Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists (S4768)


Historical Sketch

The Red River Valley [Minnesota-North Dakota] Chapter of the American Guild of Organists developed out of the local Pipe Organ Group. In its early years the Pipe Organ Group provided the community with annual organ recitals, workshops, and programs. The Group was formally organized as a Chapter of the National American Guild of Organists in September of 1945. Since then, membership has grown greatly to include local performers, professional educators, and community leaders. The Chapter remains active by performing in recitals and festivals, and by sponsoring guest performances. 

Collection Description

The records of the Red River Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists include early papers beginning at 1940 of the Pipe Organ Group. They continue on with Guild papers to the present. Records include correspondence, financial records, meeting minutes, membership lists, programs from performances, newspaper articles, and annual yearbooks.  


Box 1

  • Board and Committee Meeting Minutes. 1963, 1983-85
  • A Century of Music! 1894-1994
  • Chapter Constitution and By-Laws. 1980
  • Children's Choir Festival Programs. 1989-
  • Commendation Certificate
  • Correspondence
    • AGO Headquarters. 1949-85
    • Miscellaneous. 1962-86
  • Corresponding Secretaries' Notes. 1940-51
  • Financial Records. 1957-
  • History of the Red River Valley Chapter AGO
  • Hymn Festival Cassette. 1993
  • Information on AGO
  • Ledger. 1946-87
  • Meeting Minutes (including financial reports and a few programs). 1940-56
  • Meeting Minutes. 1956-85 (post 1985 minutes are in newsletters)
  • Newsletters
    • Miscellaneous. 1973-93
    • Pipeline. Sept 1984-
  • Newspaper Articles. 1955-86
  • Notices of Upcoming Events and Activities. 1969-85, undated
  • Photographs
  • Posters
  • Professional Concerns Committee
  • Program Committee
  • Programs from Red River Valley Chapter AGO - Members' Performances. 1940-85
    • Sponsored Guest Performances. 1947-
  • Publicity. 1987-
  • Scrapbook
  • 20th Century First Presbyterian Church, Fargo Cassette. 1986
  • Yearbooks. 1950-54, 1959-63, 1968-69, 1980-92