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Guide to the Sacramento Opera Guild records
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Historical Note
  • Scope and Content Note
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Sacramento Opera Guild records
    Dates: 1947-1975
    Collection number: MC 21
    Creator: Sacramento Opera Guild
    Collection Size: 1 linear ft. (2 archival boxes)
    Repository: Sacramento Public Library. Sacramento Room
    Sacramento, California 95814
    Abstract: Founded in 1947, the Sacramento Opera Guild was established by Sacramento women to cultivate a wider public interest in operatic arts and to sponsor local performances and educational programs. The records of the guild include administrative records and meeting minutes (1947-1975).
    Physical location: For current information on the location of these materials, please contact the Sacramento Room.
    Languages: Languages represented in the collection: English


    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], Sacramento Opera Guild Records, MC 21, Sacramento Room, Sacramento Public Library, Sacramento, California.

    Historical Note

    The Sacramento Opera Guild was founded as a not-for-profit corporation in October 1947 and began with 50 charter members, its governing board and membership initially comprised almost entirely of local women interested in supporting the operatic arts in Sacramento. Its purpose was, "to develop and cultivate a wider public interest in opera and its allied arts, and to contribute to their support; to further musical education and appreciation; and to sponsor and give assistance to operatic, musical and cultural programs and activities of an educational character."
    Mabel Hazelton, Mary Richardson and Carolyn E. Ware served as the guild's first governing group and Mrs. H. J. McClatchy as its first president. The Sacramento Opera Guild board met in the Directors Room at the California-Western States Life Insurance building and later in the homes of board members, where tea was regularly served. The guild's first act was to buy $50 worth of tickets for music students to attend concerts by Patrice Munsel and Florence Quartararo. Over the following decades, the Opera Guild would continue to purchase student tickets, fund numerous operalogues and opera performances, and host other special events and educational programs in Sacramento. Membership expanded to over 100 by the early 1950s and nearly 300 in the early 1970s.
    The Opera Guild also formed a number of important partnerships over its many decades of service. In 1952, the guild began working in partnership with the Sacramento Saturday Club to bring annual performances of the San Francisco Opera to Sacramento. And since the Sacramento Opera Association began to produce local opera in 1981, the Sacramento Opera Guild has supported the company's performances.

    Scope and Content Note

    The records of the Sacramento Opera Guild contain one folder of administrative records, which includes the club's incorporation documents (1947, 1963) and audit reports (1973-1974); bound meeting minutes, which comprise the bulk of the collection (1947-1975), include discussion of club activities, financial reports, committee reports, board nominations and election results, and membership statistics.
    This collection is organized into two series:
    • Series 1. Administration
    • Series 2. Minutes

    Indexing Terms

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