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R.P.I. Glee Club records

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General Records

Photographs and Oversized Materials

Sound Recordings



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R.P.I. Glee Club records, 1886-1983

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Collection Overview

Title: R.P.I. Glee Club records, 1886-1983Add to your cart.

Extent: 2.3 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The Glee Club records are organized into three series: I. General records, II. Photographs and oversized materials, and III. Sound recordings.

Collection processed by: T.A. Gobert

Abstract

The collection consists of correspondence, programs, reports, photographs, sheet music, audio recordings, and related materials documenting the organization’s long history at Rensselaer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Glee Club records (AC 27) include correspondence, programs, reports, photographs, sheet music, audio recordings, and related materials documenting the organization’s long history at Rensselaer. The recordings capture Glee Club performances, often with music organizations from Rensselaer and/or other colleges. These are stored in a variety of formats, such as LP phonograph albums (1949-1968), audio tapes (1954-1992, mostly cassettes), and compact disks (digital re-recordings of LP albums, 1998-2005). Includes multiple versions titled Songs of Rensslear. Click here for a link to the digitized songs.

Collection Historical Note

Rensselaer’s Glee Club was one of the longest-lived student organizations on campus. Preceded by class glee clubs, an Institute-wide organization was established in 1874. The all-male singing group continued until it disbanded around 1983. The club enjoyed particular success during the mid-20th century, especially under the direction of Professor Joel Dolven. From the late 1940s until his retirement in 1970, the group performed widely, both on campus and off, often with the RPI orchestra and/or musicians from other colleges. The Glee Club also performed on radio broadcasts and in competitions, taking first place at both a Welsh eisteddfod (Utica, 1949) and the Harvest Song Festival (Carnegie Hall, 1950). The club’s annual Campus Carols performances were popular among both students and local townspeople, drawing large crowds to the festively decorated Houston Field House. The group also produced several LP albums, which were digitized by alumnus Charles Kelly in 2005.

Administrative Information

Repository: Institute Archives and Special Collections

Preferred Citation: R.P.I. Glee Club records, AC 27. Institute Archives and Special Collections, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY.


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Series II: Photographs and Oversized MaterialsAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Oversized photographs and broadsides, 1950-1964, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: Photographs, 1955-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Photographs, 1958Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Photographs, 1959-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Photographs - tour, 1982-1983Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Photographs - Campus Carols, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 7: Photographs - miscellaneous, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 8: Photographs - unidentified, undatedAdd to your cart.
Folder 9: Photograph album, undatedAdd to your cart.

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[Series III: Sound Recordings],
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