Theodore Charles Stone Papers
An accomplished baritone and music journalist, Theodore Charles Stone also served for many years as president of the Chicago Music Association (CMA) and National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM). Born in Gainesville, TX in 1912, Stone's early music education was supervised by a local German organist. By the time he moved to Chicago in the early 1930s, Stone was well regarded in music circles, hailed as "one of the artistic successes of the season" by Maud Roberts George in 1931. Internationally known by the 1940s, Stone went on to serve in many significant capacities in Chicago music: as president of CMA (1954-96), as music journalist for the Chicago Crusader and Defender, and as a great supporter of young performers and music education.
The Theodore Charles Stone Papers at the Chicago Public Library, Carter G. Woodson Regional Library, Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature consist of 59 containers of material documenting the many facets of Stone's career and service. The papers include records of his professional career as journalist and musician, organizational records of both NANM and CMA, and hundreds of music programs dating from the 1940s.