Guide to the Records of the Tech Show of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
AC.0299

Summary Information

Repository
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections
Creator
Tech Show
Title
Records of the Tech Show of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ID
AC.0299
Date [inclusive]
1899-1969
Extent
13.5 cubic feet (10 record cartons, 6 legal manuscript boxes, 1 manuscript box,1 half mss box, 2 flat boxes)
Location
Materials are stored off-site. Advance notice is required for use.
Language
English

Citation

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Tech Show records, AC 299, box X. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Institute Archives and Special Collections, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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Historical note

The Tech Show at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was a recurring student production, at first in the form of a vaudeville revue, later a musical comedy. The first performance was given May 12, 1899, under the auspices of the MIT Athletic Association to raise money to benefit Institute athletic teams. In 1901, the Tech Show presented the American premier of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Grand Duke." Most show productions were original works by MIT students. Music, dance, and lyrics were composed, staged, and performed by students attending MIT. For many years William C. Greene of the English department served as coach and advisor to Tech Show students. Later, A. R. Gurney was the faculty advisor to the Tech Show. The show was presented in a number of venues in the earliest years such as the Hollis Theater in Boston and the Academy of Music in Northampton. Later because of financial reasons performances were held on campus. For many years, the show had an all-male cast with female roles played by men.

No show was produced in 1932 due to financial difficulties. There were shows again in 1933, 1934, 1935, and 1936, but the show lost money each year, and the show's Advisory Council voted in May 1936 to suspend operations. The Tech Show was revived in 1947 and women, mostly from local Boston colleges, were cast as performers for the first time. The Tech Show was routinely produced until 1969, and then briefly revived in 1980 and 1981. The 1981 I Scream Clone was the final show. The Masque was an honorary society of Tech Show; membership was awarded for exceptional service to the show.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This collection contains the records of a student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that produced musical or revue shows, known as the Tech Show, between the years 1899 and 1969. It includes a nearly complete set of show programs from 1899 to 1969. A program for the 1900 show titled "The Medicine Man" is missing. The collection includes published vocal scores for selected years and show scripts. There are manuscript orchestral scores from 1948 to 1957, and 1966 to 1968. Show posters are dated from the period 1958 forward. The show was entirely composed, written, created, and produced by students at MIT, so the materials are a rich record and evidence of student humor, creativity, and accomplishment.

Also included in the collection are administrative records of the Advisory Council on the Tech Show from the period 1926 to 1938. The program of the first show in 1899 includes an article titled "Athletics at the Institute" and photographs of various Institute athletics teams, since the show was produced under the auspices of the Technology Athletic Association to benefit Institute athletic teams.

Audio recordings of show productions are held by the MIT Lewis Music Library.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Institute Archives and Special Collections 1980

MIT Libraries
Building 14N-118
77 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02139-4307
617.253.5690
mithistory@mit.edu

Revision Description

  2010

Access note

This collection is open for research.

Intellectual Property Rights

Access to collections in the Institute Archives is not authorization to publish. Separate application for permission to publish must be made to the Institute Archives and Special Collections, MIT Libraries. Copyright of some items in this collection may be held by respective creators, not by the creating office.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Lewis Music Library, MIT Libraries: Tech Show audio recordings

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Tech Show

Subject(s)

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology--History.
  • Music--Scores.
  • Musicals
  • Student activities.
  • Student Life

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Bibliography

"Tech Show," Technique 1915, p. 26.

"Tech Show," Technique 1905, p. 119.

