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Charles A. Sink Papers, 1900-1996

21 linear feet — 1 oversize folder — 2.22 GB

Republican member of the state house and the state senate; president of the University Musical Society. Legislative and campaign files, 1919-1935, detailing his election campaigns, his activities within the legislature, and his various responsibilities as a member of the Republican State Central Committee; general correspondence files, 1922-1960, largely pertaining to his work with the University Musical Society and other civic activities; topical files; family history and memoirs; diaries and appointment books; papers of wife Alva Gordon Sink; and visual materials.

Dorothy Stone Collins photograph collection, circa 1925

1 envelope

Dorothy Collins Stone (1905-1974) was an American actor and dancer. Includes photos of Collins with her father, Fred Stone, and with members of the Michigan Union Opera.

The collection includes photos of Collins with her father, Fred Stone, and with members of the Michigan Union Opera.


Friars (Musical Group) records, 1956-1993 (majority within 1963-1992)

0.4 linear feet

University of Michigan a capella octet formed in 1955, composed of members of the men's glee club. Collection consists of Topical files and photographs.

The records span the years 1956-1993; the bulk of the materials cover 1963-1992. The records are divided into two series: TOPICAL FILES and PHOTOGRAPHS.

The Topical Files (0.4 linear feet) are arranged alphabetically. The records are a good source for documenting the performances of the Friars. The "Performance Contract/Data Sheets" indicate the time and place of the performance, in addition to the amount paid to the Friars. The programs contain information on the eight members. Historical information can be gleaned from the promotional letters.

The Photographs (12 folders) are arranged in chronological order. Each folder contains at least one promotional black and white photograph used by the Friars for the particular academic year.


Gilbert and Sullivan Society (University of Michigan) records, 1947-2011

22.5 linear feet (in 26 boxes) — 9 oversize volumes

University of Michigan group established in 1946 devoted to production of Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. Records include production files with programs, photographs, reviews and newspaper clippings, and scattered production notes and memoranda; topical files relating to the Society, its friends organization, and its publication; slides of productions; Society newsletter, "Gasbag"; posters; phonorecords, tapes, and videos of productions.

The records of UMGASS have been divided into ten series: Slides, Topical Files, Production Files, Posters, Memorabilia Volumes, Magnetic Tape Recordings, Sound Recordings, Audiotapes, Videotapes, and Scrapbooks. Because materials on one production can include photographs, scrapbooks, recordings, or slides- all of which live within different boxes of the collection -- a directory has been compiled in the Production Files series. The directory lists the year and title of the UMGASS production for which the library has materials and a lettered key exists that denotes the physical existence and location of materials within the collection.


Gloria Bennish collection, 1946-1987

10 linear feet — 12 phonograph records

Founder of the University of Michigan Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Sound recordings (tape and disc) of productions, videocassettes, scrapbooks, slides, and posters.

The Gloria Bennish collection consists of materials collected relating to the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. This includes photographic slides of productions, posters, sound tapes and sound discs of productions, and scrapbooks containing programs and photographs.


Men's Glee Club (University of Michigan) Records, 1886-2012

16.8 linear feet — 7 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder — 460.1 GB (online)

University of Michigan choral group founded in 1859; includes correspondence, administrative records, musical scores, publicity material, photographs, posters and sound recordings in addition to digitized versions of records and born digital audio, video, and still images

The records of the Men's Glee Club date from 1886 to 2012 and were received in several major accessions. The first accession, covering 1886-1985 and 1991, includes four linear feet of manuscript, printed, and photographic material as well as posters, scrapbooks, and sound recordings in a variety of formats. The first accession has been divided into five series: Chronological File, Philip A. Duey Material, Photographs, Sound Recordings, Scrapbooks, and Archived Website.

The 1995 accession of the records of the Men's Glee Club were comprised of two linear feet of correspondence, photographs, and topical files ranging from 1919 to 1994. Items of particular interest include a folder of historical writings, which provides anecdotes, reflections, and facts about the club prepared for an exhibit on club history. The Press Releases folder is also of note, as it reflects information given out by the club to newspapers and other media of the towns they visited. Both of these folders are found in the Topical series. The records of this accession are divided into 3 series: Correspondence, Topical, and Visual Materials.

