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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Organization of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, 1923-1945, undated,

Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, 1928-1941, undated,

Texas Music Teachers Association materials, 1920-1922, 1925, 1938, undated,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Minnie Sneed Wilcox:

An Inventory of the Minnie Sneed Wilcox Collection at the Texas State Archives, 1920-1945, undated, bulk 1923-1941



Overview

Creator: Wilcox, Minnie Sneed, 1862-1941.
Title: Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection
Dates: 1920-1945, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1923-1941
Abstract: The Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection is an assembly of scrapbooks, correspondence, organization reports, and other materials that document the activities of Minnie Sneed Wilcox in three Texas music clubs between 1920 and 1945, bulk 1923-1941: the Wednesday Morning Music Club, the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, and the Texas Music Teachers Association. The scrapbooks in this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
TSLAC Control No.: TX009855
Quantity: 0.88 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

May Genevieve "Minnie" (Sneed) Wilcox, referred to as Mrs. N.M. Wilcox in the collection, was born five miles south of Austin on June 16, 1862. She married photographer Nathan M. Wilcox in 1882, and they settled in Burnet, Texas where three of their children were born. They relocated to Georgetown in 1887, where Minnie Wilcox gave birth to their fourth child, Frances M. "Fannie" Wilcox on August 9, 1889, who would go on to serve as the Texas State Librarian from 1932 until 1945.

While in Georgetown, Minnie Wilcox became a prominent member of the music community and was instrumental in the creation of several music clubs, courses, and publications. She taught music lessons out of her home until 1905, when she was elected by the Georgetown School Board to teach music in the public schools.

In addition to teaching, Wilcox herself was a musician and a member of the Grace Church Choir, an organization within the Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown. She arranged and directed several operettas and organized the Georgetown Music Study Club, a woman's club founded in 1914 for the purpose of enhancing the "serious" study of music among Georgetown women. In 1917, this club merged with two other women's music clubs in a collaborative effort to raise funds and supplies for America's participation in World War I. This amalgamated club became known as the Women's Club.

Wilcox was a founding member of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC), first organized in 1915 in Brownwood, Texas, as a chapter of the South Central Region of the National Federation of Music Clubs. Established to help support and organize local music clubs, the TFMC's membership grew from just 22 clubs in 1915 to 320 clubs in 1928. The TFMC also began publishing the official bulletin Texas Music News in 1928, which Minnie helped develop, demonstrating her commitment to staying updated on news about music and music-makers throughout Texas.

In October of 1921, Nathan and Minnie Wilcox moved to Austin to reside with their daughter, Fannie Wilcox. Minnie Wilcox primarily taught music lessons while living in Austin, and newspaper reports indicate that she also opened a kindergarten music school. In 1923, she created the Wednesday Morning Music Club (WMMC) and served as its president until her death almost 20 years later. The WMMC was a study group dedicated to music education. Their meetings would often feature lectures, correlating with performances by Texan composers, musicians, and choirs.

Minnie Wilcox was an active participant in several additional music organizations, securing an honorary membership in the local community Music Teachers Association and a charter membership in the Texas Music Teachers Association. She died on October 19, 1941, in Austin, Texas, at the age of 79 after many dedicated years of promoting the importance of music education throughout Texas.

(Sources include: , Roell, Craig H., "Texas Federation of Music Clubs," accessed October 31, 2018; Gracy, David B.'s The State Library and Archives of Texas: A History, 1835-1962, University of Texas Press, 2010; "Texas Federation of Music Clubs,""Mrs. Wilcox Dies at 79,"Austin American Statesman, Oct. 20, 1941; and "Austin Welcomes New Addition to Musical Circles in Mrs. Wilcox,"Austin American Statesman, Sept. 25, 1921.)

