Guide to the Pitchforks of Duke University records, 1980 - 2008
Contains the records of the Pitchforks of Duke University, a men's a cappella singing group. Types of materials include articles of incorporation, a constitution, certificates, correspondence, applications, press, flyers, clippings, photographs, rosters, and sound recordings. Major subjects include student life at Duke University, male college students, vocal performance groups, and student groups.
- Pitchforks of Duke University records, 1980 - 2008.
- Pitchforks of Duke University.
- .5 Linear Feet, , 500 Items
- University Archives, Duke University
- For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Contains articles of incorporation, a constitution, certificates, correspondence, applications, press, flyers, clippings, photographs, rosters, and sound recordings of the Pitchforks, a Duke University men's singing group. Records date from 1980-2008 (bulk 1980-1985).
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The Pitchforks, a mostly undergraduate men's a cappella singing group, began singing together in 1979, in response to the need for men's informal singing at Duke University. The group was chartered as a student organization in 1981. The founding officers of the Pitchforks were: Robert S. Clarke, Frank E. Block, James Bulleit, Eliot McCrory, and Kurt T. Uphoff.
The group's a cappella repertoire includes a variety of popular and classic songs in various musical styles including ballads, jazz, blues, spirituals, folk, and traditional barbershop songs. The Pitchforks perform at hospitals, nursing homes, hotels, private clubs, weddings, and on other college campuses. Their on-campus events include small performances for sororities, Homecoming, the Blackwell Arch show, the Dance Marathon, the annual Jamboree, and the Gothic Christmas Concert. The Pitchforks also host other high school and college a cappella singing groups.
The Pitchforks have recorded several albums and are currently active at Duke University. Other Duke University a cappella groups are: Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Lady Blue, Out of the Blue, Rhythm and Blue, Deja Blue, and Speak of the Devil.
- Choral singing.
- Choral societies--United States.
- Choruses, Secular (Men's voices), Unaccompanied.
- Duke University--Students.
- Duke University--Songs and music.
- Male college students--United States--North Carolina--Durham.
- Pitchforks of Duke University.
- Popular songs.
- Popular music--1981-1990.
- Students' songs--North Carolina.
- Sound recordings.
[Identification of item], Pitchforks of Duke University records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
The Pitchforks of Duke University records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1985; 2003; and 2008.
Processed by Emily Glenn, completed January 2003. Updated by Jill Katte, January 2004.
Encoded by Emily Glenn, April 2003
Updated by Jill Katte, January 2004
Updated by Sherrie Bowser, October 2008
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