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Indiana Federation of Music Clubs scrapbooks

Identifier: L508

Scope and Contents

This collection includes five scrapbooks created by members of the Indiana Federation of Music Clubs for state and national contests and the scrapbooks include correspondence, newspaper clippings, music programs, photographs, and yearbooks ranging from 1929 to 1948. The Crawfordsville Music Club’s scrapbook won first prize in a 1930 contest conducted by theIndianapolis News; the Greensburg High School Junior Club scrapbook won an honorable mention in the 1931 state contest; Indiana’s 1931 junior department won the National Federation’s junior scrapbook contest; and the Federation’s 1939 senior (adult) scrapbook received an honorable mention at the National Federation’s biennial convention. The 1944-1948 scrapbook includes sections on music for wounded soldiers and Indiana composers and includes the organization’s 1936 booklet Indiana Composers, Native and Adopted.


  • 1929-1948


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.

Biographical / Historical

The Indiana Federation of Music Clubs (INFMC) is a state branch of the National Federation of Music Clubs (NFMC). The NFMC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1898 to promote and support American music, performers and music education. The INFMC was organized in 1920 and membership included senior, junior and juvenile organizations of choirs, bands, orchestras, glee clubs, and music schools. The INFMC is still active today and the group's objective is to "bring into working relations with one another, music clubs, other music organizations and individuals in the State of Indiana directly or indirectly associated with music activities for the purposes of developing high musical standards; aiding and encouraging music education; promoting American music and artists, and cooperating with the National Federation of Music Clubs in its specific plans for the advancement of music."


Information found within collection.

Indiana Federation of Music Clubs. “INFMC By-Laws.” Accessed October 17, 2018.

"Musicians to Form State Organization in Indiana." Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette(IN), October 12, 1920.

National Federation of Music Clubs. “Welcome to NFMC.” Accessed October 17, 2018.


2 Cubic Feet (6 medium custom oversize boxes)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

The scrapbooks in this collection were donated to the Indiana State Library by the Crawfordsville Music Club on 1930/05/15, Verna Palmer Sterling on 1931/06/09 and 1931/10/31, and by others. The collection was transferred to Rare Books and Manuscripts from the Indiana Division in 2017.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

S1568: Indiana Federation of Music Clubs, 8th District collection

S1628: Music collection

L506: Indianapolis Matinee Musicale collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2018/10/22 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2018/10/22 by Laura Eliason.
Indiana Federation of Music Clubs scrapbooks
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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