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“Glee” Club – UC Davis Style

November 28th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Did you know that UC Davis had a Glee Club?

In October 1916 the first Glee Club of the University Farm (now the University of California, Davis) was organized with an enrollment of forty men. According to the 1917 Farm Rodeo yearbook, the Glee Club was “organized to give the fellows something to do, and something to think about besides just agriculture 365 days in the year.”

Over the years, the club performed local concerts and operettas, before student assemblies and rallies, at Picnic Day,  and over the radio. Specific performances included: In the Garden of the Shah at the Varsity Theatre (1924), over Radio KPO (1925), two joint concerts with the the University of Nevada, Reno (1929), The Golden Trail (1934), Gypsy Rover (1935), And It Rained (1936), An Old Kentucky Garden (1937), and Pirates of Penzance (1939).

Circa 1933, the Girls’ Glee Club was formed and the two groups sometimes performed together. Later the groups were combined to form a third organization — the Mixed Chorus.

The Glee Club is last mentioned in the 1942 El Rodeo yearbook.

Here is an image of the combined Glee Clubs and Orchestra in 1934  from the University Archives Photographs.

Combined Glee Clubs and Orchestra, 1934

More historic campus images now online

November 9th, 2012 by Sara Gunasekara

Special Collections is excited to announce that more of our University Archives Photographs are now available online. These images offer a visual record of the history of the University of California, Davis. The collection contains photographic prints and negatives, and depicts buildings and grounds, faculty and staff, annual events such as Picnic Day, campus events, classes and classrooms, student clubs and activities, departments, and sporting events.

The images that are now available online are from the following series: Series 3. Annual Events, Series 5. Campus Events, Series 8. Student Clubs and Activities, Series 9. Departments, and Series 10. Sports. Images from Series 2. Administrators, Faculty, and Staff were the first group that went online last year.

You can view these images on the Online Archive of California (OAC) by clicking here and we’ve posted one image from the group below.

We are working on providing online images for the other series in the collection and will post announcements on the blog as those online images become available.

Bicyclist traveling north on California Avenue during snowfall, 1973 January 8