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Chicago Music Association collection, 1936-1972 | Amistad Research Center

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Title: Chicago Music Association collection, 1936-1972
Received Extent: 13.0 Boxes
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Physical Description: Good
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This collection is comprised of printed items of the Chicago Music Association, which was a branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc., and of collected printed items highlighting the musical activities of the members of the Association, the recipients of its yearly cash scholarship awards, and other professional African American musicians and singers. The National Association of Negro Musicians was founded in Chicago in 1919 by Nora Douglas Holt and other musicians from across the country. Holt, a composer and music critic for the Chicago Defender from 1917 to 1921 and later a music editor for the New York Amsterdam News, was instrumental in starting the Chicago branch of the Association, its first incorporated chapter. Other founders included Wesley Jones, Estella Bonds, Clara Hutchison, T. T. Taylor, Martha B. Anderson Wynne, and Maude R. George. Among the delegates to this first convention meeting in the Wabash Street YMCA was Marian Anderson.

Formats in the collection include programs, playbills, flyers, and newsletters. There is no correspondence and or other records of the Association included in the collection.

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