University of Pennsylvania Finding Aids

Navigation Aids

University of Pennsylvania Finding Aids
Search Finding Aids
 

Main Content

University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Records

UPS 67.1

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the University of Pennsylvania. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Creator:
University of Pennsylvania. Glee Club.
Title:
University of Pennsylvania Glee Club Records
Date [bulk]:
1960-1990
Date [inclusive]:
1862-2010
Call Number:
UPS 67.1
Extent:
5 Cubic feet
Language:
English
Abstract:
The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club was founded in 1862 and is the university's oldest performing arts club. They have performed all across the United States and several international locations. The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club records document several decades’ worth of this all-male singing group’s activities both on and off campus.
PDF Version:

Return to Top »

Biography/History

In 1862, sixteen University of Pennsylvania undergraduate students founded the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club, the first performing arts group at the university. Their first performance, in College Hall on the Ninth Street Campus, was very well received and the Glee Club continued to gain popularity during the decades following. By the close of the nineteenth century, it had become a regular fixture at sporting games and rallies, alumni events, and chapel services, and performed traditional songs as well as original songs such as “The Red and Blue,” “Hail! Pennsylvania,” and “Fight On, Pennsylvania,” songs which themselves have become part of University of Pennsylvania tradition.

The Glee Club broke from the traditional notion of what a glee club is during their 1969-1970 season when, for the annual show, they staged an original production called “Handel with Hair,” written by Bruce Montgomery, Glee Club Director from 1956 to 2000. In this show the Glee Club combined their choral ability with theatrical showmanship, singing, dancing, and acting on elaborate sets and backed by a jazz band. The effect of this created something closer to a Broadway musical. Every season thereafter and continuing into the present day, the Glee Club’s annual show has been an original production marked by original music, complicated choreography, and clever, tongue-in-cheek dialogue that played off current events and issues. Bruce Montgomery - a man once described by the Philadelphia Inquirer as “the University of Pennsylvania’s musical Renaissance man” – wrote and arranged these shows until he retired in 2000. Under the direction of current Glee Club Director C. Erik Nordgren, the Glee Club has continued to stage an original show every season, typically premiering it in February. These shows, much like their original songs of the nineteenth century, have become part of university tradition.

In 1959, the Glee Club embarked on its first international tour when it traveled to Puerto Rico. Since that time the Glee Club has embarked on several international tours, performing in over forty countries on five continents. They have performed in places as diverse as Taiwan and Bulgaria, and have performed for heads of state and schoolchildren alike. Domestically, they have performed in almost fifty states.

The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012. Its status as one of the most lauded, recognizable and well-traveled of the University of Pennsylvania’s student groups remains.

Scope and Contents

The records of the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club document several decades’ worth of this all-male singing group’s activities both on and off campus. The majority of the materials date from during the tenure of Bruce Montgomery, Glee Club Director 1956-2000.

The series Award of Merit documents the process by which the Glee Club chose an individual to receive a specially engraved medallion and personalized citation in recognition of their contributions to the field of music. The award ceremony typically took place at a formal banquet held on campus. Recipients included Leopold Stokowski, Eugene Ormandy, Marian Anderson, and Arthur Fiedler. The series largely consists of correspondence between Bruce Montgomery, director of the Glee Club, and the award’s recipient and university administration, as well as with caterers, photographers, and other persons whose skills were required to plan and execute a large banquet.

The General File series contains correspondence, news bureau releases, material generated by the Glee Club Graduate Club, and documentation pertaining to international and domestic tours as well as special one-off events.

The Photographs series visually documents the activities of the Glee Club and includes photographs from the Award of Merit banquets, formal and informal group photographs of members, and photographs from their annual shows.

The Glee Club operated in seasons that corresponded to the academic year. The Seasons series documents the planning that went into every season, starting with auditions in September through to final performances in the spring. The documentation of this work exists in the form of correspondence, clippings, itineraries, promotional material, and scores. This series also contains programs from most of the seasons.

Arrangement

The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club records are organized into five series, Award of Merit, General File, Photographs, Seasons, and Audio/Visual Material, which are arranged alphabetically or chronologically where appropriate.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center,  November 2013

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Timothy H. Horning

Access Restrictions

Access to collections is granted in accordance with the Protocols for the University Archives and Records Centers.

Provenance

The University of Pennsylvania Glee Club records were donated to the University Archives by Bruce Montgomery and by the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club (accession numbers 2005: 43, 2005: 113, 2012: 19).

