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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.

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 IV: Audio Visual
Box 10
Folder 21: Photographs: Second Show at old Sycamore High School (1), Fall 1962
Folder 22: Photographs: Kishwaukee Valley Chapter at District Contest (1), September 1963
Folder 23: Photographs: Kishwaukee Valley Chapter at District Contest (1), circa 1963
Folder 24: Photographs: Kishwaukee Valley Chapter in Rockford, Illinois  (2), April 1969
Folder 25: Photographs: Illinois District Contest at Chicago, Illinois (1), circa late 1960s- Early 1970s
Folder 26: Photographs: Singout at NIU's 75th Anniversary (4), August 1975
Folder 27: Photographs: Kishwaukee Chapter in Batavia (1), Spring 1976
Folder 28: Photographs: Birthday Party for Del Stonsifer- DeKalb Elks Club (3), November 10, 1979
Folder 29: Photographs: Group photo (1), circa 1981
Folder 30: Photographs: Event with presentations (19), December 1981
Folder 31: Photographs: First Lutheran Churchman's February Dinner Meeting (1), February 1987
Folder 32: Photographs: Institute of Logopedics Award group (1), 1992
Folder 33: Photographs: Barbershop Group and Individual photos (24), 1998
Folder 34: Photographs: S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. float in parade (3), no date
Folder 35: Photographs: April Harmony Month ad on busv, no date
Folder 36: Photographs: Unknown joint performance (8 ), no date
Folder 37: Photographs: Quartet with Shriner (1), no date
Folder 38: Photographs: Event photographs (4 photos, 3 negative strips), no date
Folder 39: Photographs: Unknown quartet performing (2), no date
Folder 40: Photographs: Performance (1 proof sheet), no date
Folder 41: Photographs: Possible contest group photo (1), no date
Folder 42: Photographs: Quartet individual photos (4), no date
Folder 43: Photographs: Jim Baker at performance (1), no date
Folder 44: Photographs: Kishwaukee Chapter (3), no date
Folder 45: Photographs: Contest group photographv, no date
Folder 46: Photographs: Group photograph- possibly contest photograph (1), no date
Box 11
Folder 1: VHS Tapes: When Johnny Comes Marching Home, March 28,  1998
Folder 2: VHS Tapes: 2000 Barbershop Show, 2000
Folder 3: VHS Tapes: Travelin' Along, Kish-Wau-Keys Show, 2001
Folder 4: VHS Tapes: Barbershop Show (second half only), 2002
Folder 5: VHS Tapes: Barbershop Show, 2003
Folder 6: VHS Tapes: Barbershop Show, 2004
Item 1: Cassette tapes: Barbershop Bonanza, 1977
Item 2: Cassette tapes: Champion Barbershop Quartets and Choruses, circa 1970
Item 3: Cassette tapes: Barbershop Quartets Top Ten, 1977
Item 4: Cassette tapes: The Best of Barbershop (1964-1976) 13 Years of Winner-  Barbershop Quartets
Item 5: Cassette tapes: The Top Ten Barbershop Quartets of 1975
Item 6: Cassette tapes: International Convention, Detroit 1981 (with songs from  Champions since 1951)

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],

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