In Search of Charles B. Ward [Presentation]

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Presentation for the 2014 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation discusses Charles B. Ward (1864-1917) and includes a biography and further implications for biography and musical reception history through resources originally created with different purposes in mind.

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Feustle, Maristella September 18, 2014.

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Presentation for the 2014 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. This presentation discusses Charles B. Ward (1864-1917) and includes a biography and further implications for biography and musical reception history through resources originally created with different purposes in mind.

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Abstract: Charles B. Ward (1864-1917) was a composer and vaudeville performer who is mainly remembered today for two tunes: "The Band Played On," and to a lesser extent, "Strike Up the Band, Here Comes a Sailor" (not to be confused with Irving Berlin's "Strike Up the Band"). Attempts in the fall of 2010 to write a brief biography of Ward for the Grove Dictionary of American Music, 2nd ed., initially became a circular tour through the same scant information in multiple sources. The fact that Ward shared the same name with a congressman from New York further complicated the search. Reconstructing a biography of Ward, even to suffice for the brief encyclopedia entry, would have been virtually impossible in the five-month time span due to costs of time and travel, and knowing where to look first. Three digital resources were indispensable in piecing together his story, and only one of those was expressly musical. Those resources were Family Search, Google Historical Newspapers, and the New York Public Library's digital sheet music collection. Massive aggregations of resources offered a large enough haystack to contain some improbable “needles.” The accumulation of documents which are of little import by themselves collectively tell the story of one man's life via "Big Data," culled through "armchair forensics" at a laptop in Denton, Texas. This presentation will include the biography of Ward that this research made possible, and discuss further implications for biography and musical reception history through resources originally created with different purposes in mind.

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  • Third Annual Digital Frontiers Conference, 2014, Denton, Texas, United States

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Notes accompanying a presentation for the 2014 Digital Frontiers Annual Conference. The notes and presentation discuss Charles B. Ward (1864-1917) and include a biography and further implications for biography and musical reception history through resources originally created with different purposes in mind.

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Feustle, Maristella. In Search of Charles B. Ward [Presentation], presentation, September 18, 2014; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc402461/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .