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Guide to the Pitchforks of Duke University records, 1980 - 2008

Abstract

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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Pitchforks of Duke University records 1980 - 2008
Creator
Pitchforks of Duke University.
Extent
0.5 Linear Feet
Repository
University Archives, Duke University
Location
For current information on the location of these materials, please consult University Archives, Duke University.
Language
English.

Collection Overview

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).

Administrative Information

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warning Access Restrictions

Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Some materials in off-site storage; 48 hours advance notice is required for use.

Sound recordings in this collection may require reformatting before use. Please contact University Archives staff before visiting to use this portion of the collection.

warning Use Restrictions

Copyright for Official University records is held by Duke University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Contents of the Collection

Articles of incorporation and constitution, ca. 1980- 1986
Box 1
ASDU charters, 1980-1981
Box 1
Statement of Commitment (of members to the Pitchforks group), 1986
Box 1
Membership certificates, 1984
Box 1
Correspondence, 1980-1981
Box 1
Correspondence, 1982-1985
Box 1
Audition materials, general, ca. 1980-1989
Box 1
Audition callbacks, 1986
Box 1
Audition applications, ca. 1986-1988
Box 1
Jamboree, general materials and press, 1981-1985
Box 1
Concerts and events, 1981-1985
Box 1
The Pitchforks album materials, 1983
Box 1
It's not Rock 'n' Roll but I like it! Album materials, 1984
Box 1
Flyers, advertisements, and general publicity, ca. 1981-1986
Box 1
Song lists for performances, 1981-1985
Box 1
Logo materials, ca. 1980
Box 1
Photographs (negatives), 1983
Box 1
Rosters, 1980-1982
Box 1
Clippings, ca. 1980-1983
Box 1

Arranged chronologically.

The sound recordings are stored with the University Archives audio collection in the Cage.

Sound recordings may require reformatting before use. Please contact University Archives staff before visiting to use this portion of the collection.

Pitchforks of Duke University, 1983
12" disc, Commercial LP
Box 1
It's Not Rock 'n' Roll but I like it! The 1983-1984 Pitchforks of Duke University, 1984
12" disc, Commercial LP
Box 1
Pitchforks of Duke University: Tonal Eclipse, 1992
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1
Pitchforks of Duke University: Underground, 1994
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1
Ninth St.: The Pitchforks of Duke University, 1996
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1
Bad for the piano: The Pitchforks, 2002
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1
A Gothic Christmas: The Pitchforks of Duke University, 2003
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1
The Pitchforks of Duke University: Bring it Back , 2006
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1
The Pitchforks: Disconcert, 2008
CD, Reference Copy
Box 1

Historical Note

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.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Pitchforks of Duke University Records, Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Pitchforks of Duke University records were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1985; 2003; and 2008.

Processing Information

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

This finding aid is NCEAD compliant.