- Existence: 1927-2011
Frederick Baron Crane was born March 4, 1927 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa. After service in the U.S. Navy he earned his B.A. degree from Carleton College and his M.A. (1956) and Ph.D. (1960) from the University of Iowa, where he studied with Professor Albert Luper, founder of the musicology program in the School of Music. Dr. Crane joined the musicology faculty in 1968. During his tenure he taught 32 different courses, including Medieval Music, History of Musical Instruments, American Music, World Musics, Music in the Nineteenth Century, and Music in the Twentieth Century. He was advisor and mentor to dozens of graduate students and director of nine doctoral dissertations. After retiring in 1994 he returned to his boyhood home in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to his position as a music professor, Crane was also a published author. His book, Extant Medieval Musical Instruments: A Provisional Catalogue by Types was published by the University of Iowa Press in 1972. Crane was also a noted scholar of the Jew's Harp. He was the editor and publisher of the Journal of the International Jew's Harp Society and of Vierundzwanzigsteljahrsschrift der Internationalen Maultrommelvirtuosengenossenschaft, loosely translated as The Semi-Monthly Journal of the International Society of Jew's Harp Virtuosos. Crane organized the first International Jew's Harp Congress in Iowa City in September 1984 and attended the second congress in Yakutsk, Siberia in 1991, where he was honored as the president of the event.
CitationAuthor: Justin Baumgartner
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Scope and Contents The Fred Crane Chautauqua Recording Series is a collection of 10 inch and 12 inch 78 rpm phonograph records by performers closely associated with the Chautauqua traveling circuits. These recordings range in date from the early- to mid-20th century. A wide range of recording acts, from opera singers to spoken word performers to popular music artists are represented by this collection.
Scope and Contents The Fred Crane Collection is a collection of 10 inch and 12 inch 78 rpm phonograph records released by regional record labels in the Midwest region of the United States. These recordings range in date from the early- to mid- 20th century. A wide range of recording acts are represented in this collection, including popular, country, blues, gospel, and early jazz bands.