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Guide to the Anne E. Pierce Papers

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1893-1937
Creator: Pierce, Anne E. (1890-1967)
Extent: .25 linear feet.
Collection Number: RG99.0232
Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Summary: Professor of music. Head of music at S.U.I. Experimental Schools. Performance programs and correspondence.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.

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

Preferred Citation: Anne E. Pierce Papers, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Archives
Address: 100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: David McCartney

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.

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

Browse by Series:
Series 1: GENERAL

  • Series 1: GENERAL
  • Box 1:
  • Order form for book by Pierce and Liebling - 1937
  • Music performance programs, Cornell College - 1918-1928
  • Cornell Music Festival program, May - 1923
  • Cornell College Bulletin: The Conservatory of Music - 1921-1922
  • First Methodist Episcopal Church service programs - 1913, 1926
  • Press reviews, n.d.
  • Correspondence about radio WHAA (later WSUI) performances - 1924-1925
  • Grinnell School of Music program featuring George L. and Alma F. Pierce - 1909
  • Waverly High School graduation program of Bessie Louise Pierce - 1905
  • Card to Anne, "Merry Xmas," with tracing of Bessie's foot - 1893