School Songs collection
013.SS

Summary Information

Repository
Eastern Michigan University Archives
Creator
Becker, George P.
Creator
Bowles, Edward
Creator
Bryan, Alfred
Creator
Downey, Zella A.
Creator
Fisk, J. H.
Creator
Livingston, Lawrence
Creator
Root, Minnie Maes
Creator
Tyra, Thomas
Creator
van Alstyne, Egbert
Title
School Songs collection
ID
013.SS
Date [inclusive]
1874-2003
Extent
0.6 Linear feet 1 archive box and 1 oversized flat file
Language
English
Language of Materials note
All records are in English unless otherwise noted.
Abstract
The School Songs collection (1874-2003) is comprised of sheet music, songbooks, lyrics sheets, an audio recording, and related clippings for songs, cheers, and yells related to Ypsilanti, Michigan State Normal College, and Eastern Michigan University, including various iterations of the school's fight song and anthem.

Preferred Citation note

Please cite materials from the University Archives in the following manner: Item. Collection Title. Eastern Michigan University Archives.

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Historical note

The school's fight song was composed in 1932 by Larry Livingston in response to a contest sponsored by the Men's Union. Originally titled "Hurons' Fight Song", the lyrics were changed in 1990 to reflect the school teams' name change from 'Hurons' to 'Eagles'. The college anthem, "Our Pledge", was composed by Lawrence Randolph and Edward Bowles in 1939, also in response to a contest.

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Scope and Contents

The School Songs collection illustrates the long history and tradition of school music at Michigan State Normal College and Eastern Michigan University. It includes sheet music and lyrics for a wide variety of official and unofficial school songs, including various iterations of the "Fight Song". Three pieces of sheet music are stored in an oversized flat file. Two different bound songbooks from 1916 and 1925 respectively are also included in the collection, as well as a 1968 recording of the EMU Band performing the "Fight Song" and "Our Pledge". Articles and clippings related to the composition and history of various school songs and the history of the EMU Band are also included.

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Arrangement of Materials

The collection is arranged into three series: 1. Lyrics and Sheet Music, which includes printed lyrics and music to a wide variety of college songs (three pieces of sheet music are stored in an oversized flat file); 2. Recordings, which is a 1968 record of the EMU Band performing "Hurons' Fight Song" and "Our Pledge"; 3. Clippings, including newspaper articles related to the history of various school songs and cheers, obituaries for Larry Livingston, composer of the "Fight Song", and a program detailing the history of the EMU band.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Eastern Michigan University Archives 2012 May 30

Halle Library, Room 310
Ypsilanti, Michigan, 48197
734-487-0020

Conditions Governing Access note

Researchers are asked to request materials 24 hours prior to visiting the the University Archives.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Eastern Michigan University. Symphonic Band
  • Fight songs
  • Michigan State Normal College
  • Students' songs

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Collection Inventory

Lyrics and Sheet Music 

FlatFile

 Becker, George P. Fisk, J. H. Field Song 1912 

Scope and Contents note

2 copies.

1

 Becker, George P. Downey, Zella A. M.S.N.C. Color Song 1913 

Scope and Contents note

3 copies.

1

 Bryan, Alfred van Alstyne, Egbert Ypsilanti (Comic Song) 1915 

1

College songs and yells 1874-2003 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024766835)   1 1

Michigan State Normal College Songs 1916 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024766835)   1 2

Scope and Contents note

3 copies.

 Root, Minnie Maes Songs of Michigan State Normal College 1925 


    Box Folder
Text (32307024766835)   1 3-5

Scope and Contents note

5 copies, some with inscriptions.

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Recordings 

 Bowles, Edward Eastern Michigan University Band. Livingston, Lawrence Tyra, Thomas Songs of EMU 1968 


    Box Folder
Audio (32307024766835)   1 6

Scope and Contents note

"Huron's Fight Song" (Lawrence Livingston) and "Our Pledge" (Edward Bowles). 2 45 rpm records.

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Clippings 1903-2002 

Box
1
Folder
7

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