Opera Guild of Southern Arizona records, 1958-1995

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Opera Guild of Southern Arizona records, 1958-1995

MS 321


Collection Summary

Creator: Opera Guild of Southern Arizona Board of Directors
Collection Name:Opera Guild of Southern Arizona records,
Inclusive Dates: 1958-1995
Physical Description:7 linear feet
Abstract:The bulk of the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona records pertains to the its annual activities, especially promotional, educational and fund-raising events. Monthly bulletins, scrapbooks and yearbooks document the many activities of the guild: opera previews, luncheons, dinners, sponsorship of opera students, scholarships, loans and grants, underwriting of annual Metropolitan and San Francisco opera auditions, aid to groups producing opera, and sponsorship of free matinees for school students.
Collection Number:MS 321
Repository: University of Arizona Libraries, Special Collections
University of Arizona
PO Box 210055
Tucson, AZ 85721-0055
Phone: 520-621-6423
Fax: 520-621-9733
URL: http://speccoll.library.arizona.edu/

Historical Note

The Opera Guild of Southern Arizona was conceived in 1957 by Ruth Booth who moved to Arizona that year. Finding no musical organizations dedicated to the promotion and expansion of opera in the area, Ms. Booth obtained the support of the Metropolitan Opera Guild in New York in her efforts to form a guild in Tucson. The charter meeting was held on April 13, 1958, with the stated aim of stimulating interest in and advancing the appreciation of opera as well as encouraging participation and bringing opera performances to audiences of all ages in Southern Arizona. The Opera Guild corporate in 1960 and continues its annual sponsorship of Metropolitan and San Francisco opera company auditions, student matinees, and a variety of fund-raising events intended to support community opera in Tucson. The Guild holds four to six regular board meetings annually.


Scope and Content Note

The bulk of the Opera Guild of Southern Arizona records pertains to the its annual activities, especially promotional, educational and fund-raising events. Monthly bulletins, scrapbooks and yearbooks document the many activities of the guild: opera previews, luncheons, dinners, sponsorship of opera students, scholarships, loans and grants, underwriting of annual Metropolitan and San Francisco opera auditions, aid to groups producing opera, and sponsorship of free matinees for school students.

News clippings and photographs also document these varied activities. Organizational records include board minutes, financial statements, and a history of the guild's development. Additional materials are expected in the future.


Organization

Since the Opera Guild follows a fiscal and opera year calendar which runs from May through April, records which were originally arranged according to this fiscal pattern were retained in that order. Other records are arranged in calendar year order.This collection is organized into six series:

Restrictions

Restrictions

None.

Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Arizona Board of Regents for the University of Arizona, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.


Related Material

Approximately 2.5 linear feet of records were not retained. These consisted primarily of duplicate materials such as board minutes and monthly bulletins. In addition, the contents of photo albums, scrapbooks and notebooks were moved to file folders.


Access Terms

Personal Name(s)
Booth, Ruth

Corporate Name(s)
Opera Guild of Southern Arizona

Geographic Name(s)
Tucson (Ariz.) -- History

Subject(s)
Music -- Arizona -- Tucson -- 20th Century
Music -- Societies, etc.
Opera -- Arizona

Genre Form(s)
Correspondence
Photographs


Administrative Information

Credit Line

Opera Guild of Southern Arizona records(MS 321). Special Collections, University of Arizona Libraries.


Container List

Series I: Board Records, 1958-1991
boxfolder
11 Guild organization history. , No Dates
12 Oraganizational meetings. , No Dates
13 Historical. , No Dates
14 Articles of incorporation. , No Dates
15 Guidelines. , No Dates
16 Constitution and By-laws. , No Dates
17 Board and committee members. , No Dates
18-14 Board and committee minutes. , 1958-1991
boxfolder
21 Board minutes. , 1992-1994
22 Greene bequest and investment. , No Dates
23 Assistance fund. , No Dates
24 Barnes Loan Fund. , No Dates
25 Ruiz donation, University of Arizona School of Music. , No Dates
26 Booth Scholarship. , No Dates
27 Booth Scholarship, Humphrey correspondence. , No Dates
28-9 Financial statements. , 1961-1992
210 Insurance. , No Dates
211 Historian's report. , No Dates
212 Charter members. , No Dates
boxfolder
31 Membership. , No Dates
32 Membership development. , No Dates
33 Helpers. , No Dates
Series II: Bulletins and Yearbooks, 1958-1994
boxfolder
34-11 Bulletins. , 1958-1994
312-13 Yearbooks. , 1968-1994
Series III: Correspondence, 1957-1995
boxfolder
41-27 Correspondence. , 1957-1985
boxfolder
51-11 Correspondence. , 1985-1995
Series IV: Sponsored Events, 1958-1994
boxfolder
512 Publicity materials. , No Dates
513 Student singers, Janice Felty. , No Dates
514 Student singers, Jerry Howell. , No Dates
515 Student singers, Joseph Pinedo. , No Dates
516-17 Opera Dinner. , 1958-1959
boxfolder
61-10 Opera dinner. , 1960-1977
611 Tucson Civic Chorus. , 1959
612 Preview, Othello. , 1964
613 Preview, Tales of Hoffman. , 1967
614 Preview, Don Giovanni. , 1972
615 University of Arizona Artist Series, La Boheme. , 1964
616 Mad Hatters Brunch. , 1966
617 Boris Gudunov. , 1970
618 Luncheon. , 1975
619 University of Arizona School of Music Benefit. , 1979
620 Luncheon, Holiday in Italy. , 1980
boxfolder
71 Goldovsky Concert. , 1981
72 Tea. , 1985
73 Western Opera Theater. , 1969-1972
74 Ditty Bags. , 1968-1971
75 Miscellaneous Materials. , 1962-1989
76 Old Pueblo Experiential Repertory Adventure. , 1987-1990
77 Tours. , 1978-1989
78 National Endowment for the Humanities Proposal. , 1979
79-16 Student Matinees. , 1968-1980
boxfolder
81-9 Student Matinees. , 1980-1994
810 Student Matinee "Thank You" letters. , No Dates
811 Alliance of Arizona Opera Guilds. , 1970
812 Regional Auditions History. , 1970
boxfolder
91 Arizona Opera Auditions. , 1962-1988
92 Arizona Opera Auditions Fund. , 1961-1970
93 Arizona Opera Auditions Fund. , 1961-1970
94 Audition Winners: New York & San Francisco. , 1957-1973
95-11 Metropolitan Opera Auditions. , 1958-1978
boxfolder
101-6 Metropolitan Opera Auditions. , 1978-1987
107-12 San Francisco Opera Auditions: Merola. , 1965-1987
1013 Merola Opera-Guild Sponsorship of David Majors. , 1980
Series V: Scrapbooks, 1958-1994
boxfolder
1014-21 Scrapbooks. , 1958-1966
boxfolder
111-11 Scrapbooks. , 1966-1979
boxfolder
121-5 Scrapbooks. , 1981-January 1992
boxfolder
131-4 Scrapbooks. , February 1992-May 1994
Series VI: Opera Auditions Audio Tapes, 1978-1981
boxfolder
141-2 San Francisco Opera Auditions (7" reels). , 1980
143-6 Metropolitan Opera Auditions (7" reels). , 1981
147-8 AIDA Preview (audio cassettes). , No Dates
boxfolder
151 Metropolitan Opera Auditions (10.5" reels). , 1978
152-4 Metropolitan Opera Auditions (10.5" reels). , 1979