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Philharmonic Society of Gainesville Records

Identifier: MSS 0593

Scope and Content

The collection consists of a nearly complete run of the programs for the performances sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Gainesville dated 1912-1958. There is also a copy of the society’s constitution and by-laws, a year book from the 1934-1934 season, and a history of the Society written by one of its former members in 1972.


  • 1912 - 1972



The collection is open for research.

Biographical/Historical Note

A group of local citizens started the Philharmonic Society of Gainesville in 1911 in order to present monthly musical programs to the community. In the early years of the Society, the musical programs were performed in the homes of its members but later moved to public venues. Most members took part in the music, while those who were not musically inclined aided in the administrative needs of the club. The first year, the Society had 53 members. The Society primarily performed traditional classical selections such as Mendelssohn, Bach, and Schumann, opera selections such as The Mikado, and folk music. As the Society became more known in the community, they began performing concerts to raise money for local initiatives, for example, a record player for a local school in 1918. However, the Society was in near constant financial straits, a fact that on one occasion led a visiting orchestra to go on strike when they were left unpaid prior to their performance. The Society had a good relationship with the University of Florida and from the 1930s built their musical programs with the aid of University professors, staff, and students. The Society continued until at least the 1970s but it is unclear exactly when it disbanded or if it was absorbed into another organization.


.21 Linear Feet (1 Box)

Language of Materials



Programs and performances sponsored by the Philharmonic Society of Gainesville as well as other society records.


University of Florida Smathers Library Building

Processing Information

Photographs stored in folder immediate behind related materials.

A Guide to the Philharmonic Society of Gainesville Records
Finding aid created by Rachel W. Laue
December 2021
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Finding Aid Prepared Using Dacs
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Description is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special and Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida Repository

George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117005
Gainesville Florida 32611-7005 United States of America