The RCCO archival holdings have now been successfully transitioned to Wilfrid Laurier University Archives and the collection is now accessible at https://libarchives.wlu.ca/index.php/royal-canadian-college-of-organists. For twelve years the collection was located at St Stephen’s Lutheran Church in Kitchener, to whom the College is very grateful. Since acquired by the WLU Archives much work has been done to prepare the holdings, including assigning accession numbers, organizing, cataloguing, digitizing, and storing in acid-free folders and boxes. We are very grateful to Wilfrid Laurier University Archives for housing our records and to archival staff for their meticulous work to preserve our history.
Also available is the first collection of Centre records! The RCCO – Montreal Centre collection is now available to researchers at: https://libarchives.wlu.ca/index.php/royal-canadian-college-of-organists-montreal-centre. This is our first collection of Centre records and we hope that more Centres will also deposit their collections.
The College continues to work together with WLU professional staff 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.