Guide to the Men's Glee Club records, 1930-1969
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.
- Record Group
- Men's Glee Club records, 1930-1969.
- Duke University. Men's Glee Club
- 0.3 Linear Feet, 75 Items
- David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
- Material in English
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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[Identification of item], Men's Glee Club Records, 1930-1969., Duke University Archives, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.
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.
- 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)
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The Men's Glee Club records, 1930-1969 were received by the University Archives as a transfer in 1973 and 1976.
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.