Early in the twentieth century MIT President Henry Pritchett (1900-1907) asked alumnus Frederic Field Bullard, Class of 1887, to compile a book of Tech songs. (Originally located in Boston’s Back Bay, MIT was known informally as “Boston Tech,” or simply “Tech.”) Bullard collected many old songs from the pages of The Tech and Technique, but he also solicited and received contributions directly from alums. Entitled Tech Songs, the book was subtitled The M.I.T. Kommers Book, from the German, meaning a book containing a collection of students’ songs to be sung at students’ convivial gatherings.
(Audio: “Take Me Back to the Tech,” MIT Glee Club, 1950, George Dunham, Director.)