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ANCHORAGE COMMUNITY CHORUS. Records; 1947-1972. 13 cu. ft.

The first performance of the Anchorage Community Chorus occurred in March 1947. At first, the organization was called "A United Choir of All Faiths," and later "The Little Theatre Chorus." The formal organization of the Anchorage Community Chorus as a nonprofit corporation took place in 1950. Among its many conductors were Lorene Harrison, Maurice Minard, Russell Mason, Roy Barker, Mary Hale, Maughan McMurdie, Royal Norquist, and Elvira Voth Douglas. The chorus played a significant part in the Alaska Festival of Music from its inception in 1955 when Robert Shaw and his chorale participated. Over the years, the chorus participated in, and presented, numerous different performances many of which were recorded. The organization has played an important role in the cultural life of Anchorage.

The collection consists of the records of the Anchorage Community Chorus. Included are subject files (1947, 1954-1970), scrapbooks (1947-1972), recordings (1955-1962), music, and posters. The scrapbooks contain photographs, programs, newspaper clippings, posters, and a few letters which delineate the history of the organization. The recordings are both on disk and on magnetic tape; they include concerts and performances as well as lectures by Julius Hereford and a speech by Jacob Anshalomov.

The records were deposited in the archives in 1981.

Inventory:

Series descriptions:

Series 1. Subject File.
Included in this file are correspondence, bills and receipts, invoices, minutes of meetings, treasurers records, membership lists, and so forth. The folders are dated and are arranged in alphabetical order.

Series 2. Scrapbooks.
The scrapbooks are arranged essentially in chronological order; they date from 1947 through 1972. Volume 11 concerns only the performance of the "Mikado" in 1966. The scrapbooks contain correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, programs, playbills, and so forth.

Series 3. Recordings.
The recordings concern concerts, recitals, and other productions; they are both taped on discs. Also included are lectures by Julius Hereford and a speech by Jacob Anshalomov. They are arranged essentially in chronological order and occur in the period between 1955 and 1962. There are 21 different recordings of performances or speeches.

Series 4. Music.
This series is divided into two parts. The first part consists of ditto masters for various songs relating to Alaska. They are arranged essentially in alphabetical order. The second part consists of 12 copies of variations on "Gandeamus Igitur."

Series 5. Posters.
Copies of posters for Alaska Sings which was performed in 1967.

 



