- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
- Find Related Materials
- Princeton University. Princeton Footnotes.
- Princeton Footnotes Records
- Princeton University Archives
- Permanent URL:
- 1961-2016 (mostly 1961-1987)
- 187 digital files and 1 websites
The Princeton Footnotes is an all-male a cappella group at Princeton University that was founded in 1959. The organization that became the Footnotes emerged as a dispute within the Glee Club, which resulted in twelve of the Club's members leaving the Club to form a separate group, the Prospectors. The Princeton Footnotes Records consists primarily of digitized recordings of former Footnotes albums released between 1961 and 1987.
Collection Description & Creator Information
- Scope and Contents
The Princeton Footnotes Records consists primarily of digitized recordings of former Footnotes albums released between 1961 and 1987. The collection also includes two compilation albums and the organization's website. See descriptive notes for each series for further description.
The collection is arranged into two series according to their provenance: Albums (Series 1) and Public Website (Series 2).
- Collection Creator Biography:
Princeton University. Princeton Footnotes.
The Princeton Footnotes is an all-male a cappella group at Princeton University that was founded in 1959. The organization that became the Footnotes emerged as a dispute within the Glee Club, which resulted in twelve of the Club's members leaving the Club to form a separate group, the Prospectors. The name "Prospectors" was chosen because many of the group's first members were part of the octet within the Glee Club of the same name. However, when the Prospectors applied for official recognition in February of 1961 as a separate singing group, the Undergraduate Music Council granted the organization recognition only on the condition that it select a different name, as the Council deemed the name to be "the property of the Glee Club." Thus, the Footnotes was established formally in the spring semester of 1961, with the following students as the group's first officers: James Benjamin '1962 (president), Joel Rosenman '1963 (vice president and secretary), and Stephen (Steve) Teich '1962 (musical director).
Since obtaining official recognition, the Footnotes have performed across the United States and across the world. Two highlights of the group's history include its performance at the Inaugural Ball for President George H. W. Bush in 1989 and its appearance on season four (2013) of NBC's "The Sing-Off." Outside of performing and recording music, the Footnotes also offer educational sessions that provide a cappella lessons to singers of various ages and experience levels.
The records were transferred to the University Archives in November of 2016 (AR.2016.109).
No materials were separated from the collection.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016. Finding aid written by Jarrett M. Drake in 2016.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for research use. The unedited albums (Subseries 1B) are available only in-person at Mudd Library.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. For quotations that are fair use as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission to cite or publish is required. The Trustees of Princeton University hold copyright to all materials generated by Princeton University employees in the course of their work. If copyright is held by Princeton University, researchers will not need to obtain permission, complete any forms, or receive a letter to move forward with non-commercial use of materials from the Mudd Library. For materials where the copyright is not held by the University, researchers are responsible for determining who may hold the copyright and obtaining approval from them. If you have a question about who owns the copyright for an item, you may request clarification by contacting us through the Ask Us! form.
- Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.
This collection contains records created and used on computing devices. Researchers are responsible for meeting the technical requirements needed to access these materials, including any and all hardware and software.
- Credit this material:
Princeton Footnotes Records; Princeton University Archives, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript LibrarySeeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library65 Olden StreetPrinceton, NJ 08540, USA