SC 1996.16

Ruth T. Watanabe Special Collections
Sibley Music Library
Eastman School of Music
University of Rochester







Location: M2A 7,1
3 feet

Biographical Sketch

Twelve scrapbooks compiled by Carl Dengler (Dec. 16, 1914- ), Rochester native, containing clippings, photographs,memorabilia and ephemera. The material relates to the dance band era on the local and national level, centering on Dengler’s own activity as a dance band leader in Rochester from 1927 to 1990. Dengler started his first band in 1927 while in junior high school and went on to be the foremost band leader in Rochester, achieving national recognition as well. He presented a regular radio program on the local station WHAM and was also broadcast nationally. His activity centered around the Peacock Room in the Hayward Hotel in Rochester during the 1930s and 1940s. Dengler was a close associate of Alec Wilder, Howard Hanson, and many other locally and nationally prominent musicians. He maintained an informal but close relationship with Eastman School by employing many of its students and launching their careers, especially in popular and studio music. The collection is a unique and valuable resource for the study of the dance band era, local musical life, and the history of Eastman School.



The collection was donated to Sibley Library by Dengler in 1996.


Scope and Content

The scrapbooks cover items related to local activity in popular and dance band music in Rochester from 1914 to 1995, centering particularly on the career of Carl Dengler but including much additional material. The collection is valuable for the study of the development of popular music, especially the dance band, in the early and mid twentieth century.



Special Collections also holds the Alec Wilder Archive.


Restrictions and Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.



The series consists of twelve scrapbooks containing clippings, photographs and other memorabilia.




Scrapbook 1 1914-1939
Scrapbook 2 1940-1949
Scrapbook 3 1950-1959
Scrapbook 4 1960-1965
Scrapbook 5 1966-1969
Scrapbook 6 1970-1973
Scrapbook 7 1974-1977
Scrapbook 8 1978-1980
Scrapbook 9 1981-1984
Scrapbook 10 1985-1995
Scrapbook 11 celebrities
Scrapbook 12 celebrities

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