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Lawrence Community Orchestra records

Call Number: RH MS 1036


This collection of records from the Lawrence Community Orchestra (LCO) of Lawrence, Kansas, contains documents from the orchestra's history including programs, news articles and publicity, correspondence, documents from the board of directors, newsletters, brochures and recordings. The orchestra was formerly named the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra and was originally the Lawrence Chamber Players.


  • Creation: 1972 - 2022


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials located at RH Cassette Tape 57 and KC AV 16 are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

History of the Lawrence Community Orchestra (LCO)

The Lawrence Community Orchestra, formerly the Lawrence Chamber Orchestra, is a professional quality community-based ensemble that was originally known as the Lawrence Chamber Players. They have been performing for Lawrence, Douglas County, Kansas citizens and the surrounding area since 1972, specializing in baroque and other forms of classical music.

LCO can trace its roots to Jessie Branson, whose husband Dr. Vernon Branson, built a harpsichord for her after they were inspired by a chamber music concert they attended in 1970 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London, England. The group gave its first public performance on April 30, 1972.

LCO's mission is to serve the local community, educate young people, and tour the state of Kansas, providing superb musical programs and sharing music appreciation through dynamic experiences for a diverse audience. The orchestra has been funded by the Kansas Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, local sponsors, grants, ticket sales, and individual contributions.


10 Linear Feet (12 boxes + 3 oversize boxes, 3 oversize folders, 44 audio cassettes, 1 VHS tape, 2 CDs)

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RH MS 574

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RH MS 591

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RH MS 1036

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RH MS 1269

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RH MS 1519

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RH MS Q262, RH MS Q273

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RH MS R92, RH MS R108, RH MS R231

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RH Cassette Tape 57

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KC AV 16

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A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifts, Bunker Clark, 2002; Barbara Wunsch, 2003; Jessie Branson, May 2004, 2007; George Worth, 2005; Annette Lundsgaarde, 2009; Alison Watkins, 2022.

Related Materials

Lawrence Society of Chamber Music records, RH MS 1299, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Processing Information

Some materials formerly located at RH MS Q98 and RH MS Q109 have been moved to RH MS Q262.

Guide to the Lawrence Community Orchestra Collection
Lawrence Community Orchestra records
Finding aid prepared by mt, 2007. Finding aid encoded by mt, 2007. Finding aid revised by tw, 2010; mmm, 2017; bnd, 2020; eje 2022.
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Lawrence Community Orchestra records, RH MS 1036, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States