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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Page address: http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/fa/smhc/smhc232.html

Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Wortman, Dr. Allen (Al), 1935-. Collection, 1969-1995.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 232



Wortman, Dr. Allen (Al) 1935-. Collection, 1969-1995. SMHC Manuscript Collection 232. 5 Records boxes, 3 Oversized box, 6 cubic foot.

Abstract:

Dr. Wortman was a faculty member in the Music Department from 1966 through 1995 where he was also the director of several group on campus. The Dr. Al Wortman collection is a collection of scrapbooks from the Ellis Street Singers between 1969 and 1995. This collection also contains a scrapbook from the Mankato State University Concert Choir between 1981 and 1991. In addition, there is a collection of audio recordings of the Ellis Street Singers and other miscellaneous groups.

Biographical Note:

Dr. Allen Wortman was born January 7, 1935 in Le Claire, Iowa. He attended Central College in Iowa for his B.A. where he majored in Music and minored in German. He then attended the University of Northern Colorado for his M.A. and Ed.D in Music. In 1966, Dr. Wortman joined the faculty at Mankato State College and in 1969 he directed the Ellis Street Singers. From 1972 through 1976, Dr. Wortman served as the chair of the Music Department. Dr. Wortman directed many of the choral performances on campus before 1981, but this was when he became the director of the Concert Choir at Mankato State University. During his time at Mankato State University, Dr. Wortman was involved with 60 musicals, directed the Waseca Corral, the Minnesota Valley Corral, directed the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and held 40 music contests. In addition to being the director, he also acted in plays and operas on campus. In 1991, Dr. Wortman retired from direction the Concert Choir, but continued to direct the Ellis Street Singers until 1995, when he retired from Minnesota State Mankato. Since retirement, Dr. Wortman has continued to be active with the music department at Minnesota State University. He directs two choirs in Tucson, AZ, where he spends winters. Dr. Wortman also works with the music for the community theater.

This information was compiled by an interview with Dr. Wortman and by his folder in the University Advancement collection, MSU ARC 200.

Historical Note:

The Ellis Street Singers began in 1969 under the direction of Dr. Al Wortman. Many students had the idea to form the group and asked Dr. Wortman if he would lead them. The group consisted of members from Mankato State College who where full time students interested in music. There was a yearly audition to be a part of the Ellis Street Singers, as well as to be in the band that played for the group. The Ellis Street Singers consisted of usually 12-16 singers and 1-6 musicians, but the numbers varied each year. The selection the Ellis Street Singers performed were popular music from the time, jazz music, and musical theater pieces. These pieces were selected by the students. Every Christmas, for the last 20 years of the group, the Ellis Street Singers performed shows at Cannon Falls, often up to 22 shows over the holiday season. The group would perform throughout Southern Minnesota and always included a trip over spring break or at the end of the year. Over the years, the group went to many different performance locations including Canada, Mount Rushmore, New Orleans, New York, Australia, and two goodwill tours to the Soviet Union. The 1995-1996 academic years were the last years of the Ellis Street Singers due to the retirement of Dr. Wortman. For the last Christmas Concert at Cannon Falls, the Ellis Street Singers performed songs they had done in previous years, and had Ellis Street Alumni come and sing with them. There have also been a few reunions of the Ellis Street Singers.

This information was compiled from the Ellis Street Singers Collection and an interview with Dr. Wortman. For more information on the Ellis Street Singers, please see their Facebook page.

Choir as a class for credits began in the 1971-1972 academic year. This group was an audition based group that preformed on campus as well as throughout the area. In 1981, the group became known as Concert Choir, but still had the same premise as Choir. Dr. Wortman led the first Concert Choir group on campus and continued to direct the Concert Choir through 1991.The Concert Choir performed classical music, which was mostly religious. Sometimes the music was spiritual in nature, but the group never performed 'pop' music. This group is still ongoing today.

This information was compiled from the Mankato State University Bulletin and the 1971 Katonian. For more information about the Music department, please see http://www.mnsu.edu/music/

Scope and Content:

Dr. Wortman was a faculty member in the Music Department from 1966 through 1995 where he was also the director of several groups on campus. The Dr. Al Wortman collection is a collection of scrapbooks from the Ellis Street Singers between 1969 and 1995. This collection also contains a scrapbook from the Mankato State University Concert Choir between 1981 and 1991. In addition, there is a collection of audio recordings of the Ellis Street Singers and other miscellaneous groups.

This Collection has been divided into three series.

Ellis Street Singers: The Ellis Street Singers series is a collection of scrapbooks the group made between 1969 and 1995. These scrapbooks were often made by a member or several members of the group each year. The scrapbooks consist of pictures from the Ellis Street Singers training camp, as well as pictures throughout the year. There are also thank you notes from different places and people where the Ellis Street Singer performed. The Ellis Street Singer included newspaper clipping from the Mankato Free Press and news or press releases from the college. There was almost always, although not always at the beginning of the album, a roster of members for the year and the schedule of events that would take place throughout the year.

