Inventory of the American Sheet Music Collection, 1797-1982

Processed by Cathy Cherbosque; machine-readable finding aid created by Xiuzhi Zhou
Prints and Ephemera Division
Rare Book Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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Email: ccherbosque@huntington.org
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The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Inventory of the American Sheet Music Collection, 1797-1982

The Huntington Library



Prints and Ephemera Division, Rare Book Department

San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Prints and Ephemera Division
  • Rare Book Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Fax: (626) 405-2181
  • Email: ccherbosque@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=548
Processed by:
Cathy Cherbosque
Date Completed:
August 1997
Encoded by:
Xiuzhi Zhou
© 1999 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: American Sheet Music Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1797-1982
Collection number: ephSMC
Creator: Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery. Prints and Ephemera Division
Extent: ca. 3814 items
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

Collection is open to qualified researches by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to the following URL .
Appended to the collection is a small number (48) of British titles. This portion of the collection is closed and will not be added to in future.

Acquisition

The Collection has been developed gradually since 1923 through donations of single items and donations and purchases of scrapbook volumes containing sheet music.

Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.
Permission to reproduce portions (including illustrated covers) or all of item(s) must be requested of the Prints and Ephemera curator.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], American Sheet Music Collection, 1797-1982, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Scope and Content

The American Sheet Music Collection illustrates the physical and thematic development of sheet music printed in the United States from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. The collection includes over 3814 items, the bulk of which spans the years 1820-1920. Musical genres included are English and American theatre music, comic opera, patriotic songs, Scottish and Irish melodies, "Englished" versions of Italian opera, contemporary topical themes (such as the Civil War, including a small number of Confederate imprints), and modern Broadway music. Subjects and themes covered include sentimental songs, especially courtship and maternal relationships; songs offered in tribute (e.g. to Washington, Lincoln, Bonaparte; Jenny Lind, etc.); and patriotic songs, especially of the Civil War. Major and minor publishers are represented. Cities most prominently featured as publishing centers include Boston, Philadelphia, New York, and Baltimore; there are also imprints from Cincinnati, Chicago, Milwaukee, San Francisco, St. Louis, and New Orleans. A significant portion of the collection is illustrated which, along with the themes and lyrics of the songs themselves, provides further insight into the attitudes and values of the American people over time.

Arrangement

The collection consists of individual pieces arranged chronologically by publication date within folders, and then alphabetically by song title. These are stored flat in boxes. A portion of the items have been bound into numbered scrapbooks, reflecting the tastes and musical interests of various compilers.
Items without a date are arranged alphabetically by song title in a "n.d." (no date) sequence. These are housed in a separate "no date" box.

Note on Access

The container list reflects the physical arrangement of the collection. It is arranged chronologically, and then alphabetically within each year. Items should be requested bearing the following scheme in mind:
  • I. cite the information in the date and title columns.
  • II. the date column reflects three different kinds of access.

    Examples:

    • 1) 1898 (single date. This represents a boxed item).
    • 2) 1898: v.18/36 (date followed by colon). This represents an item from the year 1898 that can be located as a bound item. In this case, the item would be contained in scrapbook number 18, and numbered item 36.
    • 3) 1898 + v.18/17 (date followed by plus sign). This represents an item from the year 1898 that can be located as a single piece of sheet music within the chronological boxes and a second copy in scrapbook number 18, item 17.
When an item on the list is not designated by a specific year, but rather a decade (e.g. "1860's"), its date of publication has been estimated to roughly that ten year period. The item should be requested in the same manner as the others, citing the estimated date.

Related Material

Beyond the American Sheet Music Collection which is housed in the Prints and Ephemera Division of the Rare Book Department, sheet music has also been catalogued in numerous locations in the Rare Book Department. Cf: "Collections - Sheet Music" in the Official Catalog. Other catalogued material include: Librettos, Song Books, Song Sheets, and Broadsides.