Return to Top »

Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • Montgomery, Bruce, 1927-2008
Subject(s)
  • Glee clubs--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.
  • Musical groups--Pennsylvania--Philadelphia.

Return to Top »

Collection Inventory

Award of Merit.

Box Folder

Thompson, Randall, 1964.

1 1

Shaw, Robert, 1965.

1 2

Bartholomew, Marshall, 1966.

1 3

Dawson, William L., 1967.

1 4

Stokowski, Leopold, 1968.

1 5

Brown, Elaine, 1969.

1 6

Copland, Aaron, 1970.

1 7

Hurok, Sol, 1971.

1 8

Ormandy, Eugene, 1972.

1 9

Anderson, Marian, 1973.

1 10

Barber, Samuel, 1974.

1 11

Ives, Burl, 1975.

1 12

Fiedler, Arthur, 1976.

1 13

Stevens, Rise, 1977.

1 14

DePaur, Leonard, 1978.

1 15

Hume, Paul, 1979.

1 16

Merrill, Robert, 1981.

1 17

Perisichetti, Vincent, 1984.

1 18

Harnick, Sheldon, 1992.

1 19

Morris, James, 1997.

1 20

Miscellaneous, 1980-1982.

1 21

General File.

Box Folder

125th Anniversary, 1986-1987.

1 22

Afterglow album, 1968-1974.

1 23

American Field Service Haddonfield, N.J. Chapter, 1970-1973.

1 24

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 1965-1966.

1 25

Bills, 1964-1974.

1 26

Board of Governors Survey, 2010.

1 27

Board Meeting Minutes, 1970-1981.

1 28

Brno (Czechoslovakia) Academic Choir, 1971-1972.

1 29

Buck Hill Farms Company and Inn, 1963-1976.

1 30

Buttons, n.d.

4 59

Cheesai Fund, 1966-1980.

1 31

Clippings, 1930-1977.

1 32

Constitution and By-Laws, 1978, 1993, n.d.

1 33

Correspondence, 1950-1959.

1 34

Correspondence, 1960-1969 (1).

1 35

Correspondence, 1960-1969 (2).

1 36

Correspondence, 1970-1979 (1).

1 37

Correspondence, 1970-1979 (2).

1 38

Correspondence, 1980-1989.

1 39

Correspondence, 1990-1999.

1 40

Correspondence, 2000-2005.

1 41

Correspondence, n.d.

1 42

Correspondence: American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, 1975-1979.

1 43

Correspondence: Women's Colleges, 1970-1973.

1 44

Dance Steps, 1986, n.d.

1 45

Election Procedures, 2005.

1 46

Endowment Fund, n.d.

1 47

Form Letters, 1971-2007.

1 48

Garrigues Foundation, 1983-1991.

1 49

Glee Club Graduate Club: Annual Dinner, 1977-1982.

1 50

Glee Club Graduate Club: Correspondence, 1976-1981, 2002.

1 51

Glee Club Graduate Club: General, 1976-2008.

1 52

Glee Club Graduate Club: Newsletter, 1966-2008.

1 53

Glee Club Graduate Club: Promotional Material, 1978-2007.

1 54

Glee Club Handbook, 2003.

1 55

Intercollegiate Musical Council, 1970.

1 56

Lane, Edward Franklin: Retirement, 1983.

1 57

Letters of Acceptance, 1963-1970, 1988-1999.

1 58

Long Island (N.Y.) Performances, 1971-1972.

2 1

Membership, 1981-1984.

4 57

Miscellaneous, 1962-1993, n.d.

2 2

Minute Book, 1862-1865.

4 60

Montgomery, Bruce: 25th Anniversary, 1980.

2 3

Montgomery, Bruce: 40th Anniversary, 1996.

2 4

Montgomery, Bruce: Retirement Concert, 2000.

2 5

Montgomery, Bruce: Memorial, 2008.

2 6

Morgan State College Cultural Exchange, 1968-1970.

2 7

News Bureau Releases, 1925-1929.

2 8

News Bureau Releases, 1930-1938.

2 9

News Bureau Releases, 1954-1958.

2 10

News Bureau Releases, 1962-1966.

2 11

News Bureau Releases, 1967-1968.

2 12

News Bureau Releases, 1969-1970.

2 13

Orpheus Club, 1979-1984.