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Collection Inventory

 Series. 1. Show Materials 

Box

Technology Minstrels program 1899 

1

The Grand Duke program 1901 

1

Applied Mechanics program 1902 

1

A Scientific King program 1903 

1

A Scientific King published vocal score 1903 

1

A Scientific King orchestral score 1903 

8

Simon Pure Brass program 1904 

1

Simon Pure Brass published vocal score 1904 

1

The Chemical Maid program 1905 

1

The Chemical Maid published vocal score 1905 

1

The Chemical Maid script, act I 1905 

1

The Chemical Maid script, act II 1905 

1

The Chemical Maid vocal and orchestral score 1905 

8

The Freshman program 1906 

1

The Freshman published vocal score 1906 

1

William, Willie and Bill program 1907 

1

William, Willie and Bill published vocal score 1907 

1

Over the Garden Wall program 1908 

1

Over the Garden Wall published vocal score 1908 

1

That Pill Grimm program 1909 

2

That Pill Grimm published vocal score 1909 

2

That Pill Grimm dinner menu 1909 

2

The Queen of the Cannibal Isles program 1910 

2

The Queen of the Cannibal Isles published vocal score 1909 

2

Frenzied French program 1911 

2

Castles in Spain program 1912 

2

Castles in Spain published vocal score 1912 

2

Money in Sight program 1913 

2

Money in Sight published vocal score 1913 

2

A Royal Johnny program 1914 

2

A Royal Johnny published vocal score 1914 

2

Getting A-Cross program 1915 

2

Getting A-Cross published vocal score 1915 

2

M 34 program 1916 

2

M 34 published vocal score 1916 

2

Not a Chance program 1917 

3

Not a Chance published vocal score 1917 

3

Let 'Er Go program 1918 

3

Let 'Er Go published vocal score 1918 

3

A Doubtful Medium program 1919 

3

A Doubtful Medium poster 1919 

10

A Doubtful Medium published vocal score 1919 

3

Patsy program 1920 

3

Patsy published vocal score 1920 

3

The Purple Dragon program 1921 

3

The Purple Dragon published vocal score 1921 

3

The Wrong Steer program 1922 

3

The Wrong Steer published vocal score 1922 

3

The Sun Temple program 1923 

3

The Sun Temple published vocal score 1923 

3

The Hidden Idol program 1924 

3

The Hidden Idol published vocal score 1924 

3

The Duchess of Broadway program 1925 

3

The Duchess of Broadway published vocal score 1925 

3

Too Many Brothers program 1926 

3

Too Many Brothers published vocal score 1926 

3

West is East program 1927 

3

West is East published vocal score 1927 

3

Half a Man program 1928 

4

Half a Man published vocal score 1928 

4

A Tech Riot program 1929 

4

Snobberies of 1930 program 1930 

4

Technicalities program 1931 

4

Fancy That! program 1933 

4

What! Again? program 1934 

4

Hit and Run program 1935 

4

Hit and Run script, 2 folders 1935 

4

Easy to Take program 1936 

4

Easy to Take program, Academy of Music, Northampton 1936 

4

A Liberal Life drawings of sets 1947 

4

A Liberal Life program 1947 

4

A Liberal Life program song lyrics 1947 

4

A Liberal Life unpublished vocal score 1947 

4

A Liberal Life script 1947 

4

Frere Jacques! program 1948 

4

Frere Jacques! lyrics and music 1948 

4

Frere Jacques! script 1948 

4

Frere Jacques! production notes 1948 

4

Frere Jacques! orchestral score 1948 

11

O Say Can You Si program 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si cast list 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si cast and staff party invitation 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si lyrics and music 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si public relations 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si published vocal score 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si rehearsal schedules 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si script, version one 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si script, version two 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si script changes 1949 

