Ted Mesang Collection, 1925-1968  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Mesang, Ted, 1902?-1967.
Title
Ted Mesang Collection
Dates
1925-1968 (inclusive)
1948-1960 (bulk)
Quantity
1 cubic foot, including 32 photographs, (2 boxes, including 1 oversize box)
Collection Number
MSS Mesang
Summary
The Ted Mesang Collection consists mainly of materials related to Mesang's career as a music instructor and band director at Oregon State University (OSU) from 1949 to 1967. During his tenure at OSU, Mesang directed the OSU Marching Band at Rose Bowl appearances in 1957 and 1965. He was honored with several memorial concerts following his sudden death in 1967.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Theodore Lawrence Mesang was born December 7, 1902 in Eau Clarie Wisconsin. He attended Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, from 1930 to 1940 and received a Bachelor of Music from the University of Wisconsin in 1945. Mesang received a Master of Education degree from the University of Minnesota in 1949. In 1929-1948 he was director of instrumental music in Ashland (Wisconsin) public schools.

Mesang came to Oregon State College in the fall of 1949 as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Bands. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1957 and Professor in 1964. During his career at Oregon State, Mesang directed the marching and concert bands, advised the basketball pep band, and taught music education courses. He published over 250 musical compositions and was a member of ASCAP, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Mesang died October 26, 1967 following a marching band rehearsal.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Ted Mesang Collection consists of materials pertaining to his career as a music instructor and band director at Oregon State University from 1949 to 1967. The collection includes original scores for marches, published music, and several music royalty contracts. The materials also include newspaper clippings, congratulatory correspondence and performance programs related to the Oregon State University Marching Band's participation in the 1957 and 1965 Rose Bowl parade and football games. Mesang's death in 1967 is documented with a eulogy and obituary, correspondence, condolences, newspaper clippings and programs from several memorial performances. There are also related diplomas and certificates, photographs, and a small collection of artifacts.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Ted Mesang Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Compositions and Music Publishing Records, 1948-1960Return to Top

Series I consists of Ted Mesang’s handwritten music manuscripts for more than 30 marches, published music by Mesang, and royalty contracts. Some of Mesang's pieces were professionally published and distributed in several March Books. The series contains several pieces of published sheet music, including a 1959 concert march, The Oregon Trail, which presumably was written with the Oregon Centennial in mind. Several of Mesang’s music royalty contracts are also included in this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Music Manuscripts
The music manuscripts are scored for concert band, except for The Great Northwest, which includes only the piano/conductor part. All of the pieces are marches, except for Skidding, a trombone feature. Two of the pieces, Col. Auster and Holiday include publisher's proofs from the Paul A. Schmitt Music Co. of Minneapolis.
1948-1950
Box
1
All Out
1
Belmont
1
The Challenge
1
Coliseum
1
Colonel Auster (manuscript copies and proof)
1
Don Roberto
1
East & West
1
Emblem of Glory
1
The Forest Ranger
1
The Great Northwest (piano and conductor part only)
1
Holiday (manuscript copies and proof)
1
Justice
1
Ketchikan
1
Majorette
1
Marching Men
1
Music Club
1
New Frontiers
1
New Trials
1
Northwoods
1
Onward Victorious "On to Victory"
1
Purple Pride
1
Southern Special
1
Skidding "Trombone Smear"
1
The Skirmishes
1
The Spirit of Democracy
1
State Guard
1
State Pride
1
Washburn
1
W.S.M.A. "Wisconsin School Music Association"
1
Yeoman
1
Youth and Progress
1
Benton Hall
1
The Cascades
1
Oregon Trail
1
The Buckaroo
1
Expedition
Box
1
March Music Books
1948-1960
1
Music Royalty Contracts
1951-1957

Series II:  OSU Concert and Marching Bands, 1949-1967Return to Top

Series II consists of newspaper clippings, congratulatory correspondence, performance programs and an undated half-time performance script. Of special interest are materials relating to the OSU Marching Band’s participation in the 1957 and 1965 Rose Bowl parades and football games.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Newspaper Clippings
1949-1967
1
Correspondence
1957-1966
1
Performance Programs
1965-1967
1
Performance Script (half-time)
undated
1
Published Articles
1957-1967

Series III:  Eulogy, Condolences and Memorials, 1967-1968Return to Top

Series III consists of a typewritten eulogy and obituary, correspondence, condolences, newspaper clippings and memorial programs. The materials are related to Ted Mesang’s untimely death following an October 1967 marching band rehearsal at OSU.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Eulogy
1967
1
Correspondence and Condolences
1967-1968
1
Clippings
1967-1968
1
Memorial Performance Programs
1967-1968

Series IV:  Diplomas and Certificates, 1940-1955Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Series IV consists of diplomas and certificates related to several milestones in the life of Ted Mesang. He registered in Wisconsin with Selective Service on October 16, 1940. Following World War II, Mesang received his Bachelor of Music and teaching certificate at the University of Wisconsin on May 25, 1946. Mesang was awarded an honorary membership in the Kappa Kappa Psi Honorary Band Fraternity on February 3, 1950 and became a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers on February 17, 1955.

Series V:  Photographs, circa 1925-1967Return to Top

Container(s): Box 1-2

Series V consists of various photographs which document Ted Mesang’s career as a teacher and music director from his early days in Wisconsin to his final years at Oregon State University (OSU). There are several formal studio portraits of Ted Mesang in his band uniforms, including a handtinted portrait, along with group shots of Mesang as a member of the collegiate North Woods Dance Orchestra and raucous Hop’s Syncopated Aces of the Garland City. He also appears in group shots as the director of the Largest Boys Band in the World, the Beaver School Flagolet Band, the Ashland Senior Boys Band and the Ashland High School Band all based in Ashland, Wisconsin. This series also includes photographs of Ted Mesang during his years at OSU taken by Corvallis Gazette-Times photographers and others. Several images of the Oregon State marching band on the field at Parker Stadium are included. There are also four autographed portraits of fellow conductors and band directors, including Charles Brendler, Ray Dvorak, and Anthony Mitchell. The bulk of the images are black and white prints; one color photographic print is included. Several of the images are oversize prints.

Series VI:  Artifacts, circa 1950Return to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Series VI consists of several small items Ted Mesang used to direct the band and prepare his music manuscripts. Artifacts include his cork-handled conductor’s baton, an engineering pencil, fountain pen, pink eraser, pocket knife and a small copper-colored plaque with a raised image of Beethoven on it.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Band music.
  • Bands (Music)--Wisconsin--Ashland.
  • Marches (Band)
  • Marching bands--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Music in universities and colleges--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Music--Manuscripts.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Oregon State College--Bands.
  • Oregon State University--Bands.
  • Rose Bowl (Football game)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints.
  • Scores.
  • Sheet music.