The Marianne Webb papers document her professional career as an organist and professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The collection also documents her educational background and early career as a student at Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas) and the University of Michigan, her Fulbright scholar award, and her early teaching job at Iowa State University. Additionally, the papers document her service in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) including her deanship of the AGO Southern Illinois Chapter, and her travels as a recitalist throughout the United States.
The collection consists of correspondence, sheet music, hymn settings, photographs, audio recordings, memorabilia, and records from her service in the AGO and as a professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Her hymn settings and sheet music collection of sacred music is appraised as one of the most complete organ music collections in the world. The collection is arranged into 12 series which are described individually in the collection contents section of the finding aid. The records reveal how other musicians, colleagues, and her students held her in high-esteem.
Series 1: American Guild of Organists records, 1956-2012
Series 2: Distinguished Organ Recital Series records, 1990-2012, 2017
Series 3: Sheet Music
Series 4: Student Files, 1967-2012
Series 5: Education and Early Career, 1952-1988
Series 6: Recitals and Workshops, 1958-2010
Series 7: Southern Illinois University, 1965-2012
Series 8: Correspondence, 1930-2012
Series 9: Hymn Settings, 1899-2006
Series 10: Photographs, circa 1950-2006
Series 11: Memorabilia, 1951-2011
Series 12: Audio Recordings, 1959-2003