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection contains materials documenting the history of three Texas music clubs: the Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC), the Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA), and the Wednesday Morning Music Club (WMMC). The collection spans from 1920 to 1945, with some undated material. The bulk of the material dates from 1923 to 1941 and details the activities of three Texas music clubs and associations and the role of Minnie Sneed Wilcox in these groups. This collection is comprised of event programs, an artifact, membership certificates, periodicals, and scrapbooks that contain newspaper clippings, correspondence, programs, and telegrams. Other items included in the collection are course of study booklets, financial and research reports, and official club records.

The Wednesday Morning Music Club materials series provides extensive documentation of the club Minnie Sneed Wilcox created on January 23, 1923, in Austin, Texas. This series includes scrapbooks, event programs, course of study booklets, membership rosters, meeting reports, and financial records dating from 1923 to 1945. The records document the club's organized musical events and weekly study group, as well as the personal interests of its club members through the form of essays and research papers on composers, operas, and other music-related topics, including one about the music of George Frideric Handel.

A majority of the series' documents are contained within six scrapbooks compiled by the WMMC's historians. They contain photographs of members, membership rosters, newspaper clippings regarding member and club activities, and programs for events either produced or attended by club members. The scrapbooks also contain the organization's correspondence, which details its involvement with both the TFMC and other Texas music clubs. The scrapbooks additionally include course of study booklets, dating from 1925 through 1945, that include a list of club officers, committees, active members, associate and honorary members, club bylaws and constitution, and a list of events for that year. The WMMC was a chapter of the TFMC, and many of their programs and events coincide with each other, as documented by event and conference programs within the collection.

The Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials series includes fundraising materials, records, an artifact from club events, and several issues of the organization's bulletin Texas Music News (1928-1938). In three cases, two to eight issues of this periodical have been sewn together in chronological order, and several of the issues are addressed to "Mrs. N.M. Wilcox" at her address in Austin, Texas. The records from events include programs and flyers for events hosted by the TFMC, including several programs and daily schedules from the TFMC's Annual Texas Composers Program in Fort Worth, Texas, from April 17 to 18, 1941. The artifact within this series is a name-tag pin for "Mrs. R.L. White," for this same event. The fundraising records include a letter from the president of the TFMC requesting help and support from local chapters for a fundraiser event entitled "An Evening With Music in 1940," arranged by Mrs. Myrtle Artman Montrief. The script and stage directions for the skit are included with this letter.

The Texas Music Teachers Association materials series contains a course of study booklet, the TMTA codes of ethics, and Minnie Wilcox's club membership certificates. The course of study booklet was for the Texas Music Festival, sponsored by the TMTA in Dallas, Texas, from April 1 to 2, 1938. This booklet provided guidelines for what music students should expect to accomplish depending on their year of study. The TMTA code of ethics outlines the responsibilities and expectations of conduct regarding teachers, students, and members of the public that engage with the club, with the ultimate goal being "that the music-teaching profession (may) be honored and understood." Membership with the club had to be renewed annually, and this series contains Mrs. N.M. Wilcox's active membership certificates for the years 1920-1921, 1921-1922, and 1925.

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Organization of the Collection

The collection is organized into three series and seven subseries:
Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, 1923-1941, undated, 0.63 cubic ft.
  • Club records, 1923-1945, undated, 0.26 cubic ft.
  • Programs, undated, 0.05 cubic ft.
  • Scrapbooks, 1923-1941, 0.32 cubic ft.
Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, 1928-1941, undated, 0.2 cubic ft.
  • Texas Music News, 1928-1931, 0.05 cubic ft.
  • Event materials, 1936-1941, 0.05 cubic ft.
  • Fundraising correspondence, about 1941, 0.05 cubic ft.
  • Name-tag pin, 1941, 0.05 cubic ft.
Texas Music Teachers Association materials, 1920-1922, 1925, 1938, undated, 0.05 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Some fragile materials, such as the six scrapbooks, may not be available for access except through digital copies.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.

