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Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (DeKalb)


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Kishwaukee Valley "Kish-Wau-Keys" Chapter

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Collection Overview

Title: Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (DeKalb), 1962-2007

ID: RHC/RC/284

Extent: 3.5 Linear Feet

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.

Date Acquired: 05/18/2007

Subjects: Barbershop Harmony Society. Kishwaukee Chapter, Choral societies

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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..

Collection Historical Note

Started around 1961, the Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., was organized to provide men the opportunity to sing barbershop harmony for personal enjoyment. The group, which also sang competitively, was comprised of men from DeKalb County and its surrounding areas.  The group sang under the national organization of S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., which was organized in 1938 is now known by the simpler name Barbershop Harmony Society.  The Kishwaukee Chapter took part in philanthropic endeavors, including raising funds for the Institute of Logopedics which aids individuals with hearing impairment. The Kishwaukee Valley Chapter or “Kish-Wau-Keys” continues into the present, delighting DeKalb County residents with their performances.

Subject/Index Terms

Barbershop Harmony Society. Kishwaukee Chapter
Choral societies

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.<span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre; "> </span>

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Larry Ball

Acquisition Method: 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.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I: Kishwaukee Valley "Kish-Wau-Keys" Chapter],
[Series II: Illinois District],
[Series III: National S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.],
[Series IV: Audio Visual],

Series I: Kishwaukee Valley "Kish-Wau-Keys" Chapter
Sub-Series A: Chapter By-Laws and Information
Box 1
Folder 1: Correspondence Regarding becoming S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. (Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Quartet Singing in America) Chapter, June 1961-January 1962
Folder 2: Chapter By-Laws and Statement of Policy, (1962-1973)
Folder 3: Kishwaukee Chapter By-Laws and Illinois Secretary of State  Correspondence, 1998
Folder 4: General Business Information, (circa 1970-1987), no date
Folder 5: Business Correspondence, (1958-1998), no date
Folder 6: Chapter Business and "Roving Him Singers,", 1969-1997
Folder 7: Membership Booklet- "Especially Prepared for Barbershopper John Dougherty,", circa 1964
Folder 8: Membership Applications, 1950, 1960-1971
Folder 9: Membership Lists, 1962-1979
Box 2
Folder 1: Membership Lists, March 1980-October 1989
Folder 2: Membership Applications and Dues, July 1985-November  1988
Folder 3: Membership Lists, January 1990-July 1998
Folder 4: Membership Applications and Dues, March 1991-November  1995
Folder 5: Membership Lists and Information, no date
Folder 6: Chapter Officers, (1961-1996), no date
Folder 7: Directors, 1978, 1991-1992, 1995
Sub-Series B: Reports, Minutes, Newsletters
Box 2
Folder 8-10: Meeting Minutes and Financials, (1961- 1977)
Box 3
Folder 1-12: Meeting Minutes and Financials, (1978- 2006), no date
Folder 13: S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. letterhead, no date
Folder 14: Attendance Records, January 1983- December 1987, circa 1989
Folder 15: Quarterly and Monthly Activity Reports, 1962-1990
Box 4
Folder 1: Achievement Scores and "Top 10 Chapters", 1992
Folder 2: Convention and Contests, (1962-1987), 1994
Folder 3: Awards, 1986-1987
Folder 4: Ladies Auxiliary, 1975
Folder 5: Chapter Historian, 1977
Folder 6: Bulk Mail Rate Correspondence, February 1988- March 1989
Folder 7: Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) licenses, (1986-1990)
Folder 8: John E. Roser funeral card, 1976
Folder 9: House of Delegates and District Executive Meetings, 1962- 1963
Folder 10: Illinois District Directory, 1984
Folder 11: Rehersal Meetings, 1967
Folder 12: Guest Night Program, 1988, no date
Folder 13: S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Guest Register, 1962-1981
Folder 14: Articles and Pamphlets on Barbershop Singing and the S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A., 1977, 1980, 2002, 2011, no date
Box 5
Folder 1: Thank You's and Appreciation, 1977-1996, 2004
Folder 2: Brush 'N Mug Newsletter, circa 1982-1982
Folder 3: Kish-wau-Keys Newsletter, circa 1983-2003
Sub-Series C: Show Material
Box 5
Folder 4-11: Show, (1962-1978)
Folder 12: Gauze and Applauze with Quartet, Kishwaukee Hopital, March 1978
Folder 13: Show, (1979-1999)
Folder 25: Barbershop Show, 2000
Folder 26: Barbershop Show, 2001
Folder 27: Barbershop Show Program, 2001
Folder 28: Barbershop Show, 2002
Folder 29: Barbershop Show Program, 2002
Folder 30: Barbershop Show, 2003
Folder 31: Barbershop Show Program, 2003
Folder 32: Barbershop Show, 2004
Folder 33: Barbershop Show Program, 2004
Folder 34: Barbershop Show, 2005
Folder 35: Barbershop Show Program, 2005
Folder 36: Barbershop Show, 2006
Folder 37: Barbershop Show Program, 2006
Folder 38: Barbershop Show, 2007
Folder 39: Show, no date
Box 6
Folder 1: Show Posters, 1975-1976
Item 1: S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Scrapbook
Box 7
Item 1: Harmony Foundation Service Award Plaque, 1985-1986
Box 8
Folder 1: Show Production File, (1963-1985), no date
Folder 2: Event Finances and Lists, 1959-1982, no date
Folder 3: NIU Concert with S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. Thank you, September 12, 1973
Folder 4: Visiting Quartets, 1 of 2 (9 photos), no date
Folder 5: Visiting Quartets, 2 of 2 (13 photos), no date

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[Series I: Kishwaukee Valley "Kish-Wau-Keys" Chapter],
[Series II: Illinois District],
[Series III: National S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.],
[Series IV: Audio Visual],

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