FOLDER LIST

Series 1. Subject File.
1. Accident claim; 1961, 1968.
2. Administrative Procedures, n.d.
3. Alaska Festival of Music, 1966-68.
4. Alaska State Council on Arts, 1967-68.
5. Anchorage Community College, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1966.
6. Anchorage Community Theatre, 1967.
7. Anchorage Concert Association, 1968.
8. Anchorage Symphony, 1965-67.
9. Attendance Records 1967-68.
10. Awards, 1965, 1968.
11. Bank, 1954, 1965, 1966.
12. Bank Statements, 1957-58.
13. Bank Statements, 1963-65.
14. Bank Statements, 1966.
15. Bank Statements, 1967.
16. Banner Instructions, 1967.
17. Biographical Records Chorus Members, n.d.
18. Board Membership List, 1955-56, 1963-68.
19. Budgets, 1965-68.
20. By-Laws, 1955-60, 1966.
21. By-Laws Acknowledgement by Members, 1962, 1965-67.
22. Children's Special - Pirates of Penzance, 1968.
23. Choral Notes, 1957.
24. Chorus Bulletins, 1966-67.
25. Chorus Bulletins, 1967-68.
26. Chorus Membership Lists, 1947, 1948, 1952-68.
27. Correspondence - General, 1959-70.
28. Correspondence - Dept. of the Air Force, 1959, 1967.
29. Correspondence - Dept. of the Army, 1967-68.
30. Correspondence - Chorus Members, 1963, 1967-68.
31. Corresponding Secretary, 1954-58.
32. Corresponding Secretary, 1958-63.
33. Corresponding Secretary, 1964-65.
34. Corresponding Secretary, 1966-67.
35. Corresponding Secretary, 1967-68.
36. Costumes, 1965.
37. Costumes and Sets (Mikado) Tracy Music Company, 1965-66#
38. Costumes and Sets (Pirates of Penzance) Tracy Music Co.,1967-68
39. Copyright Certificate, 1958.
40. Friends of Chorus, 1968.
41. Honorary Memberships, 1966.
42. Insurance Policies, 1966-68, 1971.
43. Invoices - Obsolete, 1952-59.
44. Invoices 6-57/12-57.
45. Invoices 12-57/7-58.
46. Invoices 65-66, 66-67.
47. "Messiah," 1967.
48. "Mikado," 1966.
49. Minutes, June 54 - June 56.
50. Minutes, 1956-57.
51. Minutes, 1957-58.
52. Minutes, 1958-59.
53. Minutes, 1959-60.
54. Minutes, 1960-61.
55. Minutes, 1961-62.
56. Minutes, 1962-63.
57. Minutes, 1963-64.
58. Minutes, 1964-65.
59. Minutes, 1965-66.
60. Minutes - Executive Board, 1966-67.
61. Board Minutes, 1967-68.
62. Minutes - Executive Board, 1968-69.
63. Minutes, 1969-70.
64. Music Lists, 1967.
65. Parks & Recreation Dept., 1966-68.
66. Photos, n.d., 1947, 1962.
67. "Pirates of Penzance," March 1968.
68. Programs, 1952-69, 74.
69. Pronunciation Aids, n.d.
70. Questionnaire,Background Information, n.d.
71. Recordings-Production, 1952-62.
72. Recordings, Bills, Correspondence, etc. 1954.
73. Risers, 1962.
74. Robes, 1964.
75. The Seasons, n.d.
76. Social Chairman, 1968.
77. Solicitations, 1959, 1960, 1967.
77a. Stationery.
78. Tickets, 1966.
79. Treasurer's Record Book, 1950-55 (next to the box).
80. Treasurer's Record Book, 1955-57.
81. Treasurer's Record Book, 1961-66.
82. Treasurer's Records, Receipt Book 1957, 1965-67.
83. Treasurer's Records, 1962 - Spring 1965.
84. Treasurer's Reports, 1952-68.
85. Trial by Jury, 1967.
86. Vocal Ensemble, 1967.
87. Vice-President, 1967-68.
88. War Requiem, 1967.

Series 2. Scrapbooks. (339 prints and 8 slides).
1. Vol. 1 Scrapbook; 1947-1954. 64 prints.
2. Vol. 2 Scrapbook; Fall 1954-July, 1957. 25 prints.
3. Vol. 3 Scrapbook; August, 1957 - June, 1958.
4. Vol. 4 Scrapbook; June, 1958-August, 1959. 33 prints.
5. Vol. 5 Scrapbook; July, 1960-July, 1961. 41 prints.
6. Vol. 6 Scrapbook; August, 1961-December, 1962. 2 prints.
7. Vol. 7 Scrapbook; March, 1963-June, 1965. 1 print.
8. Vol. 8 Scrapbook; June, 1965-May, 1968. 24 prints.
9. Vol. 9 Scrapbook; June, 1968-June, 1969.
10. Vol. 10 Scrapbook; December, 1970-June, 1972. 64 prints.
11. Vol.11 Scrapbook-"The Mikado"; March, 1966-April, 1966. 81 prints and 8 slides.

