Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Featured Manuscript Collection: September/October

Little Rock Musical Coterie Records
MSS 98-42
Finding Aid

Member's Booklet, 1900-1901. Location in collection: Box 1, File 15.

In October 1893, Effie Miller Williams, Susan Pierce Stephens, and Elizabeth Pierce Lyman met at the home of Cora Cross Marshall and formed the Little Rock Musical Coterie. The purpose, as put forward at the first meeting, was for members to meet periodically and musically perform for each other. In time, they hoped to bring other music lovers into the club. This inauspicious gathering was the beginning of one of the most influential music groups in the state.

Left: "We Who Make Music" program, April 9, 1997. Right: Celebrate--Centennial! program, May 11, 1994.
Location in collection: Box 1, File 28.

Throughout its history, the Little Rock Musical Coterie has remained a vital component of the local musical community. The club was instrumental in starting the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, the Community Concerts, and the Choral Society. In addition, the Coterie contributed to the musical life of Little Rock by recognizing American and local composers, providing college loans and scholarships for music students, and producing the Crusade for Strings and the Young Artists concerts. Also, the Coterie has performed numerous programs for the nursing homes, orphanages, and hospitals in the area. In 1898, the Little Rock Musical Coterie joined the National Federation of Music Clubs, and, in 1915, became one of the charter clubs of the Arkansas Federation of Music Clubs.

Newsletter, Fall 2004 (front and back).
Location in collection: Box 1, File 14.

The Little Rock Musical Coterie Materials contains much of the club's history in the form of the scrapbooks of the various Coterie presidents, the minutes of Coterie meetings, club correspondence and ephemera, newspaper articles, and other materials. The Coterie minutes and scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order. Other portions of the collection are categorized by topic.

This information is taken from the finding aid. Click on the images to enlarge.


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