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Schubert Music Club Collection

Identifier: RH-A-3548

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a 1911-1912 program, describing the scheduled activities and by-laws of the Kalamazoo Schubert Musical Club. The Kalamazoo Schubert Musical Club was an active fixture in the early twentieth-century Kalamazoo music scene, particularly during 1911-1912. The object of the Schubert Musical Club, as stated in their by-laws, was the, "encouragement of study and the stimulation of a general interest in music," a goal which the organization certainly excelled at during its tenure. The Club was active in the Kalamazoo area, having organized a large number of recitals and contributing to events such as the "Living Picture Festival," in April 1911, along with musicians from Kalamazoo College, Western Normal School, Kalamazoo high school, and a number of other educational and fine arts institutions from the area. The Club also had a close working relationship with the Ladies’ Library Association, frequently utilizing the L.L.A. building on Park Street, for myriad activities, including informal recitals and business meetings. As well as organizing recitals for the public and members of the Club, events were arranged for "student" members (a status available to anyone studying a particular branch of music) to encourage and develop an interest in music.

Prominent members included: Victoria McLaughlin a local pianist, E.J. McEwen, and F.L. Nixon. Interestingly, the entire list of officers for 1911 consisted entirely of prominent women in the community, and more than half of the Directors were female (thus the Executive Board, which consisted of Officers and Directors was almost entirely female). In October 1911, the Schubert Musical Club merged with the Madrigal musical society to form the Kalamazoo Musical society.


  • Creation: 1911-1912


.05 Cubic Feet

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Physical Description

The collection is approximately .05 cubic feet and consists of one folder. The program contained therein is in very good condition, with very little fading of the text and little if any bending of the pages. With continued preservation and careful handling the document should remain in very good condition.

Schubert Music Club Collection Finding Aid
Andrew Archey
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Repository Details

Part of the Western Michigan University Archives & Regional History Collections Repository

Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center
1650 Oakland Drive
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5307 US
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