1920’s Fashions from B. Altman & Company, Dover Publications, Mineola, NY, 1999
1928 Remember When, Seek Publishing.
Audin-Rouzeau, Stéphanie, and Becker, Annette, 14-18:Understanding the Great War, Hill and Wang, New York, 2002.
Bierley, Paul E. John Philip Sousa, American Phenomenon, Integrity Press, Westerville, Ohio, 1973.
Brothers, Thomas, Editor, Louis Armstrong: In His Own Words, Oxford University Press, 1999.
Brown, Brian, Editor, The Wisdom of the Chinese, Their Philosophy in Sayings and Proverbs, Brentano’s, New York, 1920.
Buranelli, Prosper;Hartswick, F. Gregory; Petheridge, Margaret; The Cross Word Puzzle Book, Eleventh Series, Simon and Schuster, Inc. The Plaza Publishing Company, New York, 1928. [Featured in the "Gold Mountain" scene.]
Chen, Chao-Hsiu, A Clever Rabbit has three hiding places, 108 Stratagems form Ancient Chinese Wisdom, Connections Book Publishing, London, 2003.
Confucian Analects, translated by Dr. Arthur Waley, 1938.
Hsu, Madeline Y. Dreaming of Gold, Dreaming of Home: Transnationalism and Migration Between the United States and South China, 1882—1943, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California, 2000.
Laubner, Ellie, Fashions of the Roaring 20’s, Schiffer Publishing, Atglen, PA, 1996.
Lee, C.Y. The Flower Drum Song, Penguin Books, New York, NY, 1957.
Major, Clarence, Ed., Juba to Jive: A Dictionary of African-American Slang, Viking, 1970. [Used for Louis Armstrong material.]
Martin, Mildred Crowl, Chinatown’s Angry Angel: The Story of Donaldina Cameron, Pacific Books, Palo Alto, 1977.
McCormick, David, A History of the United States Army Band to 1946, Two Volumes, Phd. Dissertation, Northwestern University. 1970.
Oates, William, Meredith Willson—America’s Music Man: The Whole Broadway-Symphonic Radio-Motion Picture Story. AuthorHouse, 2005.
Ristau, Helen Ferrier, Meredith Willson, River City’s Music Man, 1995.
Sears, Roebuck & Co., Catalog, Spring-Summer, 1928 (microfilm). [Source material for the "Sears, Dear Sears" song.]Skipper, John C., Meredith Willson, the Unsinkable Music Man, Savas Publishing Company, Mason City, Iowa, 2000.
The Sayings of Confucius, Harvard Classics, Volume 44, Part I, 19, P.F. Collier & Co, 1909.
Sung, B.L., The Story of the Chinese in America, Collier Books, New York, NY 1967
Willson, Meredith, And There I Stood with My Piccolo, Doubleday Publishing, 1948.
Willson, Meredith, But He Doesn’t Know the Territory, G.P. Putnam and Sons, New York, 1957.
Willson, Meredith, Eggs I Have Laid, Henry Holt & Co., Inc., New York, 1955.
Wiseman, Rosalind, Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence, Three Rivers Press, New York, NY, 2002. [Source material for the "Me, Too!" song.]
Wong, Jade Snow, Fifth Chinese Daughter, University of Washington Press, Seattle, 1945.
Yung, Judy, Unbound Feet: A Social History of Chinese Women in San Francisco, University of California Press, Berkeley, 1995. Newspapers
The New York Times, July 15, 1919.
, July 15, 1919.
Mason City Globe-Gazette, November 1, 1928, Mason City, Iowa.
, November 1, 1928, Mason City, Iowa.
Oral Histories Franklin, Mr. and Mrs. Robert, The Reminiscences of Meredith Willson, Popular Arts Project, Series V, Vol. IX, no 322, Oral History Research Office, Columbia University, 1961. 43 pages.
Sherwin, Doug, interview with Rosemary Willson, 6/1/94 at the Mason City Public Library.
