The Historic Sheet Music Collection (HSMC) consists primarily of popular music of the mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century. Although most of the music is composed or arranged for voice with piano accompaniment, some pieces incorporate other instruments such as guitar, and some are for instrumental solo (primarily piano or guitar). A few classical works are also included in the collection.

Sheet music can offer an interesting interdisciplinary research opportunity. The lyrics, cover art, and advertisements open a window on the society and culture of the time. Subjects range from popular love songs to laments to humorous ditties - and everything else in between. Many songs reflect on the U.S. Civil War, World War I, and World War II. There is even a song about Wheaties in the collection.

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Submissions from 1936

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Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal, Roger Quilter

Submissions from 1928

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My Melancholy Baby: Fox-trot Ballad with Ukulele Arrangement, Ernie Burnett and George A. Norton

Submissions from 1927

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Come to the Fair, Easthope Martin and Helen Taylor

Submissions from 1926

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Song of Love, José Padilla and Dorothy Donnelly

Submissions from 1923

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Dirty Hands Dirty Face, Al Johnson, Grant Clarke, Edgar Leslie, and James V. Monaco

Submissions from 1922

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Bamboo Bay, Walter Donaldson, Raymond B. Egan, and Richard A. Whiting

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Crinoline Days, Irving Berlin

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Dream of Love, Franz Liszt

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Fallen Leaf, Frederic Knight Logan

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Hot Lips, Henry Busse, Henry Lange, and Lou Davis

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Lovey Dove, Sigmund Romberg, Harold Richard Atteridge, and J. J. Shubert

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My Heart is Calling, Sigmund Romberg and Harold Richard Atteridge

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National Colonial Anthem, George K. Hamilton

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Red Moon, John Traver, Henri de Martini, and Max Kortlander

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Rigaudon, Edward A. MacDowell

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Rose of Stamboul, Harold Atteridge, Leo Fall, and Sigmund Romberg

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Some Sunny Day, Irving Berlin

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Spoon River, Percy Grainger

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Stumbling, "Zez" Confrey

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Sunset Trail of Gold, Allie Toland Criss and James G. MacDermid

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Sur le Bosphore, Jean Rodor and Vincent Scotto

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Sweet Indiana Home, Walter Donaldson

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The Parade of the Wooden Soldiers, Leon Jessel

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Toot, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo, Bye), Gus Kahn, Ernie Erdman, and Dan Russo

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Trees, Joyce Kilmer and Oscar Resbach

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You Won't Be Sorry, Harry D. Kerr, Earl Burtnett, and Louis Marcaise

Submissions from 1921

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April Showers, Buddy Gard DeSylva and Louis Silvers

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Baby In Love, Alfred Goodman, Harold Richard Atteridge, and Ralph Benatzky

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By the Waters of Minnetonka, Thurlow Lieurance

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Cry-Baby Blues, Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis, and George W. Meyer

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Dolly, Arthur Francis, Paul Lannin, Vincent Youmans, and Fred Jackson

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He's the Cat's Meow, Ballard Macdonald, Al Piantadosi, and Billy Abbott

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Hortense, Joe Young, Sam M. Lewis, and Walter Donaldson

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I'll Forget You, Ernest R. Ball and Annelu Burns

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I'm Just a Happy Go Lucky Guy, K. Louis Irwin

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Italian Street Song, Victor Herbert and Rida Johnson Young

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Ka-lu-a, Anne Caldwell and Jerome Kern

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Leave Me With a Smile, Earl Burtnett and Chas. Koehler

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Let Us Be Sweethearts Again, Ernie Erdman and Anton Lada

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Make Believe, Benny Davis and Jack Shilkret

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Moxie, Norman Leigh and Dennis J. Shea

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My Hawaiian Melody, Dave Ringle and J. Fred Coots

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My Sunny Tennessee, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, and Herman Ruby

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Oh Me! Oh My!, Arthur Francis and Vincent Youmans

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Parade of the Wooden Soliders, Leon Jessel

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Play That Song of India Again, Leo Wood and Irving Bibo

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Sleepy Head, Maurice Gunsky, Jack Brown, and Billy Hill

