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Finding Aid for the
MONDAY MUSICAL CLUB
RECORDS, 1924-1988
(APAP-089)

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Finding Aid Compiled by
Amy C. Schindler
April 2003



 
 
 
 
 
 

M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives
University Libraries / University at Albany / State University of New York
1400 Washington Avenue / Albany, New York 12222 / (518) 437-3935


VOLUME: 2.44 cubic ft.

ACQUISITION: All items in this manuscript group were donated to the University Libraries, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, by Agnes Armstrong and other members of the Monday Musical Club prior to 1992.

ACCESS: Access to this record group is unrestricted.

COPYRIGHT: The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of copyright. Whenever possible, the M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives will provide information about copyright owners and other restrictions, but the legal determination ultimately rests with the researcher. Requests for permission to publish material from this collection should be discussed with the Head of Special Collections and Archives.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

Administrative History

Scope and content note

Series Descriptions

Box and Folder List:


Monday Musical Club
Administrative History

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The Monday Musical Club was organized for women in Albany, New York in 1904 with twenty members to study, discuss and perform music in an informal manner. The Club’s purpose was to encourage a broader culture in Music and Art among its members and in the community at large. Opportunities were available to members to participate in workshops, artist programs, and the chorus. The workshops were held in members’ homes and allowed members to perform for each other in a social setting to develop the talent and repertoire of participants. The artist programs provided monthly solo performances for those who qualified. The chorus rehearsed weekly and provided a learning experience under the direction of a conductor and in public performance. The Club chorus formed in 1917 to present two concerts a season.

The Club began holding benefit programs in 1906 and continued to hold benefit programs for many years including during World War II. The Altruistc Committee was active at different times in the Club’s existence and oversaw the presentation of benefit programs and performances for shut-ins and charitable organizations. Lecture recitals and illustrated talks on musical talks were popular among early members along with musical performances. The Club was at times associated with the National and State Federation of Music Clubs during the 1930s and 1940s and joined the United Arts League (later the Albany League of Arts) in the Capital District in 1947. Membership in the League continued through the 1980s. The Club sponsored a junior girls group of music students ages 13 to 18 called the Music Makers as well as the Young Musicians Forum, which was organized in 1977.


Monday Musical Club
Scope & Content Note

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The records of the Monday Musical Club most strongly document the group's performances and activities. The Club's programs and yearbooks provide a comprehensive list of performances from the 1950s through the 1980s. The annual yearbooks are a rich source of information including club membership, performances, and financial status. The Club's history before 1950 is documented through only scattered items. The Club's administrative functions are documented through meeting minutes and reports submitted to committees as well as the Club. The minutes cover the years from 1939 through the 1960s, while reports are available for the 1960s and 1970s. The scrapbooks are a rich source of Club history using programs, yearbooks, and new clippings with occasional photographs, club newsletters, or related materials. A small number of images are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.

The collection does not include musical scores for pieces performed by the Club. The meeting minutes and reports are incomplete and no additional records were deposited in the Department after the initial transfer of records.

Additional material including treasurers' records and programs from club events for the period 1924-1934 are available at the Albany Institute of History and Art's Library.


Monday Musical Club
Series Descriptions

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Series 1: Administration, 1939-1984, .33 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

The Administration Series includes records created by the Club during the operation of its usual activities and programs include committee reports, newsletters, and meeting minutes, which compose the bulk of the series. There is a small amount of correspondence as well as versions of the Club's constitution and by-laws.

Series 2: Programs and Yearbooks, 1924-1987, .5 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically.

The Monday Musical Club sponsored and organized a number of musical performances each season. A program was created for each performance including information about the selection and performance for each event. The Club also published a yearbook each season, which included membership, committee, and performance lists. The programs and yearbooks are most comprehensive for the 1950s through the 1980s.

Series 3: Scrapbooks and Audiovisual, 1926-1988, 1.61 cubic ft., Arranged alphabetically and by format.

The members of the Monday Musical Club were avid scrapbook creators and compiled scrapbooks of the group's performances and activities. The scrapbooks include news clippings, programs, yearbooks, flyers, a small number of photographs, and other assorted materials. The contents of the scrapbooks were photocopied before being disassembled for preservation purposes. All photographs were removed from the scrapbooks, as were many yearbooks and programs. The photographs removed from each scrapbook were removed and filed with the photocopies of the scrapbook. Original programs and yearbooks that could be removed were filed in series 2. This series also includes loose news clippings, photographs, and slides. A small number of images are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.


Monday Musical Club
Box and Folder List

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Series 1: Administration, 1939-1984

Box 1
Folder

1. Anniversary and Historical, 1954-1983
2. Business Patrons, 1981
3. Constitution and By-laws, 1951, 1975-1984, undated
4. Correspondence, 1983, 1987
5. Membership Application, undated
6. Minutes, 1939-1953
7. Minutes, 1953-1954
8. Minutes, 1958-1975
9. Minutes, 1964-1978
10. Newsletter, 1962-1984
11. Publicity, 1950-1984
12. Reports, 1962-1978
13. Survey, 1968
14. Tribute to Sherlie Wheeler Harpham, n.d


Monday Musical Club
Box and Folder List

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Series 2: Programs and Yearbooks, 1924-1987

Box 1
Folder

15. Programs, 1924-1952
16. Programs, 1953-1959
17. Programs, 1960-1967
18. Programs, 1968-1974
19. Programs, 1975-1979
20. Programs, 1980-1985
21. Programs, 1986-1988
22. Programs, Others, 1940, 1986-1987
23. Yearbooks, 1937-1954
24. Yearbooks, 1954-1960
25. Yearbooks, 1960-1968
26. Yearbooks, 1968-1980
27. Yearbooks, 1980-1986
28. Young Musicians Forum, 1982-1986


Monday Musical Club
Box and Folder List

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Series 3: Scrapbooks and Audiovisual, 1926-1988

A small number of images are available for viewing online from the University at Albany Libraries' Digital Collections database.

Box 1
Folder

29. Branscombe, Gina, 1971
30. News Clippings, 1941-1986
31. Photographs, 1948-1986
32. Scrapbook, 1926-1967
33. Scrapbook, 1936-1946
34. Scrapbook, 1942-1974

Box 2
Folder

1. Scrapbook, 1942-1974
2. Scrapbook, 1949-1950
3. Scrapbook, 1950-1951
4. Scrapbook, 1967-1982
5. Scrapbook, 1974-1980
6. Scrapbook, 1974-1980
7. Scrapbook, 1980-1984
8. Scrapbook, 1984-1988
9. Scrapbook, Original, 1949-1950
10. Slides, 1976-1977

Box 3
Folder

Scrapbook, Original, 1926-1967
Scrapbook, Original, 1936-1940

Box 4
Folder

Scrapbook, Original, 1950-1951
Scrapbook, Original, 1974-1980

Box 5
Folder

Scrapbook, Original, 1980-1984
Scrapbook, Original, 1984-1988


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