Guide to the Florine Wenzel Collection of Records of the Sacramento Saturday Club

Amanda Graham
Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library
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Guide to the Florine Wenzel Collection of Records of the Sacramento Saturday Club

Collection number: MC 17

Sacramento Public Library

Sacramento Room

Sacramento, California
Processed by:
Amanda Graham
Date Completed:
2011
Encoded by:
Amanda Graham
Copyright 2011 Sacramento Public Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Florine Wenzel collection of records of the Sacramento Saturday Club
Dates: 1893-1973
Collection number: MC 17
Creator: Saturday Club (Sacramento, Calif.)
Collection Size: 1 linear ft. (2 archival boxes)
Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
Sacramento, California 95814
Abstract: Florine Wenzel (1884-1984) was a Sacramento pianist and vocalist who served as president of the Sacramento M. T. A. (Music Teachers' Association) and later president of the Sacramento Saturday Club. Her papers are largely comprised of records from the Saturday Club, including scrapbooks, clippings and photographs (1893-1973).
Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Use of the described materials may be subject to U.S. and international copyright laws. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Sacramento Public Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Florine Wenzel collection of records of the Sacramento Saturday Club, MC 17, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.

Historical Note

Florine J. Wenzel (1884-1984), the daughter of George F. and Jennie Wenzel, was a native of San Francisco and a pianist and vocalist. Long active in Sacramento music circles, she served as president of both the Sacramento M. T. A. (Music Teachers' Association) and the Sacramento Saturday Club.
The Sacramento Saturday Club was founded in 1893 by a group of 60 local society women for the purpose of furthering the public appreciation of music and it's refining influences in Sacramento. The club's name derived from Saturday afternoon chamber performances that had been held in the home's of the club's founders. At the height of its popularity in the 1920s, the club boasted 1,800 members and sponsored performances by world-famous musicians that drew as many as 5,000 people to Sacramento's Memorial Auditorium. Performers included Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Isaac Stern and Pablo Casals. The Saturday Club contributed financial support for the building of Memorial Auditorium, and funded other philanthropic projects, including the building of the Tuesday Club House and Eagle Theater. The club also worked with the Red Cross to aid victims of the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and fire, led sales of Liberty Bonds during WWI, and supported the Women's Council and Y.M.C.A.

Scope and Content Note

The bulk of this collection is comprised of scrapbooks, programs, photographs and clippings documenting Sacramento Saturday Club activities from 1893 through 1973. Also included in the collection are Wenzel's correspondence regarding music lessons, scrapbooks with clipping and programs from Ms. Wenzel's recitals and Sacramento M. T. A. meetings.
This collection is organized into eight series:
  • Series 1. Administrative
  • Series 2. Meeting notes
  • Series 3. Correspondence
  • Series 4. Programs
  • Series 5. Scrapbooks
  • Series 6. Club History
  • Series 7. Photographs
  • Series 8. Clippings

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Women Societies and clubs--California--Sacramento
Music--Societies, etc.--California--Sacramento
Musicians


Collection Contents

Box/Folder: 1/1

Series 1. Administrative 1897-1966

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series, comprised of administrative documents of the Sacramento Saturday Club, includes the club constitution (1930), roster (1964-65 and 1965-66 season), a biographical record form, roster of performers (1897-1898) and club letterhead (1930s).
Box/Folder: 1/2

Series 2. Meeting notes 1929-1948

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

Included in this series are a bound "Date book for 1929" with Saturday Club meeting notes from 1929-1931 and M.T.A. notes 1947-1948; and loose, undated meeting notes.
Box/Folder: 1/3

Series 3. Correspondence 1897-1925

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This small series includes Florine Wenzel's personal correspondence and letters from the Saturday Club.
Box/Folder: 1/4-7

Series 4. Programs 1895-1973

Physical Description: 4 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

Printed material in this series comprises Recital Programs (1895-1971), Season Schedules (1922-1938), and the Saturday Club bulletin (1948-1949) and newsletter (1973).
Box/Folder: 2/1-2

Series 5. Scrapbooks 1901-1930

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes a scrapbook dating from 1929-1930 entitled "Recitals, Contests, Auditions, Personal Property of Florine Wenzel" and a scrapbook containing Saturday Club programs (1901-1908).
Box/Folder: 2/3

Series 6. Club History 1893-1907

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series includes 1893-1907 retrospective club statistics, a list of Home Days and Artists and Receipts and Disbursements of the Saturday Club and Florine Wenzel's typed drafts of the club history.
Box/Folder: 2/4-5

Series 7. Photographs ca. 1930 - ca. 1955

Physical Description: 2 folders

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of nineteen portraits of musicians and conductors from the 1930s to 1950s, most 8x10 b&w photographic prints.
Box/Folder: 2/6

Series 8. Clippings 1917-1968 (bulk 1917-1933)

Physical Description: 1 folder

Series Scope and Content Summary

This series is comprised of newspaper clippings and typed programs of local recitals from a folder entitled "Press Book, 1940-41-42."