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Guide to the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra records
1953-1995

Collection number: HMC-0056.
Creator: Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.
Title: Anchorage Symphony Orchestra records.
Dates: 1953-1995, bulk 1968-1987.
Volume of collection: 4.5 cubic feet. 
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Collection summary: Organizational records of Anchorage’s local symphony orchestra.

Organizational history:
The Anchorage Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1946 by seventeen local musicians, whose first public performance in December of that year was a joint performance of A Christmas Carol with the Anchorage Little Theater.  The orchestra gave its first full concert in May 1947.  At the time of its founding, the symphony was the only musical organization of its kind in Alaska and was the farthest north symphonic orchestra on the continent. In addition to its regular programs of classical music, the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra has performed special Young People's Concerts and Pops Concerts, and has collaborated with the Anchorage Community Chorus, the Anchorage Civic Ballet, the Anchorage Civic Opera, and the Alaska Festival of Music to bring Alaskans a variety of entertainments. In the early 1960s, an Executive Board was formed to handle the Symphony's business matters and the Anchorage Symphony Women's League was established to assist the Board and to promote the Symphony.

Collection description:
This collection contains the organizational records of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra (ASO) from 1953-1995, with the bulk of the records dating from 1968-1987.  Materials in the collection include committee papers, meeting minutes, and correspondence from the ASO board of directors; other administrative correspondence about the daily functions, concerts, and special programs of the organization; ASO newsletters, programs, and brochures for ASO concerts and programs; subject files and newspaper clippings kept by the organization on topics pertinent to the activities of the ASO; financial records; and other organizational records, including publicity materials and photographs.

Arrangement: The collection is arranged into the following series:
Series 1. Board of directors records, 1968-1987.
Series 2.  Administrative correspondence, 1971-1986.
Subseries 1.  General correspondence, 1971-1986.
Subseries 2. Board of directors and staff member correspondence, 1974-1986.
Series 3.  Newsletters, 1983-1986.
Series 4.  Subject files, 1964-1987.
Series 5.  Programs and brochures, 1970-1987.
Series 6.  Financial records, 1953-1988.
Series 7.  Newspaper clippings, 1968-1987.
Series 8.  Other records, 1972-1995.

Digitized copies: Digital copies of collection material not available online. For information about obtaining digital copies, please contact Archives and Special Collections.

Rights note: Archives does not own copyright to this collection.

Preferred citation: Anchorage Symphony Orchestra records, Archives and Special Collections, Consortium Library, University of Alaska Anchorage.

Related materials: Archives & Special Collections also holds the following related collections: Anchorage Symphony League records; 1946-1992.  HMC-0057.

Acquisition note: The collection was placed on deposit in the archives in 1988 by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra.  Additional materials were added to the collection in 1996.

Processing information: This collection was arranged and described by Michele Wellck in 1996.  The guide to the collection was revised by Megan K. Friedel in 2011.

Container list:

SERIES 1. BOARD OF DIRECTORS RECORDS, 1968-1987. 0.3 cubic feet.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/1 -1/2

By-laws and articles of incorporation

1976, 1982

1/3 -1/8

Board meeting minutes

1974-1979

1/9 -1/14

Board meeting minutes and agendas

1982-1987

1/15

Committee list and descriptions

1976-1987

1/16

Budget committee papers

1968 May

1/17

Contract committee papers

1977

1/18

Education committee agenda and memo papers

1982

1/19 -1/20

Fundraising committee papers, including Salmon Derby plan

1985, 1987

1/21

Liaison committee papers

1983

1/22

Long-Range Planning committee/Caroline Wohlforth papers

1982-1985

1/23

Programs committee invoices for program ads

1982

1/24

Publicity committee

1979

1/25

Search committee papers regarding search for conductor

1980-1981

1/26

Search committee papers regarding search for Anchorage Symphony Orchestra board members

1979

1/27

Tickets committee memo

circa 1981

1/28

Young Peoples Concerts committee papers

1978-1981

1/29

Letters to board of directors

1980-1983

1/30

Mediators report by Bean Public Relations

1982 December 14

1/31

Memos to board members

1977-1987

1/32

Board attendance report

1978

 

SERIES 2. ADMINISTRATIVE CORRESPONDENCE, 1971-1986. 0.7 cubic feet.

