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Indianapolis Matinee Musicale records

Identifier: L506

Scope and Contents

This collection includes meeting minutes, programs, memberships lists, treasury reports, correspondence, newspapers, active membership booklets, awards, constitutions, bylaws, photographs and miscellaneous documents from the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale ranging from 1877 to 2021 regarding the organization's purpose and activities.


  • 1877-2021


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Administrative History

The Indianapolis Matinee Musicale was created by Anne Cox and her sister in 1877. Twelve women gathered at Cox's house for an informal meeting regarding music. Two years later, the Parlor Club, which consisted of twenty members, adopted a constitution and decided on the name "The Ladies of Matinee Musicale". The goal of the club was to "raise musical standards and to advance the interest of music".

During the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale won 1 of 5 medals of honor and was recognized as the oldest music club in the country. In 1895, changes to the club were drafted and included anyone studying music could join as a student member. Notably, men could also join the club. In 1922, a new section was created for professional musicians and music teachers who chose not to be in membership.

Today, the Indianapolis Matinee Musicale offers rich experiences for music lovers of all ages. They sponsor performance opportunities and scholarship competitions for students, as well as professional recitals and choral concerts.


Indianapolis Matinee Musicale. Accessed January 5, 2018.


25 Cubic Feet (17 manuscript boxes, 1 small manuscript box, 1 cubic foot box, 47 volumes)

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This collection is arranged in the following series:

Series 1: Secretary's minutes and reports, 1877-1981

Series 2: Constitution and active member's booklets, 1877-1981

Series 3: Volumes, 1881-1998

Series 4: Student and Junior Sections documents, 1930-1988

Series 5: Choral Ensemble documents, 1929-2017

Series 6: Programs, 1940-2016

Series 7: Subject files, 1877-1982

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Indianapolis Matinee Musicale Mary E. Colkins on 2017/07/21.


Further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/01/05 by Masada Sparrow. EAD finding aid created 2018/01/05 by Masada Sparrow. EAD finding aid updated on 2023/07/31 by A.J. Chrapliwy.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.