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American Handel Society Archives

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Abstract

Title:
American Handel Society Archives
Author/Creator:
American Handel Society
Collection number:
99-79-AHS
Size:
4.5 linear feet
Bulk dates:
1985-1994
Inclusive dates:
1981-2006
Collection Area:
Special Collections in Performing Arts
Repository:
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact
Abstract:

The American Handel Society seeks to foster study of the life, works, and times of George Frideric Handel, and to encourage and support the performance of his music. The Society was founded in 1986 by University of Maryland music professors Howard Serwer and Paul Traver, with Princeton music professor J. Merrill Knapp. The American Handel Society Archives span the years of 1981-2006, with the bulk of the material dating from 1985-1994. The collection includes member information, financial reports, Board of Directors meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, grant applications, and information relating to the Maryland Handel Festival. Also included are the notes and files for the Bibliographic Database and Discography projects, including printouts of both databases.

Important Information for Users of the Collection

Restrictions:

There are no restricted files in this collection.

Preferred citation:

American Handel Society Archives, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

Publication rights:

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment: http://www.lib.umd.edu/scpa/contact

Status:

This collection is PROCESSED.

Historical Note

The American Handel Society was founded in 1986 by Howard Serwer, Paul Traver, and J. Merrill Knapp. Its mission is to foster the study of the life, works, and times of George Frideric Handel, and to encourage and support the performance of his music. To this end, the Society sponsors a biennial conference featuring papers and panel discussions by international scholars and performers, presents the Howard Serwer Lecture, nominates two members to the Editorial Board of the Hallische Händel-Ausgabe, and offers the J. Merrill Knapp Research Fellowship for advanced graduate students and scholars in the early stages of their careers to support work in Handel studies or related fields. The Society publishes a newsletter three times a year. Major projects of the Society include compiling databases of all recorded Handel music and of all published bibliographic materials pertaining to Handel.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The American Handel Society Archives contains materials relating to the founding, history, and undertakings of the American Handel Society. The collection ranges in date from 1981 to 2006 with the bulk of the materials falling between 1985 and 1994. Materials include member information, financial reports, Board of Directors meeting minutes, newsletters, correspondence, grant applications, and information relating to the Maryland Handel Festival and the Bibliographic Database and Discography projects.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Received in five accessions between November 1998 and July 2009 from University of Maryland professors Dr. Howard Serwer and Dr. Richard King. Future accessions are anticipated.

Processing Information

Processed by:

Lisa Rodio, April 2011.

Encoded by:

EAD markup created using EAD database in Microsoft Access. Markup completed by Cassandra N. Berman, October 2011.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Administrative, 1984-1997 and undated (1.75 linear feet)

This series contains materials relating to the administrative business of the Society. Materials include correspondence, bylaws, meeting agendas and minutes, bank statements, budgets, membership records, brochures, and diskettes. They have been divided into six subseries. Materials are arranged chronologically within subseries.

Subseries 1.1: Administrative Documents, 1985-1994 (5 folders)

This subseries contains the founding and administrative documents of the American Handel Society. Materials include correspondence and bylaws. Diskettes belonging in this series are stored at the end of the collection in Box 6.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AHS Newsletter, 1985-1986series 1.1box 1folder 1
AHS Bylaws, 1985-1992series 1.1box 1folder 2
Postal Service Zip Conv., 1991series 1.1box 1folder 3
[AHS Conference Preparations], 1991-1994 and undatedseries 1.1box 1folder 4
AHS Backup Diskettes ([These are stored at the end of the collection in Box 6 due to size and shape.]), 1988series 1.1box 1folder 5

Subseries 1.2: Board of Directors, 1985-1996 and undated (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains personnel lists of the Board of Directors as well as meeting minutes and agendas.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AHS Board of Directors - Member List, 1989-1994 and undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 6
Board of Directors - Acceptance Letters, 1985series 1.2box 1folder 7
AHS - Board [Mailings], 1985-1996series 1.2box 1folder 8
AHS Meetings - Agendas, 1986-1995series 1.2box 1folder 9
Agendas, 1985-1994 and undatedseries 1.2box 1folder 10
AHS Meetings - Minutes, 1986series 1.2box 1folder 11
Minutes, 1987series 1.2box 1folder 12
Minutes, 1988series 1.2box 1folder 13
Minutes, 1989series 1.2box 1folder 14
Minutes, 1990series 1.2box 1folder 15
Minutes, 1991series 1.2box 1folder 16
Minutes, 1992series 1.2box 1folder 17
Minutes, 1993series 1.2box 1folder 18
Minutes, 1994series 1.2box 1folder 19
Minutes, 1995series 1.2box 1folder 20
Minutes, 1996series 1.2box 1folder 21

Subseries 1.3: Financial Records, 1985-1996 (0.25 linear feet)