Series 2.  Subseries 1.  General organizational correspondence, 1971-1986. 0.3 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically by material type.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/33

General correspondence

1971

1/34

General correspondence

1972

1/35

General correspondence

1973

1/36

General correspondence

1974 January-April

1/37

General correspondence

1974 May-June

1/38

General correspondence

1974 August

1/39

General correspondence

1974 November-December

1/40

General correspondence

circa 1974-1975

1/41

General correspondence

1975 February-May

1/42

General correspondence

1975 June-August

1/43

General correspondence

1975 September-December

1/44

General correspondence

1976 January-April

1/45

General correspondence, including photographs of William Masselos

1976 May-August

1/46

General correspondence

1976 September-December

1/47

General correspondence

circa 1976-1977

1/48

General correspondence

1977 January-April

1/49

General correspondence

1977 May-December

1/50

General correspondence

1979

1/51

General correspondence with Walter F. Anderson, special assistant to the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts

1979

1/52

General correspondence

1980-1981

1/53

General correspondence - Outgoing

1982 July-September

1/54

General correspondence - Outgoing

1982 October-December

1/55

General correspondence - Outgoing

1983 January-March

1/56

General correspondence - Outgoing

1983 April-June

1/57

General correspondence - Outgoing

1983 April-June

1/58

General correspondence - Outgoing

1983 July-September

1/59

General correspondence - Outgoing

1983 October-December

1/60

General correspondence - Outgoing

1984 January-March

1/61

General correspondence - Outgoing

1984 April-June

1/62

General correspondence - Outgoing

1984 July-September

1/63

General correspondence - Outgoing

1984 October-December

1/64

General correspondence -Various incoming

1982-1986

Series 2.  Subseries 2. Board of directors and staff correspondence, 1974-1986. 0.4 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically by correspondent name.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

1/65

Bud Adams board resignation

1983 January

1/66

Richard Anglemyer letter regarding board membership

1982 May

1/67

Larry Baker board resignation

1983 December

1/68

Matt Berman (Anchorage Symphony Orchestra Players Association president) correspondence

1982-1983

1/69

Dennis Barry memos from Pat Lombard

1982

1/70

Ken Calhoon letter regarding board membership

1984-1985

1/71

Sally Dowling notes regarding bowling requirements

1984-1985

1/72

Maurice Dubonnet (conductor) correspondence

1974-1981

1/73

Nancy Farmer correspondence

1974, 1981

1/74

Hubert Gellert correspondence

1980-1983

1/75

R. Everett Harris correspondence

1981-1983

1/76

Carol Heyman correspondence

1982

1/77

Duane Heyman correspondence, minutes, and notes

1981-1983

1/78

Dan Heynen board resignation letter

1983 January

1/79

Ruth Jefford board resignation letter

1985 May

1/80

William Kramer memos from Patricia Lombard

1981-1982

1/81

Patricia Lombard (general manager) correspondence

1981-1982

1/82

William E. McHarg correspondence and memos

1981-1983

1/83

Ron Merrett correspondence and memos

1981-1982

1/84

Irving “Ozzie” Miller resume

Undated

1/85

Elaine Nelson correspondence and memos

1981-1982

1/86

David Outcalt board resignation letter and photograph

1986

1/87

Jean Penney correspondence

1982

1/88

Shirley Pope board resignation letter

1985

1/89

Marilyn Sellick (Anchorage Symphony Women’s League president) letter to Women’s League members

Undated

1/90

Meredith Sykes (secretary of board of directors) correspondence, memos, minutes, and notes

1981-1984

1/91

Richard Weaver correspondence and board application

1984-1985

1/92

Joshua Wright board resignation letter

1985 October

 

SERIES 3. NEWSLETTERS, 1983-1986. 0.05 cubic feet.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

2/1

Music in the Air

1983-1984

2/2

Symphony!

