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William F. Cramer Collection

Identifier: FSUML-2020-002

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 250 musical works, of which more than 100 are manuscript facsimiles. Many works in the collection remain unpublished. Composers from both the Americas and Europe (particularly East Europe and Russia) are represented. Most of the pieces were composed by contemporaries of Cramer, and many were composed as a direct result of Dr. Cramer's activity. Many of the scores are inscribed by the composer or Dr. Cramer, or both. Most works are for piano and trombone; however, there are also pieces accompanied by organ, orchestra or band, as well as pieces for trombone alone. Also included in the collection are four boxes of correspondence with with composers, publishers, and other musicians, dating from 1947-1989.


  • 1947-1989


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers. Users may access this collection by making an appointment with the Music Special Collections staff at

Biographical / Historical

William F. Cramer taught trombone at Florida State University for more than 30 years, starting in the 1950s. He was a founding member of the International Trombone Association, and received their distinguished service award in 1987. Over the course of his distinguished career, he played a major role in the promotion and development of repertoire for his instrument.


4 boxes : Correspondence

8.75 Linear Feet : Music

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Related Materials

  • Hudson, Michael W. “The Life And Career Of William F. Cramer: Pedagogue, Performer, And Scholar”, 2012.
  • Overly, Paul W. "An annotated guide to the William F. Cramer Collection of Solo Trombone Literature in the Warren D. Allen Music Library at Florida State University", 1990.
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    Repository Details

    Part of the Allen Music Library Special Collections Repository

    FSU College of Music
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    Tallahassee FL 32306
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