This subseries contains AHS financial reports, bank statements, and budgets.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Finances, 1985-1989 and undated series 1.3box 1folder 22
Financial Reports - Operating Statement, 1985-1994series 1.3box 1folder 23
Paid Bills [1 of 2], 1985-1996series 1.3box 1folder 24
Paid Bills [2 of 2], 1988-1995series 1.3box 1folder 25
AHS Financial Reports - Proposed Operating Budget, 1986-1987series 1.3box 1folder 26
Edelberg Gift, 1986-1993series 1.3box 1folder 27
[Financial Correspondence], 1986-1994series 1.3box 1folder 28
[AHS Statement and Budget], 1986-1988series 1.3box 1folder 29
Fin. Rec. AHS, 1986-1993series 1.3box 1folder 30
Bank of Bethesda, 1986-1988series 1.3box 1folder 31
Bank c/ Hanson ([Membership/Dues Correspondence]), 1986-1991series 1.3box 1folder 32
Bank Statements - First Fidel (Hanson) [1 of 2], 1987-1991series 1.3box 1folder 33
Bank Statements - First Fidel (Hanson) [2 of 2], 1992-1995series 1.3box 1folder 34
IRS 501(c)(3), 1988-1988series 1.3box 1folder 35
Bank - Barclays, 1990-1991series 1.3box 1folder 36
Bank - Nat. West [National Westminster Bank], 1991-1992series 1.3box 1folder 37
Bank - Citizens, 1994-1995series 1.3box 1folder 38
Deposits, 1994-1996series 1.3box 1folder 39

Subseries 1.4: Membership Records, 1984-1996 and undated (9 folders)

This subseries contains AHS membership lists and other information regarding membership.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Mailing Lists/Directories, 1984-1987 and undatedseries 1.4box 1folder 40
AHS Member List, 1985series 1.4box 1folder 41
Member List, 1986series 1.4box 1folder 42
Member List, 1987-1996series 1.4box 1folder 43
Member List, 1994series 1.4box 1folder 44
Member List, 1995-1996series 1.4box 1folder 45
Member List, 1996series 1.4box 1folder 46
Membership Information - German Democratic Republic, 1987-1989series 1.4box 1folder 47
Membership Correspondence - Secretary/Treasurer Serwer, 1992-1994series 1.4box 1folder 48

Subseries 1.5: Publicity, 1985-1988 and undated (3 folders)

This subseries contains information regarding book deals and brochures.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Brochure, 1985-1986 and undated series 1.5box 1folder 49
Publicity, 1986-1988series 1.5box 1folder 50
Book Deals, 1986-1987series 1.5box 1folder 51

Subseries 1.6: Correspondence, 1985-1997 (3 folders)

This subseries contains general AHS correspondence. Correspondence directly related to subjects such as the AHS Newsletter or Membership Records are housed within those specific subseries.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Correspondence [1 of 3], 1986-1990series 1.6box 2folder 1
Correspondence [2 of 3], 1985-1990series 1.6box 2folder 2
Correspondence, [3 of 3], 1987-1997series 1.6box 2folder 3
[Handel News], 1986series 1.6box 2folder 4

Series 2: Projects, 1981-1998 and undated (1.5 linear feet)

This series contains research, applications, correspondence, databases, and financial information concerning different projects of the American Handel Society. Materials have been organized into four subseries according to topic. Materials are arranged chronologically within subseries.

Subseries 2.1: Handel Bibliography, 1982-1989 and undated (6 folders)

This subseries contains lists of publications, research, correspondence, and databases pertaining to the creation of a bibliography of materials on George Frideric Handel.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Bibliography and Search Resources, 1982-1989 and undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 5
MARC Format, 1984series 2.1box 2folder 6
Recent Research, 1985-1986series 2.1box 2folder 7
American Handel Society Bibliographic Data Base, 1985-1989series 2.1box 2folder 8
Bibliography - New Publications, 1986-1988series 2.1box 2folder 9
[Bibliographic Information], 1988 and undatedseries 2.1box 2folder 10

Subseries 2.2: Discography Database, 1981-1989 and undated (1 linear foot)

This subseries contains materials relating to the creation of a database of Handel recordings.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Lists of Recordings, 1981-1987 and undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 11
[Printout of Database], 1983series 2.2box 2folder 12
Rigler-Deutsch Backup [1 of 2], 1983series 2.2box 2folder 13
Rigler-Deutsch Backup [2 of 2], 1983series 2.2box 2folder 14
ARSC Info., 1984-1987series 2.2box 2folder 15
Discography Samples/Bibliog., 1984-1988 and undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 16
Record Label - Issue - Numbering Info., 1984 and undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 17
[Handel Discography Entry and Retrieval System User's Manual], 1986series 2.2box 2folder 18
Discography, 1986-1987series 2.2box 2folder 19
Publication, 1986-1987series 2.2box 2folder 20
R.D. Listing [Rigler-Deutsch], 1987series 2.2box 2folder 21
Pilot Project Working File, 1987series 2.2box 2folder 22
NEH Application, 1987series 2.2box 2folder 23
R-D Funding, 987-1989series 2.2box 2folder 24
Log of RD Project, undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 25
WERM/GRAM, undatedseries 2.2box 2folder 26

