The bulk of the song books collection consists of The Lawrenceville School Song Book and Songs for Coffee. Most of the song books include only lyrics. Songs in the song books include school songs, fight songs, traditionals, old standards, and some original music written for school shows.
Single photocopies and digital photographs may be made for research purposes. Permission to publish materials from the collection must be requested from the Archivist. Researchers are responsible for determining any other copyright questions.
The Lawrenceville School has a rich musical tradition which includes the Lawrenceville Glee Club. The Glee Club began in 1894 under the musical direction of Francis Trench. Tench composed some of the best-loved School songs, including "Sons of Lawrence," "In Olden Days," and "On the Esplanade." In 1896 oversaw publication of The Lawrenceville School Song Book. Trench's successor, Howard Row Wood, edited a revised edition of the song book in 1914.
The Songs for Coffee books were primarily used at weekly sing-alongs over coffee at Foundation House. These meetings began in the 1940s and ended in the 1960s.
The Collection of Song Books is arranged chronologically.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The immediate source of acquisition of the song books is unclear. In the past they have donated to the Archives by alumni.
Appraisal has been conducted in accordance with The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives guidelines.
Recordings of Lawrenceville School songs can be found in the Audio/Visual Collection (AV001). Additional material on school musicals and performances can be found in the Periwig Club Collection (DC050) and the Academic Departments Collection, Series 9: Performing Arts (DC020).
Information in the historical note was gathered from The Lawrenceville Lexicon: A Compendium of All Things Lawrenceville, Merrell Noden, editor.
This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in May of 2013.
Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Collection of Song Books, Box and Folder Number; The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives. http://archivesspace.lawrenceville.org/repositories/2/resources/89 Accessed November 23, 2017.
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