African-American Sheet Music, 1850-1920


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Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885
This collection consists of tens of thousands of pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the post-Civil War era. This large collection has been digitized from microfilm. Brief catalog records have been created for each piece.

"We'll Sing to Abe Our Song!": Sheet Music about Lincoln, Emancipation, and the Civil War from the Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana
More than two hundred sheet-music compositions that represent Lincoln and the war as reflected in popular music form this collection. The collection spans the years from Lincoln's presidential campaign in 1859 through the centenary of Lincoln's birth in 1909. This music was compiled by Alfred Whital Stern (1881-1960), who is considered the greatest private collector of materials relating to the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. Transcriptions of the lyrics are displayed with the bibliographic information.

Historic American Sheet Music: 1850-1920
A 1996/97 winner in the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library Competition, this collection includes over 3,000 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University, which holds an important, representative, and comprehensive collection of nineteenth and early twentieth century American sheet music. The pieces selected have been reproduced from the originals in color and cataloged in great detail, with subject terms describing illustrations and advertisements in addition to the musical content.

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