Greenville Music Club Collection, 1953-1964

Manuscript Collection #950

  • Descriptive Summary
    Title: Greenville Music Club Collection
    Creator: Greenville Music Club
    Repository: ECU Manuscript Collection
    Language: English
    Abstract: This collection contains yearbooks (1953-1964) for the Greenville Music Club (Greenville, North Carolina) and a program for the 41st Annual Convention (May 8-11, 1957) of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs.
    Extent: 0.25 Cubic feet, 1 container, 13 items, 13 volumes,
  • Description

    The Greenville Music Club (of Greenville, North Carolina) was organized on January 13, 1948. This collection contains yearbooks (1953-1964) and a program concerning the 41st Annual Convention (May 8-11, 1957) of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs. Included in the yearbooks are information on officers and committees as well as upcoming performances and meeting dates. Performances were held at members' homes, East Carolina College, and local churches. Many members and officers and performances were connected to East Carolina College. Mentioned in performances related to ECC were a String Quartet of East Carolina students including Frances Hilburn, Thomas Lewis, Henry Goodman, and Kenneth Killebrew and an All-State District Chorus. Well-known Greenville and East Carolina College Music Club members included Venetia Cox, Cynthia Mendenhall, Judge Dink James, Mrs. James L. Fleming, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gray, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Kenneth Cuthbert, and George Perry among many others.

  • Biographical / Historical Note

    Although there were organized music clubs in North Carolina before 1917, the accepted year that the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs had its formal beginnings is 1917. One of the primary goals of the Federation was to promote music education, with goals of having a music teacher in every public school in the state. The Greenville Music Club was formed in 1948.

    In 1974, Maxine Fountain published an exhaustive history of the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, titled ENTHUSIASTS ALL, utilizing archives and records from many clubs throughout the state and the NC State Archives in Raleigh. This history includes material from all local clubs within the state and provides information on past officers, chairmen, State Conventions and winners of scholarships and other awards. After the publication was completed, the material collected was placed in the Archives of the State of North Carolina and also in the Southern Collection of the Louis Round Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    As of 2017, the North Carolina Federation has eighteen Senior Clubs with 542 senior members and 240 Junior Clubs with a total of 3,735 junior members. The total membership is 4,277.


  • Administrative Information
    Accessions Information

    October 8, 2003, 13 items, 0.25 cubic feet; Greenville Music Club Yearbooks (1953-1964) and North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs 41st Annual Convention, Greenville, NC, May 8 - 11, 1957 Official Program. Donor: Carolyn Fullilove James

    Acquisition Information

    Gift of Carolyn Fullilove James

    Access Restrictions

    No restrictions

    Copyright Notice

    Literary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

    Preferred Citation

    Greenville Music Club Collection (#950), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.

    Processing Information

    Encoded by Mark Custer, March 19, 2008

    Processed by Leah Turner, October 19, 2017

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