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The Gounod Society Papers

Call Number: Misc. Ms. 60

Scope and Contents

This collection documents the activities of the Gounod Society of New Haven from its inception in 1887 to its dissolution in 1903. It includes programs, clippings, attendance records, minutes, a constitution, correspondence, and other documents. Two of the letters were written in 1917 and 1919, long after the Society's dissolution.


  • 1887-1919


Language of Materials

Materials chiefly in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The Papers are open to researchers by appointment. There are no restricted materials in the collection. Please contact the Special Collections staff to schedule an appointment.

Conditions Governing Use

The Gounod Society Papers are the physical property of the Irving S. Gilmore Music Library of Yale University. Copyrights belong to the composers and authors, or their legal heirs and assigns.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Gounod Society Papers were established in the Music Library of Yale University by Mrs. Philip Browning in 1960.


In 7 folders as follows: 1. Programs and clippings. 2. Attendance records and minutes of meetings, 1887-1891. 3. Attendance records, 1891-1895. 4. Attendance records, 1896-1897. 5. Minutes of meetings, 1891-1903. 6. Lists of members. 7. Correspondence, 1897-1901.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Papers of the Gounod Society, a choral society in New Haven, Connecticut

Biographical / Historical

Founded in 1887 as a small choral society dedicated to singing glees and part-songs, the Gounod Society grew to include more than 300 singers and regularly performed large choral works with the New Haven Symphony. The founding of the New Haven Oratorio Society in 1903 effectively ended the rehearsals and performances of the Gounod Society. The papers of the New Haven Oratorio Society can be found in the Music Library as MSS 5.

The Gounod Society Papers
Edited Full Draft
Compiled by Jean Elizabeth Roberts
Description rules
Finding Aid Prepared According To Local Music Library Descriptive Practices
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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