Songs of the University of Nevada Collection
Scope and Contents
The Songs of the University of Nevada Collection consists of various editions of the University's song book, along with special events brochures that provide song lyrics or cheerleading yells. These include the Songs for Tri-Decennial Celebration of June 1, 1904, and a broadsheet of the Mackay Statue by Gutzon Borglum, featuring "Nevada, My Nevada: University Song." There is also an undated mimeographed copy of the lyrics for "Sweet Promised Land of Nevada," written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark. A "Spirit Sheet" by the University of Nevada Rally Committee provides the lyrics to "Alma Mater" and the words for several "Yells" or sporting event cheers. Sheet music for "Alma Mater," also known as "The Mackay Song," identifies Jack H. Morse as the lyricist, with the music adapted by Xi Delta. The 1927 version of "Alma Mater" indicates that the lyrics were written by the Class of 1925.
The 1933 revised edition was edited by Theodore H. Post, Director of the Department of Music.
- Ralston, Paul (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
The earliest song book "Songs of N.S.U." was published by the Young Women's Christian Association of the Nevada State University in 1902. The "University of Nevada song book", was published in 1924 by the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN). "Songs of the University of Nevada" was first published in 1927. Dr. Charles Haseman composed the music for several songs including, "Nevada, My Nevada", Hail Sturdy Men", and "Daughters of Thine, W.A.A." Paul Ralston wrote the music for the "U. of N. March" and he and Charles Haseman co-composed "Ode to Nevada". Elizabeth Stubbs and the Rev. Robert Whitaker each contributed lyrics for songs in the 1902 "Songs of N.S.U.". Rev. Whitaker also wrote lyrics for the 1927 and 1933 editions of "Songs of University of Nevada"
0.21 Linear Feet (1 box)
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The first University of Nevada songbook was published in 1902. The collection consists of various editions of the University's song book, along with special events brochures that provide song lyrics or cheerleading yells.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Periodic transfers to Archives from the Music Department and from private individuals.
- Ralston, Paul (Person)
- Post, Theodore H., 1892-1955 (Person)
- Whitaker, Robert, 1863-1944 (Person)
- Stubbs, Elizabeth, active 1899- (Person)
- Haseman, Charles, 1880- (Person)
- Guide to the Songs of the University of Nevada Collection
- Betty Glass
- September 22, 2015
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Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. University Archives Repository
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University of Nevada, Reno
Reno NV 89557-0322 USA