Learn about our 70-year history.

About the Archives

Mission Statement

The Board of Directors of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), in celebration of the 70th- Anniversary Season (2014-15), has established the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Archive. It exists to identify, collect, and make available records of enduring value to the Orchestra’s staff and the public at large. The Archive will serve as the central repository for information and records created by the ASO and all of its affiliated groups and programs. In pursuing its mission, the Archive serves a broader purpose of ensuring that an adequate documentation of the ASO exists.

Scope of the Collection

As defined by its Mission Statement, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Archive actively collects records in various formats that bear on the history and current functions of the ASO, including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, the Atlanta Symphony Associates, Chastain Park Amphitheater, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Education and Community Concerts, and the King Celebration Concerts.

The Archive currently holds over 300 linear feet of materials related to the founding, operation, and governance of the ASO, the ASO Chorus and the ASO Youth Orchestra. The Scope of the Collection encompasses a wide range of formats including manuscripts, scrapbooks, press clippings, concert programs, photographs, sound recordings and videos. Institutional records include the records and minutes of the Board of Directors, the Office of the President, Artistic Administration, Operations, Marketing and Communications, Finance and Development. In addition to the institutional records, the Archive documents the achievements of its’ past and present music directors.

Donation Policy

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Archive welcomes the donation of materials relating to the history of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), the ASO Chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Associates, Chastain Park Amphitheater, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, Education and Community Concerts, and the King Celebration Concerts.

To make a donation contact Bob Scarr at 404-733-4734 or bob.scarr@woodruffcenter.org

Reference and Access

The ASO Archivist welcomes your inquiries relating to all aspects of the history of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Contact Bob Scarr at 404-733-4734 or bob.scarr@woodruffcenter.org for more information.

Contact

As a musician in the Atlanta area, Bob Scarr has managed to combine his 30 plus years of experience in Project Management with Delta Air Lines into a second career with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. He is currently leading the effort to establish the ASO Archives while seeking outside consultation most recently with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Scarr is an active member of the Society of American Archivists (SAA) and the Society of Georgia Archivists (SGA). He is committed to further archival training - having completed a two week course of study with the Georgia Archives Institute in the Summer of 2012. Scarr remains passionate in his desire to preserve the institutional memory of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.



Bob Scarr
Archivist
404-733-4734
bob.scarr@woodruffcenter.org

1280 Peachtree St NE, Suite 4074
Atlanta, GA 30309
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