The 2010 accession to the University of Michigan Men's Glee Club records is organized into one series. The Sound Recordings series, 1952-1987, (10 linear feet) is comprised of University of Michigan Men's Glee Club concert recordings, including its annual fall and spring concert series. Many of the boxes of tape reel also include a concert program and concert set list.

The 2012 accession consisted entirely of digital materials (scanned images, audio files, video files, and still images) that added content to the Chronological Files series and established a China Concert Tour series. The 2018 accession consisted of phonograph records, which have been added to the Sound Recordings series, and publications.


Michigan Union Publications, 1905-1992, 1908-1990

2.5 linear feet

Publications of the Michigan Union includes miscellaneous annual reports, brochures, constitutions, directories, histories, manuals, newsletters, organizational charts, programs, regulations, reprints, schedules of the Michigan Union; as well as musical scores and programs from the Michigan Union Opera, Mimes, and Musket productions.

Publications of the Michigan Union includes miscellaneous annual reports, brochures, constitutions, directories, histories, manuals, newsletters, organizational charts, programs, regulations, reprints, schedules of the Michigan Union; as well as musical scores and programs from the Michigan Union Opera, Mimes, and Musket productions. The Publications series is divided into two subseries: Unit Publications and Sub-Unit Publications


Michigan Union records, 1884-1996 (majority within 1904-1995)

23 linear feet — 13 oversize volumes — 1 oversize folder

University of Michigan student organization formed to build and manage a student union, sponsors a variety of social and service programs and activities, includes records of building and financial committees and various activity/organization files including the University Mimes and the Union Opera (later renamed MUSKET) and scrapbooks and photographs of Union activities.

The records of the Michigan Union measure 21 linear feet and 13 oversize volumes. The records date from 1890 to 1983, although there are some collected photographs dating as early as 1884. The collection has been divided into six series: Central Files, Activity/Organization Files, General Files, Photographs, Songs, and Board of Representatives.


School of Music, Theatre & Dance (University of Michigan) records, 1880-2021 (majority within 1940-2010)

43.5 linear feet — 7 oversize volumes — 688.97 GB (online) — 2 oversize boxes — 1 archived website

Music, theatre, and dance education unit of the University of Michigan. Also represented in this collection are its predecessor organizations, the Ann Arbor School of Music and the University School of Music, and its departments. Includes records of students and instructors, correspondence, topical files, and materials related to student and faculty performance groups. Archived versions of the School's websites provide additional documentation of academic programs, research, events, people, and policies.

The School of Music, Theatre, & Dance (University of Michigan) records document music education in Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan and student and faculty musical production beginning in 1885. The records include student ledgers listing names, tuition, and instructors; correspondence and clippings, 1924-1953, concerning the University Band, including correspondence of William D. Revelli; files relating to musical programs, particularly the Michigan Singers' Spring Tour, the Union Opera, and Musket productions; minutes of the executive committee and faculty; and digitized audio and video recordings of performances, including performances at the Interlochen Center for the Arts, by the Michigan Youth Ensembles, and other groups associated with the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. Also included are files associated the Department of Dance and Department of Theatre and Drama.

  1. Topical Files -- Boxes 1-5, 25-30, 35-41, online
  2. Student Ledgers -- Volumes 1-7
  3. Dean's Files -- Boxes 6-8, 30-31
  4. Faculty Records -- Boxes 9-24
  5. Donor Files -- Box 31
  6. Executive Committee -- Boxes 32, 34
  7. Department of Dance -- Boxes 44-46, online
  8. Department of Theatre and Dance -- Box 33
  9. Archived Website -- online
  10. Audio recordings (original audiotapes and digital recordings) -- Boxes 42-43, online
  11. Video recordings -- online

Thomas Hilbish papers, 1937-2004 (majority within 1960-1990)

2.5 linear feet (in 3 boxes)

Professor at the University of Michigan (1965-1988). Director of Choirs, and respected conductor of choral music, well-known for his extensive repertoire and new interpretations of 20th century choral music. The collection includes photographs, video, press clippings, writings, correspondence, and programs documenting Hilbish's work as an instructor and conductor from 1948 to 2004.

The Thomas Hilbish papers document his educational background and his career as a conductor and choral instructor. The papers include performance material (scores, programs, publicity, photographs and videotapes) and teaching material. All phases of his career are included, from Princeton through to the University of Michigan as well as various visiting professorships. The papers are organized into five series: Biographical, Conducting Work, Programs, Teaching, and Audio-Visual Material.