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Having accumulated a great deal of material over many years, the archives are now transitioning to a professional environment, being housed at Wilfrid Laurier University Archives in Waterloo (adjacent to Kitchener). For twelve years the collection was located at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener, to whom the College is very grateful. There is much work to be done, including assigning accession numbers, organizing, and storing in acid-free folders and boxes. By about June 2016 our holdings will be catalogued, and archivists will have prepared finding aids. The collection will then be accessible to RCCO members and to music researchers, working in climate-controlled conditions and supported by professional archivists.
When the collection is ready for use, information about the collection and the findings aids will be posted on the website of Laurier Archives (https://library.wlu.ca/research-materials/archives). There will also be an announcement on the College website. In the long term, the College, working together with WLU professional staff, will develop a plan to digitize records and expand RCCO holdings.
Additional archival information is always welcome. This would include such items as photographs of significant events and people, printed items such as concert programs, letters, personal papers and publications, recordings, premieres of new compositions, records of regional and national festivals; handouts and programs for visiting clinicians, youth programs (e.g. summer organ camps, etc.), community outreach programs and other Centre initiatives, oral histories (audio, written, video formats) and minutes of both National and Centre meetings. These are among the items included in the RCCO’s collection.
For information about our archive holdings and about donating materials to the national collection, please contact Margaret Leask, Archivist for the RCCO, at firstname.lastname@example.org