2 14

Parents' Brunch, 1993.

2 15

Penn Pipers, 1968-2011.

2 16

Philadelphia Drug Exchange, 1985, 1990.

2 17

Philadelphia Eagles, 1990.

2 18

Philadelphia Phillies, 1990.

2 19

Posters, 1967-1992.

OS 1

Production Notes, n.d.

4 58

Programs, 1900-1912.

4 51

Programs, 1930-1939.

4 52

Programs, 1957-1964.

4 53

Programs, 1965-1969.

4 54

Programs, 1970-1979.

4 55

Programs, 1987-2009.

2 20

Programs, n.d.

4 56

Promotional Material, 1930-2009, n.d.

2 21

Rosters, 1933, 1969-1970.

2 22

Script: Dial M for Monty, 1995.

2 23

Sheet Music, 1946-2001.

2 24

The Social Organization of the Penn Glee Club: A Field Study, 1977.

2 25

Special Grants, 1983-1984.

2 26

Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1990.

2 27

Thanksgiving Day Parade, 1996.

2 28

Tour: Asia, 2004.

2 29

Tour: Europe, 1971.

2 30

Tour: Latin America, 2009.

2 31

Tour: Mission to Marrakesh [1973 Summer Tour], 1972-1973.

2 32

Tour: South America, 1969.

2 33

Tour: Spain, 1997.

2 34

Tour: West Coast United States, 2006.

2 35

United States Army Band and Chorus, 1968.

2 36

University of Pennsylvania: 250th Celebration, 1990.

2 37

University of Pennsylvania: New York and Suburban Area Development Committee, Press Releases, 1961.

2 38

Upper Darby Forum, 1983.

2 39

Washington D.C. and Easton, MD Performances, 1970-1972.

2 40

Wellesley College, 1990.

2 41

Williamsport, PA Performances, 1983-1987.

2 42

Young Audiences, Inc., Philadelphia Chapter, 1978-1980.

2 43

Photographs.

Box Folder

Award of Merit, 1964-1984, n.d.

2 44

Glee Club Graduate Club, n.d.

2 45

Governor Milton Shapp (PA) Event, 1971.

2 46

Group Photographs, 1961-2005, n.d.

2 47

Group Photographs, ca. 1906-1928, n.d.

OS 1

Miscellaneous, 1957-1980, n.d.

2 48

Handel with Hair, 1970.

2 49

See Hear!, 1971.

2 50

Paint the Red Town, 1972.

2 51

It's About Time, 1973.

2 52

Americ-o-Round, 1974.

2 53

Score!, 1975.

2 54

Opus 76, 1976.

2 55

Extravagancelot, 1977.

2 56

Next Stop - Manhattan!, 1979.

2 57

Hit High Sea, 1980.

2 58

Double-Take, 1981.

2 59

Casino!, 1982.

2 60

Where'm I Goin'?, 1985.

2 61

Holmes Sweet Holmes, 1986.

2 62

The Canterbury Scales: The Untold Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, 1993.

2 63

Miscellaneous Shows, n.d.

2 64

Seasons.

Box Folder

Season, 1929-1930.

3 1

Season, 1954-1955.

3 2

Season, 1955-1956.

3 3

Season, 1956-1957.

3 4

Season, 1957-1958.

3 5

Season, 1958-1959.

3 6

Season, 1959-1960.

3 7

Season, 1960-1961.

3 8

Season, 1961-1962.

3 9

Season, 1962-1963.

3 10

Season, 1963-1964.

3 11

Season, 1964-1965.

3 12

Season, 1965-1966.

3 13

Season, 1966-1967.

3 14

Season, 1967-1968.

3 15

Season, 1968-1969.

3 16
Season 1969-1970.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 17

Correspondence.

3 18

Miscellaneous.

3 19

Programs.

3 20

Promotional Material.

3 21
Season 1970-1971.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 22

Correspondence.

3 23

Miscellaneous.

3 24

Programs.

3 25

Promotional Material.

3 26
Season 1971-1972.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 27

Correspondence.

3 28

Miscellaneous.

3 29

Programs.

3 30

Promotional Material.

3 31
Season 1972-1973.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 32

Correspondence.

3 33

Miscellaneous.

3 34

Programs.

3 35

Promotional Material.

3 36
Season 1973-1974.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 37

Correspondence.

3 38

Miscellaneous.

3 39

Programs.

3 40

Promotional Material.

