Wray Raphael Herring Collection, 1942-1945, 2001-2005

Manuscript Collection #810

  • Descriptive Summary
     
    Title: Wray Raphael Herring Collection
    Creator: Herring, Wray Raphael
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: Collection (1942-1945) of materials belonging to Wray Raphael Herring, a member of the U.S. Navy B-1 Band which was the first all-African American Navy Band during World War II. Included are programs, clippings, and sound recordings of radio broadcasts (78 RPM vinyl radio transcription discs) relating to the U.S. Navy B-1 Band; and official correspondence, programs, printed forms, sheet music signed by members of the U.S. Navy B-1 Band, a poem and other printed materials relating to Herring's service in the U.S. Navy B-1 Band, the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School Band and Orchestra ("The Cloudbuster Band") at Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and the Manana Ridge Band (while at the Manana Barracks in Hawaii).
    Extent: 0.589 Cubic feet, 2 archival boxes, consisting of pamphlets, programs, correspondence, radio transcription discs, sheet music, and clippings
  • Administrative Information
     
    Accessions Information

    March 23, 2001, (unprocessed), 2 items, 24 pages; Collection of 2 pamphlets relating to Wray R. Herring's service in the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School Band and other musical units, 1943-44, including: "The Cloudbuster Band in Pictures," (Chapel Hill: Welfare & Public Relations Office, U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School Band, 1944), 16 p., and "For High Achievement: Official Presentation, The Army-Navy E to the Men and Women of the National Munitions Corporation of Carrboro, North Carolina for Excellence in the production of war materials," a program featuring the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight Band, Chapel Hill, Memorial Hall, January 22, 1943, 8 p. Donor: Wray R. Herring.

    March 23, 2001, (unprocessed addition 1), 10 items, 20 pages; Addition to collection relating to Wray B. Herring's service in the U.S. Navy Pre-Flight School Band & Orchestra, the U.S. Navy B-1 Band, and the Manana Ridge Band and including programs, printed forms and other printed and manuscript materials, 1942-45. Donor: Wray R. Herring.

    October 25, 2003, (unprocessed addition 2), 7 items, 0.56 cubic feet; Collection (22 September 1944 - 15 August 1945, n.d.) of programs, clippings, and sound recordings of radio broadcasts (78 RPM vinyl radio transcription discs) relating to the U.S. Navy B-1 Band, the first all-African American Navy Band during World War II. See preliminary inventory attached. Donor: Wray R. Herring.

    July 20, 2015, (unprocessed addition 3), 0.013 cubic feet; Items related to Wray Herring’s World War II military career as a member of the U.S. Navy B-1 Band include official correspondence (1945), a 1943 concert program, a poem (1944, with accompanying 2005 letter) he wrote while in Hawaii at Manana Barracks, a menu (1945) for a buffet and dance while at Manana Barracks, sheet music for 3rd Saxophone for “Night Mists in the Canyon” signed on the reverse by B-1 Band members, 1945 American vs. National League All-Stars game program, and a 2001 U. S. B-1 Band survey filled out for Alex Albright. Gift of Wray R. Herring through Alex Albright.

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Wray R. Herring
    Gift of Wray R. Herring through Alex Albright

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Wray Raphael Herring Collection (#810), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Apex Data Services


Preliminary Inventory

Below is material taken from a preliminary inventory and represents content from the collection that is unprocessed.

  • Box 1
     
    • Folder c
       
      Naval Barracks, Navy 919 presents: "Happy Hour 22 September 1944" [Program] Program made by Otto Morris, Mus. 2.C. 1 item. 2 p. (item i)
      "EXTRA: GERMANS QUIT: Unconditional Surrender At Eisenhower's Headquarters." Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 May 1945. [Clipping] 1 item. 2 p. (item ii)
      "In respect to the memory of our beloved President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1882-1945: The President is Deat," by The Rev. Robert L. Stevenson, Iolani School, T. H., April 12, 1945. [Obituary clipping] 1 item 1 p. (item iv)
      "EXTRA: TURMAN REPORTS JAPAN HAS QUIT: Surrender of Japs Complete." Honolulu Advertiser First Edition 15 August 1945. [Clipping] 1 item. 2 p. (item iii)
  • Box 2
     
    Radio Transcription Disc. #4 Audiodisc 1102 (c. 1945) 78 RPM vinyl disc. 1 item. 1 p.
    Radio Transcription Disc. #5 Audiodisc 1102 (c. 1945) 78 RPM vinyl disc. 1 item. 1 p.
    Radio Transcription Disc. #6 Audiodisc 1102 (c. 1945) 78 RPM vinyl disc. 1 item. 1 p. Note: #6 scratched in vinyl.

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Preliminary Inventory

  • Box 1
     
    • Folder c
       
      Naval Barracks, Navy 919 presents: "Happy Hour 22 September 1944" [Program] Program made by Otto Morris, Mus. 2.C. 1 item. 2 p. (item i)
      "EXTRA: GERMANS QUIT: Unconditional Surrender At Eisenhower's Headquarters." Honolulu Star-Bulletin, 7 May 1945. [Clipping] 1 item. 2 p. (item ii)
      "In respect to the memory of our beloved President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 1882-1945: The President is Deat," by The Rev. Robert L. Stevenson, Iolani School, T. H., April 12, 1945. [Obituary clipping] 1 item 1 p. (item iv)
      "EXTRA: TURMAN REPORTS JAPAN HAS QUIT: Surrender of Japs Complete." Honolulu Advertiser First Edition 15 August 1945. [Clipping] 1 item. 2 p. (item iii)
  • Box 2
     
    Radio Transcription Disc. #4 Audiodisc 1102 (c. 1945) 78 RPM vinyl disc. 1 item. 1 p.
    Radio Transcription Disc. #5 Audiodisc 1102 (c. 1945) 78 RPM vinyl disc. 1 item. 1 p.
    Radio Transcription Disc. #6 Audiodisc 1102 (c. 1945) 78 RPM vinyl disc. 1 item. 1 p. Note: #6 scratched in vinyl.

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