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Creator Madison Mozart Club.
Title Madison Mozart Club records
Dates of Creation 1901-1958.
Physical Description 1 full size archives box and 1 flat box
Language of Material English
Scope & Content Records of the Madison Mozart Club, a singing society founded in 1901 and disbanded in 1959. Included are programs, membership rosters, correspondence, clippings, rosters of officers, song books, photographs, and glass lantern slides.

Admin/Biographical History The Madison Mozart Club was founded in 1901 by John Simpson, a native of Norway, who came to Madison, Wisconsin, in 1899 from Chicago where he had been a member of a Norwegian singing society. Simpson, a tailor, joined the Madison clothing firm of Quammen, Danielson and Mueller on South Pinckney Street.

Between 1899 and 1901 several Madison men held informal songfests in Simpson's home, and in 1901 they organized themselves into the Mozart Club. Among the founders were Leonard M. and Olaf M. Nelson, Robert Hiestand, Claude Abel, Andrew Nelson, Dr. J. W. Vance, and Arthur Hickman. Elias Bredin, director of the Grace Episcopal Church choir and a member of the University music faculty, became the first director.

The club gave over 200 concerts in Madison and southern Wisconsin towns between 1901 and 1959 when it disbanded. It was one of the major musical assets of Madison for many years, and was responsible for bringing nationally known artists to the city to perform as guest soloists.
Archival History Records were presented by Roy Goodsell, a long-time member of the club, May 23, 1978. (Accession number 1978.016) Some of the financial and business records of the club were destroyed before the transfer was made.
Subjects Singers
Choirs (Music)
Places1 Madison (Wis.)
Institutions1 Madison Mozart Club (Madison, Wis.)
Object Name Records
Call Number ARM 78-08
Catalog ID Number 1978.016.0001
Collection Inventory The following 2-page inventory to the Madison Mozart Club Records is included primarily for searching purposes. A more readable version is available the the Dane County Historical Society's records center. Please contact the DCHS for more information.

Contents List

Box 1Folder 1Programs, ca. 1930s-1958
Box 1Folder 2Membership rosters, 1901-1950
Box 1Folder 3Correspondence, 1944-1950

Box 1Folder 4Newspaper clippings, 1947-1960
Scope note: Includes a history printed in the Capital Times, June 29, 1960, and a history of the Madison Maennershor, printed in the Wisconsin State Journal, March 8, 1952; and obituaries of club members.

Box 1Folder 5Miscellaneous club records, 1934-1959
Scope note: Correspondence; rosters of officers and members; financial statements; minutes of business meetings.

Box 1Folder 6Printed materials, 1907-1930s?
Scope note: Constitution of the club, Oct. 7, 1901 (printed 1907); Constitution and By-laws, May 10, 1926; and several song books. (Also in Box 1 are 26 duplicate song books.)

Box 1Folder 7aPhotographs, ca. 1905-1953, and glass lantern slides
Box 2Folder 7bFour oversize mounted photographs

Box 2Scrapbook 1, 1901-1930 (200 pages, 16 ½ x 11 ½ in., compiled by C.P. Jaeger)
Scope note: Includes 2 typescript histories of the club (p.3); List of officers and members, 1901-1928 (p. 5-22); Newspaper clippings re concerts and club activities, 1901-1930 (indexed, p. 42-89); Printed programs, 1906-1930 (indexed by date and Place of performance) (p. 102-163); Photographs and newspaper clippings of photographs, 1916-1928 (p. 177-196); and Typed list of the dates of concerts given in Madison, 1906-1928 (indexed, p. 198-200).

Box 2Scrapbook 2, 1935-1951
Scope note: Clippings re concerts; photographs; concert programs;