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The Last Waltz, Oscar Strauss, Julius Brammer, Alfred Grünwald, Edward D. Dunn, Harold Richard Atteridge, and Geo. F. Bauer

Submissions from 1920

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A Boat Song, Mary L. Ritter and Mary Turner Salter

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Almost Home, Charles W. Kemling

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Avalon: Fox Trot Song, Al Jolson and Vincent Rose

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Daddy, You've been a Mother to Me, Fred Fisher

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Days of a Short While Ago, E P. Womack and Harry P. Guy

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Dodge Brothers March, Victor Herbert and Maxwell I. Pitkin

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Down the Trail to Home Sweet Home, Ernest R. Ball

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Drifting, Arthur J. Lamb and William Polla

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Everybody's Buddy, Billy Frisch and Bernie Grossman

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Grieving For You, Joe Gibson, Joe Ribaud, and Joe Gold

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Ham and Eggs, John Martin

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I'd Love to Fall Asleep and Wake Up in My Mammy's Arms, Fred E. Ahlert, Sam M. Lewis, and Joe Young

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If Love Were What the Rose Is, Algernon Swinburne and Reginald Billin

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Japanese Sandman, Raymond B. Egan and Richard A. Whiting

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Japanese Sandman, Raymond B. Egan and Richard A. Whiting

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Jennie, Garfield Kilgour, Henry Bergman, and Lou Handman

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Jimmie, Herbert Stothart, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein, Frank Mandel, Frances White, and Arthur Hammerstein

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Kiss a Miss, Maurice Baron, Cal De Voll, and Jack Yellen

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Look for the Silver Lining, Jerome Kern, Guy Bolton, Clifford Grey, and Bud De Sylva

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Look for the Silver Lining, Jerome Kern and Bud de Sylva

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Margie, Con Conrad and J. Russel Robinson

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Maybe, Benny Davis and E. E. Walton

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Mother My Own, Joseph Soloman, Ted Garton, George Benoit, and W. M. Fisher

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My Little Home On The Hill, Al Sweet

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Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, Sidney D. Mitchell and George W. Meyer

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Pale Moon, Frederic Knight Logan and Jesse G. M. Glick

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Rose: Just To Say That I Love You, Jack Neiberg and Aaron Neiberg

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Shores of Old California, Unknown

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The Love Nest, Louis A. Hirsch, Otto Harbach, and Frank Mandel

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There is a Garden, Ednah Proctor Clarke and David Proctor

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Time Will Tell, Bobby Jones and Will Donaldson

Submissions from 1919

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After All, J. Will Callahan and Lee S. Roberts

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Along the Trail Where the Blue Grass Grows, Cliff Friend

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And He'd Say "Oo-La-La-Wee-Wee", Harry Ruby and George Jessel

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Anything is Nice if it Comes From Dixieland, Grant Clarke, Geo W. Meyer, and Milton Ager

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A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, Irving Berlin

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Bangalore, Earl Burtnett and A J. Stasny

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Buddha, Lew Pollack and Ed Rose

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By the Campfire, Mabel Elizabeth Girling and Percy Wenlich

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Carolina Sunshine, Walter Hirsch and Erwin R. Schmidt

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Chong, He Come From Hong Kong, Harold Weeks

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Country Gardens, Percy Aldridge Grainger

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Daddy Long Legs, Harry Ruby, Sam M. Lewis, and Joe Young

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Danse Java, Vincent Scotto, J. Bertet, and J. Roder

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Dardanella, Fred Fisher, Felix Bernard, and Johnny S. Black

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Don't Cry Frenchy, Walter Donaldson, Sam M. Lewis, and Joe Young

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Everybody Takes You By The Hand, L. J. Kaley

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Ev'rybody Calls Me Honey, Joe Lyons and Charley Straight

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Freckles, Cliff Hess, Milton Ager, and Howard Johnson

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Good-bye, Wild Women, Good-bye!, Howard Johnson, Milton Ager, and George W. Meyer

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Good Gracious Annabelle, Ed Rose, George Whiting, and Lew Pollack

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I Ain'ten Goten No Time to Have the Blues, Harry Von Tilzer and Andrew B. Sterling