The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Essex County Community Concert Association
Essex County Community Concert
3 linear feet (7 boxes)
The Essex County Community
Concert Association records document the activities of this Essex County,
Massachusetts, cultural organization.
SERIES I. Administrative Papers SERIES II. Financial Records SERIES III. Business Records
A. Membership Material
B. Reports of Meetings
SERIES IV. Promotional Material
Scope and Content Note
The Essex County Community Concert Association records document the activities of
this Essex County, Massachusetts, cultural organization. The collection has been
arranged in four series.
Series I. Administrative Papers includes bylaws, a
plan of organization, duties of officers, job descriptions for other committee
personnel, suggestions for admission procedures at concerts, incorporation papers,
1989-90 campaign papers, and the disbanding of the organization.
Series II. Financial Records includes income tax
papers, public charity reports to the state attorney general, bank records
(bankbooks, checking account records, and check registers), cash and account books,
membership account books, invoices, financial reports, an audit, and the proposed
budget for the 1987-88 season.
Series III. Business Records includes records of
membership campaigns for the 1969-70 season through the 1987-88 season, membership
lists, lists of officers and directors, patrons and sponsors, notices of meetings
agendas, and reports of meetings, and correspondence, including contracts and
Series IV. Promotional Material includes: publicity
flyers on performing artists; BRAVO, the Community
Concerts, Inc., magazine; Community Concerts Inc. (New York) brochures; programs of
Essex County Community Concert Association concerts; list of reciprocal concerts;
photographs of performing artists; and newspaper clippings.
At a meeting of the Beverly-Salem [Massachusetts] Civic Music Association and the
Danvers Community Concert Association executive boards on Tuesday, January 15, 1963,
the consolidation of the two organizations was ratified. The result of this merger
was the Essex County Community Concert Association, which
was affiliated with the national Community Concert Association, an arm of Columbia
Dr. Charles J. Mekelatos of Salem was the first president of the newly-formed
association. The concerts of the 1963-64 season were held at Salem State College.
The Essex County Community Concert Association opened its membership roll to any
residents of any community in the county. Members of the association were also
invited to attend concerts of reciprocal music organizations as close as Lynn and as
far as Nashua, New Hampshire, at no extra cost. According to the bylaws, at least
three concerts or recitals would be presented annually by the Essex County Community
Concert Association. Funds for the association were raised by an annual membership
campaign for the collection of dues and such other fund-raising projects as
determined by the board of directors. Admission to concerts was by membership card
issued by the secretary. No single admissions were sold for individual events. In
1976, the concerts were moved to the new Salem High School.
Because the Essex County Community Concert Association was unable to obtain
enough members to sustain the programs for the 1989-90 season, it was decided to
disband the organization at the end of the 1988-89 season.
This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons,
or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Mekelatos, Charles J., Dr.
Beverly-Salem Civic Music Association
Columbia Artists Management, Inc.
Community Concerts, Inc.
Danvers Community Concert Association
Account books--Performing arts--Organizations
Essex County (Mass.)
Essex County--Societies, etc.
Restrictions on Access
This collection is open for research use.
Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in
writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex
Essex County Community Concert Association Records, MSS 257, Phillips Library,
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.
The bulk of the material in this collection was donated by Dorothea M. Nixon in 1990
and Jerrold Rosen in 1991. Three folders of notices, advertising flyers, programs,
and newspaper clippings were removed from the printed collections and added to this
Collection processed by Marion Clark, May 1993. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, November
Salem Evening News, January 17 and February 7, 1963.
Essex County Community Concert Association Records
The bulk of the material in this collection was donated by Dorothea M. Nixon in 1990 and Jerrold Rosen in 1991. Three folders of notices, advertising flyers, programs, and newspaper clippings were removed from the printed collections and added to this collection.