Finding Aid of Traverse City Musicale Colleciton, 1932-2013

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Title

Finding Aid of Traverse City Musicale Colleciton, 1932-2013

Subject

Music--Instruction and study.
Societies.
Women--Societies and clubs.

Description

Finding aid of the Traverse City Musicale Collection. The Collection consists of scrapbooks and annual programs detailing the work and history of Traverse City Musicale, now known as Grand Traverse Musicale, from 1932-2013. The bulk of these records covers the period 1932-1982; Thereafter, the collection covers sporadic dates. Traverse City Musicale is a social and education organization originally founded by women, all of whom could perform some musical talent.

Creator

Traverse City Musicale, Traverse City (Mich.)

Source

Collection was received from the Traverse Area Historical Society as a legacy collection. There is no known record of the original donor.

Publisher

Traverse Area District Library, Traverse City (Mich.)

Date

1932-2013

Contributor

Grand Traverse Musicale, Traverse City (Mich.)

Rights

CC-BY

Relation

None.

Format

PDF

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

2017.10

Coverage

Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, Michigan, United States

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Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
Local History Collections
Traverse City Musicale Collection, 1

LOCAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS
Traverse Area District Library, Woodmere
610 Woodmere Avenue Traverse City MI 49686

Creator: ​Traverse City Musicale
Title: ​Traverse City Musicale Collection
Inclusive dates: ​1932-2013
Bulk dates: ​1932-1982
Extent: ​1.5 linear feet
Call number: ​2017.10

Language: Material is in English
Acquisition: Anonymous donation.
Accruals: Periodic additions to the collection are not expected.
Access: The collection is open without restriction.
Photographs: None.
A-V Material: None.
Digital Material: None.
Copyright: Copyright is held by Traverse Area District Library unless
otherwise noted in the item record.
Processed By: Joseph and Janet Novak, 2017

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Abstract
Collection of scrapbooks and annual programs detailing the work and history of
Traverse City Musicale, now known as Grand Traverse Musicale, from 1932-2013. The
bulk of these records covers the period 1932-1982; Thereafter, the collection covers
sporadic dates. Traverse City Musicale is a social and educational organization
originally founded by women, all of whom could perform some musical talent.
History
Traverse City Musicale, now known as Grand Traverse Musicale, was founded in 1932.
The organization’s mission has always focused on music, including providing quality
musical programs, encouraging the study of music and performance, and supplying
scholarships to young musicians.
Founders of the organization included musicians, teachers and music lovers. The
following is a list of charter members: Louise Buck Alley, Hermione Flagler Hendryx,
Mary Morgan Linsley, Paula Litton, Lola Lutman, Matilda Bartak McManus, Lucille B.
Mintling, Mozelle Bennett Sawyer, Evelyn Pelton Temple, Alice Roberts Titus, and Anne
Wood Wells. Of these, Mozelle Bennett Sawyer was a professional and renowned
violinist, and Alice Roberts Titus was the sister-in-law of novelist and movie scriptwriter,
Harold Titus.
From the 1968-1981 Scrapbook, a condensed history of the Musicale by Mary Alice
Wilson, written November 1974, to be given to new members of the organization:
“Traverse City Musicale began in the mind of Louise Buck Alley who with nine other
women met on February 26, 1932 to discuss the possibilities of a local music club. In
April, that same year, the club was named and a constitution written. Its purpose was
study and promotion of good music and performance of all members. Membership was
selective, by audition, and was limited to 40 in number. Besides regular meetings, the
first Thursday of each month, other public performances and concerts by out-of-town
artists were presented. In 1934 the first scholarships to Interlochen were given.
The first chorus performed in 1933 with seven members. The Christmas program with
the chorus performing and the Traverse City Women’s Club as guests has been an
annual activity for many years. Group singing at the State Hospital was begun in 1958
and continues to be an important activity. A junior club was organized in 1940 and was
active for many years. In 1958 non-performing members were taken in as associates,
and the number was no longer limited to 40. Through the years other changes have
been made. The constitution was re-written in 1972. Membership now has the following

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classifications: performing, active, honorary, and life. The club became federated with
the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs in 1933.”
Scope and Content Note
The collection is comprised of two series: ​Traverse City Musicale ​and ​Junior
Musicale​. Junior musicale is now a defunct sub-group of the Musicale, and the
collection holds only one scrapbook detailing their activities.
Traverse City Musicale​ is comprised of two sub-series, ​Annual Programs ​and
Scrapbooks​. For information on individual programs offered, the names of performers,
members and charter members of the organization, see the Annual Programs
sub-series. The Scrapbooks sub-series is largely pasted newspaper clippings
concerning the happenings of the organization. Most were clipped from the ​Traverse
City Record-Eagle​, and provide greater depth and color to the programs put on by the
organization, more so than the Annual Programs.
Container No.

Description
Traverse City Musicale [series]:

Box 1, Folder 1
Annual Programs [sub-series]:
1932-33 (2 copies)
1933-34
1934-35
1935-36
1936-37
1937-38 (2 copies)
1938-39 (2 copies)
1939-40
1940-41 (2 copies)
1941-42
1942-43 (2 copies)
1943-44 (2 copies)
1944-45
1945-46
1946-47
1947-48
1948-49
1949-50 (2 copies)
1950-51 (2 copies)
1951-52
1952-53

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Container No.

Description

Traverse City Musicale [series, cont.]:
Box 1, Folder 1 (cont.)
Annual Programs [sub-series, cont.]:
1953-54
1954-55 (0 copies)
1955-56
1956-57
1957-58
1958-59
1959-60
1960-61
1961-62
1962-63
1963-64
1964-65
Box 1, Folder 2
1965-66 (2 copies)
1966-67 (2 copies)
1967-68 (2 copies)
1978-69 (2 copies)
1969-70 (2 copies)
1970-71 (2 copies)
1971-72 (2 copies)
1972-73 (2 copies)
1973-74 (2 copies)
1974-75 (2 copies)
1975-76 (2 copies)
1976-77 (2 copies)
1977-78 (2 copies)
1978-79 (2 copies)
1979-80 (2 copies)
1980-81 (2 copies)
Box 1, Folder 3
1981-82 (2 copies)
1982-83 (2 copies)
1983-84 (2 copies)
1984-85 (2 copies)
1985-86 (2 copies)
1986-87 (0 copies)
1987-88
1988-89
1989-90

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Container No.

Description

Traverse City Musicale [series, cont.]:
Box 1, Folder 3 (cont.)
Annual Programs [sub-series, cont.]:
1990-91
1991-92 (0 copies)
1992-93 (0 copies)
1993-94
1994-95
1995-96 (2 copies)
1996-97 (2 copies)
1997-98 (2 copies)
(Gap in collection)
2012-13
Box 2
Scrapbooks [sub-series]:
Constitution
Scrapbook, 1932-1958
Scrapbook, 1958-1968
Scrapbook, 1968-1981
Scrapbook, 1971-1976
Scrapbook, 1981-1982
Junior Musicale [series]:
Scrapbook, 1952-1958 (Includes sheets of music for the ​Washington
March
and ​Polly Willis​)

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