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Harry Robin Music in America photographs, 1680-1975
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Series 1. Research Material. 1973-1981.

Scope and Content

This series contains Harry Robin's notes, correspondence, lists, and articles and catalogs compiled by others.
Box 1, Folder 1

Guide to abbreviations used. circa 1981.

Box 1, Folder 2

Notes and correspondence. 1973-1976.

Box 1, Folder 3

Joseph Byrd's Bicentennial catalog of American music. circa 1975.

Box 1, Folder 4

"Proposal for an Early American Music Repertory Ensemble" (The Yankee Doodle Society). circa 1975.

Box 1, Folder 5

"Technology: The Lightning Rod, Ben Franklin, and the American Revolution" booklet (Gould, Inc.). 1974.


Series 2. Reproductions. 1970s.

Scope and Content

This series represents the source material used by Harry Robin for his research. All the materials are photographic reproductions of illustrations (both drawings and prints, such as woodcuts and lithographs), sketches, paintings, sheet music covers, concert announcements, advertisements, and promotional photos issued by recording companies.
Though the reproductions were made around the time of Robin's research, in the early 1970s, the contents themselves span from the Revolutionary period to Robin's day. The bulk of the material originates from and depicts life around the time of the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.
These reproductions were likely made via photoduplication services at various archives and historical societies. Most of the reproductions have the initials of their source institution written on the back. For a complete list of sources and abbreviations, see the first folder of Box 1, in the previous series (Research Material).

Organization and Arrangement

Folders are arranged alphabetically but otherwise reflect Robin's titles and content. Clarifications are added in parentheses.
Box 1, Folders 6-7

America at war (1770s-1890s).

Box 1, Folder 8

Bands (1830s-1920s).

Box 1, Folder 9

Civil War (1860s-1890s).

Box 1, Folder 10

Folk and country (1790s-1950s).

Box 1, Folder 11

Hymns (psalms and choral music: 1610-1950s).

Box 2, Folders 1-2

Musical theater (1780s-1970s).

Box 2, Folders 3-5

Popular songs (1770s-1970s).

Box 3, Folder 1

Phonograph (1870s-1910s).

Box 3, Folder 2

Shakers (1830s-1870s).

Box 3, Folder 3

Symphonic music (1780s-1960s).

Box 3, Folder 4

The Finale (images of indigenous people: 1700s-1800s).

Box 3, Folder 5

Virtuoso (1800s-1970s).

Box 3, Folder 6

Slides: mainly Civil War bands (1860s).

Box 3, Folder 7

Slides: miscellaneous (1780s-1860s).

Box 4

Two carousel slide trays (empty).