Edmund P. Sedivy, Sr., memorabilia and photographs, 1941-1993

Overview of the Collection

Sedivy, Edmund P. , Sr., 1911-1995
Edmund P. Sedivy, Sr., memorabilia and photographs
1941-1993 (inclusive)
4 linear feet, (8 boxes)
Collection Number
Edmund P. Sedivy Sr. was Montana State College music professor and educator. The collection contains memoriabilia and photographs the document his career and accomplishments at the university and statewide.
Montana State University Library, Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections
Montana State University-Bozeman Library
Merrill G Burlingame Special Collections
P.O. Box 173320
Bozeman, MT
Telephone: 4069944242
Fax: 4069942851
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

A collection of awards and gifts presented to Edmund P. Sedivy, Sr., for his many community and music education contributions and MSC/MSU symphonic and marching bands memorabilia including scrapbooks and photographs collected by him during his tenure with the music department.

The collection of awards and gifts give a glimpse of the level of appreciation for Sedivy's civic, musical, and educational endeavors. The photographic images, audio-visual material and scrapbooks afford the researcher a sense of the commitment of time and effort by both the band director and the students in touring and providing musical accompaniment to athletic and other activities on campus, across the state of Montana, and beyond.

Historical NoteReturn to Top

Edmund P. Sedivy, Sr., (1911-1995) came to Montana State College (now Montana State University) in 1946 and filled many key roles in the growth of the Department of Music and Music Education until his retirement in 1977. For 23 years he was director of bands and for a time also conducted the MSU Civic Symphony. He became known as ''Mr. Music Man'' for his many contributions and dedication to music students. He was also active in many civic bands and was a long-standing member of the Montana Music Educators Association, editing their publication The Cadenza for over 30 years.

Sedivy was active in community affairs, serving 17 years on the Bozeman City Commission, eight of those as mayor. He served on the Montana League of Cities and Towns and the Bozeman Public School Board, belonged to Toastmasters, the Rotary Club, the Men's Garden Club, and the Bozeman Chamber of Commerce Green Coats. He also operated a small farm on Kagy Boulevard. Sedivy died in 1995. A colleague said, in a local newspaper after his death, ''Bozeman was just a better place because of him."

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

[Creator Name], [Date of Creation], [Brief Description of Object], Folder [#], Box [#], [Collection Name], [Collection #], Montana State University (MSU) Library, Bozeman, MT

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


The collection was processed by an unknown person in 1997 who left no notes on arrangement decisions and remains in the order they established.

Acquisition Information

Gift of Shirley M. Sedivy, 1997, as the "Edmund P. Sedivy, Sr., and Mary Frances Spain Collection." The collection was given to the MSU Libraries by Shirley and Edmund P. Sedivy, Jr., as part of a commemorative gift including a cash gift to refurbish the audio-visual and microform reading room in the basement of Renne Library.

Processing Note

The collection appears to have been processed and described in 1997 by an unidentified person. At that time, items from the collection were on display in the Renne Library's basement. In 2024, the display was removed, objects recalled to Archives and Special Collections, and the collection description was updated to current descriptive standards.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

1:  Plaques and awardsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box-os item
1B 1
Plaque, 1991 President's Award to Edmund P. Sedivy
"In appreciation of your 50 years of service to Montana Music Educators Association." 18x3lx3 cm oak, shaped like the state of Montana, w/ Great Seal and brass engraving.
1B 2
Proclamation of January 18, 1980, as Edmund P. Sedivy Sr. Day by Mayor Duncan S. MacNab and Bozeman City Commission
A 36x28 cm. metal frame with black matting and glass cover.
1B 3
Plaque, MSC to Edmund P. Sedivy "in recognition of outstanding service to Bobcat Athletics, 1946-61"
A 20xl 8x2 cm Shield-shaped brass on wood.
1B 4
Plaque, ''To Edmund P. Sedivy Sr. retiring director of MSU Bands, in appreciation, from students & associates past & present, August 1969"
A 26x20x3 cm engraved brass on ornate, facsimile
1A 5
5: Plaque & copper etching of C.M. Russell print to "Edmund P. Sedivy, distinguished service 1977, Montana Music Educators Association"
1B 6
6: Plaque & copper etching of city of Bozeman which reads "Bozeman Rotary Club Community Service Award presented to Edmund P. Sedivy for service above self"
1A 7
7: Sperry Award
To "Edmund P. Sedivy, Sr., for your contributions to community and to the private enterprise system. Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce, Montana Association of Chamber Executives. Notable also as the first annual Sperry Award.
1A 8
8: Commemorative photocopy of the February 2, 1982, presentation of the Sperry Award to Ed Sedivy, Sr., by Chamber President Bob Correa

