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American Union of Swedish Singers records, 1892-

COLLECTION SUMMARY

Collection Title:    
American Union of Swedish Singers records

Collection Number:    
I/O:61

Dates:    
1892- and undated

Size:    
83 boxes (36 linear feet) plus 7 oversized boxes

Language:    
English (bulk), Swedish

Creator/Collector:    
American Union of Swedish Singers
Ahlm, Martin, 1909-2002

Subject Headings:    
Swedish American choral societies.
Swedish Americans--Music.
Concert programs.
Sheet music.
Musicians--America.
World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
Century of Progress International Exposition (1933-1934 : Chicago, Ill.)

Repository:    
Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois.

Abstract:
The American Union of Swedish Singers (AUSS) was organized in 1892 to serve as a national umbrella organization for individual Swedish choirs in the United States. The Union’s first festival was during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Over the years, the Union has performed for kings and presidents and sung in significant performance halls.

These records include minutes and reports from 1896-2000s; Musiktidning journal and newsletter; correspondence; records from individual choruses; records from the Divisions; scores of music performed; photographs; and some sound recordings.

RIGHTS AND ACCESS

Conditions Governing Access:    
Collection is open for research.

Technical Access:    
The Swenson Center does not own playback equipment required for use of some of the audio and video recordings in this collection.

Reproduction and Use:    
Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be secured from the Swenson Center and the copyright holder. 

Preferred Citation:    
[item identification], in I/O:61 American Union of Swedish Singers records, Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois. 

ACQUISITION AND RELATED MATERIALS

Provenance:    
Some materials donated by Robert Ekstrom, Chicago, Illinois, 1986. Other materials of unknown provenance. Additional accruals via Don Ahlm of items stored in the AUSS room at the Rockford Midway Village Museum. 

Accruals:    
Further accruals are expected. Future publications of Musiktidning are added to the collection as they are printed. 

Location of Copies:    
Digital reproductions of Musiktidning are available electronically at http://collections.carli.illinois.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/aug_singers

Publication Note:    
A Century of Song. American Union of Swedish Singers, 1892-1992 by Lilly Setterdahl, 1992.
Search our library catalog for more AUSS publications, including many concert programs and songbooks. 

Related Materials:    
I/O:65 Henry Granat (President, American Union of Swedish Singers) records
MSS P:338 John and Lilly Werner papers, 1906-1995 
MSS P:349 Bernard Bishop collection on Sveas Söner Singing Society (Rockford, Illinois)
Microfilm E-6254-1 American Union of Swedish Singers Midwest Division records

Notes:    
The Swenson Center is missing some issues of Musiktidning. Please contact us if you wish to donate issues of Musiktidning.

Processed By:    
Christina Persson in November 2004 with updates in 2010 by Christina Johansson, Swenson Center. Revised by Lisa Huntsha in December 2017 to follow DACS description convention.

CONTENT AND STRUCTURE

Administrative/Biographical History:
The American Union of Swedish Singers (AUSS) (Svenska Sångarförbundet i America in Swedish) was organized in 1892 to serve as a national umbrella organization for individual Swedish choirs in the United States. “The objectives of the A.U.S.S. are to promote and perpetuate Swedish chorus singing and knowledge of Swedish songs, cultivate an appreciation of Swedish music, and work for unity and cooperation between Swedish choruses in the United States and Canada” (from website).
The Union’s first festival was during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Over the years, the Union has performed for kings and presidents and sung in significant performance halls, including Carnegie Hall and the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. 

The Union has arranged national singing conventions nearly every 4 years where a number of individual choirs, well-known soloists, and guest conductors from Sweden are invited to participate. The purpose of the national convention is to give individual choirs the opportunity to perform and sing together in a Grand Concert. In 1938, a convention was held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the 300th anniversary of the Delaware Swedish settlement. Conventions were not held during WWII. Regional divisions (Eastern, Central, and Western) also host conventions during off years of national conventions.

In the early years, most songs were sung in Swedish. More recently, the repertoire of most choruses is divided between Swedish and English. In 2010, the AUSS had 28 member choruses and approximately 600 members.

The AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation was founded in 1979 to preserve the history of AUSS. The organization maintains a room at the Midway Village Museum in Rockford, Illinois. The Heritage Foundation promotes that growth of the AUSS and offers financial assistance to new choirs.

Scope and Content:
The AUSS records include minutes and reports from 1896-2000s; constitution and by-laws; Musiktidning journal and newsletter; presidential records and correspondence; records from individual choruses; records from the Divisions; scores of music performed; photographs; and some sound recordings.

