Historic Sheet Music Collection

Historic Sheet Music Collection

 

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 1926

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Come to the Fair, Easthope Martin and Helen Taylor

Submissions from 1925

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Smilin' Through, Arthur A. Penn

Submissions from 1924

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Marcheta, Victor Schertizinger

Submissions from 1923

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Bambalina, Otto Harbach; Oscar Hammerstein, II; Vincent Youmans; and Herbert Stothart

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

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Dream Daddy, Louis Herscher and George Keefer

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Elle n'est pas si mal que ça, Henri Christiné and Albert Willemetz

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If Only I Knew You Were Sorry, Billy Muldoon and Frank Farrell

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I Love You!, Harlan Thompson, Harry Archer, and Walter Brooks

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Irish Love Song, Margaret Ruthven Lang

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It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo', Wendell Hall and May Singhi Breen

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Linger Awhile, Vincent Rose and Harry Owens

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Miss Los Angeles: Queen of the Golden West, Vern Elliott and Robert V. Dale

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Morning Will Come, Al Jolson, Buddy Gard De Silva, and Con Conrad

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Once in a Blue Moon, Jerome Kern and Anne Caldwell

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Sing Along!, Arthur A. Penn

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Sleep, Earl Lebieg

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So This is Love, E. Ray Goetz

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That Old Gang of Mine, Ray Henderson, Billy Rose, and Mort Dixon

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Tho Shadows Fall, James G. MacDermid and Annelu Burns

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Wanita: Wanna Eat? Wanna Eat?, Sam Coslow and Al Sherman

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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I'll Be in My Dixie Home Again Tomorrow, Roy Turk and J. Russel Robinson

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I'll Be in My Dixie Home Again Tomorrow, Roy Turk and J. Russel Robinson

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

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Mister Gallagher and Mister Shean, Al. Shean and Ed. Gallagher

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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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To Have and to Hold, Menlo Mayfield, Arthur Glendale, and George Fitzmaurice

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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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Yankee Doodle Blues, Irving Caesar, B. G. De Sylva, and George Gershwin

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You Remind Me of My Mother, George M. Cohan

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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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If You Like Me Like I Like You, L. Wolfe Gilbert and Dave Kaplan

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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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Over the Hill, Lou Klein, Edgar Allen, and Maurie Rubens

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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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Pucker Up and Whistle, Blanche Franklyn and Nat Vincent

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

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Song of Love, Dorothy Donnelly, Franz Schubert, Heinrich Berté, and Sigmund Romburg

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

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Time After Time, Edward R. Ball and J. Keirn Brennan

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Weep No More My Mammy, Lew Pollack

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When Grand Circus Park Was Uptown, Richard A. Whiting

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When Shall We Meet Again, Raymond B. Egan and Richard A. `Whiting

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Who's Who With You, Vincent Youmans

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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Love Comes Like a Butterfly, Zelda Sears and Harold Levey