Walla Walla Symphony Records, 1897-2010  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra
Title
Walla Walla Symphony Records
Dates
1897-2010 (inclusive)
Quantity
14 linear feet, ( 17 boxes, 3 oversize boxes)  : 
Collection Number
HTM_WCMss72
Summary
Board of Directors minutes, concert programs, newspaper clippings, video and audio tapes, scrapbooks, and other memorabilia from the 100-year history of the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra.
Repository
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
99362
Telephone: 509-527-5922
Fax: 509-526-4785
archives@whitman.edu
Access Restrictions

Box 15 contains two notebooks, January 1982-1988 (limited access, only with permission of the Symphony Manager or President of the Board)

Languages
English
Sponsor


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra claims to be the oldest continuously operating symphony west of the Mississippi. Its Board of Directors was formed July 1, 1907. In a second meeting on September 6 of that year, it appointed Edgar Fischer as conductor. Fischer had just resigned as director of the Whitman College Conservatory of Music. The first concert on December 12, 1907, began with Mozart’s Magic Flute.

The orchestra’s early performances took place in the Keylor Grand Theatre. With a seating capacity of 1,300, it was considered one of the largest and finest theatres in the Northwest. The orchestra performed in other auditoriums through the years before making their home in Whitman’s Cordiner Hall in 1967, where they continue to perform regularly.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Walla Walla Symphony Records contain minutes from the Board of Directors; concert programs; newspaper clippings; photographs and posters; scrapbooks; audio and video tapes of performances, recitals, and interviews; newsletters; memorabilia, and research materials used in the publication of A Dream Fulfilled: one hundred years of the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra 1907-2007, by Dan Shultz.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. for copyright not held by Whitman College.

Preferred Citation

Walla Walla Symphony Records, Whitman College and Northwest Archives.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1:  Board Meeting Minutes and Reports, 1907-Return to Top

Box 15 contains two notebooks, January 1982-1988 (limited access, only with permission of the Symphony Manager or President of the Board.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Board Meeting Minutes Book I
1907-1920
1
Board Meeting Minutes Book II
1920-1936
1
Board Meeting Minutes Book III
1939-1957
13
President's Report/Overview
1943-1949
13
Board Minute Summaries
1949-1957
13
Articles of Incorporation - Walla Walla Symphony Club
1957
13
Board Minutes
1959
1
Board Meeting Minutes
1960-1971
17
Symphony Women’s Committee and Guild Records, Minutes, Clippings, etc
1965-2006
14
Symphony Board Meeting Minutes
1967-1983
15
Two Notebooks of restricted material
1982-1988
15
Symphony Board Meeting Minutes
1983-1990
15
Symphony Paperflow (Meeting Minutes and Correspondence)
1985-1986
16
Christmas Tree Elegance Records
1989-2003
15
Symphony Board Meeting Minutes
1990-2006
15
Symphony Paperflow (Meeting Minutes and Correspondence)
1985-1986

Series 2:  Printed concert programs and promotional materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-Series 1: Printed Concert Programs
Box
1
Printed Concert Programs Book I
1907-1937
1
Printed Concert Programs Book II
1937-1958
1
Printed Concert Programs Book III
1958-1977
2
Printed Concert Programs and Related Materials for Anniversary Seasons 40-90
Various
Sub-Series 2: Duplicate Printed Programs and promotional material
Box
3
Duplicate Printed Programs and other material
1921-23, 1937; 1956-1982
4
Duplicate Printed Programs and other material
1982-1992
5
Duplicate Printed Programs and other material
1992-2000
6
Duplicate Printed Programs and other material
2000-2010
16
Symphony Ball Printed Programs
Undated

Series 3:  Materials used in the research of the publication of A Dream Fulfilled: One hundred years of the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra 1907-2007Return to Top

Container(s) Description
Box
7
2 Centennial Book bound copies with errata and members list
7
C.D.’s of Centennial Book A Dream Fulfilled production and publicity images
7
Cover photos and proofs by page number
7
Centennial Book related materials
7
Symphony Book High and Low-Resolution CDs
7
Correspondence to various Northwest Libraries about Centennial book
7
TV Interview Notes
7
Binder – Symphony Soloists as listed in Centennial book
7
Binder – Symphony Personnel by Name
7
Correspondence re photo permission for book
9
Centennial Book Research Notebooks
9
Four research notebooks, by year
9
One notebook titled: Book agreements, correspondence, readers’ reports, expenses, copy of Copyright registration form TX
9
One notebook containing consignment and sales records.

