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Records of the Board of Trustees
Date Range: 1890-[ongoing].
Size of Collection: 20 linear feet (59 boxes)
Series Description: Record group TOA is arranged in seven series: A. Bylaws and Certificates of Incorporation; B. Minutes of the Board; C. Board Committees, Minutes and Attachments; D. Annual Directories; E. Annual Reports; F. General Records and Correspondence; G. Trustees and Governing Members Newsletters.
Access: Selected corporate records are closed for a 30-year period; some files within this group remain confidential. Consult the Archives for further information.
Quick Search Tips: To search the online catalog for a specific series within this record group, enter under Keywords the record group code TOA followed by a hyphen and the series letter. Example: to retrieve a list of Annual Reports, use Keywords: TOA-E. Please note that some series may not currently be available in the public catalog.
The third oldest orchestra in the nation, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra was incorporated in October 1890, as the Orchestral Association. Early officers of the Association were drawn from the city's leading industrialists, philanthropists, and educators: men such as the meat packers Charles H. Swift and Allison V. Armour; real estate magnates Bryan Lathrop and Philo Adams Otis; gas company president Charles Norman Fay; International Harvester founders John Jay Glessner and Harold McCormick; University of Chicago president William Rainey Harper; and architect Daniel H. Burnham. Notable trustee board presidents have included Nathaniel K. Fairbank, George Adams, Bryan Lathrop, Clyde M. Carr, Charles H. Hamill, Edward L. Ryerson, Jr., Eric Oldberg, and Louis Sudler.
Among current trustees are CEOs of several international corporations, whose Chicago Symphony Orchestra—related activities range from fundraising to work in committees, where policies are established that may influence performing arts organizations nationwide. As a whole, these materials detail the governance of the CSO and provide insight into the extracurricular activities of Chicago's civic leaders for over one hundred years.
Files include the founding documents of the Orchestral Association, including the Orchestra Prospectus and Guarantee from October 1890 and the Certificate of Incorporation from December 16, 1890, as well as legal documents relating to the above. The bylaws include all amendments from