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United Singers of Philadelphia records


Held at: Historical Society of Pennsylvania [Contact Us]1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA, 19107

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The United Singers of Philadelphia records are composed of a scrapbook, a songbook, and a panoramic group portrait photograph.

The scrapbook is mostly clippings from German language newspapers and programs from vocal and musical performances, although there is a small amount of English material. The clippings range in date from 1887 to 1929, although the bulk of the material is from 1905-1916. Topics covered by the clippings include: Philadelphia area performances by German singers and groups, Saengerfest (an annual German song and music festival), celebrations of German Day, meetings of the American Neutrality League, and German Americans rallying both for and against America’s entry into the war on the side of the Allies. Unfortunately, the scrapbook ends in 1916, before the US entered the war and large-scale persecution of German Americans began.

The songbook, Deutsche Liederperlen dates from 1929 and includes the lyrics to thirty-one songs. One song is in English, the rest are in German.

The panoramic photograph of members of the United Singers of Philadelphia was taken on the boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey in 1932. This photograph was taken with a Cirkut panoramic camera.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Newhouse
Finding Aid Date
July 2011
This collection was processed during the Digital Center for Americana Project Phase II, which was funded by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Richard Lounsbery Foundation.
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This collection is open for research.

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