System of Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into the following series. Collection is arranged by subject first, and then chronologically within series, as feasible.  
I.  History, By-Laws and Minutes
II. Musiktidning and Correspondence Relating to Subscriptions
III. Presidents’ Correspondence
IV. Secretaries’ Correspondence
V. Conventions, Tours, Singing Festivals, and Concerts
VI. Financial Records
VII. AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation
VIII. Divisions
IX. Individual Choruses
X. Photographs
XI. Sheet Music
XII. Realia (objects)
XIII. Sound Recordings

Collection Inventory:    

I.  History, By-Laws and Minutes

Box 1

•    “The Origin of the American Union of Swedish Singers”, manuscript in Swedish, handwritten English translation [1917]
•    By-laws of AUSS 1910, 1920, and undated in Swedish, 1954, 1978, 1990, 1996, and undated in English
•    By-laws with proposed changes, 1938 in Swedish, 1974, 1977-1978, 1990, 1992, 1996 in English
•    Certificates of incorporation in Illinois, 1894 and 1955-1956 in English
•    Letter from Svenska Sångarförbundet in Sweden to Svenska Sångarförbundet i Amerika regarding membership in the American chapter, 1925 in Swedish
•    Certificate to claim copyright of “Lyft din röst” 1958 in English
•    National directory of individual members 2005 in English
•    Letterhead (blank)
•    Joel Söderlund, “History of the AUSS” (Swedish), reports and photographs, 1933, 1954, undated

Box 2

•    Minutes, bound volume, 1896-1950 in Swedish, 1954-1974 in English (missing years 1951-1953)
•    Minutes, bound volume, 1910, 1915; 1926-1935 in Swedish
•    Minutes of Delegates meetings and Executive Board meetings,  1938 in Swedish, 1958-1986 in English
•    National Convention Reports from President and Secretary, 1924-1938 in Swedish, 1954-1970 and undated in English
•    Minutes 1892-1950, translated into English by Lilly Setterdahl in 1989

II. Musiktidning and Correspondence Relating to Subscriptions

Box 1
•    Correspondence relating to Musiktidning subscriptions
•    Chorus subscriptions, 1973-1988

Box 2
•    Correspondence relating to Musiktidning subscriptions
•    Chorus subscriptions, 1989-1990
•    Walter G. Johnson, 1957-1958
•    Gunnar Bloom, 1956-1982
•    Dan Olch, 1976-1993
•    Ralph and Elaine Hogstrom, 1983-1998
•    Oscar A. Anderson (AUSS Secretary), 1992
•    Martin Ahlm’s articles, 1973, 1988, 1993
•    Lilly Setterdahl’s collection of obituaries from Musiktidning, 1991

Box 3
•    Musiktidning, bound, 1906-1909, 1916, 1918-1920
•    Musiktidning, 1921
•    Musiktidning, bound, 1922-1924

Box 4
•    Musiktidning, bound, 1924-1935
•    Musiktidning, 1936-1937

Box 5
•    Musiktidning, 1938-1956

Box 6
•    Musiktidning, 1957-1973

Box 7
•    Musiktidning, 1974-1989

Box 8
•    Musiktidning, 1990-1997

Oversized:
•    Musiktidning, 1997-2005

Box 9
•    Musiktidning, 2006-

III. Presidents’ Correspondence

Box 1

Gustav Rickan, President (1954-1962); correspondence 1956-1973  
•    General correspondence, 1956-1958
•    Paul Haglund, 1955-1958
•    Carl V. Larson, 1955-1958
•    National Convention Salt Lake City, 1954-1958
•    Nels Nelson, financial secretary, 1955-1958
•    Berndt Petterson, 1955-1958

Box 2

•    General Correspondence, 1952-1973
•    Rickan’s speeches, 1938-1954, and undated
•    Miscellaneous (concert program, etc.)
Erland Levine, President (1962-1966); correspondence 1962-1972
•    General correspondence, 1962-1966
•    AUSS general, 1962-1974
•    Convention 1962, Providence, Rhode Island
•    Convention 1964, Jamestown, New York
•    Convention 1966, Chicago, Illinois
•    Central Division, 1963-1966
•    Eastern Division, 1962-1967, 1972
•    Western Division, 1963-1967
•    Martin Ahlm, 1965-1972
•    Karl A Anderson, 1962-1964

Box 3

•    Philip Anderson, 1962-1966
•    Anson Incorporated, Jewelry for men, 1963-1966
•    Gunnar Bloom, 1962-1968, 1978
•    Knute Borg, 1962-1966
•    Robert Ekström, 1962-1965
•    Eskilstuna YMCA Chorus/ Eskilstuna KFUM-kör, 1962-1965
•    Knute Hanson, 1964-1966
•    Paul Haglund, 1962-1967
•    Victor Hedgren, 1962-1966
•    George Johnson, 1962-1964
•    Nels Nelson, 1962-1967
•    Gustav Rickan, 1962-1965
•    Lars Sundman, 1962-1965
•    Swedish American Line, 1962-1965
•    Swedish Embassy (Lund University Singers), 1963-1965
•    Miscellaneous letters to Erland Levine, 1969-1978
•    Veteran’ Sweden trip, 1965-1967