Subseries 2.3: AHS Fellowship, 1989-1998 (7 folders)

This subseries contains applications, correspondence, and papers concerning the J. Merrill Knapp Research Fellowship.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AHS Fellowship, 1989series 2.3box 2folder 27
AHS Fellowship 1990, 1990-1991series 2.3box 2folder 28
AHS Fellowship, 1992series 2.3box 2folder 29
AHS Fellowship, 1993series 2.3box 2folder 30
AHS Fellowship, 1995series 2.3box 2folder 31
AHS Fellowship, 1996series 2.3box 2folder 32
AHS Fellowship, 1998series 2.3box 2folder 33

Subseries 2.4: Other Projects, 1988 and undated (2 folders)

This subseries contains applications, correspondence, and research pertaining to other projects undertaken by the Society.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Performing Materials, 1988 and undatedseries 2.4box 2folder 34
Research Projects, undatedseries 2.4box 2folder 35

Series 3: Events, 1981-2001 (0.5 linear feet)

This series contains programs, brochures, correspondence, fliers, and other advertisement for festivals, conferences, and performances of Handel's music. Materials have been divided into two subseries.

Subseries 3.1: Maryland Handel Festival, 1981-2001 (0.5 linear feet)

This subseries contains correspondence, agendas, and program booklets regarding the annual Maryland Handel Festival.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Maryland Handel Festival, 1985series 3.1box 2folder 36
Maryland Handel Festival, 1989series 3.1box 2folder 37
Maryland Handel Festival, 1991series 3.1box 2folder 38
Maryland Handel Festival, 1992series 3.1box 2folder 39
Maryland Handel Festival, 1994series 3.1box 2folder 40
Maryland Handel Festival Programs [1 of 4], 1981-1984series 3.1box 2folder 41
Maryland Handel Festival Programs [2 of 4], 1985-1988series 3.1box 3folder 1
Maryland Handel Festival Programs [3 of 4], 1989-1994series 3.1box 3folder 2
Maryland Handel Festival Programs [4 of 4], 1996-2001series 3.1box 3folder 3

Subseries 3.2: Performances, 1985-1989 (3 folders)

This subseries contains correspondence, programs, and advertisements relating to performances of Handel's music.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
Performances File [1 of 3], 1986-1989series 3.2box 3folder 4
Performances File [2 of 3], 1985-1987series 3.2box 3folder 5
Performances File [3 of 3], 1985-1989series 3.2box 3folder 6

Subseries 3.3: Handel Tercentenary Commemoration - Rome, 1986 (1 folder)

This subseries contains a speech and newspaper and magazine articles concerning the Handel Commemoration at the Palazzo Bonelli-Valentini in Rome on April 2, 1986.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
[Handel Commemoration, Palazzo Bonelli-Valentini, Rome], 1986series 3.3box 3folder 7

Series 4: American Handel Society Newsletters, 1985-2011 (0.75 linear feet)

This subseries contains correspondence and research pertaining to the Newsletter of the American Handel Society. It also contains copies of the Newsletter from Volume 1 to Volume 26.

DescriptionSeriesBox / ReelFolder / Frame
AHS Newsletter [1 of 2], 1985-1990 and undated series 4box 4folder 1
AHS Newsletter [2 of 2], 1985-1996 and undated series 4box 4folder 2
Newsletter, 1985-1988 series 4box 4folder 3
Newsletter - contents BACK, 1985-1988 and undated series 4box 4folder 4
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 1, 1986 series 4box 5folder 1
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 2, 1987 series 4box 5folder 2
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 3, 1988 series 4box 5folder 3
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 4, 1989 series 4box 5folder 4
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 5, 1990 series 4box 5folder 5
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 6, 1991 series 4box 5folder 6
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 7, 1992 series 4box 5folder 7
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 8, 1993 series 4box 5folder 8
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 9, 1994 series 4box 5folder 9
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 10, 1995 series 4box 5folder 10
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 11, 1996 series 4box 5folder 11
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 12, 1997 series 4box 5folder 12
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 13, 1998 series 4box 5folder 13
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 14, 1999 series 4box 5folder 14
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 15, 2000 series 4box 5folder 15
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 16, 2001 series 4box 5folder 16
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 17, 2002 series 4box 5folder 17
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 18, 2003 series 4box 5folder 18
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 19, 2004 series 4box 5folder 19
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 20, 2005 series 4box 5folder 20
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 21, 2006 series 4box 5folder 21
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 22, 2007 series 4box 5folder 22
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 23, 2008 series 4box 5folder 23
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 24, 2009 series 4box 5folder 24
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 25, 2010 series 4box 5folder 25
AHS Newsletter - Vol. 26, 2011 series 4box 5folder 26

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