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Collection on the Apollo Club

Identifier: M/A 0209

Description of Contents

Four boxes of materials including newspaper clippings (1900-1984), rosters and directories, a history written in the 1920s, 26 folders of typed reviews from the Minneapolis Tribune and the Minneapolis Journal from 1920 to 1943, programs from performances covering nearly a century (1896-1985), vinyl records and a group photo from 1949.


  • 1900 - 1985


Access Restrictions

The collection is available for use in Special Collections during the department's open hours.


The history of the Apollo Club dates back to the spring of 1895 when the first steps were taken toward the formation of a male chorus. It was formally organized on September 23, 1895. Emil Oberhoffer was the first conductor and quickly established a very high standard of choral singing for the group. The Club gave its first public performance on April 13, 1896 at the Lyceum Theatre in Minneapolis. It was customary for the chorus to present three regular concerts every season. Other conductors and accompanists have included Henry S. Woodruff, Theodore Bergman, Elsie Wolf Campbell, William Rhys-Herbert, William MacPhail, James S. Allen, and Roger Hoel. From its inception, the club adopted a policy of bringing distinguished artists to Minneapolis.


1.67 Linear Feet (4 boxes)

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Related Materials in Hennepin County Library

Sweeter than the honeywell : 100 years of music and friendship : the Apollo Club Male Chorus of Minneapolis, 1895-1995 by Johannes Riedel ML28.M5A74 1995.

Collection on the Apollo Club
Marla Siegler, revised by Ian Stade
September 2008
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Hennepin County Library Special Collections Repository

Minneapolis Central Library
300 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis MN 55401 U.S.A.