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Songs of the Volunteers

 Collection
Identifier: AR-0722

This collection houses entries submitted to the contest to pick the University of Tennessee's Alma Mater held in 1928. Some have been copyrighted with the rights transferred to the Student Activities Council. Officially printed entries include Mary Fleming Meek's winning On a Hallowed Hill, Follow the Gleam by Sallie Hume Douglas, and Dear Old Elm-Clad Hill by J. D. and Leila M. Bond. Handwritten entries and other pieces include two copyright cards from 1928, a typed copy of Mrs. Meek's lyrics, Song of the Volunteer by Victor M. Davis, Aloha Oe with music arranged by Erle Stapleton and lyrics by Dolly Stees, To Tennessee by Frances Johnston (which won honorable mention), Our Champions with music arranged by E. Edwin Crerie and words by R. C. Mathews (sic), Our Tennessee by Mr. and Mrs. W. S. Harkness, The Spirit of the Hill with music arranged by E. Edwin Crerie and words by Sam Gobble, Tennessee is Right with music arranged by E. Edwin Crerie and words by Leon Adler, and Tennessee Sir! which is unattributed. There are also several typed sheets of the planned first U.T. Song Book of 1929.

Dates

  • 1928 October-1929

Conditions Governing Access

Collections are stored offsite, and a minimum of 2 business days are needed to retrieve these items for use. Researchers interested in consulting any of the collections are advised to contact Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

The copyright interests in this collection remain with the creator. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library.

Extent

1.7 Linear Feet

Abstract

This collection houses entries submitted to the contest to pick the University of Tennessee's Alma Mater, including Mary Fleming Meek's winning On a Hallowed Hill. Some have been copyrighted with the rights transferred to the Student Activities Council.

Biographical/Historical Note

Mary Fleming was born to John M. and Anna (Boyd) Fleming in Knoxville, Tennessee on October 22, 1870. She married John Lamar Meek and the couple had one son, John Fleming. Mary Fleming Meek died of cancer in Knoxville on June 9, 1929 and is buried in Old Gray Cemetery.

The University of Tennessee's current Alma Mater was adopted in 1928 after a yearlong contest sponsored by the University's musical organizations. The winning piece was Mary Fleming Meek's On a Hallowed Hill, whose words were taken from the Torch Night and Aloha Oe ceremonies. Mrs. Meek was not herself an alumni, but both her husband, John Lamar Meek, and son attended the University. In addition, her father had been a trustee and her great-grandfather designed Old College, one of the earliest buildings on the Hill.

Arrangement

This collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

This collection was transferred from the classified stacks.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

Contact:
The University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA
865-974-4480