Mountain-Plains Chapter of the Music Library Association

History of the Mountain-Plains Chapter

The idea to form the Mountain-Plains chapter began in the Fall of 1977, with Arne Arnesen, then Head Music Librarian at the University of Colorado and Jim Wright, then Head of the Fine Arts Library at University of New Mexico. 

They agreed to meet in Taos, NM to discuss in fuller detail the formation of the new chapter, destined to become MLA's largest chapter geographically, covering 12 states from Nevada to Kansas, Montana to New Mexico, and eventually Alberta. Arne brought his Assistant Music Librarian, Pam Massey, and Jim was accompanied by his Assistant, Charlemaud Curtis. 

Arne agreed to serve as the first Chairperson of the new Chapter, Jim became the Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, and Pam the Secretary/Treasurer. Together, they made plans to hold the Chapter's first conference the following Spring. That conference took place in Boulder, Colorado on May 18-19, 1978. 

A summary of this meeting appeared on p. 4 of the first issue of the Chapter's newsletter, Conventional Title, opus 1, November 1978. Twenty years later, on May 29-30, 1998, members of the Mountain-Plains Chapter returned to Boulder to celebrate the first "score" of years together.

List of Past Meetings back to 1978 (including conference programs and photos when available)

List of Past Officers back to 1978

Past Newsletters back to 1978