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Houston Saengerbund Records

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Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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Events

Administrative Records

Board of Directors and Committees

Correspondence

Financial Records

Legal Documents

Songbooks

Publications



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Houston Saengerbund Records, 1874-2013 | University of Houston Libraries

By Stacey Lavender

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Collection Overview

Title: Houston Saengerbund Records, 1874-2013View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates:1874-2013

ID: 08/1989-001

Primary Creator: Houston Saengerbund

Extent: 11.0 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1989. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Choral Societies - Texas - Houston, German Americans - Texas - Houston, Houston Saengerbund

Forms of Material: Correspondence, Minutes, Records (documents), Scores

Languages: English, German

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains event programs, letters, songbooks, newsletters, ledgers, treasury reports, legal case files, and many other materials relating to the activities and administration of the Houston Saengerbund from the years 1874 to 2013. The collection is divided into eight series: Events, Administrative Records, Board of Directors and Committees, Correspondence, Financial Records, Legal Documents, Songbooks, and Publications. Many of the records from the 1950s and earlier are in German, and a scattering of later records as well. Folders within each series or subseries are arranged as close to chronologically as possible.

Related Materials: Houston Saengerbund Records digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/saeng)

[Schauenburgs allgemeines deutsches Kommersbuch] (http://library.uh.edu/record=b7454194~S11)

Sammlung von Volksgesängen für den gemischten Chor (http://library.uh.edu/record=b7454196~S11)

Roots in the Rhineland : America's German heritage in three hundred years of immigration, 1683-1983 (http://library.uh.edu/record=b7452974~S11)

Biographical Note

The Houston Saengerbund (Singing Society) was founded on Oct. 6, 1883, as an organization through which German immigrants in Houston could join with their countrymen to sing songs in the German language. The Houston Saengerbund was one of a number of all-male singing organizations which formed in the German communities of Texas during the last half of the 19th century. These local groups were united under Der Deutsch-Texanische Saengerbund (the German-Texan Singers' League, or DTSB), a regional organization that held biennial meetings and Saengerfeste (Singing Festivals) in various Texas cities.

The Houston Saengerbund swelled to over one thousand members before World War One, and in 1913 Houston played host to a particularly elaborate DTSB Saengerfest which featured a full orchestra and world-class opera singers. But during the war years membership fell as Germans became reluctant to draw attention to their nationality.

After the war, membership increased and the group flourished. The Saengerbund bought their first in a series of clubhouses, and introduced new activities such as dancing, children's plays, and beach excursions. The club officially began admitting women as members in 1937 with the formation of the Ladies Auxiliary and the Damenchor (Women's Chorus).

With the onset of World War II, the Saengerbund members changed the name of the group to "The Houston Singing Society," quit their primary activity of singing German songs, and began keeping minutes in English due to their concern about arousing anti-German sentiment. After the war, the club members restored both their singing and their name, but membership declined, partly owing to a drop in German immigration.

The Houston Saengerbund is still in existence more than one hundred years after its founding, and the Saengerbund and Damenchor continue to perform at the Saengerfeste of the DTSB, the International Festival, Lights in the Heights, and other public events.

Subject/Index Terms

Choral Societies - Texas - Houston
German Americans - Texas - Houston
Houston Saengerbund

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Accruals: Additional materials were acquired in 2013 from the Board of Directors of the Houston Saengerbund, as part of ongoing donations.

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Acquisition Source: Rodney Koenig, member of the Houston Saengerbund

Acquisition Method: Donated

Related Materials:

Houston Saengerbund Records digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/saeng)

[Schauenburgs allgemeines deutsches Kommersbuch] http://library.uh.edu/record=b7454194~S11

Sammlung von Volksgesängen für den gemischten Chor http://library.uh.edu/record=b7454196~S11

Roots in the Rhineland : America's German heritage in three hundred years of immigration, 1683-1983 http://library.uh.edu/record=b7452974~S11

Preferred Citation: Houston Saengerbund Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Processing Information: Processed by Julie Grob, 1996. Re-processed by Stacey Lavender, 2014.

