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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Abide with me: Sacred solo, Emma Louise Ashford

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Abide with me: Sacred song, Carl Bohm and Arthur Dana

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Ah! The Sweet Mystery of Life, Rida Johnson Young and Victor Herbert

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Amelia Polka, Charles Rehm

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Angels Ever Bright and Fair, George Frideric handel, Thomas Morell, and Christine Nilsson

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Annie Arden: Alfred Tennyson's Story of Enoch Arden in Five Verses, W C. Baker and Alfred Tennyson

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At Dawning (I Love You), Nelle Richmond Eberhart and Charles Wakefield Cadman

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Auf Wiedersehn, Herbert Reynolds and Sigmund Romberg

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Babylon Is Fallen, Henry C. Work

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

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Bangalore, Earl Burtnett and A J. Stasny

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Barcarolle from the Tales of Hoffmann, Jacques Offenbach and Robert Austin

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Battle of Maringo: A Military and Historical Piece for the Pianoforte, Bernard Viguerie

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Beauteous Night, O Night of Love, Jacques Offenbach, Robert Austin, Gustav Strube, and Samuel Richards Gaines

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Because, Guy d' Hardelot and Edward Teschemacher

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Because, Guy d' Hardelot and Edward Teschemacher

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Belle Mahone, John Hugh McNaughton

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Blue Eyed Bessie Lee, J E. Sampson

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Blue Eyed Rosabel, E Keller

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Boccaccio March, Edward Mack

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Boulanger March: En Revenant de la Revue, Louis C├Ęsar Desormes and Albert Henry Rosewig

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Breckinridge Schottische, Charles Grobe

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Bring Me My Harp, William Vincent Walllace and Edward Fitzball

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Call Me Pet Names, Francis Weiland and Frances Sargent Locke Osgood

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Calvary, Paul Rodney and Henry Vaughan

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Can't Yo' Heah Me Callin' Caroline, Caro Roma and William Henry Gardner

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Captain Jinks, T Maclagan

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Carissima, Arthur A. Penn

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Carroll Schottisch, Mary Carroll Smith

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Chieftain's Daughter, Henry Russell and George Pope Morris

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Christmas Carol, C Koppitz

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Christmas Schottisch, George L. Walker

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Christ Stilling the Tempest, Sydney Nelson and Felecia DB Hemans

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Cock-a-doodle-doo: A Political Commercial & Matrimonial Song and Chorus, Thomas William Robertson and Ferdinand Wallerstein

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Come Back to Erin, Claribel

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Come, Birdie, Come, Charles Albert White

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Come to the Fair, Easthope Martin and Helen Taylor

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Come to This Heart So Lonely, Giuseppe Sarti and Francis Weiland

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Come Up, Come in with Streamers!, Carl Deis and Alfred Noyes

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Curfew, John Blockley and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Danny Boy, Frederic Edward Weatherly

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Darling Nelly Gray, Benjamin Russel Hanby and Thomas Brigham Bishop

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

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Dearest Spot of Earth to Me Is Home, William Thomas Wrighton, Francis Weiland, and Robert M. Gaw

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Dear Little Boy of Mine, Ernest R. Ball and J Keirn Brennan

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Dear Mother, I'll Come Home Again, Frederick Wilson and J L. Gilbert

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Dear Old Home, Herbert Hersey; Tony Williams; J E. Baker; and J.H. Bufford's Sons, Lith.

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Dinah, Stanley Murphy and Henry I. Marshall

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Dreaming, L W. Heiser and J Anton Dailey

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Dream of Bethlehem, Henry Vaughan and Paul Rodney

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Dream of Paradise, Claude Lyttleton and Hamilton Gray

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Dreams, Faustina Hasse Hodges

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Dreams of the Sea Shore, Edward A. Niven and W. E. Chandler

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Ever of Thee, George Linley and Foley Hall

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The Battle of Navarino, Hieronymus Payer

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The Battle of Trafalgar, Karl Kambra

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The Charlatan March, John Philip Sousa

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The Child's Wish, H D. Munson

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The Wild Free Wind, Alexander Lee and Shirley Brooks