Archives Collection

GROSBAYNE, B.                                                                                          86-034



Physical Description:

0.2 linear feet of manuscripts, including:

            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.



This collection was purchased from J. & J. Lubrano in February 1987.


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! It’s for Brooklyn,” and “Stein Song (Maine).”



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.


Folder/box list:

Box 1

            Folder 1: Table of Contents, Draft

            Folder 2: Table of Contents, Draft

            Folder 3: Table of Contents, Draft







(Grosbayne, B. 86-034 continued)


            Folder 4: Correspondence and Miscellaneous Materials Regarding


                                    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: 3 Drafts of song lyrics

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