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Rockford Harmony Singing Society Records


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Title: Rockford Harmony Singing Society Records, 1923-1969

ID: RHC/RC/040

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 10/23/1978

Subjects: Choral societies, Norwegian Americans, Norwegian Americans--Illinois--Rockford, Rockford (Ill.), Rockford Harmony Singing Society

Languages: English, Norwegian

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Rockford Harmony Singing Society Records collection consists of minutes, reports, correspondence, membership and song lists spanning the years 1923 to 1969.  Of particular importance are the minutes summarizing the organization’s special and regular business meetings and containing annual reports from the Executive Committees.  These materials also include the records of resignations, nominations, and elections of officers.  The early minutes are in the Norwegian language.

Collection Historical Note

The Rockford Harmony Singing Society organized November 23, 1923 to promote and foster songs of American and Scandinavian folk-lore and to associate with the National Organization of Norwegian Singers and the Norwegian Midwest Singers Association.  The Society also provided monetary support for sick or unemployed members.  Modern welfare benefits, however, have eliminated the need for this provision.  Today, the Society is primarily a vehicle for social interaction and as a supporting base for a chorus.  Annually, the chorus participates in a summerfest where all the Norwegian groups sing in massed chorus.

Subject/Index Terms

Choral societies
Norwegian Americans
Norwegian Americans--Illinois--Rockford
Rockford (Ill.)
Rockford Harmony Singing Society

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

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

Acquisition Source: Ralph Pettersen

Acquisition Method: Ralph Pettersen donated the Rockford Harmony Singing Society Records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on October 23, 1978.

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Box 1
Folder 1: Constitution and By-laws, House Rules, no date
Folder 2-9: Minutes, 1923-1969
Folder 10: Convention Planning Committee Minutes, 1938-1940
Folder 11: Annual May Celebration Reports, 1930, 1958-1964
Folder 12: Correspondence, 1960-1969
Folder 13: Financial Records, 1950-1965
Folder 14: Membership Lists, 1968-1969
Folder 15: Song Lists, no date

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