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 5115

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

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Coming Home, Charles Willeby and D. Eardley-Wilmot

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Dream On, My Princess, Rida Johnson Young and William Schroeder

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Everybody Rag with Me, Gus Kahn and Grace Le Boy

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Fair Hawaii, James Fulton Kutz and Helen Van Doorn Morgan

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The Crying of Water (Le Cri De Eaux), Louis Campbell-Tipton

Submissions from 4750

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Adam and Eve Had a Wonderful Time, Albert Gumble and A. Seymour Brown

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Always Take a Girl Named Daisy, George W. Meyer, Alfred Bryan, and Sam M. Lewis

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And Then, Alfred Bryan and Herman Paley

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Connais Tu Le Pays?, Ambroise Thomas

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Danny Boy, Frederic Edward Weatherly

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Dinah, Stanley Murphy and Henry I. Marshall

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Girl I Loved in Auld Lang Syne, Verna Wilkens and Robert F. Roden

Submissions from 4384

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Burning Love, W.A. Aeko and Arthur Denvir

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Come Along to Honeymoon Land, Henry Clay Smith and Raymond A. Browne

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Dream Tango, Uriel Davis

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Georgia Land, Harry Carroll and Arthur Fields

Submissions from 4019

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Connecticut March, William Nassann

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Danse Negre, Cyril Scott

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Dreams, C. M. Denison and E. F. Dusenberry

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Everbody's Doin' it Now, Irving Berlin

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Ghost Dance, Cora Salisbury and Josef Pierre Nuyttens

Submissions from 3654

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Down By The Old Mill Stream, Tell Taylor

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Every Little Movement, Otto A. Hauerback and Karl L. Hoscha

Submissions from 3289

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Chinese Flower Fête, Charles Wakefield Cadman

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Garden of Roses, Johann C. Schmid

Submissions from 2923

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

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

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Flower Songs, Edwin Schneider and Robert Loveman

Submissions from 2558

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Carissima, Arthur A. Penn

Submissions from 2193

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Abide With Me: Sacred Song, Carl Bohm and Arthur Dana

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At Parting, Frederic Peterson

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Dreaming, L W. Heiser and J Anton Dailey

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Garden of my Heart, Bert H. Delmar

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 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

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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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

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

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Ham and Eggs, John Martin

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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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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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

Submissions from 1918

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After the War is Over, Joseph Woodruff

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Beautiful Ohio Song, Mary Earl and Ballard Macdonald

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Birthday of a King, William Harold Neidlinger and Francis Fischer Powers

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Clear the Way, Henry Erskine Smith, Frederick J. Bacon, and E. O. Winship

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Dancing to the Sugar Tune, Louis Wolfe Gilbert

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

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Dear Old Pal of Mine, Gitz Rice Lieut.

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End of a Perfect Day, Carrie Jacobs Bond and J. P. McEvoy

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Everything is Peach down in Georgia, Grant Clarke, Milton Ager, and George W. Meyer

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Has Anybody Seen my Corinne?, Lukie Johnson

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Have a Smile for Everyone You Meet, and They Will Have a Smile for You, Bert Rule, J. Keirn Brennan, and Paul Cunningham

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Head Over Heels, Jerome Kern

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Hello Wisconsin (Won’t You Find My Yonnie Yonson), Bert Kalmar, Edgar Leslie, and Harry Ruby

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Her Shadow, Frederick R. Burton and Charles Wakefield Cadman

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His Buttons Are Marked U.S., Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Mary Norton Bradford

Submissions from 1917

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After the War is Over Will There Be Any "Home Sweet Home", Joseph Woodruff and Elmer J. Pourmon

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Au Revoir, But Not Good-Bye-(Solider Boy), Lew Brown and Albert Von Tilzer

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Beautiful Queen of the Nile, John L. Golden and Raymond Hubbell

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Bells of Saint Mary's, Douglas Furber and A. Emmett Adams

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Blue Rose Waltz, Chales Forrest Williams

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Cheer Up 'Liza, John L. Golden and Raymond Hubbell

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Ching Chong, Lee S. Roberts and J. Will Callahan

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Come to the Fair, Helen Taylor and Easthope Martin

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

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Deep River, Harry Thacker Burleigh

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For Me and My Gal, George W. Meyer, Edgar Leslie, and Edgard Ray Goetz

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For You a Rose, Gus Edwards and Will D. Cobb

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Give Me the Right to Love You all the While, Abe Glatt and Ben Ward