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Finding aid for the Kent State University Official Songbook Committee records

Repository: Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.
Title: Kent State University Official Songbook Committee records
Inclusive Date(s): 1922-1951
Author: Finding aid prepared by Samantha Kapp
Creation: Finding aid encoded by Samantha Kapp using the OhioLINK EAD Application in 2013
Origination: Kent State University Official Songbook Committee
Extent: .50 cubic feet (1 slim document case and 1 document case)
Physical Location: 11th floor
Finding Aid Identifier: OhKeUSC0147
Abstract: This collection contains the records of the Kent State University Official Songbook Committee and consists of materials that focus on the development of school songbooks.
Language(s): The records are in English

History of the Kent State University Official Songbook Committee

The Kent State University Official Songbook Committee was a student-faculty committee appointed by University President Dr. George A. Bowman in the 1948-1949 school year. The committee included Professor Eric T. Griebling as the chairman, Dr. Ralph Hartzell, the head of the music department, and various student representatives. The committee was developed to revise the 1931 songbook, Official Songs of Kent State College, and to develop a new school songbook. Students were encouraged to submit their own work but due to the lack of student-body interest, the songbook took nearly four years to be released. The committee published the official Kent State University Songbook titled Songs in 1951.

Scope and Content

The Kent State University Official Songbook Committee records span the years 1922-1951 and contains songbooks, sheet music, minutes from meetings, correspondence to and from the committee, and audio recordings in record vinyl format. Sheet music forms the bulk of the collection and includes alumni songs, alma maters, love songs, hall songs, class songs, and fight songs that were submitted to the committee for review.

Statement of Arrangement

This collection has been organized into the following five series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1948-1950
Series 2: Minutes, 1951
Series 3: Sheet Music, 1923-1951
Series 4: Songbooks, 1922-1951
Series 5: Audio Recordings, undated


Technical Requirements

A record player (phonograph) is required to listen to the audio recordings.

Preferred Citation

Kent State University Official Songbook Committee records. Kent State University Libraries. Special Collections and Archives.

Subject Headings
The following subjects are found in this collection:

Subjects:
Kent State University Official Songbook Committee -- Archives
Kent State Normal College -- Archives
Kent State College -- Archives
Kent State Normal College -- Songs and music
Kent State College -- Songs and music
Kent State University -- Songs and music
Students' songs -- Ohio -- Kent
Alma maters (Songs) -- Ohio -- Kent
Functions:
Universities and colleges -- Administration
Composition (Music)
Students' songs -- Authorship
Places:
Kent (Ohio)
Occupations:
Composers
Lyricists
College administrators
Student affairs administrators
Material Types:
Correspondence
Minutes
Sheet music
Songbooks
Sound recordings
Phonograph records
Long-playing records
78 rpm records



Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Correspondence, 1948-1950
Box 1 / Folder 1
Arthur F. Davis to Official Songbook Committee, March 1, 1948
Box 1 / Folder 2
Julie Salem to Official Songbook Committee, December 10, 1948
Box 1 / Folder 3
Ralph E. Hartzell to Official Songbook Committee, November 11, 1949
Box 1 / Folder 4
Ralph E. Hartzell to Eric Griebling, June 6, 1950
Box 1 / Folder 5
E. J. Griebling to Dr. Hartzell, July 13, 1950
Box 1 / Folder 6
Robert Williams to Official Songbook Committee, undated

Series 2: Minutes, 1951
Box 1 / Folder 7
Official Songbook Committee Minutes, February 16, 1951
Box 1 / Folder 8
Official Songbook Committee Minutes, undated
Box 1 / Folder 9
Official Songbook Committee Minutes, undated

Series 3: Sheet Music, 1923-1951
Box 1 / Folder 10
"Alma Mater", undated
Box 1 / Folder 11
"The Alumni Song", undated
Box 1 / Folder 12
"Blue and Gold", undated
Box 1 / Folder 13
"Fair Kent State", 1923
Box 1 / Folder 14
"Fight, Kent State", undated
Box 1 / Folder 15
"Fight on for K.S.U.", 1946
Box 1 / Folder 16
"Hail to thee, Our Alma Mater"/ "Our Alma Mater", 1951
Box 1 / Folder 17
"Hail to thee our Blue and Gold", undated
Box 1 / Folder 18
"Honor Kent State", undated
Box 1 / Folder 19
"Kent State", undated
Box 1 / Folder 20
"Kent State"/ "Auld Long Syne", undated
Box 1 / Folder 21
"Kent State Hymn of Praise", undated
Box 1 / Folder 22
"Kent State Love Song", undated
Box 1 / Folder 23
"Kent State" / "Processional" / "Ohio" / "Cheer for Kent", undated
Box 1 / Folder 24
"Kent State Song of Battle", undated
Box 1 / Folder 25
"Moulton Hall Song", undated
Box 1 / Folder 26
"O Class of Nineteen Twenty Eight", 1928
Box 1 / Folder 27
"Processional" / "Ohio", undated
Box 1 / Folder 28
Proposed Kent State University Alma Mater, undated
Box 1 / Folder 29
"Tho' the coming years may take us", undated
Box 1 / Folder 30
"To thee, our Alma Mater", undated

Series 4: Songbooks, 1922-1951
Box 1 / Folder 31
Kent State Normal College Songs Yells and Summer Quarter Contests, 1922-1923
Box 1 / Folder 32
College and Popular Songs, 1928
Box 1 / Folder 33
Official Songs of Kent State College, 1931
Box 1 / Folder 34
Songs, 1951
Scope and Content
Includes Trev Rees Day stamp, 1963
Box 1 / Folder 35
Songs, 1951
Box 1 / Folder 36
College and Popular Songs, undated
Box 1 / Folder 37
College and Popular Songs, undated

Series 5: Audio Recordings, Undated
Box 2 / Folder 1
"K.S.U. Alma Mater", undated
Physical Description: 33 rpm phonograph record
Box 2 / Folder 2
Untitled recording, undated
Physical Description: 78 rpm phonograph record