Series 4:  Newspaper clippings, symphony newsletters and scrapbooks.Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Sub-Series 1: Newspaper clippings
Box
10
Newspaper clippings Book I
1907-1949
13
Newspaper clippings +/in folders by season
1908-09, 1930-31, 1932-33, 1936-38, 1939-40, 1941-42, 1951-2006
10
Newspaper clippings Book II
1949-1958
10
Newspaper clippings Book III
1958-1969
11
Newspaper clippings Book
1969-1974
13
Newspaper Clippings Book + Ads, Programs Notebook
1974-1975
14
Newspaper Clippings Book + Ads, Programs Notebook
1975-1978
10
Newspaper clippings Book
1980-1981
12
75th Anniversary Newspaper Clippings
1981-1982
11
Newspaper Clippings Book (limited and incomplete)
1984-1989
12
Newspaper Clippings and more
1988-1999
12
Newspaper Clippings and more
2000-2004
Sub-Series 2: Symphony Newsletters
Box
13
The Score
earliest newsletter, 1964-75 plus other later newsletters up through the end of 75th anniversary season (April 1982)
17
Guild Newsletters
1978, 1986-1991
14
News of Note (2 binders)
October 1982-May 1997/October 1997 to May 2007
13
"E-News"/Samples
Undated
Sub-Series 3: Scrapbooks
Box
11
Fischer scrapbook
Fischer School of Music brochures and programs, Whitman Conservatory of Music programs, earliest concert of orchestra in WW (2/16/1906), precursor of first concert by symphony in following year, some programs from early years of orchestra
1897-circa 1920
11
Scrapbook with clippings and other materials Women’s Committee
1955-1965
12
Women’s Committee Records Scrapbook
1956-1969
16
Symphony Ball Records
1956-1969
16
Symphony Ball Attendees (Notebook with sign-in sheets)
1956-1969
17
Early Guild Materials (includes a coffee hour guest book)
circa 1965

Series 5:  PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
18
Photograph Notebook #1(Keylor Grand in the 1930s, guest artists, some autographed)
18
Photograph Notebook #2
circa 1950s and 1960s
18
Photograph Notebook #3
Early and 1950s and 1960s
18
Photograph Notebook #4 (limited selection)
1987-2002
18
Photograph Notebook #5
1982-1983; 1990s and 2000s
Box/Folder
18/1
Copy slides of early photographic negatives (dubious quality)
Undated
18/2
75th anniversary portrait photographs by Lewis
circa 1982
18/3
Music in Elementary Schools (Celtic and Andean groups)
Undated
18/4
Humorous photographs by Hans Matschukat
Undated
18/5
Yaacov Bergman photographs, negatives, and proof sheets
Undated
18/6
Gallery Talks (Dixon, Glenn, Kravig, Takemoto)
Undated
18/7
Negatives and proof sheets for Richter concert
2000
18/8
Negatives and proof sheets for Young Persons’ Concert
2000
18/10
Negatives and proof sheets for Russ Martin interview with older members
July 7, 2002
18/9
Negatives and proof sheets for Orchestra, used in centennial book
2006-2007
Box
18
Box of slides of photographs by Hans Matschukat

Series 6:  Posters and MemorabiliaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
19
Symphony Concert Posters
circa 1980s-2000s
19
"Yaki" print (portrait of Yaacov Bergman)
19
“Lyrical Landscape” print of original poster by Judith Johnson
19
Large studio portraits of Lee Friese and William Bailey
19
Pristine copy of Frontier Days sheet music
19
Portrait of unknown violinist
19
WW Symphony License Place Frame
20
Centennial Wine Glass

Series 7:  Recordings of performances and interviews with individualsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
19
Alan Hovhaness Symphony No. 47 Walla Walla, Land of Many Waters (2 LPs)
1982
19
Videotape of Symphony Concert
October 29, 1989
8
Audio tapes of interviews by author of book with various persons
2004

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Bergman, Yaacov
  • Fischer, Edgar

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  • Corporate Names :
  • Walla Walla Symphony--Walla Walla(Wash.)

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  • Geographical Names :
  • Walla Walla (Wash.)

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