Box 4

Martin Ahlm, President (1966-1970); correspondence 1962-2001
•    Treasurer Paul F. Haglund, 1959-1991
•    Erland Levine, 1962-1999

Box 5

•    General correspondence, 1966-1996
•    General Correspondence Eastern Division, 1962-1968 and undated 
•    General Correspondence Western Division, Henry Granat, 1963-1993
•    Executive Board Minutes, October 1966
•    AUSS Board of Director Meeting, November 2, 1968
•    AUSS Chicago 1954-1970s, miscellaneous
•    Bishop printing, Rockford, Illinois, 1969-1974
•    Swedish Glee Club, Chicago, Illinois, 1969-1974
•    Eric Eliasson, 1967-1968
•    Einar Engdahl, 1966-1974

Box 6

•    Ernest W. Gunnarsson, 1964-1988
•    Seth Hokanson, 1968-1975
•    Seth Hokanson birthday greetings from President Bill Clinton, 1994
•    Illinois Centennial Awards Program, 1999
•    Lyran Chorus, Rockford, Illinois, 1971 program
•    C.B. Noreen, 1970
•    Einar B. Olson, 1968-1970
•    Skara manskör, 1976-1987
•    Lars Sundman, 1962-1986
•    Svenska Sångarförbundet (Sångartidningen), 1966-1975
•    Bernhardt D. Westlund, publicity director for AUSS, 1974-1997
•    Waukegan Glee Club, Waukegan, Illinois, 1966-1967
•    Richard Young, president of AUSS, 2000-2001
•    Helmer Örtengren, 1971-1975
•    Convention Badge orders, 1964-1966
•    Correspondence regarding certificates for members, 1967
•    AUSS membership cards, 1967-1970
•    Erland Levine & Arthur Samuelson awards, 1968-1991
•    AUSS medals, tie clips, plaque, 1962-1980
•    AUSS Duluth convention 1964
•    Detroit Convention, July 10-13, 1968
•    Salt Lake City convention, Knute Borg, 1969

Box 7

•    San Francisco convention, 1969-1970
•    San Francisco convention correspondence regarding photographs, 1970
•    Waukegan convention 1972
•    Minutes from 1974 music committee convention
•    Seattle convention, 1975
•    St. Paul convention, 1980
•    Seattle convention, 1982
•    Central Division convention, 1984
•    Chicago convention, 1986
•    AUSS Sweden Tour, 1988-1989
•    John O. Werner Estate, 1994-1976

Carl E. Anderson, President (1970-1973); correspondence 1970-1978
•    Carl E. Anderson, 1970-1976

Box 8

•    Carl E. Anderson, 1974-1978

Lars Sundman, President (1978-1982); correspondence 1974-1999
•    Correspondence, 1976-1980, 1982-1999

Box 9

•    Correspondence, 1975-1974

Carl-Erik Westberg, President (1996-2000); correspondence 1987, 1998-2000
•    Carl-Erik Westberg correspondence, Linköping University Choir visit, 1987
•    Carl-Erik Westberg correspondence, 1998-2003
•    Carl-Erik Westberg correspondence with Svea Söner, 1999

IV. Secretaries’ Correspondence

Box 1

•    Einar Olsson Correspondence, Manuscripts and Miscellaneous Records, 1960 – 1973, and undated
•    Einar Olsson Correspondence and misc. records, 1968 – 1975, and undated
•    Einar Olsson Manuscripts (Articles), 1972 – 1980, and undated
•    Arne M.S. Eriksson, 1958-1961
•    Paul Haglund, 1977-1982, 1985-1987
•    Paul Haglund correspondence with Carl Anderson, 1977-1981
•    Paul Haglund correspondence with Gunnar Nordstrom, 1977-1982
•    Paul Haglund correspondence with Lars Sundman, 1974, 1978-1982

V. Conventions, Tours, Singing Festivals, and Concerts

Box 1

National Conventions
•    National Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1946
•    National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1954 and ticket sales
•    National Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1958
•    National Convention, Providence, Rhode Island, 1962
•    National Convention, Chicago, 1966, correspondence, etc. 
•    National Convention, San Francisco, California, 1970
•    National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1974

Box 2

•    National Convention, Bridgeport, Connecticut, 1948
•    National Convention, Seattle, Washington, 1982 and music scores
•    National Convention, Chicago, Illinois, 1986
•    National Convention, Portland, Oregon, 1990
•    National Convention, Stratton, Vermont, 1996
•    National Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2000

