Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (DeKalb), 1962-2007
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Brief Description: The collection contains the records of the Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America (S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.) from 1967 to 2007.  The records include newsletters, minutes, correspondence, administrative files, show material, district and national information, contest information, audio-visual material, as well as an individual’s judging secretary records.  These records reflect the singing and philanthropic activities of the Kishwaukee Chapter within the national organization.  While the records document performances and contests throughout the history of the chapter, the only performances of the Kishwaukee Chapter recorded are from 1998 to 2004..
Held at:
Northern Illinois University
Founders Memorial Library
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: 815-753-1779
Email: rhcua [at]
Record Series Number: RHC/RC/284
Volume: 3.5 Linear Feet
Acquired: 05/18/2007.
Arrangement: The collection is organized into four series: Kishwaukee Valley “Kish-Wau-Keys” Chapter (I), Illinois District (II), National S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (III), and Audio-Visual (IV).  The first series contains several subseries: Chapter By-Laws and Information (A.), Reports, Minutes, Newsletters (B), and Show Material (C).  The third series,  National S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., is further divided into four subseries: General and Chapter Information (A), Performance and Show Information (B), Institute of Logopedics ( C), and John R. Barker, National Judging Secretary (D).  The materials are arranged chronologically with the audio-visual material arranged chronologically within record type.
Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre; "> </span>
Subject Index
Barbershop Harmony Society. Kishwaukee Chapter
Choral societies
Rights/Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.
Acquisition Notes: Larry Ball  Larry Ball, President of the Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society donated the group’s records to the Regional History Center on May 18, 2007.