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Guide to the The University of Alabama Glee Club Post Card and Newspaper Clipping MSS.3877

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Publication:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, 35487-0266
205.348.0500
archives@ua.edu

August 2011

Creation:

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-09T14:58-0500

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English

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard

July 2013
Collection Title:

The University of Alabama Glee Club Post Card and Newspaper Clipping

Unit ID:

MSS.3877

Repository:

University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Quantity:

0.05 Linear feet

Dates:

1921-1922

Abstract:

The collection contains one picture postcard depicting The University of Alabama Glee Club during its seventeenth season as well as a picture of the group (year unknown) clipped from a newspaper.

Access Restrictions:

None

Provenance

Gift of Ronald and Elizabeth Howard

Processing Information:

Processed by

Erin Schmidt, 2011; updated by Martha Bace, 2013

Scope and Contents note

The collection contains one picture postcard depicting The University of Alabama Glee Club during its seventeenth season. The thirty-one male members of the club are seated, wearing tuxedos. Seven of the men hold guitars, mandolins, and banjos. The collection also has a picture clipped from a newspaper showing the young men standing on the steps of a building. The caption states that the "white haired gentleman in the center is Tom Garner, who has guided the destinies of the glee club for a third of a century."

Preferred Citation:

The University of Alabama Glee Club Post Card and Newspaper Clipping, University Libraries Division of Special Collections, The University of Alabama

Usage Restrictions:

None

Biographical/Historical note

A glee club is a musical group or choir group, historically of male voices but also of female or mixed voices, which traditionally specializes in the singing of short songs — glees — by trios or quartets. In the late 19th Century it was very popular in most schools and was made a tradition to have in American High Schools from then on. The first named Glee Club was founded in Harrow School, in London, England, in 1787. Glee clubs were very popular in the UK from then until the mid-1850s but by that time, they were gradually being superseded by choral societies. By the mid-20th century, proper glee clubs were no longer common. However, the term remains in use, primarily for choirs found in North American colleges and universities, despite the fact that most American glee clubs are choruses in the traditional sense and no longer perform glees. Glee in this context does not refer to the mood of the music or of its singers, but to a specific form of English part song popular between 1650 and 1900, the glee.

The University of Alabama Glee Club was probably founded in the latter years of the 19th century, first under the leadership of Miss Annie Searcy (Mrs. Simpson Keller) and John Peter Ludebuehl. Then Tom Garner was tasked with getting together a "novel program" for Alumni Day in 1905. The event was a success - so much so that President John Abercrombie suggested Garner "take up the work regularly" in the 1906 academic year.

Source(s)

University of Alabama. Department of Music. (Library_of_Congress_Name_Authority_File)

Glee clubs (lcsh)

Music and Performing Arts (localbroad)

Popular Culture (localbroad)

University of Alabama (localbroad)

Post Card and Newspaper Clipping Box SC0051 Folder 3877.01