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Los Angeles Women's Community Chorus records, 1977-1990
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Series 1: Administrative Records. 1977-1990.

Scope and Content

This series is comprised of several sets of the administrative records of the LAWCC. It includes minutes from the collective’s regular meetings (1977-1989), programs and song books from the annual shows produced by LAWCC (1977-1990). It also includes publicity and fundraising materials from the later years of the LAWCC’s functioning (1986-1989) and all sub-committee materials specifically for the 1985-1986 season. Taken together, these materials give detailed insight into the Chorus’s finances and social and artistic aspects. The meeting minutes cover almost the entire span of LAWCC’s existence and give a long-term view of how the Chorus’s values evolved over time and were translated into action, particularly as the group expanded and productions became larger. The minutes detail decisions about performance acceptances, song selections, attendance policies, financial policies (both expenditure and income), organizational structure, the format of critical feedback, and the Chorus’ public stance and presence. The material from the 1985-1986 season, organized by committee, is of particular interest as it gives a more detailed record of finances, fundraising, production, and design. Advertising in programs and song books give a comprehensive view of the networks that LAWCC were a part of, and translations of songs into Spanish and Braille provide evidence of the organization’s commitment to inclusivity.
Box 1, Folder 1

Collective Meeting Minutes. 1977-1980.

Box 1, Folder 2

Collective Meeting Minutes. 1980-1982.

Box 1, Folder 3

Collective Meeting Minutes. 1982-1984.

Box 1, Folder 4

Collective Meeting Minutes. 1984-1986.

Box 1, Folder 5

Collective Meeting Minutes. 1986-1989.

Box 1, Folder 6

Committee Papers (1 of 2). 1985-1986.

Box 1, Folder 7

Committee Papers (2 of 2). 1985-1986.

Box 2, Folder 1

Death of LAWCC Member, Elizabeth Marek. 1988-1989.

Box 2, Folder 2

Programs and Song Books (Annual Shows). 1977-1983.

Box 2, Folder 3

Programs and Song Books (Annual Shows). 1984-1990.

Box 3

Song Books and Tickets (Braille). 1987-1988.

Box 2, Folder 4

Publicity for Open Rehearsals, Concerts, General. 1987-1989.

Box 2, Folder 5

Fundraising and 10th Anniversary Album. 1986-1990.

Box 2, Folder 6

20th Anniversary Reunion. 1997.


Series 2: Photographs. 1982-1989.

Scope and Content

This series consists of two photo albums as well as sets of photograph contact sheets which document various parts of LAWCC’s history. One of the albums documents the LAWCC’s 10th anniversary benefit concert, containing images of the show, chorus members, volunteers and behind-the scenes photos of the concert held on May 17, 1986. There is also separate documentation of the 13th annual show (June 1986) in the form of photographs and contact sheets. The other album includes photographs of informal gatherings and social events of the LAWCC members. Neither album includes captions for photographs.
Box 4

Archive Photos. undated.

Box 5

10th Anniversary Benefit Concert Photo Album. 1986.

Box 2, Folder 7

14th Annual Concert Photographs and Contact Sheets. 1989.


Series 3: Audio/Video. 1986-1987.

Scope and Content

This series contains audio and video of the LAWCC’s 10th anniversary album. As evidenced in meeting minutes and fundraising materials in Series 1, this album was recorded as a celebration of the LAWCC’s 10 years in 1986. The program list was intentionally chosen by women, for women. The album was primarily recorded live, in the sanctuary of a local Los Angeles church, with the choir, a piano and a single drum set; the rest of the instrumentals were recorded separately in a studio. It was conducted by LAWCC co-founder and conductor of 10 years Sue Fink who left shortly after to pursue her own music career. The album was funded by a grant from the City of Los Angeles, as well as individual contributions of LAWCC members and a number of fundraising efforts. Recorded in 1986, the album selection was finalized and production finished by mid 1987 when it was released for distribution for sale. The video material is in the form of U-Matic cassettes and includes the Composite Masters, Program Out tapes, ISO Camera tapes, Titles and Credits, as well as a couple others. There are also disks, presumably audio CD copies, of the same material.
Box 6

10th Anniversay Album Audio and Video Material. 1986-1987.