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Guide to the Common Woman Chorus Records, 1985-2010 and undated

Abstract

Lesbian feminist choral group established in the Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill area (N.C.) in 1983.

The Common Woman Chorus records contain material dating from 1985 to 2010. The records primarily comprise sheet music, concert programs, publicity, correspondence, and administrative records. Although the records contain mostly print material, they also include some color photographs, audiocassettes, videos, electronic word documents, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Creator
Common Woman Chorus
Title
Common Woman Chorus records 1985-2010 and undated
Language of Material
English
Extent
10.8 Linear Feet, 5,500 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

The Common Woman Chorus records contain material dating from 1985 to 2010 relating to the group's musical and fund-raising activities. The records primarily comprise sheet music, concert programs, publicity, correspondence, and administrative records. Although the records contain mostly print material, a few color photographs, audiocassettes, videos, electronic word documents, t-shirts, and sweathirts are also included. Use copies of original audiovisual recordings will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture.

Administrative Information

A majority of collections are stored off site and must be requested at least 48 business hours in advance for retrieval. Contact Rubenstein Library staff before visiting. Read More »

warning Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Researchers wishing to use membership materials that contain personal information must secure written permission from the president of the organization or designee before access may be granted by the libray.

Original audiovisual recordings in this collection are not immediately accessible because they require further processing before use.

Please note that all or portions of this collection may be housed off-site in Duke University's Library Service Center. The library may require up to 48 hours to retrieve these materials for research use.

Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library to use this collection.

warning Use Restrictions

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to Duke University. For more information, consult the copyright section of the Regulations and Procedures of the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Contents of the Collection

Materials are arranged alphabetically by folder title, followed by audiovisual and oversize material. Original folder titles were retained.

[Original recordings are closed to research. Use copies need to be created before contents can be accessed.]

ASCAP information/forms, 1999
Box 1
Board, 1987-2004
Box 1
Board bylaws, undated
Box 1
Broadway Our Way, undated
Box 1
Business documents, 2000 and undated
Box 1
Cabaret, 1996
Box 1
Catalogs, 2002
Box 1
Chorus, 1985-1999 and undated
Box 1
Chorus business, 1996-2001 (3 folders)
Box 1
Concert notes, 1996-2002 (2 folders)
Box 1
Concert programs, 1994-2004
Box 1
Concerts and fundraisers, 1997-1998
Box 1
Correspondence, 1997-2002
Box 2
Emcee script sample, 1999
Box 2
ERUUF (Eno River Unitarian-Universal Fellowship) rental, 1992-1999
Box 2
Farewell to Eleanor, 2001 Jan. 27
Box 2
Financial reports, 1985-2003
Box 2
Flyer file, 1992-2002 and undated (2 folders)
Box 2
Flyer/program ideas, 1993-2001 and undated
Box 2
GALA (Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses), 1997-2002
Box 2
GALA handbook, 1990
Box 2
Grant writing, 2002 and undated
Box 3
Handbooks and forms, 2001
Box 3
Historic, 1986-1996 and undated
Box 3
Introductions to music, 1998-1999 and undated
Box 3
Legal documents, 1986-2001
Box 3
LGBT newsletters and information, 2001-2002 and undated
Box 3
Love Love Love, 2002-2003
Box 3
Music selection committee, 1995-2002 and undated (folders 1-3 of 9)
Box 3
Music selection committee, 1995-2002 and undated (folders 4-9 of 9)
Box 4
Music selection committee orders, 2000 and undated
Box 4
New documents, 2001
Box 4
Non-profit, 2001 and undated
Box 4
Other choruses, 2000-2003 and undated
Box 4
Photographs, circa 1997 and undated
Box 5
Publicity committee, 2000-2001 and undated
Box 5
Rosters, 1995-2001 and undated
Box 5
Sheet music (folders 1-8 of 29)
Box 5
Sheet music (folders 9-15 of 29)
Box 6
Sheet music (folders 16-22 of 29)
Box 7
Sheet music (folders 23-28 of 29)
Box 8
Sheet music (folder 29 of 29)
Box 9
Surveys, 2000-2003 and undated
Box 9
Audio cassettes, 1996 and undated
Box 9
Video, The Eleanor Sableski Era, 1983-2001
Box 9
Oversize material

Box contains t-shirts and sweatshirts, a few large digital prints, and music selection committee notes on a piece of cardboard.

