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Kalamazoo Oratorio Society

Identifier: RH-A-3988

Scope and Contents

The Kalamazoo Oratorio Society was founded in 1955 by a group of individuals who were interested in bringing the message of Christmas to life through an inspiring oratorio performance of George Frederick Handel’s Messiah. The Society’s annual performance began a tradition that would grow to become one of the area’s largest non-professional arts organizations. In the 1960s, the Society added a spring performance of other major oratorios that steadily developed its national and international reputation.


  • Creation: 1977-2012



1 boxes : 0.25 cubic feet contained in one half-sized Hollinger box

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Physical Description

The collection amounts to 0.25 cubic feet contained in one half-sized Hollinger box with 4 folders comprised of documents including letters, announcements, articles, member files, notes, programs, insurance, and title abstract.

A majority of the documents are printed on white paper size 8½” x 11” with a few exceptions, including smaller colored programs and the larger insurance and title abstract. Most of the collection is in good condition, however, the insurance and title abstract has a creased center from being folded and its edges are worn from age.


The collection contains documents from the Kalamazoo Oratorio Society dating from 1977-2012. The files were donated by Marcia Rogers on October 28, 2016.

Kalamazoo Oratorio Society Finding Aid
Katherine Bauer
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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
(269) 387-8490