Papers of Nicholas Gerren
- 1929 - 1984
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Biography of Nicholas Gerren
In 1935, Gerren won a post-baccalaureate scholarship to study violin in the Soviet Union at the Moscow Conservatory of Music, where he also performed with the Moscow Radio Theatre Symphony Orchestra. Gerren returned to the United States in 1937, teaching music for the Kansas City, Kansas, School District and Prairie View State College, Prairie View, Texas, until he was called into the service of the United States Army in 1942. He married Cora Madeline Haith on June 7, 1944 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Upon his discharge from the Army in 1946, Gerren launched a distinguished career in music education, teaching and conducting orchestras, ensembles and choirs at several Midwestern colleges and universities. He retired from Central State University, Wilberforce, Ohio, in 1977, after serving five years as Dean of the School of Music. Throughout the remainder of his life, Gerren remained active in promoting educational and civic programs in partnership with federal and local governments. Nicholas Gerren died on December 10, 2002, in Xenia, Ohio.
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Scope and Contents
Photographs in the Nicholas L. Gerren papers primarily relate to Gerren's professional experiences as a performance musician and professor of music, including formal portraits of Gerren, as well as group portraits of student musical ensembles.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift, Gerren, Nicholas L.
- African American music teachers -- Biography
- African American musicians -- Biography
- African American musicians -- Correspondence
- African American scholars -- Biography
- Gerren, Nicholas L'Ouverture, 1912-2002
- Sumner High School (Kansas City, Kan.) -- History
- University of Kansas. Department of Music
- Guide to the Nicholas Gerren Collection
- Papers of Nicholas Gerren
- Finding aid prepared by adm and sc, 2004; revised by, cl 2010
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<p>Nicholas Gerren Collection , Kansas Collection, RH MS 409, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries</p>