Becker, Annette, Du 14 juillet au 11 novembre 1920. Mort, ou est ta victoire? academic article.
Wong, Elizabeth, Leaves from the Life History of a Chinese Immigrant. Excerpted from book to be published in 2004 by Judy Wong, Chinese American Voices Since 1852.Films, Videos, TV Programs
"If You Knew Sousa", by Tom Spain. Part of "The American Experience" Series on WGBH, 1993. Willson Music
The Music Man
Unsinkable Molly Brown
Iowa University Fight Song
You and I
May the Good Lord Bless and Keep You
John Philip Sousa MusicBest marchesConsultations
Louis Armstrong House and Archives, Queens, NY on dress, language and dance of Louis Armstrong.
Vance Baird, Mason City Iowa Chamber of Commerce, (sponsor of North Iowa Band Festival) on key historical facts about this Festival.
Paul Bierley (Sousa author, see above), on details of Herbert Hoover Sousa concert of November 6, 1928.
Mr. Leslie Dean, Library Volunteer, National Railway Historical Society, Philadelphia, PA, on railroad stations, stops, costs, time, etc. in 1928.
Dan Druckman, professor of percussion at Juilliard, for inputs on song "Play It from Your Heart".
Charley Fanning, professor at Southern Illinois University, re Irish expressions.
Dagmar Getz, Reference Archivist, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis, Minnesota, re YMCA dormitory rates in 1928.
Victor Goines, professor of clarinet and saxophone at Julliard, for input on "Play it from Your Heart".
Wycliffe Gordon, professor of trombone at Juilliard School of Music, about "Play It From Your Heart" song.
Tim Hegarty, professional saxophone player and teacher, about "Play it From Your Heart" song.
Gould, Mark, classical trumpet professor, Juilliard School of Music, for inputs on song "Play it From Your Heart".
Dr. Trevor Herbert, Professor of Music at Open University in the UK, trombonist, author and brass historian, on country of origin of the trombone.
Bud Keegan, of the Manor, Mason City, Iowa. Over 90 years old. About the Sears catalog.
Robert Langevin, professor of flute at Juilliard School, for the Play it with your Heart song.
Ms. Florence Luecht, of The Manor, Mason City Iowa. In her 80’s. About receiving and using Sears Catalogs in the 1930’s.
Dr. David McCormick, former professor of music and author of "A History of the United States Army Band to 1946", 1970. Two volumes. Phd. dissertation, Northwestern University, 1970.
R. Winston Morris, Professor of Music, Tennessee Tech University, and tuba expert and player, on country of origin of the tuba.
Al Orlo, Broadway guitar player, on how to put your heart into your instrument.
Miriam Peterson, of The Manor, Mason City, Iowa. In her 80’s, re Sears catalog.
Myrtle Prestin, of The Manor, Mason City, Iowa. In her 80’s. About the Sears catalog.
Louise Salstrom, born in 1918, long-time resident of Des Moines, Iowa, about Halloween and expressions.
Margaret Schandorff, born in 1920, lived in Iowa most of her life, about Halloween and expressions.
Jim Schlict, musician in San Francisco musicians’ union, local 6 about musical hiring practices in the 1920’s and segregation.
Stan Wachsman, of the Manor, Mason City, Iowa. In his 80’s. About the Sears Catalog.
Earl Watkins, drummer, director of San Francisco Musicians Union Local 6, about musical segregation in the city in the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Rosemary Willson, Meredith’s widow, re 30 essays about his childhood in Mason City.
Sgt. Mike Yoder, Army Band Museum about identity, leader, details of the US Army band that played in the July 14, 1919 Victory Parade. Visits
Visit to Mason City, Iowa, May, 2000, including tour of the town, the bridge, visit to Music Man Square and the Meredith Willson Museum. Other Documents
Willson, Meredith, Last Will and Testament, January 13, 1983.