Scope and Contents
Includes materials for the first 30 years for women's music organization from Cincinnati, Ohio. Grant applications, organizational periodicals, and administrative papers. Also included are DVDs and audio CDs of performances as well as CDs with photographs of MUSE members.
Dates of Materials
- 1983 - 2013
- MUSE (Choral group) (Organization)
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is open for research use without restriction beyond the standard terms and conditions of Smith College Special Collections.
Conditions Governing Use
MUSE retains copyright on audio and video recordings in the collection. The SSC owns copyright owner for other unpublished works created by the organization. Permission must be obtained to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify all copyright holders.
Biographical / Historical
MUSE Cincinnati Women's Choir was founded in 1983 by Dr. Catherine Roma, who served as the organization's Artistic Director from the Choir's founding until her retirement in 2013. The Choir is part of the larger women's music movement that emerged between the 1970s and 1990s in an effort to combine work for social change and the powerful love of music. According to the organization's mission statement, MUSE is "dedicated to musical excellence and social change" and works to spread "their message of peace and unity through music" through performances in the United States and the international community.
11.918 linear feet (12 containers)
Language of Materials
Musicians; Women's music organization. Includes materials for the first 30 years for women's music organization from Cincinnati, Ohio. Grant applications, organizational periodicals, and administrative papers. Also included are DVDs and audio CDs of performances as well as CDs with photographs of MUSE members.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
This collection contains materials received from the donor in digital form that are not currently available online. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email email@example.com to request access to this digital content.
As a preservation measure, researchers must use digital copies of audiovisual materials in this collection. Please consult with Special Collections staff or email firstname.lastname@example.org to request the creation of and access to digital copies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The MUSE records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection by Catherine Roma in 2013.
Accessioned by Kathleen Nutter and Abbie Pratt, 2013
The contents of computer media in this collection has been copied to networked storage for preservation and access; the original directory and file structure was retained and file lists were created.
- Choral music -- United States
- Computer media
- DVD-Video discs
- Electronic records
- Feminism and music
- Feminist music -- Performances
- Forms (documents)
- Grant proposals
- MUSE (Choral group)
- Music by women composers -- United States
- Organization files
- Roma, Catherine
- Sound recordings
- Women in the music trade
- Women musicians
- MUSE records
- Finding Aid
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- 07/26/2017: This resource was modified by the ArchivesSpace Preprocessor developed by the Harvard Library (https://github.com/harvard-library/archivesspace-preprocessor)
- 2017-07-26T17:48:22-04:00: This record was migrated from InMagic DB Textworks to ArchivesSpace.
- 2020-07-21: Description added for born-digital content.
Part of the Sophia Smith Collection of Women's History Repository
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