The following is an archival copy of the information & charter which accompanied the creation of the newsgroup rec.music.early.
rec.music.early is an unmoderated newsgroup which passed its vote for creation by 280:35 as reported in news.announce.newgroups on 18 July 1991. For your newsgroups file: rec.music.early Discussion of pre-classical European music. The charter, culled from the call for votes: To provide a forum for exchange of news and views about i) medieval, renaissance and baroque music (sacred and secular - both `art' and `folk') derived as part of European culture, its researchers, performers, instruments, instrument-makers, festivals, concerts and societies; ii) authenticity in music of (these and) later periods, e.g. classical and romantic.
Note that, officially speaking, the newsgroup's charter has not been changed since it was proposed in 1991. Newsgroups do not change charters after being created. However, in more recent times, most newsgroups have more elaborate charters.
To information on the early music forum.
To Early Music FAQTodd M. McComb