date(s):
1892-2009
type(s):
Documentary Artifacts; Collection
A0862 Ladies Friday Musical Club Records Inventory of Ladies Friday Musical Club Records A0862 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 archives@mohistory.org URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:33:06 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Ladies Friday Musical Club Records Ladies Friday Musical Club (Saint Louis, Mo.) Drey, Lizzie A0862 2.5 Cubic Feet (4 boxes) 1892-2009 Processing Information Processed by Diane Boucher Ayotte (1990), Dina Young (1999), Sarah Mayersohn (2007), and Jolie Braun (2009). Donor Information The Ladies Friday Musical Club Records were donated to the Missouri Historical Society by the club, c/o Jane Robichaux, on December 3, 1982 (82-0060). Numerous additions to the original gift have been made since 1982, and continue to be made by the club every few years. Historical Sketch The Ladies Friday Musical Club was formed in 1882 when Mrs. Lizzie Drey, an accomplished pianist, and Mrs. Carrie Glaser, a singer, along with two other friends, Nettie Weil and Emma Kohn Frank, began to meet in each other’s homes one Friday afternoon a month for an hour of vocal and instrumental performance and discussion. Later, and for most of their history, the club met at 11:00 a.m. and had lunch after the program. By 1892, the group had grown and the ladies decided to organize more formally, drafting a constitution and electing officers. Active members were required to perform upon request. In 1911, the constitution was amended to allow a member who had been active for at least 15 years to become an associate member, performing only if she wished. Because they met in each other’s homes, active membership was at first limited to 20 and then held to around 30 ladies who implicitly had to possess the time and resources to entertain the club. In the beginning the members were all Jewish, but over the years non-Jewish membership increased to a slight majority. The first non-Jewish member in 1894 was also its first “professional” musician, Selma Papendick, who remained active in the club for 63 years. The foremost criterion for membership was always musical talent. A prospective member had to audition in front of a committee before being asked to join, and the standards were very high. Once a year the club holds a public “entertainment” with the proceeds going to young music students. Since 1912, the club has annually bought a block of symphony tickets and distributed them to needy music students. They have also used some endowments to fund scholarships for music students. At first they screened all the applicants themselves, but in 1968 they began funneling the money through the junior college system. Scope and Contents The most complete component of the club’s records are minutes from the meetings which began when the group was formally organized in May 1892. Box 1 contains a nearly complete run of minutes through 2006. In those cases where there are no minutes, the final reports of each committee and the president’s annual report (filed in the “Minutes and Reports” section of Box 1) shed light on the club’s activities for those periods. There are several folders of general correspondence in Box 2, including correspondence from Lizzie Drey. The club’s financial material is sparse. (Treasurer’s reports are found in the minutes of the club’s meetings.) Material regarding the State and National Federation of Music Clubs with which the club was at times affiliated is also located in Box 2. Programs from the group’s performances are located in Box 3, along with newspaper clippings. A nearly complete set of club yearbooks, ranging in date from 1916 to 2009, are located in Boxes 3-4. Arrangement The collection is arranged by type of material (minute books and reports, correspondence, yearbooks, etc.) and chronologically within each record grouping. Separated Materials Videotape for Lily Kaufman transferred to Media Department. Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at archives@mohistory.org . