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Anne E. Pierce Papers

Identifier: RG99.0232

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Scope and Contents

The Anne E. Pierce papers include musical programs of her vocal performances, 1913-1928. Correspondence regarding radio broadcast performances is dated 1924 and 1925.


  • Creation: 1893-1937


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This collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Anne Elise Pierce was born March 14, 1890 in Saginaw, Michigan. She had a sister, Bessie Louise Pierce. Ms. Pierce received her B.M. (Bachelor of Music) degree in 1920 from the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois. She received her B.A. from the State University of Iowa in 1927. In 1928 she took the M.M. (Master of Music) degree from the American Conservatory of Music. She took the M.A. degree from Columbia University in New York in 1930. The American Conservatory of Music awarded her the honorary doctor of music degree in 1950.

Ms. Pierce served as assistant to the voice teacher at Iowa State Teachers College (later University of Northern Iowa) from 1914 to 1917. She taught music at the State University of Iowa Experimental Schools, 1917-1919. She was professor of voice at the Cornell College Conservatory of Music, 1919-1923. She returned to the S.U.I. Experimental Schools in 1926 as assistant professor and head. She was promoted to associate professor in 1939. During summer sessions from 1938 to 1946 she was visiting professor of music education at Northwestern University. Ms. Pierce retired in 1955.

Many of her publications focused on voice and music instruction at the elementary school level. Her performances were broadcast on Iowa City radio station WHAA (later WSUI) on July 29, 1924, and on WSUI on December 21, 1925. Anne E. Pierce died July 10, 1967.


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Professor of music. Head of music at S.U.I. Experimental Schools. Performance programs and correspondence.

Method of Acquisition

These materials were transferred to the University Archives prior to 1970. Memorabilia donated by University of Chicago Library in 1980.

Related Materials

Folder, "Pierce, Anne E.," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Records of the University Schools (RG09.0007.001)

Folder, "Pierce, Bessie Louise," Faculty and Staff Vertical Files collection (RG01.0015.003)

Papers of Bessie Louise Pierce, University of Chicago Library.

Denise Anderson, January 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Iowa Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242