Finding Aid Revision History: Tue Jul 22 14:50:47 CDT 2003 urn:taro:uh.sc.00007 converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (20030505).


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Events],
[Series 2: Administrative Records],
[Series 3: Board of Directors and Committees],
[Series 4: Correspondence],
[Series 5: Financial Records],
[Series 6: Legal Documents],
[Series 7: Songbooks],
[Series 8: Publications],
[All]

Series 5: Financial Records
This series contains a wide variety of materials related to the finances of the Houston Saengerbund, and has been divided into the following subseries: Financial Reports, Balance Sheets and Ledgers; Bank Statements; Agreements and Contracts; Bills, Payments, and Receipts; and Insurance.
Sub-Series 1: Financial Reports, Balance Sheets, and Ledgers
Box 5
Folder 5: Financial Reports, 1940s
Folder 6: Financial Reports, 1950s
Folder 7: Treasurer's Reports and Balance Sheets, 1960s
Folder 8: Ladies Auxiliary Bookkeeping Ledger, 1966-1976
Folder 9: Treasurer's Reports and Balance Sheets, 1970s
Folder 10-11: Treasurer's Reports and Balance Sheets, 1980s
Folder 12: Treasurer's Reports and Balance Sheets, 1990s
Folder 13: Treasurer's Reports and Balance Sheets, 2000s
Sub-Series 2: Bank Statements
Box 5
Folder 14-21: Bank Statements, 2000s
Folder 22-24: Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., 2000s
Folder 25: Merrill Lynch Reports, 2007
Sub-Series 3: Agreements and Contracts
Box 6
Folder 1: Lease Agreements - Feagan Street Property, 1969
Folder 2: Lease Agreements - Feagan Street Property, 1972
Folder 3: Lease Transfer National Convenience Stores, Inc., 1972
Folder 4: Lease Agreement between Austin Saengerrunde and Bier Garten, Inc., approximately 1987
Folder 5: Lease Agreements - Black Forest Tavern and Gardens, 1990
Folder 6: Lease Proposals for Feagan Street Property, February 1990-April 1990
Folder 7: Lease Agreements - Black Forest Tavern and Gardens, 1990-1993
Folder 8: Lease Agreement - Feagan Street Property, 1993
Folder 9: Lease Agreements and Amendments - Feagan Street Property, 2001
Folder 10: Right to Sell Agreement with Stanton/Pinkard Realty, 2004
Folder 11: Commercial Contract - Feagan Street Property, 2007
Folder 13-19: Sale of Feagan Street Property, 2007
Folder 20: Storage Agreement - Buffalo Flange, Inc., 2007
Folder 21: KUHF-FM Radio Underwriting Agreement, 2009
Folder 22: Lease Proposals, undated
Folder 23: Lease Supplementary Agreements, undated
Sub-Series 4: Bills, Payments, and Receipts
Box 6
Folder 24: Tax Receipts—Retail Liquor Dealer, 1904-1918
Folder 25: Bills and Payments, 1960s
Folder 26: Bills and Payments, 1970s
Folder 27: Bills and Payments, 1980s
Folder 28: Bills and Payments, 2001
Folder 29: Bills and Payments, 2002
Folder 30: Bills and Payments, 2003
Folder 31-34: Bills and Payments, 2004
Folder 35-36: Checks and Check Stubs, 2004
Folder 37: Bills and Payments, 2005
Box 7
Folder 1-2: Bills and Payments, 2005
Folder 3: Checks, 2005
Folder 4-5: Bills and Payments, 2006
Folder 6-7: Checks, 2006
Folder 8-10: Bills and Payments, 2007
Folder 11-12: Checks, 2007
Sub-Series 5: Insurance
Box 7
Folder 13: Chubb Group Insurance, 1983-1984
Folder 14: Insurance, 1991-1993
Folder 15: Insurance, 2004
Folder 16: Insurance, 2005-2007

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[Series 1: Events],
[Series 2: Administrative Records],
[Series 3: Board of Directors and Committees],
[Series 4: Correspondence],
[Series 5: Financial Records],
[Series 6: Legal Documents],
[Series 7: Songbooks],
[Series 8: Publications],
[All]

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