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Yale College, Records of the Yale Bands

Call Number: RU 1140

Scope and Contents

The collection includes photographs, performance memorabilia, correspondence, videos and newsclippings from performances, tours, and other events by the Yale Concert Band, the Yale Jazz Ensemble and the Yale Precision Marching Band.

Dates for DVDs were determined by DVD labels created by the Yale College Band.


  • 1901-2013

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the collection is restricted. See Collection Contents for details.

Original computer files may not be accessed due to their fragility. Researchers must consult access copies.


20 Linear Feet

47 DVD-RWs

Language of Materials


Persistent URL


This collection contains the records of the Yale Bands, which consists of the Yale Concert Band, the Yale Jazz Ensemble, and the Yale Precision Marching Band.

Biographical / Historical

The Yale Band's history begins in 1917, when Lt. Joseph Ellis first assembled a group of instrumentalists to do service for Yale College. Various groups of wind, brass, and percussion players presented concerts at Yale throughout the first half of the 20th century. The Yale Concert Band was formed in 1946 with the appointment of Keith L. Wilson, while the Yale Jazz Ensemble traces its official roots to the 1970s.


Forms part of the Record Group 9-E (YRG 9-E), Records documenting Yale College offices, programs, and projects.

Guide to the Yale College, Records of the Yale Bands
In Progress
compiled by Michael Lotstein
June 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

Yale University Library
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New Haven CT 06520-8240 US
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New Haven, CT 06511

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