Box 10
Electronic files

The majority of these are routine one-page documents outlining the responsibilities of various Common Woman Chorus committee leaders.

[Files have been mounted on the library server. For access, please contact a reference archivist.]

Diskette 1

Sheet music, board meeting notes, planning materials, and audio recordings of Common Woman Chorus concerts and events, largely dating from the late 1990s and early 2000s. The largest batch of material relates to the planning and advertising of Raising Our Voices: A Breast Cancer Benefit concert held by CWC in November 2004. Also includes flyers, publicity materials, t-shirts, and correspondence between chorus members, as well as notes and internal documentation kept by chorus secretary Betty Prioux.

Materials are arranged thematically by event and format, and are in loose chronological order. Audiovisual materials will need to be reformatted prior to use.

Winter chorus concert, 1996
Box 11
ManWomanThing concert with Triangle Gay Men's Chorus, 1997 June 7
Box 11
Eleanor's final concert directing, 2001 Jan. 27
Box 11
Brainstorming notes
Box 11
Fundraising
(3 folders)
Box 11
Fundraising: Drug companies
Box 11
Fundraising: Sponsors and donors
Box 11
Fundraising: Sponsorship requests
Box 11
Fundraising: Grants
Box 11
Fundraising: Letters
Box 11
Tickets
Box 11
BTI contract information
Box 11
Emails about planning
(3 folders)
Box 11
Concert publicity drafts
Box 11
Concert publicity
Box 11
Publicity plans
Box 11
Advertisements
Box 11
News clippings
Box 11
Breast Cancer Resource Directory, 2nd and 3rd editions, 2004-2007
(2 folders)
Box 11
Breast Cancer Resource Directory website, 2004
Box 11
Seasonal programs, 2003-2005
Box 11
Love and Marriage musical, 2005
Box 11
Brochures and publicity for CWC events, 1996-2009
(2 folders)
Box 11
Sheet music
(3 folders)
Box 11
General emails, board meetings, flyers, and correspondence, 1994-2006
(5 folders)
Box 12
ERUUF contract correspondence, 1999-2000
Box 12
Board retreat planning, 2006
Box 12
Miscellaneous correspondence, 2003-2008
Box 12
Chorus attendance sheets and rosters, 1996-2006
Box 12
Announcements, 2010
Box 12
Sister Singers Network information and brochures, 1998-2010
Box 12
GALA materials, 2001-2002
Box 12
Photographs, undated
Box 12
Miscellaneous ephermera and notes, undated
Box 12
Board retreat notes, 2002
Box 13
T-shirts (3) and Homo Depot apron (1)
Box 13
Love and Marriage, 2005 (5)
Box 13
Angela and Michelle's Holiday Compilation, 2005
Box 13
Christmas concert, 2002
Box 13
Peace and Justice, 2007 (2)
Box 13
Raising Our Voices, 2004
Box 13
Christmas concert, undated
Box 13
Bingham Center, 2007
Box 13
Loose Tooth, undated
Box 13
Let's Go To the Movies, 2009
Box 13
Identity Cafe practice, 2008
Box 13
Rehearsal, 2009
Box 13
ManWomanThing, 1997
Box 13
XSL Publishing backup
Box 13
Soprano II, undated (2)
Box 13
Soprano I: Love Love Love, undated
Box 13
Winter concert, 1992
Box 13
Winter concert, 1993
Box 13
Sisters, Spring 2000
Box 13

Historical Note

The Common Woman Chorus, founded in 1983 and based in the Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, performs musical selections that highlight the diversity and strength of women's lives and experiences. The Common Woman Chorus took its name from a Judy Grahn poem that reads, "A common woman is as common as a common loaf of bread...and will rise." The chorus frequently combines political activism and music by performing at benefits for progressive organizations. The mission of the Common Woman Chorus is to entertain and educate the local community while refining musical skills and developing friendships.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Common Woman Chorus Records, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University

Provenance

The Common Woman Chorus Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a gift in 2004 and 2011.

Processing Information

Processed by Lindsay Matson, March 2009

Encoded by Lindsay Matson, March 2009

Updated with new addition by Meghan Lyon, October 2011

Accessions 2004-0075, 2004-0323, and 2011-0187 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.