophone in Floyd "'Fessor" Graham's Aces of Collegeland, and directed the summer instrumental music and stage show productions in 1934-1936. He then directed the Eagle Marching Band in 1937-1939. He then served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in the Second World War, attaining the rank of captain. Marquis served on the North Texas faculty until 1977, when he was named professor emeritus, and he received the President's Award from the Floyd Graham Society. Robert L. Marquis, Jr. died in Denton on May 1, 1990.

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Corporate Name: University of North Texas. College of Music Topical Term: Jazz
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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of two boxes of photos, band parts, and saxophone method books from Robert L. Marquis, Jr., dating from his time with the Aces of Collegeland.

Detailed List of Contents id71064 1 707145 id71066 1 1 Three autographed photos of actress Nancy Coleman Scope and Contents

Publicity photos: 14 x 10 inches, black and white.

id71067 1 2 Aces of Collegeland - alto saxophone parts, "Scotty's book" Scope and Contents

Duplications (process unknown) of "stock" and handwritten arrangements.

id71068 1 3 Aces of Collegeland - second tenor saxophone parts 1930s id71069 1 4 Aces of Collegeland - second tenor saxophones parts, continued 1930s id71070 1 5 Tenor saxophone parts, "copy 2" - "Bob Marquis - fake book" 1976 November Scope and Contents

Copies of parts written in same hand as manuscript parts for Aces of Collegeland. Some photocopies; most from older duplication process.

id71065 2 707144 id71071 2 1 Ben Vereecken: Foundation to Saxophone Playing - An Elementary Method 1917 Scope and Contents

New York: Carl Fischer.

id71072 2 2 Cragun Conservatory Method for the Saxophone, Vol. II 1924 Scope and Contents

Chicago: Finder and Urbanek.

id71073 2 1 Framed photo of Floyd Graham, autographed "To my good friend Bob Marquis" 1932 Scope and Contents

Dated December 6, 1932. 5 x 7 inches, black and white.

id71074 2 2 Framed photo of saxophonist Tom Rose, autographed "To my good friend Bob Marquis" 1932 Scope and Contents

Dated December 6, 1932. 5 x 7 inches, black and white.

id71075 2 3 Framed photo, unidentified violinist circa 1932 Scope and Contents

5 x 7 inches, black and white.

id71076 2 4 Framed photo, Aces of Collegeland circa 1934 Scope and Contents

5 x 7 inches, black and white. Elaborate stage setting with large, black eagle backdrop, with musical notes to each side.

id71077 2 5 Framed photo, Aces of Collegeland undated Scope and Contents

Band onstage with instruments, wearing black pants and bow ties, white shirts and jackets. Floyd Graham in a black tuxedo at left. 5 x 7 inches, black and white.

id71078 2 6 Framed photo, Aces of Collegeland with four female dancers Scope and Contents

Band behind four dancers dressed alike; landscape with evergreens painted on bass drum. Floyd Graham at left in suit and necktie. Decorative "TC" logo hung above drums. 7 x 9 inches, black and white. "Photo by Chase Carruth, Denton."

id71079 2 7 Framed photo, Aces of Collegeland at Chamber of Commerce banquet 1928 February 7 Scope and Contents

Band in costume with loose caps, behind "TC" band fronts. Floyd Graham in suit and bowtie with band, holding violin. Man in Native American costume in center. Reverse of photo lists names: Floyd Brooks, Sandey Sandefur, Alonzo Davis, J.B. Woodrum, Tom Rose, Amos Barksdale, Bob Marquis, Wendell Keith, Jack Marquis ("Indian"), Homer Richie, Floyd Graham, Lois Dickson. 8 x 10 inches, black and white.

id71080 2 8 Framed photo, Aces of Collegeland with women in costume for stage show in Plainview, TX 1935 May 14 Scope and Contents

Two-part banner above stage reads: "Wichita Falls Wants You in 1936" / "It's Amarillo's Time in 1936 - We Want You to Come." 8 x 16 inches, black and white.