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Guide to the Men's Glee Club records, 1930-1969

Abstract

The Duke University Men's Glee Club, a social singing group of undergraduate men, was organized in 1927 by J. Foster "Bishop" Barnes, Director of Social and Religious Activities at Duke University.

Contains materials pertaining to the Duke University Men's Glee Club from 1930-1969.

Descriptive Summary

Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Creator
Duke University. Men's Glee Club.
Title
Men's Glee Club records, 1930-1969. 1930-1969
Language of Material
English
Extent
0.3 Linear Feet, 75 Items
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.

Collection Overview

Contains the records of the Men's Glee Club, a social singing group at Duke University, formed in 1927 by J. Foster Barnes. Types of materials include programs, performance schedules, broadcast announcements, a press book, and a pre-concert equipment checklist. Major subjects include Duke University students, male college students, choral societies, music performance, and popular songs and music. Materials range in date from 1930-1969.

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Contents of the Collection

Programs, circa 1930-1950
Box 1
Programs, 1951-1969
Box 1
CBS and NBC broadcast announcements, 1947-1948, 1953-1954
Box 1
Press book, 1959-1960 and checklist, undated
Box 1

Historical Note

The Duke University Men's Glee Club, a social singing group of undergraduate men, was organized in 1927 by J. Foster "Bishop" Barnes, Director of Social and Religious Activities at Duke University. "Bishop" Barnes directed the club until 1956; James Young directed the club from 1957 until 1969. The Men's Glee Club's repertoire included both classical and popular selections. A twelve-member subgroup of the Glee Club, The Triple Quartets, performed serious and comic arrangements.

In 1927, the Men's Glee Club won the North Carolina Championship and the Southern Championship, and debuted at Carnegie Hall in New York City. They began to tour widely, visiting western Europe during the early 1930s, and making regular stops at large cities along the east coast. The first radio broadcast of the Duke University Men's Glee Club was made from New York in 1937 over the Columbia Broadcasting System. Until 1969, the group had been heard over CBS and NBC radio networks annually.

Other singing groups on campus around the late 1960s were the Chapel Choir, the Chancel, and the Women's Glee Club. The Men's Glee Club and the Woman's Glee Club merged to form the Duke Chorale around 1970. The Duke University Chorale is currently active and performs internationally.

Subject Headings

Related Material

  • Student Organizations collection (Duke University Archives)
  • Oversize Collection, Performance by Men's Glee Club, ca. 1950-1960 (videotape, 2-inch reel) (Duke University Archives)
  • Oversize Collection, Men's Glee Club and the Chapel Choir with accompaniment by piano, organ, and the University Marching Band. (Duke University Archives)
  • Item: Men's Glee Club and the Chapel Choir. (Duke University Archives)
  • Item: Songs of Duke University. (Duke University Archives)

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Men's Glee Club Records, 1930-1969., Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Men's Glee Club records, 1930-1969 were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973 and 1976.

Processing Information

Processed by Emily Glenn, February 2003

Encoded by Kimberly Sims, September 2006

Accessions A73-61, A76-198 were merged into one collection, described in this finding aid.

Descriptive sources and standards used to create this inventory: DACS, EAD, NCEAD guidelines, and our local Style Guide.

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.