3 41
Season 1974-1975.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 42

Correspondence.

3 43

Miscellaneous.

3 44

Programs.

3 45

Promotional Material.

3 46

Score.

4 38
Season 1975-1976.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 47

Correspondence.

3 48

Miscellaneous.

3 49

Programs.

3 50

Promotional Material.

3 51

Score.

4 39
Season 1976-1977.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 52

Correspondence.

3 53

Miscellaneous.

3 54

Programs.

3 55

Promotional Material.

3 56

Score.

4 40
Season 1977-1978.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 57

Correspondence.

3 58

Miscellaneous.

3 59

Programs.

3 60

Promotional Material.

3 61
Season 1978-1979.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 62

Correspondence.

3 63

Miscellaneous.

3 64

Programs.

3 65

Promotional Material.

3 66
Season 1979-1980.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 67

Correspondence.

3 68

Miscellaneous.

3 69

Programs.

3 70

Promotional Material.

3 71
Season 1980-1981.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 72

Correspondence.

3 73

Miscellaneous.

3 74

Programs.

3 75

Promotional Material.

3 76

Score.

4 41
Season 1981-1982.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 77

Correspondence.

3 78

Programs.

3 79

Promotional Material.

3 80

Score.

4 42
Season 1982-1983.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 81

Correspondence.

3 82

Miscellaneous.

3 83

Programs.

3 84

Promotional Material.

3 85

Score.

4 42
Season 1983-1984.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 86

Correspondence.

3 87

Miscellaneous.

3 88

Programs.

3 89

Promotional Material.

3 90
Season 1984-1985.
Box Folder

Clippings.

3 91

Correspondence.

3 92

Miscellaneous.

3 93

Programs.

3 94

Promotional Material.

3 95
Season 1985-1986.
Box Folder

Clippings.

4 1

Correspondence.

4 2

Miscellaneous.

4 3

Programs.

4 43

Promotional Material.

4 5

Score.

4 43
Season 1986-1987.
Box Folder

Correspondence.

4 6

Programs.

4 7

Score.

4 44
Season 1987-1988.
Box Folder

Programs.

4 8

Promotional Material.

4 9

Score.

4 45
Season 1988-1989.
Box Folder

Miscellaneous.

4 10

Score.

4 46
Season 1989-1990.
Box Folder

Correspondence.

4 11

Programs.

4 12

Promotional Material.

4 13

Score.

4 47
Season 1990-1991.
Box Folder

Miscellaneous.

4 14

Programs.

4 15

Promotional Material.

4 16

Score.

4 48
Season 1991-1992.
Box Folder

Miscellaneous.

4 17

Programs.

4 18

Score.

4 49
Season 1992-1993.
Box Folder

Miscellaneous.

4 19

Programs.

4 20

Score.

4 50
Box Folder

Season, 1993-1994.

4 21

Season, 1994-1995.

4 22

Season, 1996-1997.

4 23
Season 1997-1998.
Box Folder

Clippings.

4 24

Correspondence.

4 25

Miscellaneous.

4 26

Programs.

4 27

Promotional Material.

4 28
Season 1998-1999.
Box Folder

Miscellaneous.

4 29

Programs.

4 30

Promotional Material.

4 31
Season 1999-2000.
Box Folder

Correspondence.

4 32

Miscellaneous.

4 33

Programs.

4 34
Box Folder

Season, 2003-2004.

4 35
Season 2009-2010.
Box Folder

Programs.

4 36

Promotional Material.

4 37

Audio and Visual.

Box

Afterglow (LP, two copies), n.d.

OS 2

Carol Lawrence and the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club (Betamax), 1977.

5

Christmas Concert (audio cassette, 2 copies), 1988.

5

Hail Pennsylvania (compact disk and audio cassette), n.d.

5

Heaven Help Us (Betamax), 1988 (1).

5

Heaven Help Us (Betamax), 1988 (2).

5

Is This For Reel? (VHS), 1989.

5

Next Stop Manhattan (LP), 1979.

OS 2

Penn Band: World Tour (LP), 1986.

OS 2

Time In, Time Out: Act I (Betamax), 1987.

5

Time In, Time Out: Act II (Betamax), 1987.

5

University of Pennsylvania Band: Cheer, Pennsylvania (LP), 1983.

OS 2

University of Pennsylvania Band: University of Pennsylvania Songs (LP), n.d.

OS 2