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International Viola Society Congress records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7923

Scope and Contents

Collection includes audiocassette tapes, audio-reel tapes, and VHS tapes, and other materials of the viola congresses that have been held by the International Viola Society. The collection spans the dates 1977 to 2008 and includes the performances and lectures given. Performances involve prominent violists performing classic repertoire as well as premiering modern works. Congresses featured in the collection include Seattle, Washington; Austin, Texas; Provo, Utah; Ithaca, New York; and others.


  • 1977-2002


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the International Viola Society congress records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The International Viola Society (founded 1968) is a world-wide, non-profit organization that governs and supports national and regional organized groups of violists, and continues to promote the ever-increasing standards of excellence in viola performance.

The International Viola Society is dedicated to supporting research in the history of viola, including its performers, makers, teachers, and composers. It largely supports the Primrose International Viola Archive at Brigham Young University by facilitating the exchange and availability of materials to its members.

The International Viola Society has held annual congresses since 1973 with a hiatus between 1975 and 1999. Through these congresses the building of new, high quality instruments and bows have been encouraged, as well as the development of a new viola repertoire through performance and competitions sponsored by the International Viola Society.

The Society has chapters throughout the world.


2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

10 media boxes (6.66 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The original order of the collection has been retained.

Custodial History

Donated by the International Viola Society in 2007. Donated by the International Viola Society in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; International Viola Society; 2007. Donated; International Viola Society; 2010.


Prominent Violist, (Section IV Primrose International Viola Archive Collection Development Policy January 2011).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; July 2011. Processed; Melissa James; August 2011.

Register of International Viola Society congress records
Melissa James
2011 July 20
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States