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 1916

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If I Knock the L Out of Kelly (It Would Still Be Kelly to Me), Bert Grant, Sam M. Lewis, and Joe Young

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I'm Down in Honolulu: Looking them Over, Irving Be Berlin

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I've Lost You So Why Should I Care, Richard Howard

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Mammy's Little Coal Black Rose, Raymond Egan and Richard A. Whiting

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Mother Dear, Mana-Zucca and Mabel Livingstone

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My Castle in the Air, Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse

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

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Poor Butterfly, John L. Golden and Raymond Hubbell

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Pozzo, Vincent Rose

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Roses of Picardy, Frederic Edward Weatherly and Haydn Wood

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She is the Sunshine of Virginia, Ballard Macdonald and Harry Carroll

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Since Mary Ann McCue Came Back From Honolu, Harry Von Tilzer

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Since We Parted, Frances Allitsen and Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton

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That Girl of Mine, Will A. Dillon, Harry Tobias, and Arthur Lange

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The Laddies Who Fought and Won, Harry Lauder

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There's a Quaker Down in Quaker Town, David Berg and Alfred Solman

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There's A Quaker Down in Quaker Town, David Berg and Alfred Solman

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There's a Quaker down in Quaker Town, David Berg and Alfred Solman

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There's Someone More Lonesome Than You, Lou Klein and Harry Von Tilzer

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Trail To Sunset Valley, Louis Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir

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Turn Back the Universe and Give Me Yesterday, Ernest R. Ball and J. Keirn Brennan

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Where the Rippling Waters Flow, Frederic V. Bowers

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Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula, Ray Goetz, Joe Young, and Pete Wendling

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You're A Dangerous Girl, Grant Clarke and Jimmie Monaco

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You Said Something, P. G. Wodehouse, Guy Bolton, and Jerome Kern

Submissions from 1915

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Are You From Dixie?, Jack Yellen and George L. Cobb

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Are You from Dixie? ('Cause I'm from Dixie Too), Jack Yellen and George L. Cobb

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Auf Wiedersehn, Herbert Reynolds and Sigmund Romberg

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Babes In The Wood, Jerome Kern, Schuyler Greene, and Malcolm A. Strauss

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Circus Day in Dixie, Jack Yellen and Albert Gumble

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Down Among the Sheltered Palms, James Brockman and Abe Olman

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Down in Bom-Bombay, Ballard MacDonald and Harry Carroll

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Down in Bom-Bombay, Ballard Macdonald and Harry Carroll

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Drifting Apart, William parquet and E. Clinton Keithley

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Good Bye Virginia, Jean Schwartz and Grant Clarke

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He Comes Up Smiling, Grant Clarke and Charles Bayha

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I Bring You Heartsease, Gena Branscombe

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I Didn't Raise My Boy to be a Soldier, Al Piantadosi

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I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier, Al Piantadosi and Alfred Bryan

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If We Can't Be the Same Old Sweethearts We'll Just Be the Same Old Friends, James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy

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If You Can't Get A Girl In The Summertime, Bert Kalmar and Harry Tierney

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I'm a Lonesome Melody, George W. Meyer and Joe Young

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In Blinky Winky Chinky Chinatown, Jean Schwartz and William Jerome

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Is There Still Room for Me Neath the Old Apple Tree, Maurice Abrahams, Edgar Leslie, and Lew Brown

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It's Tulip Time in Holland: Two Lips Are Calling Me, Richard A. Whiting and Dave Radford

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I Wish I Was an Island in an Ocean of Girls, Henry Blossom and Victor Herbert

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I Wish I Was an Island in an Ocean of Girls, Victor Herbert

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Jane, Halsey K. Mohr and André C. De Takacs

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Just Try to Picture Me Back Home in Tennessee, Walter Donaldson and William Jerome

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Just Try to Picture me Back Home in Tennessee, Walter Donaldson and William Jerome

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Just Try to Picture Me Back Home in Tennessee, Walter Donaldson and William Jerome

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Keep the Home-Fires Burning ('Till the Boys Come Home), Lena Guilbert Ford and Ivor Novello

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Kiss Me Again, Victor Herbert and Henry Blossom

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Laddie in Khaki, Ivor Novello

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Little Grey Mother Who Waits All Alone, The, Bernard Grossman and Harry DeCosta

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Memories, Gustave Kahn and Egbert Van Alstyne

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Memories, Egbert Van Alstyne and Gustave Kahn

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M-O-T-H-E-R, Howard Johnson and Theodore Morse

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M-O-T-H-E-R, Theodore F. Morse and Howard E. Johnson

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My Little Dream Girl, Louis Wolfe Gilbert and Anatol Friedland

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My Little Girl, Albert Von Tilzer, William A. Dillon, and Sam M. Lewis

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Neapolitan Love Song, Henry Blossom and Victor Herbert

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Norway, the Land of the Midnight Sun, Fred Fisher and Joseph McCarthy

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Put Me to Sleep With an Old Fashioned Melody, Sam M. Lewis, Dick Howard, and Harry Jentes

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Ragging the Scale, Edward B. Claypoole

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She's the Daughter of Mother Machree, Ernest R. Ball and Jeff T. Nenarb

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Sunshine of Your Smile, The, Leonard Cooke and Lilian Ray

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That Hula Hula, Irving Berlin

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The Little House Upon The Hill, Ballard Macdonald, Joe Goodwin, and Harry Puck

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There's a Long, Long Trail, Stoddard King and Zo Elliott

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There's A Long, Long Trail, Stoddard King and Zo Elliot

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Wedding of the Sunshine and the Rose, Albert Gumble

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We'll Never Let Our Old Flag Fall, M. F. Kelly

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What a Wonderful Mother You'd Be, Al Piantadosi and Joe Goodwin

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What's the Use of Going Home, Jimmie Monaco

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When I Leave the World Behind, Irving Berlin

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When I Leave the World Behind, Irving Berlin

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When It's Orange Blossom Time In Loveland I'll Be Waiting at the Church For You, Jeff Branen and Arthur Lange

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Whoa! Nellie! Stop Rag, George Gould

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Why, Hello! Dear, Estelle B. Stillman

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You’d Never Know That Old Town Of Mine, Howard Johnson and Walter Donaldson

Submissions from 1914

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A Hundred Years from Now, Carrie Jacobs-Bond and John Bennett

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A Little Bit of Heaven Shure They Call it Ireland, Ernest R. Ball and J. Keirn Brennan

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Along Came Ruth, Irving Berlin

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Aunty's Jubilee, Charles B. Weston

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Back to the Carolina You Love, Grant Clarke and Jean Schwartz

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By the Waters of the Minnetonka, Thurlow Lieurance

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Camp Meeting Band, Louise Wolfe Gilbert and Lewis F. Muir

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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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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 Leland Stanford Morgan

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For Every Smile You Gave Me, You Caused a Thousand Tears, Jos. H. McKeon and Leo Bennet

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Harmony Bay, Terry Sherman and Brandon J. Walsh

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It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary, Jack Judge and Harry Williams

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I Want to Go Back to Michigan (Down on the Farm), Irving Berlin

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I Want to Go Back to Michigan Down on the Farm, Irving Berlin

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Laddie: A True Blue Song, Luella Lookwood Moore and James Fred Lawton