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Robert E. Jager papers

Identifier: RG-0000-0131

Scope and Contents

The Robert E. Jager papers date from 1956 to 2018. Robert E. Jager, a composer, arranger, and educator, compiled the collection. The compilation includes sketchbooks, manuscripts, published musical scores, unpublished musical scores, publicity, programs, newspaper clippings, magazines, books, awards, correspondence, nametags, scrapbooks, photographs, publications, lectures, an interview, a speech, a thesis, compact discs, LP records, a DVD, a sound reel, and a VHS tape. The collection provides a complete account of Robert E. Jager's career in the music industry from his childhood through 2018.

The collection is arranged in the following six series: Sketchbooks; Manuscripts; Scores; Publicity and Programs; Personal Papers; and Performances of Jager's Works, Audio. Two of the series are divided into subseries. Records are arranged alphabetically within each series and subseries. Descriptions for individual series and subseries are under Arrangement.


  • 1956 - 2020


Biographical / Historical

Robert Edward Jager was born on August 25, 1939 in Binghamton, New York. His parents, Mary and Gerrit, met while playing for the Salvation Army bands. Music played a very large role in Robert Jager’s life as he was surrounded by music early in childhood. Robert began his career as a composer by preparing hymns and hymn variations to play alongside his father at the church that his father was a minister. He began school at the University of Michigan but was one-year shy of graduating when his family relocated to Tennessee. Robert enlisted in the United States Navy where he served as Staff Arranger/Composer at the Armed Forces School of Music from 1962 until 1965. After serving in the U.S. Navy for four years, Robert Jager attended the University of Michigan, where he was able to finish his bachelor’s degree and continue his studies. He graduated in 1968 from the University of Michigan with a Master of Music Degree. Post-graduation Mr. Jager was hired as a Lecturer in Composition and Directing at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. During his three years at ODU, he composed both the words and music for their Alma Mater. In 1971, Robert Jager relocated to Cookeville, Tennessee to join the faculty at Tennessee Technological University. In 2001, after teaching music theory and composition for 30 years, he retired from Tennessee Tech with the title of professor emeritus. As of 2019, the TTU Foundation is working to create the Robert Jager Music Education Endowment.

Robert Jager has travelled as a conductor and lecturer across the United States of America, Canada, Europe, Japan, and the Republic of China. In addition to being the only three-time winner of the American Bandmaster’s Association “Oswald Award”, he has earned two fellowships along with several awards that span several decades. Robert holds memberships in several organizations including the American Bandmasters Association, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Kappa Phi, and is an honorary member of the Women’s Band Directors Association.


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Arranged into 6 series: 1. Sketchbooks, 1956, undated. 2. Manuscripts, 1964-2005, undated. 3. Scores, 1964-2016, undated. 4. Publicity and Programs, 1967-2006, undated. 5. Personal Papers, 1962-2003, undated. 6. Performances of Jager's Works, Audio, 1973-2018, undated.

The collection is arranged into six series, two of which have been further divided into subseries. The contents of each series or subseries are arranged alphabetically. The arrangement of each series and subseries in this collection are as follows:

Series I, Sketchbooks, 1956, undated Series II, Manuscripts, 1964-2005, undated Series III, Scores, 1964-2016, undated Series IV, Publicity and Programs, 1964-2006, undated Series V, Personal Papers, 1962-2003, undated Subseries I, Awards, 1962-2003, undated Subseries II, Correspondence, 1971-2011, undated Subseries III, Publications, 1990, undated Subseries IV, Nametags, 1992-1995 Subseries V, Photographs, 1962-2003, undated Subseries VI, Scrapbooks, 1973-1987 Subseries VII, Education, 1968-2004, undated Series VI, Performances of Jager's Works, Audio, 1973-2018, undated Subseries I, Compact Discs, 1973-2018, undated Subseries II, LP Records, Subseries III, Other Media, 1977-1987

Robert E. Jager papers
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Jenny Huffman
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Repository Details

Part of the Tennessee Tech University Special Collections Repository

1100 North Peachtree Avenue
PO Box 5066
Cookeville Tennessee 38505 United States