1984-1986

 

SERIES 4. SUBJECT FILES, 1964-1987. 1.25 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

2/3

Alascom

1981-1985

2/4

Alaska Airlines

1979-1985

2/5

Alaska Arts Alliance

1981-1985

2/6

Alaska Festival of Music

1973-1977

2/7

Alaska Festival of Music program

1964

2/8

Alaska Light Opera Theater copy machine use

1985

2/9

Alaska Pacific University

1982-1986

2/10

Alaska Piano and Organ

1984, undated

2/11

Alaska Repertory Theater

1980-1985

2/12

Alaska State Fair

1986

2/13

Alaska State Hearing for the Arts

1974-1975

2/14

Alaska Visitors Association

1983

2/15

All Ways Travel

1984

2/16

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company correspondence

1981-1982

2/17

American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)

1978-1984

2/18

American Symphony Orchestra League

1975-1987

2/19

American Symphony Orchestra League comparative statistical reports

1984-1987

2/20

American Symphony Orchestra League San Francisco conference

1985

2/21

American Symphony Orchestra League Toronto conference

1984-1985

2/22

American Symphony Orchestra League Volunteer Council pre-seminar work materials

1985

2/23

Anchorage Arts Advisory Commission

1977, 1979

2/24

Anchorage Arts Council

1975, 1981-1985

2/25

Anchorage arts organizations list

1978 November

2/26

Anchorage Civic Opera

1978-1984

2/27

Anchorage Community College

1971, 1980-1986

2/28

Anchorage Community Theatre

1984-1985

2/29

Anchorage Concert Association

1974, 1983

2/30

Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

1981-1986

2/31

Anchorage Piano Co.

1984

2/32

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra Players Association

1980-1986

2/33

Anchorage Symphony Women's League

1980-1986

2/34

Anchorage Symphony Women's League season ticket committee

1984, 1986

2/35

Anchorage Welcome Service

1981, 1984

2/36

Article for Robert Craven's book - Correspondence

1984

2/38

Arts Alaska

1984-1987

2/39

Auditions

undated, 1982

2/40

Auditions for 1983-1984 season

1983

2/41

Auditions for 1984-1985 season

1984

2/42

Basically Bach Festival

1981-1987

2/43

Bean Public Relations

1982-1983

2/44

Box office statements

1978-1979

2/45

Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska letter

1985

2/46

Broadcast Music, Inc.

1983-1985

2/47

Chevron correspondence

1980-1985

2/48

City Hall advisory committee

1980

2/49

Commissions

1981

2/50

Conductors

1980-1981

2/51

Documentary

undated

2/52

Endorsement letters

1982-1983

2/53

Equipment loan

1983

2/54

Eva-Tone Soundsheets, Inc., includes 17 33 1/3 RPM "Soundsheets"/Flexidisks, 1 of which is of Anchorage Symphony Orchestra

1984

2/55

Expo '74 - World's Fair in Spokane, includes photograph

1972-1974

2/56

Exxon correspondence

1980-1986

2/57

Fairbanks Symphony.

1980-1984

2/58

Finance - Concert costs

1983-1984

2/59

First Federal Savings -Anchorage Symphony Orchestra ticket outlet

1978-1980

2/60

Fred Astaire Studios

undated, 1985

2/61

Fundraising

1966-1969

2/62

Fundraising

1981-1983, 1986

2/63

Fur Rendezvous

1985

2/64

General manager position

undated, 1979

2/65

Graphix West

1979-1982

2/66

Homer Council on the Arts

1983

2/67

Hospitality

1981-1983

2/68

Hutton, E.F.

1985

2/69

Instrument insurance - Bailey, Martin & Fay

1979-1981

2/70

Insurance policy - Rollins Burdick Hunter

1975-1983

2/71

Insurance policy - Marine Office Appleton & Cox Corp.

