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Atlanta Music Club records

Collection number: ahc.MSS404

Scope and Content

This collection consists of records created by the Atlanta Music Club and its subsidiary organizations including correspondence, meeting minutes, rosters, by-laws, financial statements, and committee reports. Also included are marketing materials such as press releases, advertising contracts, correspondence regarding advertising and publicity arrangements, concert series programs, newsletters, and information about artists who performed for the club. The collection contains publications of several organizations with which the club was affiliated, such as the International Association of Concert Managers, the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Atlanta Music Teachers Association, and the Pro-Mozart Society of Atlanta. Finally, the collection includes scrapbooks documenting the activities of the club as well as several booklets written on milestone anniversaries of the club's organization.


  • 1915-2001, undated
  • Majority of material found within 1940 - 1970


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Administrative/Biographical History

The Atlanta Music Club, originally known as the Womens' Music Study Club and later the Atlanta Music Study Club, was organized in Atlanta, Georgia, on September 22, 1915, by a group of thirty-five women seeking to "form a club for the promotion of musical culture in Atlanta." The club was chartered and incorporated as the Atlanta Music Club on June 21, 1921, with 600 members.

Throughout its existence, the club has been governed by a board of directors and managed by a president and other officers. The club's first officers included Mrs. John Doig as president; Mrs. Elizabeth P. Oliver as vice-president; Mrs. Walter Bedard as secretary; and Mrs. Dean Ryman as treasurer. The club's activities are planned and executed by a number of committees including an Executive Board, a Men's Advisory Committee, a Finance Committee, and various Scholarship Committees.

The first concert series presented by the club opened on November 2, 1916, with Russian pianist Leo Ormstein performing. Each year the club produces a variety of concert series for members and for the general public including the Civic Concert Series, the All Star Concert Series, the Morning Musicale, and other special concert events. A number of subsidiary organizations were created or sponsored by the club including the Junior Music Club (1917), the Teenage Guild (1917), the Choral Guild of Atlanta (1939), the Atlanta Youth Orchestra (1944), the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra (1958), and the Atlanta Music Club Guild (1965).

In the 2011-2012 season, the Atlanta Music Club awarded eight scholarships, presented four Young Performers Concerts, and presented seven Musicale programs. The club continues to provide concert and scholarship opportunities for performers, advocates for music education in both public and private schools, and continues to offer support to the Atlanta Community Symphony Orchestra.


53.329 linear ft. (26 document cases, 3 half document cases, and 31 oversized boxes)



System of Arrangement

This collection is organized in one series: I. Organizational records, 1915-2001, undated. Series I is organized in five subseries: 1. Administrative, 2. Publicity, 3. Subsidiary Organizations, 4. Affiliated Organizations, 5. Scrapbooks. Series I includes all club materials donated prior to 2011. Additional series will be added to the collection as subsequent donations are received. Subseries are arranged alphabetically according to titles supplied by staff.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, 1970, with subsequent additions.

Related Archival Materials

Atlanta Music Club visual arts material, VIS 245, Kenan Research Center at Atlanta History Center.

Description Control

This collection was reprocessed in 2012.

Atlanta Music Club records
Sue VerHoef
January 2012
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center Repository

130 West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta GA 30305