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Proof of the Pudding, Yale University, records

 Collection
Call Number: RU 1170

Scope and Contents

The records consist of performance and event ephemera, scrapbooks, photographs and musical recordings from Proof of the Pudding, the second women's a cappella group at Yale University.

Dates

  • 1984-2019

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Original audiovisual materials, as well as preservation and duplicating masters, may not be played. Researchers must consult use copies, or if none exist must pay for a use copy, which is retained by the repository. Researchers wishing to obtain an additional copy for their personal use should consult Copying Services information on the Manuscripts and Archives web site.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged by accession.

Extent

7.76 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ru.1170

Overview

The records consist of performance and event ephemera, scrapbooks, photographs and musical recordings from Proof of the Pudding, the second women's a cappella group at Yale University.

Organizational History

Proof of the Pudding is Yale’s second-oldest all-female undergraduate a cappella group. Adrianne Benton Furniss ‘76 and Virginia Welles ’76 established the group in 1975, a mere six years after women were first admitted to Yale. The name “Proof of the Pudding” is taken from Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote: “The proof of the pudding is in the tasting.” Given the male-dominated world of Yale in 1975, the founding members of “Proof” had to prove themselves as veritable musicians. The name urged people not to dismiss Proof before they heard them sing. Their deep commitment and musicality was a recipe for instant success, setting the bar high for the next 40 years.

Proof has its roots in jazz and swing, but has more recently expanded their repertoire to include a variety of music. Since its beginning, Proof has been known for its vibrant sound, enthusiastic performance style, and energetic repertoire. It has toured both domestically (most recently in Birmingham, Portland, Boston, and Chicago) and internationally (including Costa Rica, France, and India). Proof has also recorded a number of albums, releasing a new album every three to four years. Recent releases include Paint the Town (2010) and Whisper Low (2014). Our latest album, Beyond the Sea, was released in January 2017 - give it a listen on our Music page!

General

Forms part of Yale Record Group 40 (YRG 40), Records of Yale clubs, societies, and organizations.
Title
Guide to Proof of the Pudding, Yale University, Records
Status
Edited Full Draft
Author
compiled by Michael Lotstein
Date
February 2020
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Contact:
Yale University Library
P.O. Box 208240
New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
(203) 432-1735
(203) 432-7441 (Fax)

Location

Sterling Memorial Library
Room 147
120 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511

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