1974-1975

2/72

Jake Jacobson Enterprises

1983-1984

2/73

KAKM

1980-1985

2/74

KBYR

1981

2/75

KFQD

1981

2/76

KHAR

1980-1981

2/77

KIMO

1981

2/78

KSKA

1980-1985

2/79

KTUU

1983

3/1

Lease - Old City Hall

1981-1983

3/2

Logo registration

1984

3/3

Long-range planning meeting

1980 May

3/5

Long-range planning

1982

3/6

Mailing lists

1981-1982

3/7

Marketing coordinator

1982-1983

3/8

Master-class workshop

1979

3/9

Media contacts and publicity releases

1978-1980

3/10

Meet the Composer, Inc.

1983-1984

3/11

Microage Computer Store

1984

3/12

Multivisions

1980-1981

3/13

Murray/Bradley, Inc.

1981, 1985

3/14

Musical America

1981

3/15

Musicians rolls

1980-1983

3/16

National Bancorp of Alaska annual report

1986

3/17

National Committee for Symphony Orchestra Support correspondence

1978-1979

3/18

Northland Systems, Inc.

1984

3/19

Office equipment

1981-1983

3/20

Old City Hall

1980-1981

3/21

Performing Arts Center (University of Alaska Anchorage/Anchorage Community College) facility use

1976-1982

3/22

Personnel policies

undated

3/23

Promotion

1981-1982

3/24

Tape sales - Massound Productions

1979

3/25

University of Alaska, Anchorage community affiliation

undated

3/26

Viennese Waltz Night

1975

3/27

Western Opera Theatre

circa 1974

 

SERIES 5. PROGRAMS AND BROCHURES, 1970-1987. 0.2 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically by material type.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

3/28

Program - Pops Concert

1970 November 6-8

3/29

Program - Bettie McDonald, soloist

1971 February 4-6

3/30

Program - Concerts in Anchorage, Kodiak, and Homer

1971 March 4-7

3/31

Programs - Fairview School concert

1972 February 6

3/32

Program - Barbara Wilkinson, soloist

1973 November 16 and 18

3/33

Program - Chamber Music Concert

1974 March 8

3/34

Programs - Fredell Lack, soloist

1974 October 26

3/35

Programs - Pops Concert

1974 November

3/36

Programs - Zaven Tashjian, soloist

1975 February 21

3/37

Program - Anchorage Chamber Symphony

1975 March 7

3/38

Programs

1976 October 8-10

3/39

Program (incomplete) - Dona Lee Croft, soloist

1976 December 3-4

3/40

Programs - Aldo Mancineill, soloist

1977 March 25-26

3/41

Programs - Jack Glatzer, soloist

1977 December 2-3

3/42

Programs - Gloria Marinacci, soloist

1978 February 24-25

3/43

Programs - James Johnson, soloist

1978 March 24-25

3/44

Program - 1978-1979 season

1978-1979

3/45

Program - Chamber Symphony

1979 January 19

3/46

Programs - Rosemary Glyde, soloist

1979 February 23-24

3/47

Programs - Bettie McDonald, soloist

1979 March 23-24

3/48

Programs - 1979-1980 season

1979-1980

3/49

Programs - Anchorage Chamber Symphony

1980 February 1

3/50

Programs - Nathaniel Rosen and Paul Rosenthal, soloists

1980 November 21-22

3/51

Programs - "Words and Music

1981 January 23-24

3/52

Programs - Orchestra with Anchorage Community Chorus

1981 April 10-11

3/53

Program - Anchorage Chamber Symphony

1981 May 21

3/54

Programs - Carmen Dragon, conductor - Kathy Knight, soloist

circa 1981-1982

3/55

Program - Richard Buckley, conductor

1981 December 12

3/56

Programs - Jeff Holland Cook, conductor - Janet Marie Flanagan, soloist

1982 January 22-23

3/57

Program - Viennese Waltz Night

1982 May 1

3/58

Program - Ani Kavafian, soloist

1985 November 22-23

3/59

Program - Nancy Allen and Carol Wincenc, soloists

1986 February 14-15

3/60

Season brochure

1974-1975

3/61

Season brochure

1980-1981

3/62

Season brochure

1982-1983

3/63

Season brochure

1983-1984

3/64

Season brochure

1984-1985

3/65

Season brochures

1986-1987

3/66

Program and brochure examples

1982-1983

 

