This collection is arranged into five series: Series 1: Scrapbooks, 1990-1998; Series 2: Audiovisual Material, 1990-2000; Series 3: Photographs, 1990-2000; Series 4: Administrative Records, 1990-2005; and Series 5: Publicity Material, 1990-2006.
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Scope and Contents of the Materials
The records of the College of William and Mary men's a capella group Gentlemen of the College include internal and external correspondence related to public performances; the constitution and by-laws; fliers advertising performances and auditions; a history of the group; membership lists; photographs; an extensive collection of audiovisual material documenting both live performances and studio sessions; and several scrapbooks. A portion of the collection was created to mark the group's 10th and 20th anniversaries, but material from throughout the group's history available.
The Gentlemen of the College, a men's a cappella group at the College of William and Mary, was organized in January 1990 and formally recognized by the Office of Student Activities in November 1990. Founding members identified in a photograph taken in Fall 1990 include Doug Stambler, class of 1992, and Michael Fitch, class of 1993. As of December 2007, the group remains active on campus and is the oldest men's a cappella group at the College of William and Mary. The group performs live many times throughout the academic year. Performances are both on and off campus in the Williamsburg area in addition to their annual spring tour and any competitions in which they compete throughout the year. The group performs barbershop standards in addition to more modern tunes with traditional a cappella arrangements. Typically the group will consist of anywhere from 10-15 members. Their performances are known for lively antics during the songs and the comedy skits performed between numbers. Every academic year ends with a Gentlemen of the College final concert in Phi Beta Kappa Hall. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Gentlemen of the College">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Gentlemen of the College</a>.
Series 2: Audiovisual Material, 1990-2010 and undated
The Gentlemen of the College have amassed a vast collection of CDs, cassettes, VHS, DAT, VHSC, Hi8, reel-to-reel, as well as zip drives of album artwork. This collection documents both live performances by the group as well as studio sessions recording their albums.
Item 1: Untitled, April 19-20, 1993
Cassette-label reads "Copy of 4/19 and 4/20/93 DAT recording. This side made with Dolby B. Sides A & B"-1 copy
Item 2: "Boomerang Fish", 1994
Cassette-studio recording-3 copies
Item 3: VA Belles and Gentlemen of the College 1994 Spring Concert, 1994
Cassette-live recording-1 copy
Item 4: "Gentlemen of the College Recommended Barbershop Songs", July 1997
Cassette-Side 1 is songs with arrangements already in the group's archives. Side 2 is songs where the Gentlemen don't already own copies of the arrangements, but they are available-1 copy
Item 5: National Championships of College Acappella, 1998
Cassette-the labels indicates this is a (dub)-2 copies
Item 6: Gentlemen Final Concert, 1998
Cassette-this is the first part of the show-1 copy
Item 7: Gentlemen Final Concert, 1998
Cassette-this is the second part of the show-1 copy
Item 8: Yale Spizzwinks, 1991
Cassette-side 1 has "Lunchlady (better version)" and "Mighty Love (cut off)." Side 2 has "(1) Mighty Love" and "(2) Monty Python's Philosopher's Song (cut off)"-1 copy
Item 9: Keepsake-1992 International Champions, 1992
Cassette-this is a tape of the group Keepsake-1 copy
Item 10: Gas House Gang-1993 International Champions, 1993
Cassette-this is a tape of the group Gas House Gang-1 copy
Item 11: Untitled, Undated
Cassette-label reads, "Songs where a take was chosen-that is the only take on this tape. Where take was not chosen, all takes are here"-1 copy
Item 12: "Forever, August Moon", Undated
Cassette-lyrics and music by Robert Flinn-2 copies
Item 13: "Music Premiere No. 1", Undated
Cassette-professional version released by S.P.E.B.Q.S.A.-1 copy
Item 14: "Silver Sounds", Undated
Cassette-label lists individual tracks-1 copy
Item 15: "And This is Love", Undated
Item 16: Unlabeled, Undated
Cassette-No label, but it sounds like a GOC final concert, possibly during the years Mike Fitch was still a member-1 copy
Item 17: Gentlemen of the College Original DAT, 1993
DAT-label reads, "Gentlemen of the College Original DAT. Recorded 4/19 & 4/20/93. Ends at 4624 on counter"-1 copy
Item 18: Gentlemen 1993-1994 Original Master, 1993-94
Item 19: Original-All Takes, 1994
DAT-label reads, "Gentlemen of the College, Recordings from 1/30/94 and 2/17/94. Original-all takes"-1 copy
Item 20: Gentlemen of the College Recordings, November 12, 1995
Item 21: Untitled #1, Spring 1996
Item 22: Untitled #2, Spring 1996
Item 23: A Cappella Comeptition, February 8, 1997
Item 24: Gentlemen of the College Homecoming Concert, October 25, 1997
DAT-labeled as the original-1 copy
Item 25: Untitled, April 25, 1998
Item 26: Untitled, April 25, 1998
DAT-this has a #2 on the label. It is unclear if it is a copy of Item #40 or the second part of a larger recording-1 copy
Item 27: 1998 National Championship a College Acappella (original), 1998
Item 28: Untitled, 1999
DAT-labeled as a backup-1 copy
Item 29: Accidentals and Gentlemen of the College, March 27, 1999
DAT-the label states this show was in the Great Hall at 6pm-1 copy
Item 30: Untitled, 2000
DAT-this is 1 of 2-1 copy
Item 31: Untitled, 2000
DAT-this is 2 of 2-1 copy
Item 32: Untitled, #1, 2002
DAT-labeled as final-1 copy
Item 33: Untitled, #2, 2002
DAT-this is labeled as final-1 copy
Item 34: "Gentlemen Start Your Engines", 1996
DAT-this is the master recording for their studio release-1 copy
Item 35: Final Concert #1, Undated
Item 36: Final Concert #2, Undated
Item 37: Untitled, Undated
DAT-the label lists track names with minimal notes accompanying-1 copy
Gift of Gentlemen of the College, Michael Fitch, and others
The collection was given to the University Archives prior to 2007 and at least a portion was a gift of Michael Fitch. Acc. 1994.032 was also received by the University Archives. Acc. 1995.007, scrapbooks, was received from the organization on 5/14/1993. The provenance of portions of the collection is uncertain and was given the accession number 2007.030. Accession 2007.78 was received on 11/20/2007 from the Gentlemen of the College via business manager Dan Maguire.
Artifacts related to the Gentlemen of the College have been separated from this collection and have been added to the University Archives Artifact Collection.
Two tablecloths that were used at the 2003-2004 banquet were deaccessioned from this collection in May 2010.
Audiovisual material from the Gentlemen of the College have been separated from this collection and have been added to the University Archives Audiovisual Collection under Acc. 2007.030.001-2007.030.093
University Archives Subject File Collection (UA 9); University Archives Photograph Collection; University Archives Artifact Collection (UA 13) ; University Archives Poster Collection (UA 12); University Archives Audiovisual Collection (UA 58).
The Gentlemen of the College Records, Special Collections Research Center, Earl Gregg Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Records received prior to 2007 were described as part of the University Archives Publications Collection. This material was reprocessed by Rebecca Barnhart, SCRC Staff, when additional material was received from the Gentlemen of the College in November 2007.
Finding Aid Revision History
Record updated by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in May 2010.