Papers and collection of band historian and record collector Frederick P. Williams. Williams collected early band records (78s and cylinders)—primarily acoustically recorded concert and military band recordings from around the world. He also assembled a large collection of research materials on many famous early bands (Sousa, Pryor, etc) as well as the lesser known "ethnic" bands led by Giuseppe Creatore and others. The finding guide to these research materials and other items is available on the Online Archive of California.
The 2,500 cylinders from his collection are being cataloged (and will eventually be digitized) through the Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project.
Photographs of the collection and its transport from Philadelphia to Santa Barbara can be found here.