Brand

Oriole Chorus records
1915-1933

MSS 233
2.5 linear inches



Creator:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.). Oriole Chorus.

Language:

English

Access:

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection

Access points:

Augustana College and Theological Seminary (Rock Island, Ill.). Oriole Chorus.
Choral societies--Illinois--Rock Island.
Music in universities and colleges--Illinois--Rock Island.

Finding aid prepared by:

Emily Hughes Dominick, 2007

Repository:

Augustana College Special Collections
Thomas Tredway Library
639 38th Street
Rock Island, Illinois 61201
309-794-7643
specialcollections@augustana.edu




Acquisition Information
Historical Note
Scope and Content
System of Arrangement
Box List
Related Collections



ACQUISITION INFORMATION

Unknown

 

HISTORICAL NOTE

On November 8, 1915, eighteen women students of Augustana College met and formed the Oriole Club. A few days later, they drew up a constitution in which they stated their object as the "development and continuance of a ladies' chorus to promote instruction, sociability and entertainment of the members." Their constitution also stipulated one concert every year under the auspices of Augustana College and the possibility of a spring tour.

The Oriole Club was directed by Arvid Samuelson (1915-1919; 1921-1922); Georgia Nettles (1919-1920); E. Clifford Toren (1924-1925); Arthur E. Cassling (1927-1929); and Henry Veld (1930-1933).

In 1925, the group changed their name to the Oriole Chorus and later they were known as the Jenny Lind Chorus. The Oriole Chorus began to perform jointly with the Wennerberg Chorus under the direction of Henry Veld in 1931. When joining forces, the men and women became known as the Augustana Choir. Each entity maintained its identity for several years, but ostensibly became known solely as Augustana Choir in the late 1930s.

 
SCOPE AND CONTENT

This collection contains meeting minutes, constitution and bylaws, treasurer's reports, and programs. Though this collection is small, it seems to a have a representative sample of most aspects of the group's history.

 

SYSTEM OF ARRANGEMENT

This collection has been organized into three series: Administration, Programs, and Photographs.

The Administration (1915-1932) series includes the business side of the group's activities. This series contains meeting minutes, financial records, and versions of the group's constitution and bylaws.

The Programs (1915-1933) series is a sampling of programs from public performances of the Oriole Chorus.

The Photographs (1916-1920) series contains a poster and a photograph to promote the group's tour and performance.

 

BOX LIST

Box 1
      Series I. Administration, 1915-1932
            Secretary's minutes, 1915-1925
            Constitution, 1921-1922
            Financial records, 1929
            Treasurer's report, 1931-1932

      Series II. Programs 1915-1933
            1915-1933

Box 2 [oversize]
      Series III. Photographs, 1916-1920
            Group Photograph, 1916
            Poster of Oriole tour, 1920

 

RELATED COLLECTIONS

Augustana Choir records, MSS234; Wennerberg Chorus records, MSS232; Collection on Henry Veld, MSS30; Student paper in MSS240: "The Song of the Oriole Club (1915-1934)" by David Steenson, 1978


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