Local History Collections

Collection ID: LH-147
Location: LH-147

(Description ID: 595462)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Matinee Musical Club


Agency History
Scope and Content

The Harriet Billau Collection (LH-670) contains additional material on the Matinee Musical Club.

Agency History
The Matinee Musical Club was organized in 1895 for the purpose of the improvement of its members and to advance the interest of music in Fremont, Ohio. Membership grew from 20 to 50 active members with several hundred associate members and over one hundred student members. The meetings were initially held in members’ homes, then in various halls and meeting rooms in Fremont, and finally at the high school.

The ladies met twice a month from October to April to hear papers presented and performances, vocal or instrumental, by members. On occasion artists from outside the area, often having national or international renown, were brought to Fremont for a performance.

Due to declining membership, the Club decided to cancel its recitals for the 1928-1929 season with the hopes of increased interest in the future. The Club disbanded in 1935, donating its treasury to Ross High School to create a Matinee Musical Club scholarship

Scope and Content
The collection consists primarily of the annual program booklets, record books, and two scrapbooks. The program booklets list the active, associate, and student members as well as the dates of meetings, performances, and performers. The program booklets extend from the organization’s founding in 1895 to 1928. The record books provide minutes of the business meetings and programs announcing recitals and concerts. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings and programs from the recitals from 1919 to 1928.

1.5 linear ft.

Box 1


1 Program Booklets 1895 - 1901
2 Program Booklets 1901 - 1909
3 Program Booklets 1909 - 1915
4 Program Booklets 1915 - 1917
5 Program Booklets 1917 - 1920
6 Program Booklets 1920 - 1928
7 Records Book 1903 - 1907
8 Records Book 1907 - 1911
9 Records Book 1911 - 1918
10 Records Book 1917 - 1924
11 Records Book 1925 - 1935
12 Scrapbook 1919 - 1925
13 Scrapbook 1925 - 1928
14 Miscellaneous