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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 I: General Records],
[Series II: Photographs and Oversized Materials],
[Series III: Sound Recordings],
[All]

Series III: Sound RecordingsAdd to your cart.
Subseries A: Phonograph albums, circa 1948-1968Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: RPI Glee Club, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Songs of Rensselaer, circa 1948Add to your cart.
Item 3: 125th Anniversary of Rensselaer - RPI Glee Club and Orchestra, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 4: Requiem _ RPI Glee Club and Orchestra, Emma Willard Choire, Russell Sage Glee Club, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 5: Songs of Rensselaer circa 1952 Digital Resource, 1952Add to your cart.
Item 6: Rensselaer Sings with the New Paltz Glee Club, 1956Add to your cart.
Item 7: Magnificat in D Major - Mount Holyoke Choir and RPI Glee Club, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 8: Paul Paray Mass - State University at Oneonta and RPI Glee Clubs, 1960Add to your cart.
Item 9: Gloria in G Major and A German Requiem - Simmons College and RPI Glee Clubs and Orchestras, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 10: Belshazzar's Feast and Concerto in F - RPI Glee Club and Orchestra, Elmira College Chorus, 1965Add to your cart.
Item 11: King David - RPI Glee Club and University of Rochester Women's Glee Club, 1966Add to your cart.
Item 12: Carmina Burana - RPI Glee Club and Orchestra, Elmira College ChorusAdd to your cart.
Subseries B: Audio tapes, 1957-1981, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Songs of Rensselaer, undatedAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Rensselaermen, 1957Add to your cart.
Item 3: King David, 1966Add to your cart.
Item 4: RPI Glee Club, 1979Add to your cart.
Item 5: RPI Glee Club and Union College Women's Glee Club, 1980Add to your cart.
Union Women's Glee Club and Combined choruses
Item 6: RPI Glee Club, 1981Add to your cart.
RPI Glee Club and Blue Jackets Choir and RPI Glee Club and Brass Quintet
Subseries C: Compact disks, ca. 1948-1966, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Songs of Rensselaer, 1948Add to your cart.
Item 2: 125th Anniversary of Rensselaer, 1949Add to your cart.
Item 3: Requiem, 1950Add to your cart.
Item 4: Songs of Rensselaer Digital Resource, circa 1952Add to your cart.
Item 5: Rensselaer Sings with the New Paltz Glee Club, 1956Add to your cart.
Item 6: Magnificat in D Major, 1958Add to your cart.
Item 7: Paul Paray Mass, 1960Add to your cart.
Item 8: Gloria in G Major and A German Requiem - Simmons College and RPI Glee Clubs and Orchestras, 1963Add to your cart.
Item 9: Belshazzar's Feast and Concerto in F, 1965Add to your cart.
Item 10: King David, 1966Add to your cart.
Item 11: 20th Century Folk Mass - RPI Glee Club with Russell Sage College, 1968Add to your cart.

Browse by Series:

[Series I: General Records],
[Series II: Photographs and Oversized Materials],
[Series III: Sound Recordings],
[All]

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