Common Woman Chorus records, 1985-2015 and undated
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- Common Woman Chorus
- Lesbian feminist choral group established in the Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill area (N.C.) in 1983. The Common Woman Chorus records contain material dating from 1985 to 2010. The records primarily comprise sheet music, concert programs, publicity, correspondence, and administrative records. Although the records contain mostly print material, they also include some color photographs, audiocassettes, videos, electronic word documents, t-shirts, and sweatshirts. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
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- Material in English
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The Common Woman Chorus records contain material dating from 1985 to 2015 relating to the group's musical and fund-raising activities. The records primarily comprise sheet music, concert programs, publicity, correspondence, and administrative records. Although the records contain mostly print material, a few color photographs, audiocassettes, videos, electronic word documents, t-shirts, and sweathirts are also included. Use copies of original audiovisual recordings will need to be created before items can be accessed by researchers. Acquired as part of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture.
- Biographical / historical:
The Common Woman Chorus, founded in 1983 and based in the Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina, performs musical selections that highlight the diversity and strength of women's lives and experiences. The Common Woman Chorus took its name from a Judy Grahn poem that reads, "A common woman is as common as a common loaf of bread...and will rise." The chorus frequently combines political activism and music by performing at benefits for progressive organizations. The mission of the Common Woman Chorus is to entertain and educate the local community while refining musical skills and developing friendships.
- Acquisition information:
- The Common Woman Chorus Records were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book Manuscript Library as gifts from 2004-2017.
- Processing information:
Processed by Lindsay Matson, March 2009
Encoded by Lindsay Matson, March 2009
Updated with new addition by Meghan Lyon, October 2011
Updated to reflect new addition by Megan Lewis, August 2018
Accessions 2004-0075, 2004-0323, 2011-0187, 2012-0223, and 2017-0148 are described in this finding aid.
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- Lesbians -- United States
Choruses (Women's voices)
Feminism -- United States
- Flyers (printed matter)
- Common Woman Chorus
Sallie Bingham Center for Women's History and Culture
- North Carolina -- Social life and customs -- 20th century
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