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Florida State University Artist Series Programs

 Collection — Container: OS Box 1
Identifier: MSS 2007-041

Scope and Contents

The Artist Series includes plays, operas, dances, ballets, concerts, symphonies, solo performances, dance, and other variations of the musical performing arts. The collection includes correspondence discussing the time and date of performances, performance programs, as well as pamphlets detailing the performance season.


  • created: 1922-1991
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1950-1980

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

To request permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from the archives, please contact Heritage & University Archives, Florida State University Libraries, Tallahassee, Florida. Researchers must obtain separate permission from the copyright holders of material held within University Archives collections for which the institution does not hold copyright.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Florida State College for Women (FSCW) Artist Series began in 1923. Dean Ella Opperman was the first person in charge of organizing the series. The series was intended to bring renowned artists to FSCW. After FSCW became Florida State University (FSU), the FSU School of Music managed the series. However, in 1974 the FSU Artist Series Committee assumed control. Because of financial difficulties in the early 1990s, the Artist Series was briefly discontinued. The series was then entitled the "Community Concerts in Tallahassee" and included organizations outside the University. By the 1996-1997 season the Community Concerts in Tallahassee name was changed to the Artist Series. Although this new artist series is not a direct organizational descendant of the earlier one it is its spiritual successor.

The Artist Series has actively sought the services of many respected artists throughout its existence. Some of artists that performed at the series include: Florence Austral; Harold Bauer; Sari Biro; Robert Casadesus; Pablo Casals; Richard Crooks; Marcel Dupre; Mischa Elman; Ella Fitzgerald; Martha Graham; Percy Grainger; Vladamir Horowitz; Jose Itrube; Guioman Noveas; Eugene Ormandy; William Primrose; Benno Rabinof; Ruggiero Ricci; Ted Shawn; Beverly Sills; Mia Slavenska; Isaac Stern; and Lawrence Tibbett. Respected performing companies that came to FSU included: Ballet Folciorico Nacional de Mexico; Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra; Russian Symphony Choir; and the Vienna Choir Boys.


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Arrangement Note

The materials are arranged chronologically with undated materials at the back of the folders. Season brochures that span two years are located at the end of the first year mentioned.

Source of Acquisition

Source cannot be determined.

Related Materials

The Allen Music Library also possesses a scrapbook with programs mounted in it under the title Artist Series programs, 1921-1932 [i.e. 1916-1932] call number: ML42.F54.

Processing Information

Processed by Charles Danner in December 2007.

Florida State University Artist Series Programs
Charles Danner
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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