There was scrapbook given to Dr. Wortman from an Ellis Street Singer alumnus, Steve Ruzicka. This album is from 1982, and it shows the Ellis Street Singer on their Mexico trip.

The scrapbooks were in three-ring binders upon the arrival at the Southern Minnesota Historical Center. For preservation, the scrapbooks have been taken out of the binders. The unique order in the binder was preserved in placing the scrapbook in folders. The folders marked 'covers' consist of the covers of the binders, which had pictures and important papers glued to them.


Concert Choir: Dr. Allen Wortman was the Concert Choir director at Mankato State University between 1981 and 1991. Throughout the years as director, Dr. Wortman collected programs of the events put on by the Concert Choir as well as some photographs that were taken during that same time. Included with this series are lists of all the songs performed by the Concert Choir between 1981 and 1991, as well as lists of all the members, which years they were a part of Concert Choir, and what vocal range they sang in. There is also a Concert Choir pencil and Dr. Wortman's name tag in the collection.

The scrapbook was in a three-ring binder upon the arrival at the Southern Minnesota Historical Center. For preservation, the scrapbook was taken out of the binder. The unique order in the binder was preserved in placing the scrapbook in folders. The folder marked 'covers' consist of the covers of the binder, which had a picture and a list of the songs performed by the group.



Audio and Video: These recording are mostly Ellis Street Singers, but there is also a Woman's Chorus selection as well as an instrumental selection. None of the recordings were done professionally, but are recordings that Dr. Wortman or a member of the group recorded at the performance. Some of the audio files were originally reel to reel recordings, but have been digitized to help preserve the quality of sound. There is also a collection of cassette tapes, a few VHS tapes of the performances and three 8mm film.

Restrictions:

There are some restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply. There may be some restrictions with duplicating the audio..

Collection Citation:

Wortman, Dr. Allen (Al) 1935-. Collection, 1969-1995. SMHC Manuscript Collection 232, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Dr. Allen Wortman donated this collection in June 2009.

Processed By:

Heather Harren processed this collection in September 2010.

Related Collections:

The Kiyo Suyematsu Music Library has some recordings of the Ellis Street Singers concerts. For More information on the Music Library, please see http://lib.mnsu.edu/collections/music/

LCSH Subject Headings:

Wortman, Dr. Allen (Al) 1935-.
Mankato State College
Mankato State University
Ellis Street Singers
Concert Choir
Choral-conductors
Voice
Choruses
Concert Tours
Music Groups
Photographs

SMHC Manuscript Collection 232

Box

Folder

Ellis Street Singers

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1969-1970

1

1

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1972-1974 (1 of 3)

1

2

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1972-1974 (2 of 3)

1

3

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1972-1974 (3 of 3)

1

4

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1974-1975 (1 of 2)

1

6

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1974-1975 (2 of 2)

1

7

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1974-1975 covers

1

8

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1975-1976 (1 of 3)

1

9

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1975-1976 (2 of 3)

1

10

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1975-1976 (3 of 3)

1

11

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1975-1976 covers

1

12

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1976-1977 (1 of 4)

1

13

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1976-1977 (2 of 4)

1

14

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1976-1977 (3 of 4)

1

15

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1976-1977 (4 of 4)

1

16

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1976-1977 covers

1

17

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977 U.S.S.R. - Poland Planning Papers

1

18

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977 U.S.S.R. - Poland Planning Papers covers

1

19

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977-1978 (1 of 4)

1

20

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977-1978 (2 of 4)

1

21

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977-1978 (3 of 4)

1

22

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977-1978 (4 of 4)

1

23

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1977-1978 covers

1

24

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1978-1979 (1 of 3)

1

28

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1978-1979 (2 of 3)

1

29

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1978-1979 (3 of 3)

1

30

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1978-1979 covers

1

31

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1979-1980 (1 of 4)

2

1

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1979-1980 (2 of 4)

2

2

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1979-1980 (3 of 4)

2

3

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1979-1980 (4 of 4)

2

4

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1980-1981 (2 of 4)

2

6

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1980-1981 (3 of 4)

2

7

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1980-1981 (4 of 4)

2

8

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1980-1981 covers

5

2

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1981-1982 (1 of 3)

2

9

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1981-1982 (2 of 3)

2

10

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1981-1982 (3 of 3)

2

11

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1981-1982 covers

2

12

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1982-1983 (1 of 3)

2

13

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1982-1983 (2 of 3)

2

14

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1982-1983 (3 of 3)

2

15

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1982-1984 (2 of 3)