Division Conventions
•    Midwest Division Singing Festival, Des Moines, Iowa, 1931
•    Midwest Division Convention, Fox Valley, Illinois, 1935
•    Midwest Division Convention, Sioux City, Iowa, 1937
•    Midwest Division Convention, Detroit, Michigan, 1940
•    Northwest Division Convention, Winnipeg, Canada, 1940
•    Midwest Division Convention, Waukegan, Illinois, 1948
•    Midwest Division Convention, Rockford, Illinois, 1952
•    Central Division Singing Festival, Winnipeg, Canada, 1956

Box 3

•    Central Division Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, 1960
•    Western Division Convention, Portland, Oregon, 1963
•    Central Division Convention, Duluth, Minnesota, 1964
•    Western Division Convention, Seattle, Washington, 1965
•    Central Division Festival, Detroit, Michigan, 1968
•    Central Division Convention, Waukegan, Illinois, 1972
•    Central Division Convention, Rockford, Illinois, 1976
•    Central Division Convention, St. Paul, Minnesota, 1980
•    Central Division Convention, Clearwater, Florida, 1984
•    Central Division Convention, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 1988
•    Eastern Division Convention, Providence, Rhode Island, 1994
•    Western Division Convention, Seattle, Washington, 1994
•    Central Division Convention, Novi, Michigan, 1994

Sweden Tours
•    Veteran Choir’s Tour in Sweden, 1957
•    Trip to Sweden, 1959, reservation requests, photograph, correspondence, newspaper clippings

Box 4

•    Veteran Good Will Tour to Sweden, 1967 and scrapbook

Other concerts
•    “A Century of Progress” concert, Chicago World’s Fair, 1933
•    Memorial Concert in honor of Hjalmar Nilson, Chicago, Illinois, 1960
•    Booklet “Souvenir of the Swedish Singing Festivals, Worcester, Boston, June 23-27, 1920”
•    Program books, undated

Box 5

•    Newspaper clippings, 1937-1994 and undated

VI. Financial Records

Box 1

•    Financial cash ledger, 1920-1982
•    Annual Reports,  certificate of change of registered agent correspondence, 1962-1992
•    IRS Return of Private Foundation, 1996-1998
•    Alenius Memorial Fund, 1969
•    Treasurer Reports, National Conventions, 1950, 1978-1982
Financial records for Musiktidning 
•    Financial ledger for Musiktidning, 1920-1962
•    Financial statements for Musiktidning, 1920s-1990 (not complete)
•    Lists of subscriptions and donations 1989-1992
•    Uptown National Bank account, statements and deposit records, 1970-1993
•    Mailing costs, 1986 – 1992
•    Advertisements, quotations of cost, 1978 – 1988

VII. AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation 

Box 1

•    Treasurer’s report, 1978-1990
•    Financial, Martin Ahlm, 1978-1996
•    Treasurer, LeRoy Smith, 2000
•    Treasurer’s reports (checks, statements, receipts, etc.), 1989-1990
•    Treasurer’s reports, Carl E. Carlson, 1990-1992
•    Expenses & invoices, 1991-1985

Box 2

•    Hokanson Scholarship applications and awards (not complete), 2003-1985
•    Donations 1998-1993
•    Board of Director Minutes 2006 
•    Donations to Archives and Foundation, 1987-1994
•    Annual dues, 1985-1991
•    Office space, 1995
•    A Century of Song, printing costs, and book orders
•    Bank paperwork
•    South Holland Bank agency trust agreement, 1996-1995
•    Charitable trust, legal 1980-1981
•    IRS, 2001-1989
•    Statements and misc., 1985
•    Return on Private Foundation (IRS), 1983-1992
•    Foundation, 1996

VIII. Divisions

Box 1

Central Division
•    Minutes, 1956-1981
•    Constitution and By-laws Central Division, 1956
•    Correspondence, Ernest W Gunnarsson, 1956, 1959-1963
•    Financial Records, Treasurer’s File, 1976-1984
•    Financial Records, Treasurer’s File, 1984-1998
•    Membership Records, Cards, undated
•    List of members 1953, and constitution and by-laws 1954
•    Correspondence, 1963-1980, 1995
•    Robert Ekstrom: Manuscript (articles), for Musiktidning, photographs, history of the AUSS and newspaper clippings

Box 2

Eastern Division
•    General correspondence,  1950-1974, 1978
•    Philip T. Andersson correspondence 1956-1962
•    Connecticut Union of Swedish Singers, 1946-1960
•    Arthur Crusberg correspondence, 1958-1961
•    Victor Hedgren, 1958-1962
•    KFUM Chorus/YMCA correspondence, 1955-1965, 1973
•    Correspondence 1962-1979

Box 3

Eastern Division and Eastern Division Veteran Chorus
•    Correspondence regarding Musiktidning, 1953-1974
•    Gustav Rickan correspondence 1958
•    Scandinavian Airlines correspondence, 1959
•    AUSS Eastern Convention 1972,  correspondence, minutes and financial reports, 1970-1972
•    Financial reports, by-laws, minutes, etc. 1952-1978
•    Veteran Chorus: Minutes from picnic committee, 1940
•    Veteran Chorus: Constitution, by-laws (translated), Concert program 1955
•    Minutes, by-laws etc. 1977-1988
•    Financial records 1960s and 1970s
•    Eastern Division 1988 songbooks

