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Kansas City Womyn's Chorus records

 Collection
Identifier: SSC-MS-00568

Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks documenting the group's events, gatherings, and performances, and music scores.

Dates of Materials

  • 1979-2007

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections. With any duplicates provided to reasearchers names of songwriters and arrangers must be provided and they must be credited.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that she owns copyright, Linda Ray has assigned the copyright of Kansas City Womyn's Chorus' works to Smith College; however, copyright in other items in this collection may be held by their respective creators. For reproductions of materials that are governed by fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. For instances which may regard materials in the collection not created by Kansas City Womyn's Chorus, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold materials' copyrights and obtaining approval from them. Researchers do not need anything further from Smith College Special Collections to move forward with their use.

Biographical Note

The Kansas City Womyn's Chorus was founded in 1979 by a diverse group of women for the purpose of singing non-sexist music and to "share, celebrate, and build women's culture." The chorus aimed to be open to anyone who wished to participate, and many members had no muscial training, some didn't read music. For every concert, those with real musical skill took on mentoring those who had trouble staying on pitch so that they could be a part of the chorus; many women laboriously made practice tapes of all the parts to help members with less skill learn their parts. The group performed primarily in local event. After participating in a regional festival in DeKalb, Illinois in 1995, with barely enough members attending to perform, the chorus disbanded.

Extent

2.167 linear feet (2 containers)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

The collection contains scrapbooks documenting the the Kansas City Womyn's Chorus' events, gatherings, and performances, and music scores. The Kansas City Womyn's Chorus was founded as a diverse group of women for the purpose of singing non-sexist music and to "share, celebrate, and build women's culture."

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email specialcollections@smith.edu to request the creation of and access to digital copies. Names of songwriters and arrangers must be provided with duplicates and they must be credited.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was gifted by Linda Ray in 2007.

Related Materials

Sister Singers Network Records

Source

Title
Finding aid to the Kansas City Womyn's Chorus records
Status
Legacy Finding Aid (Updated)
Author
Madison White
Date
2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2017-07-26T17:48:24-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
  • 2018-10-15: Updated to conform to DACS
  • 2021-07-15: Content description added from accession inventories

Repository Details

Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository

Contact:
Neilson Library
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