2

17

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1983-1984 (1 of 3)

2

16

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1983-1984 (3 of 3)

2

18

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1984-1985 (1 of 3)

2

19

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1984-1985 (2 of 3)

2

20

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1984-1985 (3 of 3)

2

21

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1985-1986 (1 of 3)

2

22

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1985-1986 (2 of 3)

2

23

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1985-1986 (3 of 3)

2

24

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1986-1987 (1 of 3)

3

1

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1986-1987 (2 of 3)

3

2

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1986-1987 (3 of 3)

3

3

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1987-1988 (1 of 6)

3

4

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1987-1988 (2 of 6)

3

5

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1987-1988 (3 of 6)

3

6

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1987-1988 (4 of 6)

3

7

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1987-1988 (5 of 6)

3

8

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1987-1988 (6 of 6)

3

9

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1988-1989 (1 of 3)

3

10

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1988-1989 (2 of 3)

3

11

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1988-1989 (3 of 3)

3

12

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1988-1989 covers

3

13

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1989-1990 (1 of 3)

3

14

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1989-1990 (2 of 3)

3

15

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1989-1990 (3 of 3)

3

16

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1990-1991 (1 of 3)

3

17

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1990-1991 (2 of 3)

3

18

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1990-1991 (3 of 3)

3

19

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1990-1991 covers

5

3

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1991-1992 (1 of 3)

3

20

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1991-1992 (2 of 3)

3

21

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1991-1992 (3 of 3)

3

22

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1991-1992 covers

5

4

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1992-1993 (1 of 3)

3

23

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1992-1993 (2 of 3)

3

24

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1992-1993 (3 of 3)

3

25

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1992-1993 covers

5

5

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1993-1994 (1 of 3)

4

1

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1993-1994 (2 of 3)

4

2

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1993-1994 (3 of 3)

4

3

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1994-1995 (1 of 4)

4

4

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1994-1995 (2 of 4)

4

5

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1994-1995 (3 of 4)

4

6

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1994-1995 (4 of 4)

4

7

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook 1994-1995 covers

4

8

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Bulgaria - Romania 1979 (1 of 3)

1

32

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Bulgaria - Romania 1979 (2 of 3)

1

33

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Bulgaria - Romania 1979 (3 of 3)

1

34

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Canada 1978 (1 of 3)

1

25

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Canada 1978 (2 of 3)

1

26

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Canada 1978 (3 of 3)

1

27

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Expo Trip 1974

1

5

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook Expo Trip 1974 covers

5

1

Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook1980-1981 (1 of 4)

2

5

Ruzicka, Steve Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook, 1982 (1 of 2)

4

9

Ruzicka, Steve Ellis Street Singers Scrapbook, 1982 (2 of 2)

4

10

Concert Choir

Concert Choir Scrapbook 1981-1991 covers

4

11

Concert Choir Scrapbook 1981-1991 (1 of 4)

4

12

Concert Choir Scrapbook 1981-1991 (2 of 4)

4

13

Concert Choir Scrapbook 1981-1991 (3 of 4)

4

14

Concert Choir Scrapbook 1981-1991 (4 of 4)

4

15

Audio and Video

8 mm Film No Name, No Date

8

32

8 mm Film No Name, No Date

8

33

8 mm Film No Name, No Date

8

34

Bette and Al Wortman instruments/vocal parts (January 7, 1969)

4

18

Cassette 1776

7

33

Cassette 1776 side 1

7

51

Cassette Carousel Act II 1979

7

27

Cassette Carousel Act II 1979

7

28

Cassette Chamber Singers March 7, 1982

7

20

Cassette Concert Choir 1985

7

13

Cassette Concert Choir 1987

7

38

Cassette Concert Choir Christmas 1981

7

15

Cassette Concert Choir Christmas 1986

7

29

Cassette Concert Choir March 1986

7

25

Cassette Concert Choir No Date

7

14

Cassette Concert Choir No Date

7

26

Cassette Concert Choir No Date

7

31

Cassette Concert Choir October 24, 1982

7

24

Cassette Concert Choir October 25, 1981

7

16

Cassette Concert Choir Winter 1982

7

39

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1972

7

48

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1974-1975

7

49

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1976

7

17

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1978-1979

7

10

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1982

8

22

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1982 The Great American Choral Festival

8

11

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1989 (Saturday)

8

1

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1989 (Sunday 3:30)

8

7

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1989 (Sunday 7:30)

8

6

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1989 (Thursday)

8

5

Cassette Ellis Street Singers 1990

8

4

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Alumni Cassette 1972-1987 Tape 1

8

15

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Alumni Cassette 1972-1987 Tape 2

