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Purdue University Musical Organizations records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 40

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Purdue University's musical organizations including the Choral Society, Glee Club, Symphony Orchestra, and University bands. Materials include song books, scrapbook, programs, sheet music, and record albums. Includes information on well-known Purdue songs, such as "Hail Purdue," as well as lesser-known Purdue songs performed at convocations, football games against Indiana University, and related events. Some late 19th century song books not specific to Purdue but presumably used at various Purdue religious services, convocations, and events have been retained with the collection, as well as two military related song books published in the 1940s.


  • 1876 - 2005
  • Majority of material found within 1900 - 1960s


Conditions Governing Access

Collection open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

No use restrictions.


2.95 Cubic Feet (Five full-width letter-size manuscript boxes and one flat box)

Arrangement Note

The Purdue Musical Organizations Collection is organized into 2 series: 1. Musical Organizations Records, ca. 1876-2007; 1.25 cubic feet (box 1-3) 2. Musical Organizations Record Albums, ca. 1958-1981; 1.7 cubic feet (box 4-6)

Accruals and Additions

"Convocations Songs," pamphlet circa 1915 of Purdue related songs, including Hail Purdue and other songs gift of John E. McDonald, August 2015.  Added to group of song books. The Purdue Song Book, circa 1923 donated by JoAnn Bloodgood (with the Donald A. Bloodgood papers), November 2011. Added to group of song books.
Purdue University Musical Organizations records
In Progress
Joanne Mendes, Amanda Burdick
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Repository Details

Part of the Purdue University Archives and Special Collections Repository

504 W. State Street
West Lafayette Indiana 47907 United States