Midwest Division, Midwest Division Veteran Chorus and Northwestern Division
•    Constitution, and by-laws
•    List of members, 1952

Northwestern Division
•    Minutes, 1917-1925, in Swedish
•    Minutes, bound volume, in Swedish 1927-1950

Box 4

•    Correspondence, 1918-1925; 1939-1953
•    Financial Reports, 1920-21, 1924-25, 1927
•    Newspaper Clippings, 1922 and undated

Western Division
•    Minutes, 1950-1956; 1986-1988
•    Minutes and secretary Records, 1969-1979
•    By-laws Pacific Division 1954, Presidents Report 1956
•    Secretary Josef Oscarsson correspondence, 1959-1963
•    Secretary David MacMillan correspondence, 1963-1965
•    Correspondence regarding the newsletter, Alvin A Eriksson, 1969-1970
•    Circular letter to members, 1980-1983
•    Correspondence regarding the Newsletter “Sharps and Flats,” 1970-1975

Box 5

•    Newsletter, 1961
•    Western Division correspondence, 1962-1996

IX. Individual Choruses

Box 1

Apollo Singing Society, New Haven, Connecticut (Apollo Sångarförening)
Apollo was organized in 1905 by former members of the Skandia and Orpheus choruses.
•    Skandia, Minutes 1893-1896
•    Apollo Singing Club, Minutes 1907-1914
•    Apollo Singing Club, Minutes 1920-1946
•    Minutes (bound), 1963-1969
•    Business meeting minutes, 1961-1963
•    Bound copy of AUSS 25th Jubilee Number of Musiktidning, December 1917
•    Lilly Setterdahl’s AUSS 25th Jubilee Number of Musiktidning, December 1917, English translation
•    Membership applications, 1961-1964

Box 2

•    Operating statements, 1960s and correspondence, 1960s.
•    Income and expense book, 1936-1949
•    Income and expense book, 1958-1969 (oversized)
•    Income and expense book, 1961-1979
•    Minutes (bound), 1919-1932 (Swedish)
•    Concert programs, 1970s
•    100th Anniversary Banquet Program, 2004
•    Scrapbook, history of the Connecticut Union of Swedish Singers (Historik över den svenska sången i New Haven, CT) 1888–1947. Handwritten text, inserted photographs, concert programs and clippings from Musiktidning.
•    The Connecticut Union of Swedish Singers minutes 1939, by-laws 1937
•    The Connecticut Union of Swedish Singers correspondence 1940-1941, 1948-1951, and undated

Box 3

Ladies Auxiliary, Apollo Singing Society, New Haven, Connecticut (Apollo Sångarförening)
•    Minutes, 1940-1966 (bound volume)
•    Minutes, 1960-1965
•    Reports, annual 1966-1972
•    Correspondence 

Arpi Swedish Male Chorus of Detroit, Michigan

•    Minutes, 1953-1963
•    Directory of members, 1957,  1976
•    Photographs
•    Newspaper clippings, 1946-1964 and undated
•    Notes and financial statements records and miscellaneous, 1946-1972
•    Concert postcards, 1941-1973 (not complete)
•    Pages from a scrapbook, 1940s

Box 4

•    Concert programs, 1937-1959
•    Concert programs, 1960-1984
•    Miscellaneous programs 1900-1971

Central Swedish Committee of the Chicago Area
•    Royal Visit, 1976

Chicagoland Swedish Veteran Chorus, Illinois (Svenska Sångarnes Veteran Förbund i Chicago)
•    Minutes, bound volume, 1925-1959, in Swedish
•    Minutes, bound volume, 1959-1970, in Swedish until 1969
•    Minutes, bound volume, 1971-1978

Box 5

•    Minutes, with list of members (loose pages) undated, bound volume, 1978-1981
•    Minutes, bound volume, 1981-1984
•    Constitution and by-laws, 1927
•    List of officials, 1910-1960, membership directory, 1980-1981
•    Attendance lists 1969, 1975-1992
•    Letters to members, 1951-1952, concert program, 1956
•    Martin Ahlm correspondence, list of members and misc. records, 1972-1990
•    Financial Ledger, 1962-1996

Nordic Glee Club, New York
•    Programs, Photograph, Newspaper clippings, 1967-1989

Nordstjernan Singing Society of Chicago, Illinois
•    Minutes, 1886-1900

Box 6

•    Minutes, 1901-March 1911
•    Minutes, April 1911-1921; includes membership records from 1920
•    Minutes, 1922-1942;  includes membership records from 1922
•    Financial Ledger, Cash, 1919-1925
•    Tour to Sweden 1926,  with concert program and songs
•    Translated minutes 1886-1900

