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Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Collection, 1931-1997

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MS-2020-014

Content Description

This collection consists of programs, ASID House booklets, and newspaper clippings. Materials are arranged into four series:

Programs, 1931-1997, consists of loose and bound Charlotte Symphony Orchestra programs (1931-1997) and Oratorio Singers of Charlotte programs (1962-1982).

ASID House, 1974-1984, includes informational booklets on the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s ASID House. [The ASID House was built in 1917 on the corner of Coddington and East Morehead Extension by Charles Campbell Coddington. Members of the Carolinas District Chapter, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and Edward H. Springs transformed the Coddington House into the Symphony Designer House in 1976.]

Newspaper Clippings, 1934-1983, contains miscellaneous copies of newspaper clippings relating to the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.

Manuscripts, c1926, is one manuscript of a play entitled, “The Pageant of Charlotte and Old Mecklenburg,” to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the believed Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence signing in 1776.

Collection materials date 1934-1990 and are in good condition.


  • 1931 - 1997


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public without restriction. The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to duplicate or publish material from this collection must be obtained from the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

Biographical / Historical

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's current goal is to do more than perform, but to also find a way to serve the community. This manuscript collection describes--through newspaper articles, concert programs, and other items--how the organization has been interwoven with the community from its beginning. Although the Armory-Auditorium was utilized by the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra used local school auditoriums for their concerts before Ovens Auditorium was built. Those schools included Alexander Graham Junior High School, Myers Park High School, Mineral Springs High School, and Piedmont Junior High School.

Since the Orchestra's conception, the organization and its affiliates have performed at such community locales as Queens College's Dana Auditorium, the United States Naval Hospital, Davidson College, and the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. While the full organization may not have participated, individual Orchestra conductors and orchestral players have been participants in the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra and the Transylvania Music Camp. They have also performed during local church services including those held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Myers Park Presbyterian Church, and Providence United Methodist Church.

Beyond performing in various locations throughout the region, the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra--as an organization and as individual personnel--participated in collaborative efforts that allowed them to spread music beyond a season's regularly scheduled concerts. The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra collaborated with such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, the Atlanta Ballet Company, and the Carolina Ballet Company. The Orchestra also reached out to other musicians through smaller ensembles such as the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Charlotte Flute Club, the Mint Museum Ensemble, and the Charlotte Chamber Music Players.


3.14 Linear Feet

3.26 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1932. It is the largest and most active professional performing arts organization in the central Carolinas. The Charlotte Symphony also includes small ensembles of musicians such as the Flute Club and two Youth Orchestras, among others. Some of these small ensembles perform outreach services to local hospitals, and other organizations.

This collection consists of programs, ASID House booklets, and newspaper clippings.


The Oratorio programs are a sub-series of programs but housed in Box 3 after the ASID House series.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The immediate source and date of acquisition for this collection is unknown.

Related Materials

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Charlotte Symphony Orchestra [sound recording]; Excerpts from the 1957-1958 Season. Charlotte, NC: The Orchestra, 1058 (CALL NUMBER: NCR CLASS)

Music-Classical-Orchestras-Charlotte Symphony Orchestra-Combinations. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Music-Classical-Orchestras-Charlotte Symphony Orchestra-Conductors. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Music-Classical-Orchestras-Charlotte Symphony Orchestra-Finances. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Music-Classical-Orchestras-Charlotte Symphony Orchestra-History and Miscellany. (CALLNUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Music-Classical-Orchestras-Charlotte Symphony Orchestra-Personnel. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

Music-Classical-Orchestras-Charlotte Symphony Orchestra-Societies. (CALL NUMBER: NCR VERTICAL FILES)

"Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, Vol.I, 1951-1952 to 1979-1980." (CALL NUMBER: NCR 780 C479o P964)

"Oratorio Singers of Charlotte, Vol.II, 1980-1981 to 1992-1993." (CALL NUMBER: NCR 780 C479o P964)

Whalen, Meg Freeman. The Sound of Charlotte: The First 75 Years of the Charlotte Symphony/A Commemorative History. Charlotte, NC: Charlotte, The City Magazine, 2007. (CALL NUMBER: NCR 784.2 W552s)


Charlotte Flute Association and Flute Choir. “History,” 2004.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. “Mission & History.”

Harry & Bryant Funeral Home. “In Memory of Joseph Little, July 16, 1919-October 13, 2012.”

Condition Description

Materials are in good condition.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of this collection was completed by Sydney Carroll, February 2020.

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra Collection, 1931-1997
Sydney Carroll
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Repository Details

Part of the Robinson-Spangler Carolina Room, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Repository

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library-Main
310 N. Tryon Street
Charlotte NC 28202 USA