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Essex County Community Concert Association Records, 1963-1990, undated

Identifier: MSS 257

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 holding agreements.

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.


  • Creation: 1963-1990, undated


Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.

Historical Sketch

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 Artists.

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.


3 linear feet (7 boxes)

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The Essex County Community Concert Association records document the activities of this Essex County, Massachusetts, cultural organization.

Series List

SERIES I. Administrative Papers

SERIES II. Financial Records

SERIES III. Business Records

  • A. Membership Material
  • B. Reports of Meetings
  • C. Correspondence
SERIES IV. Promotional Material

Physical Location

Phillips Library Stacks


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.


Salem Evening News, January 17 and February 7, 1963.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Marion Clark, May 1993. Updated by Tamara Gaydos, November 2015.

Processed by: Marion Clark; Updated by: Tamara Gaydos; machine-readable finding aid created by: Rajkumar Natarajan.
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Repository Details

Part of the Phillips Library Repository

Peabody Essex Museum
306 Newburyport Turnpike
Rowley MA 01969 USA