Technical Requirements

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects (Persons):
Wilcox, Fannie Miles, 1889-1986.
Subjects (Organizations):
Texas Federation of Music Clubs.
Texas Music Teachers Association.
Wednesday Morning Music Club.
Subjects:
Music--Texas--Societies, etc.
Women--Texas--Societies and clubs.
Fund raising--Texas.
Places:
Georgetown (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas.
Correspondence--Texas.
Scrapbooks--Texas.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Dallas Public Library
Texas Federation of Music Clubs, 1951-1991, 0.5 cubic ft.
Benson Latin American Collection, University of Texas at Austin
Jefferson R. and Lota M. Spell Papers, 1844-1972, 70 linear feet.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Texas Federation of Music Clubs Records, 1860-1869, 1915-2009, 27 linear ft., 6 in.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1953/059, 1965/218

The materials in this collection were donated by former Texas State Librarian Fannie M. Wilcox to the Texas State Archives, Texas Library and Historical Commission, on June 1, 1954; and August 16, 1966.

Processing Information

Processing and DACS-compliant EAD finding aid completed by Mickey Lanning and Mandy Ryan of the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, fall 2018

Other Formats for the Records

The scrapbooks in this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/manuscripts-collections/#wilcox.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, 1923-1945, undated,
0.63 cubic ft.

The Wednesday Morning Music Club materials (WMMC) series documents the activities of the club Minnie Sneed Wilcox founded on January 23, 1923 and are dated 1923-1945 and undated. Minnie, referred to as "Mrs. N.M. Wilcox" in the records, served as president of the club from its founding in 1923 until her death in 1941.
Organization
The materials are organized into three subseries:
Club records, 1923-1945, undated, 0.26 cubic ft.
Programs, undated, 0.05 cubic ft.
Scrapbooks, 1923-1941, 0.32 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify item and cite the subseries), Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1953/059
The materials were donated by Fannie M. Wilcox to the Texas State Archives, Texas Library and Historical Commission, on June 1, 1954.
Restrictions on Access
Some fragile materials, such as the six scrapbooks, may not be available for access except through digital copies.
Other Formats for the Records
The scrapbooks in this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/manuscripts-collections/#wilcox.
Club records,1923-1945, undated,
0.26 cubic ft.
Club records contain various reports created by the WMMC, course of study booklets, and essays delivered at WMMC meetings between 1932 and 1945. The reports include general financial reports, budgets for conventions, meeting notes, and WMMC president correspondence from 1923 to 1940; these reports are all bound together in a single cardboard book. The essays and research papers are on various topics, ranging from "German Life and Customs in the Eighteenth Century" to "Russian Music." The course of study booklets include the same information for every year: a list of club officers, committees, active members, associate and honorary members, club bylaws and constitution, and a list of events for that year. The course of study booklets range from 1925 to 1945, but the years 1932-1933 and 1942-1943 are missing.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically and then by record type.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Club records, Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1019 Reports, 1923-1940
Course of study booklets, 1925-1945
Essays delivered at the Wednesday Morning Music Club, undated
Programs, undated,
0.05 cubic ft.
This subseries includes three booklets giving details about performers and performances from events that the Wednesday Morning Music Club organized, all undated. The subseries also contains a pamphlet for a performance by David W. Guion, a native Texan composer best known for his arrangements of cowboy tunes.
Arrangement
These booklets are arranged alphabetically by event title.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Programs, Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1965/218
The materials were donated by Fannie M. Wilcox to the Texas State Archives, Texas Library and Historical Commission, on August 16, 1966.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1019 Wednesday Morning Music Club programs, undated
Pamphlet: "David W. Guion: American Composer-Pianist," undated
Scrapbooks, 1923-1941,
0.32 cubic ft.
This subseries consists of six scrapbooks containing materials gathered from various sources, dating from 1923 to 1941. Created by club historians, the kinds of records pasted into these scrapbooks vary greatly. Included are: course of study booklets, miscellaneous correspondence primarily addressed to "Mrs. N.M. Wilcox," newspaper clippings, photographs, Christmas and greeting cards, event programs, and pamphlets about visiting musicians. Many of the scrapbooks contain copies of the same newspaper clippings, especially those written about the club's founder and president, Minnie Sneed Wilcox.
Arrangement
These scrapbooks are arranged chronologically by the first year listed on their covers.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Scrapbooks, Wednesday Morning Music Club materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Some fragile materials, such as the six scrapbooks, may not be available for access except through digital copies.
Other Formats for the Records
The scrapbooks in this collection have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/manuscripts-collections/#wilcox.
Box
2-23/1019 Scrapbook-Wednesday Morning Music Club, 1923-1933
Scrapbook-Wednesday Morning Music Club, 1923-1934
Box
2-23/1020 Scrapbook-Wednesday Morning Music Club, 1934-1938
Scrapbook-Wednesday Morning Music Club, 1934-1941
Scrapbook-Wednesday Morning Music Club, 1938-1940
Scrapbook-Wednesday Morning Music Club, 1939-1941