2:  Personal gifts and memorabilia Return to Top

The memorabilia contained in this series has some MSC music department and band ephemera.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-os item
1A 9
Name plate "Edmund P. Sedivy, Mayor"
1A 10
Commemorative key to city of Bozeman, Montana, engraved with name "Edmund P. Sedivy'' and ''Mayor 1966-67"
1A 11
Commemorative key to city of Bozeman, Montana, engraved with "Edmund P. Sedivy" and "Mayor 1974-75"
1A 12
12: Medallion on ribbon, a Montana Govenor's Award for the Arts
The award recognizes his achievement as Bobcat Band Director for setting the state record of four band appearances at nationally televised bowl games and for starting the first guitar program which has since been led by renowned guitar artist Christopher Parkening. Includes a program booklet for ceremony.
1B 13
Musical composition "Life at Fourth and Fifth" by C. O (Orlan) Strom
"Sedicated to the exemplary life of "Ed" Sedivy in music education in the state of Montana." This composition was sent to Sedivy in August 1957. A letter accompanies it, along with pages of music for specific instruments in the band.
2A 14
Musical composition "The Two Imps and Sparks" by Kenneth Alford
Annotated. Published by Boosey and Hawkes.
2A 15
American Bicentennial Music Calendar
From Music Educators National Conference
2A 16
Poster of "I Am Music," verse by Allan C. Inman, framed.
This poster hung in Sedivy's office for many years.
2A 1
Poster of MSC Symphonic Band at Christmas time
1B 21
Outstanding Community Service Award, Bozeman Jaycees
1B 22
Recognition of 31 Years of Outstanding Service, Local 709 of American Federation of Musicians
Box Folder
3 1
Flier for Kagy Kitchen Krops where the retired Sedivy raised and sold organically grown produce
3 2
MSC recruitment ephemera
3 3
MSC band programs
3 4
Miscellaneous campus information
3 5
Photo order information
3 6
Conductor's script
3 7
Ballet director correspondence & clippings
3 8
National music programs
3 9
Montana Music Educators Association
3 10
Final edition of Long Branch Daily Record 64:185
3 11
Aluminum Bowl
MSC Band Presentation program.
1956 December
3 12
Band uniform signature lists
3 13
Miscellaneous music scores and selections.
3 14
Unsorted photos
Bozeman Courier with Bobcat Band information
1953 October 9
Bozeman Daily Chronicle with Bobcat Band information
1947 January 5
Aluminum teapot
Medallion, Paul Harris Fellow

