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Alvin Dreger Collection

Identifier: MC-114
Magazines, letters, photographs, books, emails, and other documents that are from the personal lives of Alvin and Patricia Dreger and are about Alvin and Patricia, certain members of the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra itself.


  • 1924 - 2018


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.


1 Linear Feet (1 box.)

Biographical / Historical

Alvin Dreger was born on June 6, 1912 and died on June 4, 2000. Alvin Dreger was one of five children born to Oscar Dreger and Edna Evans; his father knew how to play the violin and zither, and his mother the piano.

A Huntsville cellist, Dreger joined forces with Arthur Fraser and members of the von Braun rocket team to found the Huntsville Symphony Orchestra in 1955. Dreger served as the first manager of the Orchestra.

Dreger married flutist Patricia Houston in 1973. Alvin Dreger was a professor of strings at A&M University from 1986 to 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Patricia Dreger, 2018.

Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.



Megan Sullivan
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America