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American College Regalia: A Handbook Hardcover – 22 Jun 1988


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"A duo of university reference librarians compiled this handbook to answer questions such as What are the school colors of the University of New Mexico?' What is the nickname of Syracuse University's athletic teams?' What are the words to the alma mater of Merrimack College?' and What is the title of Baylor University's yearbook?' The compilers called upon the public information officers of the institutions to identify their schools' nickname, colors, mascot, newspaper, yearbook, alma mater, and fight song. They obtained information in most of these categories for 469 colleges and universities and have organized it by state and then by institutions. When alma maters and fight songs have been identified, their lyrics have been included and attributed to their authors, often alumni from many years ago. Presented without their typically martial instrumental accompaniment, many of the songs' lyrics seem downright silly. Even the best known, for example, the Notre Dame and University of Michigan fight songs, whose tunes may instinctively play in a reader's head, seem archaic. And the irony of Michigan's "Hail! Hail to Michigan the champions of the West," composed by Louis Elbel of the class of 1899, has surely stuck in the craw of Michigan fans in Pasadena after many a Rose Bowl. An index by institution complements the state-by-state arrangement. Additional indexes list school colors and mascots. Whenever a reference librarian faces a question of the sort posited above, this is the source to turn to."-Wilson Library Bulletin

?A duo of university reference librarians compiled this handbook to answer questions such as What are the school colors of the University of New Mexico?' What is the nickname of Syracuse University's athletic teams?' What are the words to the alma mater of Merrimack College?' and What is the title of Baylor University's yearbook?' The compilers called upon the public information officers of the institutions to identify their schools' nickname, colors, mascot, newspaper, yearbook, alma mater, and fight song. They obtained information in most of these categories for 469 colleges and universities and have organized it by state and then by institutions. When alma maters and fight songs have been identified, their lyrics have been included and attributed to their authors, often alumni from many years ago. Presented without their typically martial instrumental accompaniment, many of the songs' lyrics seem downright silly. Even the best known, for example, the Notre Dame and University of Michigan fight songs, whose tunes may instinctively play in a reader's head, seem archaic. And the irony of Michigan's "Hail! Hail to Michigan the champions of the West," composed by Louis Elbel of the class of 1899, has surely stuck in the craw of Michigan fans in Pasadena after many a Rose Bowl. An index by institution complements the state-by-state arrangement. Additional indexes list school colors and mascots. Whenever a reference librarian faces a question of the sort posited above, this is the source to turn to.?-Wilson Library Bulletin

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LINDA SPARKS is Associate Librarian at the University of Florida, Gainesville. BRUCE EMERTON is Assistant Librarian at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

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