R. Nathaniel Dett Club records
R. Nathaniel Dett Club of Music and Allied Arts
See also: Dett, R. Nathaniel, 1882–1943, and National Association of Negro Musicians (U.S.)
Organizational records, dated 1927–2001, with the bulk of the materials dated 1950–2001, including constitution and bylaws, minutes, financial records, correspondence, programs, and other materials from the R. Nathaniel Dett Club of Music and Allied Arts, a Chicago branch of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM). The collection also includes supplemental administrative materials relating to NANM, dated 1973–2003.
5 boxes (3.8 linear feet)
Received from the R. Nathaniel Dett Club through Charles E. Cannon, 2002.
Founded in 1922, Chicago's R. Nathaniel Dett Club of Music and Allied Arts is one of the oldest active branches of the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM). The Dett Club has had a number of NANM luminaries in its roster, including John E. Webb, Sydonia M. Brooks, Ruth Allen Fouche, and Ona B. Campbell. The Dett Club maintains an active concert and event schedule during the year, hosting a Black History Program, a summertime Garden Party, and an annual Scholarship Contest. A narrative history of the club by John E. Webb, Whispers of Love, published in 1987, is based on the records in the collection.
The present collection has been arranged in two series, a series of records originating with the Dett Club and a series of records documenting interactions with the parent organization, NANM. The papers in both series include constitutions and bylaws, minutes and agendas from meetings, correspondence, programs from concerts, newsletters, and photographs. The NANM series includes materials relating to the national conventions and also to the NANM Central Region conferences.
Also of note in the Dett Club series is a subseries of biographies of composers and performers used in the programs of various concerts. A few music scores received and shelved with the collection are cataloged in the CBMR Collections database, searchable from the Library and Archives page.