Box 7

Nordstjernan Women Auxiliary (Nordstjernan Damförening) of Chicago, Illinois
•    Minutes with treasurer reports, bound, 1924-1931
•    Minutes with treasurer reports, bound, 1932-1935
•    Minutes with treasurer reports, bound, 1942-1949, also includes list of members, 1942-1949, 1951
•    Correspondence and reports, 1925-1956

North Star Singers
•    Membership, 1978

Box 8

Orphei Drangar (Orphei Drängar) Male Chorus of Springfield, Massachusetts
•    By-laws, 1915, 1927, 1960
•    Correspondence, 1930-1939, 1953, Concert programs, 1938-1953
Orphei Singing Club (Orphei Sångarklubb) of Chicago, Illinois
•    Concert programs, 1946, 1965
•    Ledger membership fees and cash,  1908-1912 
•    Ledger membership fees, 1914-1923
•    Ledger membership fees, 1924-1935

Box 9

•    Financial ledger, Cash,  1906
•    Financial ledger, Cash, 1907-1913
•    Financial ledger, Cash, 1923-1930

Scandia Glee Club, Quincy, Massachusetts
•    Minutes, bound volume, missing pages, 1915-1923
•    Minutes, bound volume, 1924-1939
•    Membership (bound volume) 1921-1929; Income and Expense 1921-1926
•    Treasury reports (bound volume), 1924-1938
•    Membership dues (bound volume), 1917-1921

Singing Society Norden, Bridgeport, Connecticut
•    Tercentenary Jubilee Chorus of Sweden Concert, 1938

Svea Söner Ladies Auxiliary of Rockford, Illinois
•    Scrapbook concerning the male chorus Svea Söner Singing Society of Rockford, Illinois, 1937-1956 (oversized)
•    Scrapbook concerning  the male chorus Svea Söner Singing Society of Rockford, Illinois, 1957-1962 (oversized)

Box 10

Svithiod Male Chorus of Rockford, Illinois (and William Johnson collection) (oversized)
•    Minutes, bound, in Swedish 1932-1933, in English 1934-1949
•    Minutes, bound, 1949-1969
•    Scrapbook with copies of Concert Programs and newspaper clippings, 1932-1962

Svithiod Singing Club, Chicago, Illinois
•    Constitution and by-laws, 1923, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1948, 1951, 1954, 1970

Box 11

•    12 small size notebooks with annotations from meetings 1939-April 1950 (no records May-Nov. 1946 and Sept. 1948-Oct. 1949); 1 notebook contains attendance records for rehearsals and business meetings 1935; 1 notebook contains member information 1940-1941, and 4 cash books May 1942-1946, 1948.
•    Printed Address List of members 1940; and printed Directory and Year Book of the Ladies Auxiliary 1944-1945, Ladies Auxiliary By-laws 1943, AUSS By-laws 1954
•    Letters and documents 1943-1960, and undated
•    Concert programs, 1957, 1968-1970
•    Concert programs, 1971-1978
•    Two photographs of Jussi Björling, undated
•    Reports and minutes, 1980-1987
•    Financial correspondence and by-laws, 1980s

Box 12

•    Attendance Records, bound, 1st bass, 1961-1969
•    Attendance Records, bound, 2nd bass, 1961-1969
•    Attendance Records, bound, 1st tenor, 1961-1969
•    Attendance Records, bound, 2nd tenor, 1961-1969
•    Attendance Records, 1st bass, Oct. 1977-April 1980
•    Attendance Records, 2nd bass, Oct. 1977-April 1980
•    Attendance Records 1st tenor, Oct. 1977-April 1980
•    Attendance Records 2nd tenor, Oct. 1977-April 1980
•    Attendance Records by name, 1963-1964
•    Guestbook, 1948-1965
•    Correspondence, agendas, 1980s

Box 13

•    Correspondence, agendas, 1980s
•    House committee reports, 1963-1964
•    Membership applications, 1963-1968
•    Reports on decorations and repairs, 1963-1964
•    Membership, 1963-1964, 1980s
•    Music committee reports, 1963-1964
•    Svithiod Journal (scattered issues): Svithiod Life and News and Views, 1945-1946, 1963-1964, 1980
•    Clippings from Swedish Newspapers of 1947 concert tour
•    Correspondence, 1963-1964
•    Correspondence, 1962-1963, 1969, 1987-1989, 1992-1993, and undated
•    Correspondence, 1978-1981
•    Ballots, correspondence, reports
•    Annual meetings, 1979-1980

Box 14

•    Scrapbook with photographs from concert tour to Sweden, vol. 1, 1947
•    Scrapbook with photographs from concert tour to Sweden, vol. 2, 1947
•    Scrapbook with photographs from concert tour to Sweden, vol. 3, 1947

Box 15

•    Board of Directors, 1981-1983
•    Board of Directors, 1978-1980
•    Tour to Sweden itinerary, 1947
•    Photographs, tour of Sweden, 1999?

