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Kishwaukee Valley Chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society (DeKalb)

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Kishwaukee Valley "Kish-Wau-Keys" Chapter

Illinois District

National S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A.

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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.


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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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Series II: Illinois District
Box 8
Folder 6: House of Delegates Meeting, (April 1977- April 1985)
Folder 7: District Officers Meeting, no date
Folder 8: Illinois District Executive Board Meeting, 1970-1971, 1977
Folder 9: Illinois District Budget for 1987, 1986
Folder 10: Convention Manual, 1979
Folder 11: Northern Division Counsel of Chapters Meeting, 1979
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1981, 1984
Folder 13: Illinois District Newsletter, May 1971, April 1974
Folder 14: Membership Summary, 1981
Folder 15: A Twenty-Five Year History of Barbershopping in Illinois,, 1964
Folder 16: Illinois Directory, 1976
Folder 17: Illinois District Academy of Harmony, 1984-1985
Folder 18: Attack and Release, January/August 1984,  November/ December 1986
Folder 19: Illinois District Work Plan, 1975
Folder 20: District Reports, 1979, 1983-1984

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[Series I: Kishwaukee Valley "Kish-Wau-Keys" Chapter],
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[Series IV: Audio Visual],
[All]


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