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New Orleans Friends of Music records

Identifier: LaRC-389

Scope and Contents

The New Orleans Friends of Music is a volunteer music organization, established in 1956, that is enthusiastic about chamber music and brings visiting artists to play at Dixon Hall at the Tulane University campus. The collection is made up of the organization's articles of incorporation, by-laws, and amendments, membership lists, officer lists, minutes, correspondence, subscriptions, calling lists, financial records, artists' contracts, publicity, programs, promotional records, grant material, arts organization material, awards, and artist files.


  • 1955-2008


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Ernest Bueding conceived and organized the New Orleans Friends of Music in 1956. As a professor at Louisiana State University, Dr. Bueding attracted a small group of people, many from the medical profession, in creating a chamber music society to bring in visiting artists. With the aid of a grant from the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation of the Library of Congress, the group presented its first concert on Jan. 27, 1956. Concerts have regularly been held at Dixon Hall on the Tulane University campus. Volunteers have traditionally assumed all responsibilities; sources of income include private donations and memberships.


13.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows: organizational records, membership and officer lists, minutes, correspondence (1955-1978); subscriptions; calling lists; grant records; financial and artist contract records (1950s-1970s); overture papers; memos; publicity; programs; minutes; artist contracts; press releases; correspondence (1973-2003); financial records (1980s-2000s), minutes and correspondence (2000s); arts organizations, awards and publicity, artist files, and bound programs. The collection consists of thirteen boxes and two bound volumes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of New Orleans Friends of Music. Date acquired: 04/01/1977.

Accruals and Additions

Additional material added regularly.

Processing Information

Collection processed in by Ann Bradburn and Masaki Noguchi. Revised by Melissa Smith in 2005.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US