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No.: PR0100
TITLE: Johann Strauss Foundation fonds
CREATOR: Johann Strauss Foundation
DATE RANGE: 1968-2006
EXTENT: 5.84 m of textual records and other material
Also includes 1 videocassette, ca. 2000 photographs, 56 negatives, 2 cinefilms, 1 audio compact disc.

In April 1965, members of Club Austria founded the Vienna Opera Ball Foundation in Edmonton. The Foundation was formed from local Edmonton residents of Austrian heritage to commemorate the Viennese composer Johann Strauss II. The Foundation’s name changed to the Johann Strauss Foundation on December 21, 1975 to avoid a legal conflict with Club Austria.

The principal aim of the Johann Strauss Foundation is to support musical education in Alberta. The Foundation, through scholarship, encourages and supports young musicians in Alberta who wish to complete musical studies in the cultural environment of Austria. The Johann Strauss Foundation obtains its scholarship funds from donations, grants, sponsorships and proceeds from various social events. Scholarships assist deserving Albertans in pursuing advanced music studies in Austria.

The Foundation also provides moral support and financial assistance to musical endeavours in the community, such as workshops by visiting teachers from Austria and musical events of special educational value, such as recitals.

The founders of the Foundation sought to preserve the cultural heritage of their country of origin and to share this heritage with the community of Edmonton through the Foundation's fundraising activities. The Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors consisting of a President, Treasurer, Secretary, Past President, and Director at Large.

In early 2009 the Foundation presented its assets as an endowment to the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. The former Johann Strauss Foundation Scholarships continue to be available but are now administered by the Wirth Institute of the University of Alberta as the “Johann Strauss Foundation Music Awards for Advanced Study of Music in Austria”

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:Some of the records were in the custody of Walter Leeb and Anny Leeb before donation to the Provincial Archives of Alberta. Material in PR2013.0094 was donated by Karin Fodor in 2013.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of operational, administrative and financial records of the Johann Strauss Foundation as well as records from Club Austria and the Vienna Opera Ball. Material includes minutes, financial statements, ledgers, reports, scholarship applications, publicity files, published materials, correspondence, membership lists, pamphlets, and brochures. Records have been generated by the Scholarship Committee, the Johann Strauss Ball Committee, and the Recital Committee. The fonds is divided into four series: Recital Planning and Publicity Scholarship Applications and Awards, Johann Strauss Ball; and Operational Records.
ARRANGEMENT NOTE: Accessions PR1995.5, PR2000.515 and PR2000.948 arrived with box lists. Arrangement was based on these box lists. Accession PR2001.938 follows the arrangement established in earlier accessions.
LANGUAGE NOTE: Fonds includes textual records written in German.
RELATED SERIES: PR0100.0001 (Recital Planning and Publicity series)
PR0100.0002 (Scholarship Applications and Awards series)
PR0100.0003 (Johann Strauss Ball series)
PR0100.0004 (Operational Records series)

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