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Benjamin Grosbayne Collection

Accession Numbers


Type of Material

Manuscript Textual Materials, Correspondence

Physical Description

0.2 linear feet of manuscript materials            

  • 2 draft copies of table of contents for college songbook            
  • 1 folder correspondence and miscellaneous material            
  • 3 copies of songs            
  • 3 draft copies of song lyrics            
  • 2 draft copies of “Bibliography of College and University Song Collections”


1942, 1952, 1953, 1965, undated.


The collection is open for research use.


Agency History/Biographical Sketch

Benjamin Grosbayne (1893-1976) received his A.B. from Harvard in 1917 and was an associate professor of music at Brooklyn College from 1940 to 1960.


Scope and Content

Material collected/created by Benjamin Grosbayne, a professor of music at Brooklyn College, in preparing a book of college songs and yells. Includes multiple drafts, 40-50 papers, table of contents, notes, copies of songs, letters, 2 copies of Bibliography of College and University Song Collections, and drafts of song lyrics which include "America", "Dixie", "Oh! Its for Brooklyn", and "Stein Song." (Maine).


Collection Contents (Folder/Box List)

Box 1            

Folder 1           Table of Contents, Draft            

Folder 2           Table of Contents, Draft            

Folder 3           Table of Contents, Draft                                

Folder 4           Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials Regarding Songbook;

Alumni Association Program with National Anthem and Alma Mater;

2 letters offering songs for inclusion in songbook – May18, 1942 and May 14, 1942.                                    

“Addenda: College Songbook”                                    

“The College Songbook” draft of list                                    

List of French songbooks                                    

Letter from Universiteits-Bibliotheek Amsterdam                                    

Letter from City Librarian of Cardiff                                    

Flyer for New Lost City Rambler songbook            

Folder 5           3 Songs (2 copies of Brooklyn College Alma Mater and Brooklyn College Victory March)            

Folder 6           Drafts of song lyrics            

Folder 7           2 copies of “Bibliography of College and University Song Collections”



Filed by accession number in the manuscript section of the stacks.


Related Materials

The Center for Popular Music holds various college songbooks in its Rarebooks Collection, which are searchable through InMagic.



Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University


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