3:  PhotographsReturn to Top

The photographs and negatives in this series include group photos of the Bobcat marching band and the Symphonic Band, as well as some individual and small group performers, twirlers, and drum majors covering a period from about 1940-41 through 1969. Of particular interest is the early band shell at Bogert Park in Bozeman in folder 34 and of the many snapshots which reflect life on the band tours. Some of the photographs were used for the Montana Music Educator's publication The Cadenza, others for campus publications as indicated by a mix of images sent to or returned to Sedivy by MSU Publications & News Office staffer Ken Nicholson; these and the group photos may be recorded as negatives in several University Archives collections when requests for campus photography went through the Office of Information and then the MSU Photo Lab. There is some evidence that tour snapshots were taken not only for use by the band historians but to allow participants to order reprints. There is some duplication. For collection reference the folder number and assigned image number for this collection have been penciled on verso of prints.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 2
Images 323-325
Image 323 is a black & white 14x36 cm. print of the Park County High School (Livingston, Montana) band, possibly reproduced in "The Cadenza"); 324 is a half-tone print l 6x30 cm. Of the 1947-48 Bobcat Band and is mounted on corrugated cardboard; 3 25 is a l 4x31 cm. print of the Bobcat Band, mounted on corrugated cardboard.
4 3
Images 319-322
Candid images are arranged in a "Bobcat Band 1949 Highline Tour" poster.
4 4
Image 231
These are color prints of 1966-67 MSU Camellia Bowl Marching Band; one is 28x36 cm.; three are 20x25 cm. and are matted. Each mat has information indicating the photos were prepared compliments of Beta and Beta Upsilon Chapters of the national band honoraries Kappa Kappa Psi and Tau Beta Sigma for presentation to participant's high school alumni groups.
4 5
Photos 326 -328
These are prints of one MSC Marching Band, ca. 1950. Image 326 is black & white, 18x32 cm.; images 327 and 328 are color, 19x34 cm.; one copy of each 327 and 328 are matted.
4 6
Photo 329 and 330
Image 329 is a black & white M.A.C. Regimental Band print 15x30 cm., ca. 1908 or 1909, on damaged poster board; names Julian Esmay (alto), Glen Luther and Chas. King are penciled on verso. Image 330 is a black & white student body photo, 14x34 cm., on poster board; damaged. Annotation on verso says ''Jim Annin says is taken in 1911, student body." Name F.C. Homan is penned across verso.
4 7
Photos -unsorted
Marching band slides
4 9
17: MSC Marching Band
5 1
MSC Band tour, images 1-7
5 2
MSC Band, images 8 - 24
Images 12 - 14 are individual performers; others are group performing or candid shots.
5 3
Rolf Johnson portrait print, image 25
5 4
MSU Marching Band tour, images 26 - 83
26 - 73 are b&w snapshots, 9x13 cm., and have a numbering sequence on the front side which was used for placing orders; 74 - 83 are color, 9x13 cm., with alphanumeric numbers assigned. Includes an instruction sheet on how participants could order reprints.
5 5
MSC Symphonic Bands tour & MSC Bobcat Band prints, images 84-140
Most are b&w snapshots, various dates and sizes; image 110-115 and 140 are color prints; 140 includes a 1961 note & MSC Symphonette bus photo.
5 6
MSC performers & bands and Majorettes, images 141-169
5 6
MSC Symphonic & Bobcat bands and one of Majorettes, images 170 - 174
5 8
MSC twirlers, drum major, Bobcat Band, & cheerleaders, images 175-188
1940s and 1950s and undated
5 9
Photos marked for use in Cadenza, images 189 - 192
189 is a 1969 MSU Chorale print; 190 also has a half-tone with a different conductor's face superimposed (note of instruction included); 192 has the signature "Butler R, Eitel" on verso.
ca. 1960s
5 10
MSU Marching & Symphonic bands, items 193–201
Folder includes set of identification sheets which have not been checked for a matched print.
5 11
Performers at "MSA," images 202 - 207
5 12
Photos sent or returned to Sedivy by Ken Nicholson of MSU Office of Information, images 208 - 234
Includes tour snapshots., Bobcat Band & Symphonic Band & twirlers.
5 13
"Montanans" at USO Show, Image 235
5 14
Symphonic and Chorale groups, images 236-252
5 15
Twirlers, images 253-258, 318
5 16
Bands in field formations, images 259-267
1950, 1961 and undated
5 17
Drum majors, individual, images 268–269
5 18
Bobcat Band poses on steps, images 270–277
Some of these images are also in postcard format. (Negative for 271 in folder 4:38).
5 19
Band performing at Montana Legislature, images 278-280
5 20
[unidentified womens group], images 281-283
5 21
Ed Sedivy as band leader, images 284-286
nos. 284 and 285 are color prints, 9x13 cm. sent to Sedivy by Jim Anderson (faculty) with an IOU for more; 296 is a b&w print, 18x 11 cm.
5 22
MSC's first enrolled triplets, image 287
Dean, Dale, and Dan Knox, all involved in the music program; sent to Sedivy by Max Worthington; note enclosed.
5 23
Tau Beta Sigma officers with Mrs. E. P. Sedivy, advisor, image 288
5 24
[unidentified early men's group], image 289
In an envelope posted to Music Dept. in 1972 from John P. Fabrick, Bozeman, w/$5. 00 check; photo is from a much earlier period.
5 25
Sedivy and Bobcat Band in front of Butte High School, Image 290
5 26
Bobcat Band member cheering a team play with fans in background, image 187
5 27-28
Sedivy and Bobcat Band on steps, images 270 & 291
5 29
Bobcat Band seated in bleachers with fans in background, image 181
5 30
MSC Symphonic Band, image 292
5 31
Band major, image 268
5 32
Neil Armstrong (astronaut), member of Kappa Kappa Psi, at Purdue, images 293-295
5 33
Musical instrument & supply photo solicitations, images 296-316
Image 316 is a color postcard of Sam Donahue.
5 34
Band shell in use at Bogert Park, Bozeman, Montana, image 317
5 35
Miscellaneous groups, images 331-333
5 36
Photo postcards of MSC Bobcat and Symphonic bands, images 334-342
5 37
Symphonic Band, Images 343-349
Winter, circa 1965
5 38
Bobcat band in bleachers, images 176, 350-351
Sent to Sedivy by B. G. Southall.
5 39
[unidentified male student group], image 352
5 40
MSC Symphonic Band, images 353 –355
5 41
MSC Bobcat Band seated in Romney Gym, images 356-357
5 42
Choral group, images 358 - 360
5 43
MSC Bobcat Band marching on campus street, image 361
5 44
MSC cheerleaders riding on parade car, image 362

