Scope and arrangement
The New York Singing Teachers' Association Records contain the bulletins, minutes (for general and board meetings), discussion group papers, general meeting speeches, announcements, forms, reports, correspondence, financial records, programs, and scrapbooks of the organization. The bulk of the records focus on NYSTA's documentation of internal and public activities from 1924 to 1997. The few items dated between 1906 - 1924 within the collection deal with legal aspects of the forming of the association--e.g. the items dealing with the association's name change in 1917 can be found in Box 7, Folder 39.
Personal records of Anna E. Ziegler and Dr. Arthur de Guichard, the founders of the association, are not found within this collection, nor is there a significant amount of information on NYSTA's role in helping to form The National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. in 1944.
The New York Singing Teachers' Association records are arranged in nine series:
- 1940 - 1997 and undated1 linear foot (2 boxes)
The NYSTA Bulletin is filled with information touching on all facets of the organization--e.g. general meeting times, discussion group topics, guest speakers, officer elections, and financial reports. This publication is distributed throughout the association's season (October to May) and is a valuable resource. In some seasons a newsletter was published as an additional resource to reach and inform its members. As such, these newsletters are organized with the Bulletins. The Bulletins are a resource that could be used by the user as a guide that will lead to other parts of NYSTA's records, or as a general overview of the association's efforts on behalf of New York Singing teachers.
- 1924 - 19942 1/2 linear feet (5 boxes)
This series is composed of two sub series. The first sub series contains the minutes for the board and the general meetings held by the association. The second sub series contains the administrative documents (e.g. announcements, speeches and reports.) created for the maintenance and growth of the association.
- 1930 - 1995 and undated1/2 linear feet (1 box.)
This series contains letters primarily dealing with the special events and legal issues of the NYSTA. As such correspondence centered on the Celius H. Dougherty Estate, Genevieve Bowman Gaeuman Estate, Marie Sylvie Derdeyn Bequest and Zora May Shull Bequest, the Gaeuman Memorial Award Competition, the Shull Bequest Recital, the Town Hall Award, and the Young Artists Concerts are found in this series.
- 1935 - 1997 and undated1 linear foot (2 boxes)
This series contains the programs, leaflets, brochures, applicant, and committee member lists connected to such NYSTA sponsored events as the Annual Composer's Concert, the Annual Dinner / Lunch, the Composers Showcase, and the Gaeuman Memorial Awards. The most extensive amount of documentation within this series is for the New York Debut Recital Award.
- ca. 1927 - 19931 linear foot (2 boxes)
This series contains the bank related financial records found within the collection--i.e. registers for checking accounts, money market account statements, expense slips, financial reports, and federal income tax records. The Treasurer's monthly reports from 1927 to 1989 make up the bulk of this series.
- 1980 - 1992 and undated3 folders
This series contains the photographs of the annual luncheon--contact sheets, group pictures and head shots--not incorporated into the scrapbooks.
- 1925 - 1993 and undated9 folders
This series primarily contains the brochures, business cards, clippings and lists unrelated to NYSTA. In Box 13, Folder 21, however, there are two clippings on NYSTA (one of which focuses on the founders of the associaiton).
- ca. 1954 - 198312 folders
This series contains the Annual Luncheon, Genevieve B. Gaeuman Memorial Award, and New York Debut Recital Award scrapbooks created by NYSTA.
- 1936 - 1982 and undated1 linear foot (1 box.)
This series includes an oversized Guest Book for NYSTA sponsored events, as well as oversized music scores by Arnold Freed.