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Collection of Song Books

Identifier: DC088

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1892 - 1999


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


1.05 Linear Feet (5 boxes)

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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.

Related Materials

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.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Casey Babcock in May of 2013.

Collection of Song Books: Finding Aid
Casey Babcock
February 7, 2014
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Repository Details

Part of the The Lawrenceville School Stephan Archives Repository

Box 6128
2500 Main St.
Lawrenceville 08648 U.S.A. US