A Guide to the Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records, 1936-1969 Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records Ms1976-002

Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records, 1936-1969

A Collection in
Special Collections
Collection Number Ms1976-002


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Processed by: John M. Jackson, Special Collections

Repository
Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.
Collection Number
Ms1976-002
Title
Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records ,1936-1969
Physical Characteristics
2.0 cu. ft. 4 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Records (including membership ledgers, circular letters, programs, and newspapers clippings) of association organized to invite outside classical music and dance artists to perform on the Virginia Polytechnic Institute campus.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records, Ms1976-002, Special Collections, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records were donated to Special Collections in 1976. Additional programs were donated to the collection in 1994.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Blacksburg Community Concert Association Records commenced and was completed in May, 2012.


Historical Note

The Blacksburg Community Concert Association was founded in 1936 as a means of bringing nationally recognized classical music and dance performers to the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. Initially known as the Blacksburg National Concert Association, the organization was part of a larger, national organization sponsoring performers who traveled a nationwide circuit. The first president of the Blacksburg association was VPI president Julian A. Burruss. The association later operated under the name of the Blacksburg Cooperative Concert Association and finally as the Blacksburg Community Concert Association. The association undertook annual membership subscription drives in Blacksburg and surrounding communities, sponsoring three to five shows per season. In its 33-year history, the association sponsored more than 160 programs. The Blacksburg Community Concert Association ceased operations in 1969, when VPI and Radford College withdrew financial assistance.

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains records of the Blacksburg Community Concert Association, organized to sponsor performances by nationally recognized classical music and dance artists on the campus of Virginia Polytechnic Institute. The collection consists largely of membership account books, which record the activities of the association's annual membership subscription drives. The ledgers contain such information as names of subscribers, places of residence, types of memberships, and amounts paid. Also included is a small collection of circular letters sent to members and a number of programs for association-sponsored events. (Several of these programs have been autographed by the performers.) A small collection of newspaper clippings completes the collection and relates to various shows sponsored by the association.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by item type, then chronologically.

Index Terms

    Subjects:

  • Blacksburg (Va.)
  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Montgomery County (Va.)

Contents List

Box-folder 1-1
Circular letters, 1951-1969
Box-folder 1-2
Programs, 1942-1969, n.d.
Box-folder 1-3
Newspaper clippings, 1960-1968
Box-folder 1-4-9
Membership account books, 1936-1943
Box-folder 2-1-8
Membership account books, 1943-1953
Box-folder 3-1-8
Membership account books, 1953-1961
Box-folder 4-1-8
Membership account books, 1961-1969