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Choral Society of Washington Collection

Identifier: 070

Scope and Contents

The materials included in this collection are: clippings, bulletins, correspondence, programs, tickets, financial records, meeting minutes, and printed items. The “Book of Blanks” contains an example of each item printed by the Society (programs, tickets, form letters, etc.), the number ordered, and the cost to the Society. With the exception of one folder of the earliest meeting minutes, all materials are located in bound volumes. These bound volumes have been placed in acid-free boxes


  • Creation: 1884-1910


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Use

No known restrictions.

Biographical / Historical

The first meeting of the Choral Society of Washington was held on November 7, 1883 in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Jay Knox. At this meeting a singing society was formed with Mr. Harry C. Sherman named conductor. There were originally 52 members of the Society and Mr. Knox was named its first President. The society was officially incorporated on May 31, 1892. It is unknown when the organization became defunct.


9 Linear feet


Processed without series.

Custodial History

The materials in this collection were originally cataloged as part of the Cutter Collection (+VYRH C45) in the Library. They were removed from that collection and accessioned in 1998 and 1999. The original donor of these materials is unknown.

Processing Information

Basic archival processing procedures were applied to the collection when it was processed.

Choral Society of Washington
An inventory of Choral Society of Washington at DC Public Library
Finding aid prepared by Ryan P. Semmes.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the The People's Archive, Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library Repository

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