Bibliographical sources

  • 1. Dichter, Harry and Elliot Shapiro, Early American Sheet Music: Its Lure and Its Lore, 1768-1889.
  • 2. Krummel, Donald W., Guide for Dating Early Published Music: A Manual of Bibliographical Practices.
  • 3. Sonneck, Oscar George, A Bibliography of Early Secular American Music
  • 4. Wolfe, Richard J., Secular Music in America 1801-1825: A Bibliography;

List of Items

A Sample of British Sheet Music

 

n.d.: v.3/3 Absent Yet Present

Lyricist/Composer: Lord Lytton/Maude Valerie White

Publisher/Place:

Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/8 Afterwards

Lyricist/Composer: Mary Mark Lemon/John W. Mullen

Publisher/Place:

J. B. Cramer & Co., London
 

n.d. Alfred Jones, The Negro's Lament

Lyricist/Composer: John Templeton

Publisher/Place:

John Reid, Piano Forte & Music Saloon, London
 

n.d.: v. 3/15 Another Day

Lyricist/Composer: Henry Pontet

Publisher/Place:

Pohlmann & Co., Dublin and Elton & Co., London
 

n.d.: v.15/1 Bridge, The (cf American edition: n.d.: v.15/2, Bridge, The)

Lyricist/Composer: H.W. Longfellow/M. Lindsay
Illustrator: unknown lith.

Publisher/Place:

Robert Cocks & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/11 Children of the City, The

Lyricist/Composer: F. E. Weatherly/Stephen Adams

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., London
 

n.d.; + v.3/10 Come Back to Erin

Lyricist/Composer: Claribel

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., London
 

n.d. Cornflower

Lyricist/Composer: Charles Coote Jr.
Illustrator: unknown

Publisher/Place:

Hopwood & Crew, London
 

n.d. Don't Be Angry With Me, Darling

Lyricist/Composer: W. L. Gardner/H.P. Danks

Publisher/Place:

Hopwood & Crew, London
 

n.d.: v. 27/65 Exhibition Grand March, The

Lyricist/Composer: R. P. Stewart
Illustrator: Augustus Butler Del & Lilth.

Publisher/Place:

Addison & Co., London
 

n.d. Fair Rosalie and Etrick Banks

Publisher/Place:

G. Walker, London
 

n.d.: v.23/25 I Saw When First I Gaz'd on Thee

Lyricist/Composer: S. Smith/Robert Panormo

Publisher/Place:

Duff & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/7 Last Night Song

Lyricist/Composer: Theo. Marzials/Halfdan Kjerulf

Publisher/Place:

Stanley Lucas, Weber & Co., London
 

n.d.: v.27/39 Little Pianoforte Player, The

Lyricist/Composer: Carl Czerny
Illustrator: unknown

Publisher/Place:

J. J. Ewer & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/4 Living Dead, The

Lyricist/Composer: Owen Meredith/Dolores

Publisher/Place:

Charles Jefferys, London
 

n.d.: v. 3/12 Lost Chord, The

Lyricist/Composer: Adelaide A. Proctor/Arthur Sullivan

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., London
 

n.d.; + v.3/2 Love's Old Sweet Song

Lyricist/Composer: G. Clifton Bingham/J.L. Molloy

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., London
 

n.d.: v.3/1 Mine To Day!

Lyricist/Composer: May Probyn/Isidore de Lara

Publisher/Place:

Chappell & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/13 My Fairest Child

Lyricist/Composer: Rev. Charles Kingsley/A. H. Behrend

Publisher/Place:

Chappell & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/17 My Lady's Bower

Lyricist/Composer: F. E. Weatherly/Hope Temple

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/16 My Queen!