SERIES 6. FINANCIAL RECORDS, 1953-1988. 1 cubic foot.
Arranged by material type.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

3/67

Budgets

1975-1978

3/68

Budgets

1983-1987

3/69

Financial statements

1966-1970

3/70

Financial statements

1971-1972

3/71

Financial statements

1974-1975

3/72

Financial statements

1975-1976

5/1

Financial statements

1976-1981

3/73

Financial statements

1982-1983

3/74

Financial statements

1983-1984

3/75

Financial statements

1984-1985

3/76

Financial statements

1985-1986

3/77

Financial statements

1986-1987

3/78

Financial statements

1987-1988

5/2

Account ledgers

1966-1975

5/3

Account and general ledgers

1969-1979

5/4

Financial journal

1969-1979

3/79

Account ledgers

1980 September-December

3/80

Account ledgers

1981 January-April

5/7

Cash receipts ledger

1974-1975

5/8

Check register

1973 September-1975 April

5/9

Check register

1976 October-1977 October

5/10

Check register

1977 November-1979 May

5/11

Check register

1979 February-1980 November

5/12

Check register

1980 November -1981 August

5/13

Check register

1981 September-1982 February

5/14

Check register

1981 September-1982 June

5/15

Check register

1982 July-1983 March

5/16

Check register

1984 February-November

3/79

Receipts (income)

1974-1975

3/81

Receipts (income)

1975-1976

3/82

Receipts (income)

1976-1977

3/83

Receipts

1977-1978

3/84

Chart of accounts

1980

3/85

Donations

1966

3/86

Financial Management for the Arts by Charles A. Nelson and Frederick J. Turk

1975

4/1

Johnson, Morgan & Co. audit reports

1981-1985

4/2

Other financial records

1966-1976

4/3

Musician’s wages increase projections

circa 1984

4/4

Non-profit status records

1953-1986

4/5

Ticket prices report

circa 1984

4/6

Grants - Alaska State Council on the Arts (general)

1973-1977

4/7

Grants - Alaska State Council on the Arts "Audience Development Project" administrative support

1978-1980

4/8

Grants - ARCO

1975-1985

4/9 – 4/17

Grants - Municipality of Anchorage

1977-1981

4/18

Grants - National Endowment for the Arts

1970-1986

 

SERIES 7. NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS, 1968-1987. 0.5 cubic feet.
Arranged chronologically.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

5/17

Clippings (general)

undated

5/18 – 5/36

Clippings (general)

1968-1987

5/37

Clippings about the new Performing Arts Center

1987

 

SERIES 8. OTHER RECORDS, 1972-1995. 0.5 cubic feet.
Arranged alphabetically.

Box/Folder

Description

Dates

4/19

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra: 1946 through 1996 - 50 Years of Excellence by Kathy Pierce, edited by Stephen Haycox

1995

4/20

Anchorage Symphony participation survey results

undated

4/21

Box office statements

undated, 1979-1980

4/22

"Goals of the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra" draft statement

undated

4/23

"History of the Anchorage Symphony” statement

1982

4/24

Contracts and agreements

1974-1976

4/25

Notes

undated

4/26

Press releases

1984-1986

4/27

Publicity materials for guest artists, includes photographs

1983-1984

Box 6

Publicity materials - 4 reels of color 16mm moving image publicity films regarding Carmer Dragon, guest conductor

circa 1981

4/28

Publicity materials - Other

1972-1987

4/39

Publicity materials – Young People’s Concerts

1975

4/40

Schedules of concerts and rehearsals

1973-1978

4/41

Talent Bank Catalog directory of human resources for Alaska education

1975 March

4/42

Ticket and attendance reports

1980-1978

4/43

Tickets

1976-1978

4/44

"What is the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra?"

circa 1981

4/45

"What is the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra?" draft

circa 1982