8

16

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 12, 1982

8

9

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 26, 1984

7

7

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 27, 1977

7

11

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 27, 1977 and May 29, 1976

7

12

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 27, 1984

7

6

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 28, 1984

7

5

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 29, 1984

7

3

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 29, 1984

7

4

Cassette Ellis Street Singers April 3, 1982

8

10

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Christmas 1979

8

20

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Christmas 1984

7

8

Cassette Ellis Street Singers December 1973

7

43

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Edgewood 1981

8

18

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Edgewood 1981

8

19

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Edgewood 1995

7

42

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Friday May 8, 1981

8

12

Cassette Ellis Street Singers March/June 1973

7

47

Cassette Ellis Street Singers May 15, 1982 World’s Fair

8

17

Cassette Ellis Street Singers May 19, 1976

7

18

Cassette Ellis Street Singers May 19, 1976 continued

7

19

Cassette Ellis Street Singers May 22, 1974

7

44

Cassette Ellis Street Singers May 22, 1974

7

45

Cassette Ellis Street Singers May 9, 1981

8

13

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1973 KMSU

7

46

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1978

7

2

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1979

7

9

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1983 (Saturday)

8

21

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1983 (Sunday)

8

26

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1988

8

8

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1988

8

27

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1988 Tape 1

8

3

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1988 Tape 1

8

23

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1988 Tape 2

8

2

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1988 Tape 2?

8

25

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring 1995

8

24

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Spring Concert 1975

7

1

Cassette Ellis Street Singers Thursday May 7, 1981

8

14

Cassette Ellis Street Singers? Live Performance April 29, 1978

7

50

Cassette Little Night Music Act I November 27

7

23

Cassette Little Night Music Act III November 27

7

22

Cassette Mass in G 1988

7

30

Cassette My Fair Lady Act I November 11, 1973

7

36

Cassette My Fair Lady Act II November 11, 1973

7

37

Cassette No Name and No Date

7

41

Cassette Oliver part 1

7

34

Cassette Oliver part 2

7

35

Cassette The King and I Act I 1981

7

40

Cassette The King and I Act II 1981

7

32

Cassette Winter Choir Concert No Date

7

21

Charlie Brown (Summer 1972)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (1973)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (1973)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (1981-1983)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (April 26, 1979)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (April 26, 1979)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (April 28, 1978)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (April 28, 1978)

4

16

Ellis Street Singers (April 29, 1978)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (April 29, 1978)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (Christmas 1979)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (Christmas 1979)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (Fall 1972)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (no date)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (no date)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (no date)

4

17

Ellis Street Singers (Spring 1973)

4

18

Ellis Street Singers and Brass Ensemble (Fall 1973)

4

18

Ellis Street Singers and Brass Ensemble (June 1973)

4

18

Ellis Street Singers and Brass Ensemble (June 9, 1974)

4

18

Good Life Instrumental (no date)

4

18

He Lived The Good Life (Sunday Afternoon, August 11, 1974)

4

18

He Lived The Good Life (Sunday Night, August 11, 1974)

4

18

He Lived The Good Life Act 2 (December 22, 1975)

4

18

Reel to Reel Bette and Al Wortman instruments/vocal parts (January 7, 1969)

6

8

Reel to Reel Charlie Brown (Summer 1972)

6

22

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (1973) reel 1

6

1

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (1973) reel 2

6

2

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (1981-1983)

6

7

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (April 26, 1979) reel 1

6

13

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (April 26, 1979) reel 2

6

14

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (April 28, 1978) reel 1

6

15

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (April 28, 1978) reel 2

6

16

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (April 29, 1978) reel 1

6

9

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (April 29, 1978) reel 2

6

10

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (Christmas 1979) reel 1

6

11

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (Christmas 1979) reel 2

6

12

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (Fall 1972)

6

23

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (no date)

6

24

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (no date)

6

25

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (no date)

6

6

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers (Spring 1973)

6

26

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers and Brass Ensemble (Fall 1973)

6

3

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers and Brass Ensemble (June 1973)

6

4

Reel to Reel Ellis Street Singers and Brass Ensemble (June 9, 1974)

6

20

Reel to Reel Good Life Instrumental (no date)

6

5

Reel to Reel He Lived The Good Life (Sunday Afternoon, August 11, 1974)

6

19

Reel to Reel He Lived The Good Life (Sunday Night, August 11, 1974)

6

18

Reel to Reel He Lived The Good Life Act 2 (December 22, 1975)

6

17

Reel to Reel Woman’s Chorus (1969)

6

21

VHS Ellis Street Singers

8

28

VHS Ellis Street Singers May 31, 1987

8

31

VHS Ellis Street Singers Spring 1992 tape 1

8

29

VHS Ellis Street Singers Spring 1992 tape 2

8

30

Woman’s Chorus (1969)

4

18