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Women’s Philharmonic Association collection

Summary Information
Title: Women’s Philharmonic Association collection
Dates: 1962-1981
Creator: Women’s Philharmonic Association
Extent: 3 boxes Extent: (3.9 linear feet)
Location: Mezzanine
Language: English
Collection Number: PA 32
Collection contains administrative and performance papers of the St. Paul Civic Philharmonic, Women's Philharmonic Association and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Repository: University of Minnesota Libraries. Performing Arts Archives, Manuscripts Division

Access and Use
Access Restrictions:

The collection is open and available for use.


Contact the archivist regarding copyright of these materials.

Preferred Citation:

Women’s Philharmonic Association collection (PA 32), Performing Arts Archives, University of Minnesota Libraries, Minneapolis.

Historical Note

The Women's Philharmonic Association (WPA) was incorporated as a non-profit group in May 1968 to "engage in promotional activities to assist and cooperate with the St. Paul Philharmonic Society in support of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, the St. Paul Civic symphony, and other related community music projects, which will aid the musical development of youth and adult citizens of the metropolitan area." The actions of the WPA were educational and social. Events supported by the WPA included social gatherings to increase membership and publicize the activities of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and fund-raising drives.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The collection includes St. Paul Civic Philharmonic (SPCP) Board of Directors’ minutes, a record of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's (SPCO) early history and an extensive clippings file, and Friends materials. Women’s Philharmonic Association (WPA) materials include articles of incorporation and by-laws, correspondence, budgets, minutes, membership lists and clippings. There are extensive WPA special committee reports and activity files. SPCO materials include scrapbooks, publications, development reports, and generally continue the pattern of the SPCP documentation.

Related Material

See also the Friends of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra papers (PA 42), Performing Arts Archives, Univeristy of Minnesota.

An unpublished finding aid with detailed contents is available in the Manuscripts Division.

Subject Terms
Index Terms
  • This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the University of Minnesota Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
  • St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
  • St. Paul Civic Philharmonic
  • Women’s Philharmonic Association -- Archives
  • Chamber music groups -- Minnesota -- Saint Paul