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Overview of the Collection

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

MacMurray College

Jacksonville-MacMurray Music Association

An Inventory of the Papers at MacMurray College



Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jacksonville-MacMurray Music Association
Title: Papers of the Jacksonville-MacMurray Music Association
Dates: 1958-1990
Quantity: .5 cubic feet
Abstract: The collections consists of minutes, correspondence, concert programs and annual reports from the JMMA.
Language: English.

Biographical Note

After many years of sponsoring an annual concert and lecture series, in 1953 the college merged with local artistic groups within the community to form the Jacksonville-MacMurray Music Association. Thirteen members formed the executive committee and, in separate working committees, located and contracted musical performers to present exceptional music programs during a season to small town America. Membership drives, financial sponsorship from the college and local businesses funded the association for many years to cover the costs of contracting quality talent from many genres of music. Concert goers enjoyed all performances on the college campus in the Annie Merner Chapel. Eventually, the excecutive board became the board of directors and expanded to 24 members, with equal representation from MacMurray and the community. In 1964, a constitution and bylaws established policies for directors and enabled the association to register as a non-for-profit. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, as expenses increased, combined with the dwindling college support and decrease in membership, grants were sought, and often awarded, from the Illinois Arts Council. The association had to decrease the yearly number of concerts in order to meet expenses. To garner more interest from the local community, the association started a Young Talent Competition whereby local musical talent vied to receive the award for the best in Jacksonville. By the late 1980s, competing dollars for membership to the Jacksonville Symphony and the JMMA caused the demise of the JMMA.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists of minutes from board meetings, copies of grant applications and awards, correspondence with performers, concert programs, several versions of the constitution and bylaws, and treasurer's reports.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is not restricted.

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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Organizations:

MacMurray College

Places:

Jacksonville (IL)

Subjects:

Music patronage

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Detailed Description/Box and Folder Listing

Box Folder
50A 1 Bylaws and Constitutions, 1959, 1964, 1977, 1983
2 Minutes, 1958-1971
3 Program, 1971
4 Minutes, 1972-1982
5 Programs, 1972-1982
6 Correspondence, 1974-1982
7 Contracts, 1974-1982
8 Minutes, 1982-1986
9 Programs, 1982-1986
10 Correspondence, 1982-1986
11 Minutes, 1986-1990
12 Programs, 1986-1990
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50B 13 Contracts , 1982-1986
14 Correspondence, 1986-1989
15 Contracts, 1986-1989
16 Grants, 1985-1987
17 Press Releases and Newspaper Clippings
18 Season Posters, 1985-1989