Fonds S506 - Royal Canadian College of Organists fonds

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Royal Canadian College of Organists fonds

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  • 1901-2016 (Creation)

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11.35 m of textual records
651 photographs : col., b&w
264 audio reels
169 cassette tapes
10 audio discs
31 audio compact disks
19 digital audio tapes
1 video reel
14 videocassettes
45 copper printing plates
28 objects

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO) is an interdenominational community of professional and amateur organists, church musicians, choral conductors, and others who share an interest in organs and organ music. RCCO supports the development of organ and choral performance in Canada, and church musicianship.

Founded as the Canadian Guild of Organists in 1909, RCCO is the nation’s oldest association of musicians. In 1920 the name was changed to Canadian College of Organists, and in 1959 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II granted use of the Royal prefix.

RCCO supports its members in the development and practice of organ and choral performance, and church musicianship. It offers vocational support to its members, publishes a bimonthly journal, holds annual conventions, and publishes organ and choral works. Annual examinations are held for the diplomas of Colleague, Associate and Fellow; the Professional Diploma in Choral Conducting; and the certificates in Service Playing and Choir Training.

The Royal Canadian College of Organists is a federally incorporated registered charitable organization. It is administered by a Board of Directors. The National Council is an independent advisory board which includes the directors, chairs of standing committees, and member representatives.

RCCO is divided into 8 geographic Regions: Atlantic; Quebec and Eastern Ontario; Central Ontario; Southern Ontario; Western Ontario; Manitoba and Northwest Ontario; Prairies; and Pacific. Within each Region are local Centers, where members carry out the day to day activities of the College in their own communities.

Information taken from The Royal Canadian College of Organists website,

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The fonds consists of records of the National Office, the administrative arm of the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Includes correspondence, minutes, publications, files about events and programs, sound recordings, photographs and records from local centres.

Some of the most significant historical records are found in Series 33 - Archives Alive!, and Series 35 - Archives Alive!-Presidents. The Archives Alive! project was started by RCCO Archivist/Historian Paul Chappel in 1996. Chappel used material in the RCCO archival collection to create scrapbooks, binders, and files of historical documents and photographs. Both original documents and reproductions of documents are found in these compilations. The project gathered together information about individual members, RCCO leaders, the British Organ Restoration Fund, and the history of the College. Additional information about RCCO history and people may be found in Series 12-Historian/Archivist files.

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists placed many documents and historical records into clear plastic page protectors, and in 3-ring binders. For conservation purposes, the pages were removed from the binders.

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The Royal Canadian College of Organists

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