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Music Archives at the National Library of Canada

MUS 247

Ottawa Symphony Orchestra fonds.  - 1956-1996.  - 4.10 m of textual records.  - 74 photographs. 

Administrative history
Founded as the Ottawa Civic Symphony Orchestra, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra adopted its current name in 1976.  Beginning in the early 1970s, the OSO presented annual series of concerts at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  It has performed with choirs including the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and the Ottawa Choral Society, under the baton of Clifford Hunt (1965-66), Nicholas Goldschmidt (1966-67), James Coles (1969-75) and Brian Law (1975-91), among others. 

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records pertaining to the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra's musical activities and administration.  It contains, among other items, the constitution and regulations; a history; minutes and activity reports; correspondence; contracts and financial documents; lists of members, artists and donors; concert programmes and promotional material; newsletters; press clippings; photographs of the orchestra, various artists and auction sales of art objects. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired from the organization in 1996. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Finding aids:  provisional description. 

Accruals:  further accessions expected. 

Proactive Disclosure