Lyricist/Composer: Stella/Jacques Blumenthal

Publisher/Place:

J. B. Cramer, London
 

n.d. On de Brown Shores Ob Arkansas

Lyricist/Composer: John Templeton

Publisher/Place:

John Reid Piano Forte & Music Saloon, London
 

n.d.: v. 27/7 Papillons, Les

Lyricist/Composer: D. J. Dos Santos

Publisher/Place:

William Prowse, [London]
 

n.d. Silver Threads Among the Gold

Lyricist/Composer: E. E. Rexford/H. P. Danks
Illustrator: unknown
 

n.d.: v. 3/6 Sleep! I'm Watching O'er Thee

Lyricist/Composer: Henry Pontet

Publisher/Place:

Chappell & Co., London
 

n.d. Sobre Las Olas (Over the Waves)

Lyricist/Composer: Juventino Rosas
Illustrator: Aird & Coghill, Glascow

Publisher/Place:

Hawkes & Son, London
 

n.d. Splendour Falls on Castle Walls, The

Lyricist/Composer: A. Tennyson/Frederick Delius

Publisher/Place:

Oxford University Press, London
 

n.d.: v. 3/9 Sunshine and Rain

Lyricist/Composer: F. Wyville Home/Jacques Blumenthal

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., London
 

n.d.: v. 3/14 There is a Green Hill Far Away

Lyricist/Composer: Mrs. C. F. Alexander/Ch. Gounod

Publisher/Place:

Novello, Ewer & Co., London & New York
 

n.d.: v. 3/5 Voice That is Still, A

Lyricist/Composer: H. L. D'Arcy Jaxone/Ciro Pinsuti

Publisher/Place:

J. B. Cramer, London
 

n.d.: v.14/21 Wedding Bells Polka, The

Lyricist/Composer: W. Beaumont

Publisher/Place:

W. Beaumont, Sheffield, England
 

n.d.: v. 3/18 Why Do I Weep for Thee?

Lyricist/Composer: George Linley/W. Vincent Wallace

Publisher/Place:

Joseph Williams, London
 

1892: v.18/41 My Sweetheart's the Man in the Moon

Lyricist/Composer: James Thornton
Illustrator: unknown

Publisher/Place:

Frank Harding
 

1893 Had a Horse, A Finer No One Ever Saw

Lyricist/Composer: F. Korbay

Publisher/Place:

Schott & Co., London
 

1896 Blue-Eyes

Lyricist/Composer: Gerald Lane

Publisher/Place:

Enoch & Sons, London
 

1896: v. 4/1 In a Persian Garden

Lyricist/Composer: Liza Lehmann

Publisher/Place:

Metzler & Co., Ltd., London
 

1896 While London's Fast Asleep!

Lyricist/Composer: Harry Dacre
Illustrator: photo of Marie Tyler?

Publisher/Place:

Frank Dean & Co., London
 

1904 Sweet Mary

Lyricist/Composer: J. Douglas Hoare/George S. Aspinall

Publisher/Place:

Chappell & Co. Ltd., London
 

1906 Petite Tonkinoise

Lyricist/Composer: V. Scotto et Christine
Illustrator: PEB

Publisher/Place:

Hawkes & Son, London
 

1911 Little Grey Home in the West

Lyricist/Composer: D. Eardley-Wilmot/Hermann Lohr

Publisher/Place:

Chappell & Co. Ltd., London
 

1912 Princess Caprice

Lyricist/Composer: H. M. Higgs (arr.)

Publisher/Place:

Chappell & Co. Ltd., London
 

1913 Danny Boy

Lyricist/Composer: Fred. E. Weatherly

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co. Ltd., London
 

1914 All Joy Be Thine

Lyricist/Composer: Edward Teschemacher/Wilfred Sanderson

Publisher/Place:

Boosey & Co., Ltd., London
 

1915 Love, Here is My Heart

Lyricist/Composer: Adrian Ross/Lao Silesu
Illustrator: Cress Wooler?

Publisher/Place:

Ascherberg, Howood & Crew, Ltd., London
 

1918 K-K-K-Katy

Lyricist/Composer: Geoffrey O'Hara
Illustrator: photo of Walter Williams, Mendoza Galleries

Publisher/Place:

Herman Darewski Music Publishing Co., London
 

1919 There Were Three Ravens

Lyricist/Composer: H. Balfour Gardiner

Publisher/Place:

J. Curwen & Sons Ltd., London
 

1947 Galway Bay

Lyricist/Composer: Dr. Arthur Colahan
Illustrator: photo of Terry, The Irish Minstrel

Publisher/Place:

Box and Cox Publications, Ltd., London