Swedish Apollo Club of Boston, Massachusetts (Svenska Apolloklubben)
•    Minutes, bound, 1932-1934, in Swedish 
•    Correspondence, 1922-1933, in Swedish and English
•    Circular letters and correspondence, 1927-1933, in Swedish
•    Annual reports 1926-1931, newspaper clipping “Historik uppläst vid Sv. Apolloklubbens 20:de årsfest den 24 nov. 1928” (The history of the Apollo Club), 1928

The Swedish Charitable Society of Greater Boston
•    75th Anniversary, 1987

Swedish Glee Club of Brooklyn, New York
•    80th Anniversary, 1960

Swedish Glee Club, Chicago, Illinois (Svenska Gleeklubben)
•    History, undated

Box 16

•    Minutes, bound, 1919-1922
•    Minutes, bound, 1922-1951 (in Swedish 1922-1930)
•    Minutes, bound, 1951-1967
•    Minutes with annual reports, 1965-1968
•    Minutes, 1970-1973 (missing November 1970-May 1971)
•    Minutes, 1973-1975
•    List of members, 1970s

Box 17

•    Minutes, 1975-1978
•    Minutes, 1978-1980
•    Minutes, 1980-1982
•    Minutes, 1983-1984
•    Minutes, 1984-1986

Box 18

•    Minutes, 1987-1988
•    By-laws, printed 1920s-1990s
•    Membership Directory, 1925-1963
•    Membership Directory, 1938-1986
•    Membership application forms, 1975-1976
•    Questionnaire to members, undated
•    Application for membership, 1922-1952
•    Glee Club Newsletter: The Second Hundred Years, June 1970-May 1973
•    Glee Club Newsletter: The Second Hundred Years, June 1973-May 1975
•    Glee Club Newsletter: The Second Hundred Years, June 1975-May 1976
•    Glee Club Newsletter: The Second Hundred Years, June 1976-May 1977
•    Photographs, undated
•    Certificate of Incorporation, copies, 1936
•    Listing of Glee Club Archives (old), 1971-1981 and undated

Box 19

•    Don Lamont papers, correspondence, membership
•    Don Lamont, concert programs, 1947, 1955-1969
•    Don Lamont papers, correspondence, records, 1970-1978
•    Don Lamont, Cartoons for newsletter by Jim Marine, 1970s
•    Don Lamont papers, correspondence, records and concert programs, 1970-1978
•    Don Lamont papers, correspondence, records and concert programs, 1981-1984
•    Don Lamont papers, correspondence, records and concert programs, 1985-1987
•    Don Lamont papers, correspondence, records and concert programs, 1988-1989, and undated

Box 20 

•    General Correspondence, 1960, 1969-1973
•    Publicity agent Richard Carlson Papers, Correspondence, concert programs, manuscripts (articles), 1964-1968
•    Evert and Edith Werner papers, correspondence and records, 1967-1977
•    Scrapbook, concert programs, tickets and newspaper clippings, 1937-1938
•    Scrapbook, concert programs, tickets and newspaper clippings, 1938-1941
•    Printed programs, 1903-1989

Box 21

•    Tour to Sweden, 1953
•    Scrapbook, tour to Sweden 1953, vol. 1
•    Scrapbook, tour to Sweden 1953, vol. 2
•    Scrapbook, tour to Sweden 1953, vol. 3
•    Scrapbook, tour to Sweden 1953, vol. 4
•    Scrapbook, Texas and Oklahoma Tour, 1955

Box 22

•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1994, 1993, 1989 
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1995
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1996
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1997
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1998
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1998-1999
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 1999
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 2000
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 2001
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 2002

Box 23

•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 2003
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 2004
•    Minutes, agendas, correspondence and concert programs, 2005
•    Handwritten songbooks, 1st tenor, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks, 2nd tenor, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks, 2nd tenor, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks, 1st base, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks, 2nd base, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks, 1st tenor, Freja Quartett, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks, 1st base, Freja Quartett, various songs, undated

Box 24

•    Handwritten songbooks, 1st tenor, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 2nd base, Freja, various songs undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 2nd base, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 1st base, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 2nd base, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 1st tenor, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 1st base, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 1st base, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 2nd tenor, Freja Quartett, various songs, undated

Box 25

•    Handwritten songbooks 1st tenor, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Handwritten songbooks 1st base, Freja, various songs, undated
•    Svenska sångsällskapet, Chicago sångregister, undated
•    Treasurer’s Account Book (bound), 1920-1930
•    Treasurer’s Account Book (bound), 1950-1971
•    Treasurer’s Account Book, loose-leaf, 195
•    Annual Treasurer’s reports, 1943-1982