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Ladies Friday Musical Club Records, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Clubs -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Jewish women -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- Societies and clubs Music -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- Societies, etc. Women -- Missouri -- Saint Louis -- Societies and clubs General histories, 1921, 1931, 1972; photographs, 1951–2007, no date. (Includes photographs from 125th Anniversary Concert, 2007) 1921-2007 1 1 Constitution and by-laws. 1935-2001 1 2 Minute book. 1892 May 13-1901 Mar 1 1 3 Minute book. 1901 Oct 18-1912 Apr 5 1 4 Minute book. 1912 Oct 18-1917 May 4 1 5 Minute book. 1917 Oct 19-1921 Dec 1 1 6 Minutes and reports. 1922 Oct 2-1929 Feb 8 1 7 Minutes and reports. 1930 Oct 17-1932 May 6 1 8 Minutes and reports. 1932 Oct-1935 Apr 1 9 Minutes and reports. 1935 Oct-1939 Apr 1 10 Minutes and reports. 1939 Oct-1941 May 1 11 Minutes and reports. 1941 Oct-1944 Apr 1 12 Minutes and reports. 1944 Oct-1947 May 1 13 Minutes and reports. 1947 Oct-1950 July 1 14 Minutes and reports. 1950 Oct-1953 May 1 15 Minutes and reports. 1953 Oct-1956 May 1 16 Minutes and reports. 1956 Oct-1958 Apr 1 17 Minutes and reports. 1958 Oct-1961 May 1 18 Minutes and reports. 1961 Oct-1964 Apr 1 19 Minutes and reports. 1964 Oct-1967 May 1 20 Minutes and reports. 1967 Oct-1970 May 1 21 Minutes and reports. 1970 Oct-1972 Dec 1 22 Minutes and reports. 1973 Jan-1977 May 1 23 Minutes and reports. 1978 May-1980 May 1 24 Minutes and reports. 1982 Oct-1985 May 1 25 Minutes and reports. 1985 Oct-1987 May 1 26 Minutes and reports. 1987 Oct-1989 May 1 27 Minutes and reports. 1989 Oct-1990 May 1 28 Minutes and reports. 1990 Oct-1992 May 1 29 Minutes and reports. 1992 Nov-1994 May 1 30 Minutes and reports. 1994 Oct-1996 May 1 31 Minutes and reports. 1996 Oct-1997 May 1 32 Minutes and reports. 1997 Oct -1998 May 1 33 Minutes and reports. 1998 Oct-1999 May 1 34 Minutes and reports. 1999 Oct-2000 Aug 1 35 Minutes and reports. 2000 Oct-2001 May 1 36 Minutes and reports. 2001 Oct-2002 July 1 37 Minutes and reports. 2002 Oct-2003 May 1 38 Minutes and reports. 2003 Aug-2004 May 1 39 Minutes and reports. 2004 Sept-2005 May 1 40 Minutes and reports. 2005 Aug-2006 May 1 41 Committee reports and notes. No date 1 42 Correspondence from Lizzie Drey. 1931-1942 2 1 Correspondence. 1918-1938 2 2 Correspondence. 1940-1949 2 3 Correspondence. 1953-1957 2 4 Correspondence. 1961-1969 2 5 Correspondence. 1970-1982 2 6 Correspondence. No date 2 7 Financial material: Interest clause notes, 1924; bank deposit book, 1924; loan statements, 1924-1927; bills and financial data, 1949, 1961-1962, no date. 1924-1962; no date 2 8 Scholarship awards: lists of awards (incomplete). 1973-2004 2 9 Missouri Federation of Music Clubs: correspondence, convention reports, programs. 1930-1934, no date 2 10 National Federation of Music Clubs: By-laws; fliers; reports; programs; Music Clubs Magazine (1934). 1919-1934 2 11 Programs; fliers; newsletters; tickets regarding local and state musical organizations. 1921-2008; no date 2 12 Newspaper/magazine clippings/obituaries. 1932-2008 3 1 Programs and newspaper clippings regarding Joanna Lange. 2005-2008 3 2 Programs. 1902-2008, no date 3 3 Yearbooks. 1916/1917-1919/1920 3 4 Yearbooks. 1920/1921-1925/1926 3 5 Yearbooks. 1926/1927-1927/1928 3 6 Yearbooks. 1928/1929-1930/1931 3 7 Yearbooks. 1931/1932-1933/1934 3 8 Yearbooks. 1934/1935-1936/1937 3 9 Yearbooks. 1937/1938-1939/1940 3 10 Yearbooks. 1940/1941-1943/1944 3 11 Yearbooks. 1944/1945-1947/1948 3 12 Yearbooks. 1948/1949-1953/1954 4 1 Yearbooks. 1954/1955-1957/1958 4 2 Yearbooks. 1958/1959-1961/1962 4 3 Yearbooks. 1962/1963-1965/1966 4 4 Yearbooks. 1966/1967-1971/1972 4 5 Yearbooks (does not include 1974/1975). 1972/1973-1979/1980 4 6 Yearbooks. 1980/1981-1983/1984 4 7 Yearbooks. 1984/1985-1989/1990 4 8 Yearbooks. 1990/1991-1995/1996 4 9 Yearbooks. 1996/1997-1998/1999 4 10 Yearbooks. 1999/2000-2001/2002 4 11 Yearbooks. 2002/2003-2004/2005 4 12 Yearbooks. 2005/2006-2008/2009 4 13