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Mary F. Higbee Recital Program Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3893

Scope and Contents

The piano recital took place in the evening on Tuesday, October 27, 1885, in Schoolcraft, MI. It featured performances by Miss M.F. Higbee, who was born in 1863 and would’ve been about 22 years old at the time of the recital; Mrs. J.H. Sanborn, the wife of John H. Sanborn, who lived at 716 Kalamazoo Ave. in 1885; and Walter Smith, of Schoolcraft, who played in the United States Marine Band under John Phillip Sousa. Smith was eventually named the Marine Band’s second leader, then acting leader, before retiring from the Marine Band in May of 1921.


  • Creation: October 27, 1885



1 items ; 4.5” x 3.5”

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Physical Description

The collections amounts to .05 cubic feet and is composed of a single card, with “Piano Recital” written at the top. The card states that the piano recital took place in Schoolcraft, MI, and that the participants were Miss M.F. Higbee, Mrs. J.H. Sanborn, and Walter Smith. On the back of the card is printed the order of musical pieces, as well as who would be performing them. The card measures 4.5” x 3.5”.

The card is in overall good condition. There is some discoloration that comes with age, but the writing on the card is legible.


The collection is composed of a single card, a program for a piano recital, that took place in Schoolcraft, MI on Tuesday, October 27, 1885.


This booklet was purchased with funds from the Starring Endowment.

Mary F. Higbee Recital Program Collection Finding Aid
Matt Decker
October 27, 1885
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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