American Women Composers Midwest, Inc..


American Women Composers Midwest, Inc. (AWCMI) Collection




University of Illinois at Chicago, Special Collections and University Archives Department at the Richard J. Daley Library


25.0 Linear feet



Historical note

Founded in 1976, American Women Composers, Inc. sought to improve the visibility of past and present women composers through increased performance opportunities, educational initiatives, and support for contemporary composers. American Women Composers Midwest, Inc. was founded in Chicago in 1982 and incorporated in 1983 as a chapter of the national organization. For many years, the Midwest chapter was the most active branch of the organization, operating virtually autonomously from the national. In 1993, the AWCM split from the national organization to become a fully independent non-profit organization. In 1992 AWCM designed and presented an educational outreach program for high school students reflecting diversity within the public schools. "A Multicultural Mosaic of Music by Women" showcased the works of Latino, Eastern European, Asian, and African American women composers. The program's goals included engendering ethnic and racial pride, acquainting students with the work of women composers, and encouraging young women to consider a career in music. American Women Composers Midwest appears to have ceased functioning sometime in 1999 or 2000.

Scope and Contents note

This collection documents the administration, financing, and programming of American Women Composers Midwest, Inc. from its founding meeting in 1982 to 2001. Also included are a small number of documents from 1977 - 1982 relating to the parent national organization. Materials include correspondence, meeting minutes and agendas, reports, incorporation papers, financial records, brochures, press releases, concert programs, published reviews, grant materials, membership lists, and mailing lists. The collection also includes an archive of biographical material, musical scores, and audio recordings of performances.

Processing Information note

This collection was surveyed as part of the Black Metropolis Research Consortium's Survey Initiative on 2009 November 11 by Bergis Jules and Andrew Steadham.

Conditions Governing Access note

Access to this collection is restricted; please contact the holding institution for details.