4:  Audiovisual materialReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
box-os 16mm-film-reel
2B 1
18: Bobcat home football game, marching band
Film reel, packaging has postal date of Oct. 25, 1956, from Kodak Processing Lab. Contents are the half-time program of Bobcat home football game featuring the marching band. The footage is believed to be 1956 as the Fieldhouse in the background is under construction.
2B 1-2
18: Highlights of 1972-73 Season
Kessler Recording Service (Billings, Mont.)
Montana State University Symphonic Band, MSU Jazz Band. Carl Lobitz, Director.
One disc is opened and can be played; one disc is unopened and should remain so.
2B 3
20: [Unidentified recording]
One small (7" diameter) 33 1/3 r.p.m. vinyl record.

5:  Scrapbooks, 1947-1963Return to Top

Scrapbooks prepared by student historian committees of the MSC bands. Each has a cover with the MSC logo. Some are given titles shown below in quotations. They include photos, programs, news clippings of band tours and programs, travel telegrams, letters of thanks and other tour memorabilia.

Container(s) Description Dates
1: "MSC Band 1962-63"
2: "1961-62"
4: "1954 MSC Band Season"
During this season former director Lou Howard was honored. Also included is a news clipping about MSC' s first triplets, all of whom were in the band: Dean Knox, Dale Knox, and Don Knox.
5: "Oh Look, the MSC Band"
Compiled by Judith Johnson.
6: MSC Symphonic Orchestra
1950-51 MSC Band material found in loose group at the front of this scrapbook.
7: "Montana State College Symphonic Orchestra, 1947-48"
Historians Geraldine Fitzgerald and Bette Je'Anne Hall.

6:   The Cadenza , 1942-1987Return to Top

Container(s): Box 7

Sedivy was editor from 1942-circa 1977.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • College teachers--Montana--Bozeman
  • Mayors--Montana--Bozeman
  • Music teachers--Montana

Corporate Names

  • Montana League of Cities and Towns--Membership
  • Montana State College--Faculty
  • Montana State University--Bozeman--Faculty

Geographical Names

  • Bozeman (Mont.)--History

Form or Genre Terms

  • Albums (Books)
  • Memorabilia
  • Photographs