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Sister Singers Network Records, 1981-2007
10 box (6.5 linear ft.)
Collection number: MS 569

Abstract:
Women's music organization. Collection documents the activities of the Sister Singers Network, primarily at music festivals, as well as each member group. Types of material include correspondence, programs, publicity and directories.

Terms of Access and Use:

Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Sophia Smith Collection
Smith College
Northampton, MA

Historical Note

In 1981, Echo (Linda Ray) of the Kansas City Women's Chorus and Linda Small of the St. Louis Women's Choir started the Sister Singers Network with a logo, letterhead, and a list of choruses. Their vision was to create a feminist network of women's choruses that could learn from each other and come together to share music. The early SSN choral festivals were part of the Ozark Women's Festivals, until the SSN outgrew them. The first separate choral festival that was hosted by the SSN was in Kansas City in 1984. Sister Singers Network has hosted several international women's choral festivals in various cities around the United States, including Kansas City, St. Louis, Madison, Chicago, Minneapolis, Houston, Cincinnati, and Grand Rapids. From 1996 to 1999, the activity of the network dropped significantly and membership lapsed. At the National Women's Music Festival in 1999, a group of chorus women met to discuss revitalizing SSN; later that summer, a mailing went out to all the former SSN choruses, plus any new women's choruses that were known, to invite everyone to a SSN planning meeting in Chicago in October. The Grand Rapids Women's Chorus, with help from Sistrum of Lansing, MI, hosted the next Sister Singers Network Festival in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 2001, which was attended by 26 choruses. The organization is ongoing.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Collection documents the activities of the Sister Singers Network, primarily at music festivals, as well as each member group. Types of material include correspondence, programs, publicity and directories.

[NOTE: The contents list for this collection is not online. Contact the Sophia Smith Collection if you would like one sent to you.]


Information on Use
Terms of Access and Use
Restrictions on access:

The papers are open to research according to the regulations of the Sophia Smith Collection.

Access to audiovisual materials may first require production of research copies.

This collection has not been fully processed and therefore may be difficult to use.

Collection is stored offsite; researchers must give 48 hours advance notice.

Restrictions on use:

The material in this collection may be protected by copyright. It is the responsibility of the researcher to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyrights for permission to publish reproductions or quotations beyond "fair use." Permission must also be obtained from the Sophia Smith Collection as owners of the physical property.

Preferred Citation

Please use the following format when citing materials from this collection:

Sister Singers Network Records, Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College, Northampton, Mass.

Additional Formats

The various performances have been digitized and are available upon request.

History of the Collection

The Sister Singers Network Records were donated to the Sophia Smith Collection in 2007.

Accruals:

Periodic additions to collection are expected and may not be reflected in this record.

Processing Information

Processed by Burd Schlessinger, 2007.


Additional Information
Contact Information
Smith College Special Collections
Young Library
4 Tyler Drive
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: (413) 585-2970
Fax: (413) 585-2886

Email: specialcollections@smith.edu
URL: https://www.smith.edu/libraries/special-collections
Language
English


Search Terms
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Subjects
  • Choral music--United States
  • Choruses, Secular (Women's voices)
  • Singers--United States
  • Sister Singers Networks
  • Women composers--United States
  • Women musicians--United States
  • Women singers--United States
  • Women's music--History--Sources
  • Women--Songs and music


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