Box 26

•    Account book for Sweden tour 1923
•    Tour to Scandinavia 1975-1977
•    Records from tour cancellation at President Johnson’s request, 1967-1968
•    Newspaper clippings, 1956-1985
•    Letterhead and insignia 
•    Concert programs, 1990s
•    AUSS Cultural Heritage Foundation, 1997-2002
•    Membership 1996-2003
•    Financial records, 1996-2003
•    The Swedish Club Foundation, 1998-2001
•    Corporate filings, 1998-2003
•    Correspondence and reports, 2000-2002

Oversized

•    Scrapbook, concert programs, photographs, newspaper articles, 1893-1953
•    Scrapbook, concert programs, photographs, newspaper articles, 1954-1975
•    Scrapbook, concert programs, photographs, newspaper articles, 1976-1981
•    Scrapbook with newspaper clippings, photographs from visit to Sweden, 1953
•    Scrapbook with newspaper clippings, photographs from visit to Sweden, 1953
•    Scrapbook, Scandinavia tour, 1977

Box 27

Swedish Singers Union of Chicago, Illinois (Svenska Sångarförbundet i Chicago) 
•    Minutes, bound, 1902-1913
•    By-laws 1912, 1935

Svea Male Chorus of Seattle
•    Newsletter “Keynotes” 1979-1981

Verandi Male Chorus, Providence, Rhode Island
•    Christmas concert, 1987

Vega Singing Society, Boston, Massachusetts 
•    Constitution and by- laws, 1881

Viking Male Chorus Chicago, Illinois (and The South Side Swedish Club Male Chorus)
•    Minutes, bound, included are also Iduna Singing Club 1926-1927
•    Minutes, bound, May 1939-1964, in Swedish until Sep. 1947
•    Minutes, bound, 1965-January 1972
•    List of members and board members, 1939, 1968

Box 28

•    Correspondence with South Side Swedish Male Chorus, 1954-May 1964
•    Correspondence, May 1964-1969
•    Treasurers Reports, 1960, 1961-1967
•    Financial Ledger, bound, 1939-1970

Waukegan Swedish Glee Club, Illinois
•    Eskil Janson scrapbook page, 1978-1979; AUSS Central Division Convention planning, 2002; Einar Hellman, Eskil Janson, Richard Rinaldo clipping, undated

Wennerberg Male Chorus, New Britain, Connecticut
•    Concert programs, 1924, 1928-1938
•    Concert programs, 1940-1942, 1946-1951, 1953 and newspaper clipping, undated
•    Newspaper clippings, 1950, 1974, undated

X. Photographs

See photograph inventory.

Box 1
•    Glass plate negatives

Box 2-4
•    Photographs

Also see oversized boxes

XI. Sheet Music

19 boxes of sheet music used by AUSS choruses. Boxes 1-15 are the Bob Voedisch music collection. See inventory of sheet music: https://goo.gl/CVzBfe.

XII. Realia

Oversized 

•    AUSS stationary printing blocks
•    Wennerberg Male Chorus insignia printing block
•    8 Commemorative medals, including: United Scandinavian Singers of America, 1889; Northwestern Scandinavian Singers Association, 1906, Normaendenes Sangforening Chicago, 1908; Eidsvold Norge/United States of American May 17, 1914;  Norwegian Sangerfest Chicago, 1914; Norwegian Singers Association of America, 1926. 
•    Box of commemorative medals
 

XIII. Sound Recordings 

Items stored in Center’s Media collection. 

C-IO061/1
Minutes of the Western Division meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1979

C-IO061/2
Minutes of the Western Division meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1979

C-IO061/3
Minutes of the Western Division meeting in Salt Lake City, Utah, August 1979

C-IO061/4
1990 Portland

C-IO061/5
1990 Portland

CD-IO061/1
American Union of Swedish Singers Concert September 18, 2010

LP-IO061/1
Grand Concert, American Union of Swedish Singers, Chicago, 1966

LP-IO061/2
A.U. of S.S. Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, 1960, disc 1

LP-IO061/3
A.U. of S.S. Convention, Des Moines, Iowa, 1960, disc 2

LP-IO061/4
70th Anniversary American Union of Swedish Singers, Grand Concert, Providence, Rhode Island, 1962

LP-IO061/5
Memories From Sweden, Svensk-Amerikanska Emigrant Körens Konsertturné i Sverige, 1973

LP-IO061/6
Bicentennial ethnic song festival of Seattle, 1976

VT-IO061/1
Sveas Söner 100th Annual Spring Concert, 1990

VT-IO061/2
Sveas Söner 99th Annual Spring Concert, 1989

VT-IO061/3
Sveas Söner 101st Annual Spring Concert, 1991

VT-IO061/4
AUSS Grand Concert, Dearborn, Michigan, June 25, 2004
 

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