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Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, 1928-1941, undated,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Texas Federation of Music Clubs (TFMC) materials series contains records created by the TFMC from 1928 to 1941 and undated.
Organization
Materials are organized into four subseries:
Texas Music News, 1928-1931, 0.05 cubic ft.
Event materials, 1936-1941, 0.05 cubic ft.
Fundraising correspondence, about 1941, 0.05 cubic ft.
Name-tag pin, 1941, 0.05 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify item and cite the subseries), Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1965/218
The materials were donated by Fannie M. Wilcox to the Texas State Archives, Texas Library and Historical Commission, on August 16, 1966.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Texas Music News, 1928-1931,
0.05 cubic ft.
This subseries includes several issues of Texas Music News, an official publication of the Texas Federation of Music Clubs, which was published monthly, dated 1928-1931. The periodicals contain features such as letters from the President of the TFMC, articles spotlighting the accomplishments of club members, notices about events and conventions, and advertisements for musical instrument stores across Texas.
Arrangement
These periodicals are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Music News, Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1021 Texas Music News, 1928-1938
Event materials, 1936-1941,
0.05 cubic ft.
This subseries includes programs and flyers for events hosted by the TFMC (dated 1936-1941), including a program for the Annual Texas Composer's Program and a list of songs sung at a Board Dinner, both on April 17, 1941. It also contains the schedule for an unspecified TFMC convention for the club's Fifth District in Georgetown, Texas, from November 16 to 18, 1939.
Arrangement
These items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Event materials, Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1021 Event materials, 1936-1941
Fundraising correspondence, about 1941,
0.05 cubic ft.
This subseries contains a letter from Mrs. Jo Montrief, president of the TFMC, to club members, requesting their help and support for a fundraiser event entitled "An Evening With Music in 1940," arranged by Mrs. Myrtle Artman Montrief. The script and stage directions for the skit are included with this letter.
Arrangement
These items do not have a defined arrangement.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Fundraising correspondence, Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1021 Fundraising correspondence, about 1941
Name-tag pin, 1941,
0.05 cubic ft.
This subseries consists of a name-tag pin for "Mrs. R.L. White," for the 26th Annual Convention for the TFMC during April 17-19, 1941.
Arrangement
There is only one item in this subseries.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Name-tag pin, Texas Federation of Music Clubs materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1021 Name-tag pin, 1941

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Texas Music Teachers Association materials, 1920-1922, 1925, 1938, undated,
0.05 cubic ft.

The Texas Music Teachers Association (TMTA) materials series provides a record of Sneed Wilcox's involvement in the professional association, dated 1920-1922, 1925, 1938 and undated. Included in this series are her membership certificates, a syllabus for a course of study, and the TMTA code of ethics.
Arrangement
The items are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify item), Texas Music Teachers Association materials, Minnie Sneed Wilcox collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1965/218
The materials were donated by Fannie M. Wilcox to the Texas State Archives, Texas Library and Historical Commission, on August 16, 1966.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/1021 Texas Music Teachers Association materials, 1920-1922, 1925, 1938, undated

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