4

O Say Can You Si orchestral score 1949 

12

O Say Can You Si sound recordings 1949 

MIT Music Library

Stranger in Town program 1950 

5

Stranger in Town lyrics and music 1950 

5

Stranger in Town published vocal score 1950 

5

Stranger in Town script, version one 1950 

5

Stranger in Town script, version two 1950 

5

Stranger in Town sound recordings 1950 

MIT Music Library

Call Me Mummy program 1951 

5

Call Me Mummy director's notes 1951 

5

Call Me Mummy lyrics 1951 

5

Call Me Mummy lyrics and music 1951 

5

Call Me Mummy published lyrics and music 1951 

5

Call Me Mummy script 1951 

5

Call Me Mummy orchestral score 1951 

13

Call Me Mummy sound recordings 1951 

MIT Music Library

Here's the Switch program 1952 

5

Here's the Switch published lyrics and music 1952 

5

Here's the Switch script 1952 

5

Here's the Switch orchestral score 1952 

14

Here's the Switch sound recordings 1952 

MIT Music Library

Pass the Hat program 1953 

5

Pass the Hat script 1953 

5

Pass the Hat published vocal score 1953 

5

Pass the Hat script 1953 

5

Pass the Hat script, annotated 1953 

5

Pass the Hat orchestral and vocal scores 1953 

15

Pass the Hat sound recordings 1953 

MIT Music Library

Suspended in Air program 1954 

5

Suspended in Air published vocal score 1954 

5

Suspended in Air script 1954 

5

Suspended in Air orchestral score 1954 

16

Suspended in Air sound recordings 1954 

MIT Music Library

Tyde's Crossinge program 1955 

5

Tyde's Crossinge plot 1955 

5

Tyde's Crossinge set design 1955 

5

Tyde's Crossinge script 1955 

5

Tyde's Crossinge orchestral score 1955 

17

Tyde's Crossing sound recordings 1955 

MIT Music Library

Djinn and Bitters program 1956 

6

Djinn and Bitters orchestra instructions 1956 

6

Djinn and Bitters script 1956 

6

Djinn and Bitters orchestral score 1956 

18

Djinn and Bitters sound recordings 1956 

MIT Music Library

The Honor of a Bum program 1957 

6

The Honor of a Bum script 1957 

6

The Honor of a Bum orchestral score 1957 

19

The Honor of a Bum sound recordings 1957 

MIT Music Library

Out on a Limbo program 1958 

6

Out on a Limbo poster 1958 

10

Out on a Limbo sound recordings 1958 

MIT Music Library

The Spy's the Limit program 1959 

6

The Spy's the Limit sound recordings 1959 

MIT Music Library

Leave it to Eve program 1960 

6

Leave it to Eve publicity materials, news clips 1960 

6

Leave it to Eve script 1960 

6

Loch, Scotch, and Barrel program 1961 

6

Loch, Scotch, and Barrel poster 1961 

10

Loch, Scotch, and Barrel sound recordings 1961 

MIT Music Library

Tempest in a Teaport program 1962 

6

Tempest in a Teaport poster 1962 

10

Tempest in a Teaport poster for auditions 1962 

10

Sins and Needles program 1963 

6

Sins and Needles slide 1963 

6

Sins and Needles poster 1963 

10

Sins and Needles poster for auditions 1963 

10

Sins and Needles sound recordings 1963 

MIT Music Library

How to Succeed in Espionage Without Really Trying program 1964 

6

How to Succeed in Espionage Without Really Trying poster 1964 

10

How to Succeed in Espionage Without Really Trying sound recordings 1964 

MIT Music Library

You Gotta Have Art program 1965 

6

Tackled Pink program 1966 

6

Tackled Pink director's notes 1966 

6

Tackled Pink script 1966 

6

Tackled Pink poster 1966 

10

Tackled Pink illustrated poster 1966 

10

Tackled Pink orchestral score 1966 

20

Tackled Pink sound recordings 1966 

MIT Music Library

Lucky William program 1967 

6

Lucky William rehearsal schedule 1967 

6

Lucky William script, 2 folders 1967 

6

Lucky William orchestral score 

20

I Wed Three Wives program 1968 

6

I Wed Three Wives script 1968 

6

I Wed Three Wives poster for auditions 1968 

10

I Wed Three Wives orchestral score 1968 

20

I Wed Three Wives sound recordings 1968 

MIT Music Library

Euphoria program 1969 

6

Euphoria poster 1969 

10

Euphoria poster for auditions 1969 

10

Euphoria sound recordings 1969 

MIT Music Library

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 Series 2. Administrative Records 

Box

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1926 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1927 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1928 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1929 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1930 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1931 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1932 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1933 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1934 

9

Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1935 

9

Correspondence and Report of Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1936 

9

Report of the Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1937 

9

Report of the Advisory Council on the Tech Show, 1938 

9

Financial and auditor's reports 1928-1931 

7

Financial reports 1950-1958 

7

The Organization of Tech Show for the Institute Committee 1931 

7

Tech Show advertising, management, and recruiting 1935 

7

Tech Show correspondence 1935 

7

Tech Show submitted script "Bugs on the Bean" 1935 

7

Scripts undated 

7

Correspondence 1956-1958 

7

Publicity 1929, 1934, 1956, 1962, 1963, 1966 

7

Masque record book 1913-1921 

7

Masque record book 1922-1932 

7

Masque membership lists 1919-1930 

7

Masque initiation cermonies 1923 

7

Masque membership certificate 1934 

7

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