Series 3. Recordings.
1. Bach B - Minor Mass; 4-track stereo, n.d.; 2 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
2. Dedication of Anchorage Municipal Auditorium, 1955; 1 disc 10-inch, 33-1/3 RPM.
3. Julius Hereford Lecture, August 28, 1956; 11 reels 7-inch magnetic tape.
4. Christmas Concert, December, 1956; 3 discs 12-inch, 33-1/3 RPM (2 copies of disc no. 1).
5. "Alaska's Flag" for Ed Sullivan Show, 1957; 1 reel 5-inch magnetic tape.
6. Spring Concert, 1957; 2 discs 12-inch, 33-1/3 RPM.
7. "King David," August, 1957; 7 reels 7-inch magnetic tape, 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
8. "St. John," March, 1958; 6 reels 7-inch magnetic tape, 2 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
9. Hereford TV Lecture, June, 1958; 8 reels 7-inch magnetic tape.
10. Spring Concert, June 6, 1958; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
11. Festival, June 7, 1958; 7 reels 7-inch magnetic tape, 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
12. Festival Recital, June 14, 1958; 4 reels 7-inch magnetic tape.
13. Festival - Brahms Requiem, June 18, 1958; 3 reels 7-inch magnetic tape, 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
14. Jacob Anshalomov Speech, June 19, 1958; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
15. Master "Alaska's Flag," Aleut Lullaby," March 9, 1959; 1 reel 5-inch magnetic tape, 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
16. Christmas Concert, December, 1959; 3 reels 7-inch magnetic tape.
17. Spring Concert, March 31, 1960; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
18. Festival, June, 1960; 11 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
19. Chorus Concert, December, 1960; 2 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
20. Festival Concert - Missa Solemnis, June, 1961; 3 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
21. Festival Orchestra Concert, June 22, 1961; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
22. Westwood Wind Quintet, June 24, 1961; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
23. Master Vocal Recital, June 24, 1961; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
24. Student Concert - Festival Orchestra, June 24, 1961; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
25. Spring Concert, 1961; 2 discs 12-inch 33-1/3 RPM, 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
26. Christmas Concert, December, 1961; 1 disc 12-inch 33-1/3 RPM, 3 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
27. "Alaska's Flag," 1961; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
28. Festival, June, 1962; 12 reels 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
29. Festival Student Concert, June, 1962; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
30. Christmas Concert, December, 1962; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
31. Robert Shaw: Choir of the North, May, 1963; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
32. Festival Orchestra Concert, June, 1963; 1 reel 10-1/2-inch magnetic tape.
33. "Elijah," December 8, 1964; 3 reels 7-inch magnetic tape.
34. Anchorage Community Chorus, 1971 - 1974:
  a. "Alaska's Flag," "Te Deum,'' "Symphony #9 in D Minor," December 5, 1971; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  b. Great Opera Choruses, March 18, 1972; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  c. Alaska Festival of Music, June 22 - 29, 1972; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  d. Christmas Concert, December 16, 1972; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  e. "Puccini-Tosca, Act II," "Rachmaninoff - The Bells," Russian Liturgical Songs, February 25, 1973; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  f. Gilbert & Sullivan - The Gondoliers, April 29, 1973; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  g. Alaska Festival of Music, June 28, 1973; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  h. Christmas Concert, December 9, 1973; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  I. Spring Concert, March 31, 1974; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  j. Alaska Festival of Music, June 13, 1974; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.
  35. Spring Concert, March 23, 1975; 1 reel 7-inch magnetic tape.

Series 4. Music.
1. a) "Alaska's Flag" by Robert Kurka. 4 pages.
b) "Aleut Lullaby" by Mary Hale. 3 pages.
c) "Legend of Denali", Walter Arron and Lorraine Donoghue. 8 pages.
d) "Song of the North" by Marjorie M. Whaley, arranged by Mary Hale. 4 pages.
e) Two Songs of Alaska
I. "Returning to the Northland" by Jack E. Kunz, 4 pages.
II. "Sunset in Alaska" by Jack E. Kunz, 3 pages.
2. "Variations on Gaudeamus Igitur" by Paul McIntyre. 12 copies.

Series 5. Posters.
1. "Alaska Sings," 1967. 36 copies.
2. "Pirates of Penzance," 1968. 1 copy.