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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Baby Face, Benny Davis and Harry Akst

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Beside A Garden Wall, Gus Kahn, Albert E. Short, and Del Delbridge

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Bye Bye Blackbird, Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson

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Come to the Fair, Easthope Martin and Helen Taylor

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Ding Dong, A. E. Buckingham

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Dream House, Earle Fox and Lynn Cowan

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Fâcheux: 1. Le Mâitre à Danser, Georges Auric

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Fâcheux 3: Les Joueurs de Boules, Georges Auric

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I’d Climb The Highest Mountain If I Knew I’d Find You, Lew Brown and Sidney Clare

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Idolizing, Sam Messenheimer, Irving Abrahamson, and Ray West

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If I Could Be With You (One Hour To-Night), Henry Creamer and Jimmy Johnson

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If You’re In Love You’ll Waltz, Harry Tierney, Joseph McCarthy, Guy Bolton, and Fred Thompson

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In a Little Spanish Town (‘Twas On a Night Like This), Mabel Wayne

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I Never See Maggie Alone, Harry Tilsley and Everett Lynton

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Just A Bird’s-eye View (Of My Old Kentucky Home), Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson

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Lonesome And Sorry, Benny Davis and Con Conrad

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Mary Lou, Abe Lyman, George Waggner, and J. Russel Robinson

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Mary Lou, Abe Lyman, George Waggner, and J. Russel Robinson

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My Wild Irish Rose, Chauncy Olcott

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Slumber Boat, Jessie L. Gaynor and Alice C.D. Riley

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Some Day, Larry Spier and W.C. Polla

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Ting’A’Ling The Waltz of the Bells, Addy Britt and Jack Little

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Tonight You Belong To Me, Billy Rose and Lee David

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Valencia (A Song of Spain), Lucien Boyer, Jacques Charles, and Clifford Grey

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Valencia (A Song of Spain), Lucien Boyer, Jacques Charles, Clifford Grey, and Jose Padilla

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When the Red Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along, Harry Woods

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When the Red Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along, Harry Woods

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Where’d You Get Those Eyes?, Walter Donaldson

Submissions from 1925

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Alabamy Bound, Bud De Sylvia, Bud Green, and Ray Henderson

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Bam Bam Bamy Shore, Mort Dixon and Ray Henderson

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Just A Cottage Small (By A Waterfall), B.G. DeSylva and James F. Hanley

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Let Me Linger Longer In Your Arms, Cliff Friend and Abel Baer

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Oh How I Miss You To-Night, Benny Davis, Mark Fisher, and Joe Burke

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Prisoner's Song, Guy Massey

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Remember, Irving Berlin

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Smilin' Through, Arthur A. Penn

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Song Of The Flame, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Herbert Stothart, and George Gershwin

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Sunny, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Jerome Kern

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Tell Her In The Springtime, Irving Berlin

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Ukulele Lady, Gus Kahn and Richard A. Whiting

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You’ve Got to Mix To-Day, Jack Mahoney

Submissions from 1924

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California Here I Come Foxtrot Song, Al Jolson, Bud De Sylva, and Joseph Meyer

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Doodle Doo Doo, Art Kassel and Mel. Stitzel

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End of the Road, William Dillon and Harry Lauder

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Fleurs d'Amour, José Padilla, Albert Willemetz, Jacques Charles, and Mistinguett

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Good Bye!, G.J. Whyte-Melville and F. Paolo Tosti

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I’m Waiting for Ships That Never Come In, Jack Yellen and A. Olman

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Indian Dawn, Charles O. Roose and J.S. Zamecnik

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Indian Love Call, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Rudolf Friml

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It Had to Be You, Gus Kahn and Isham Jones

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It’s Sun Up Now, Eugene Lockhart

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June Brought the Roses, Ralph Stanley and John Openshaw

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Last Night On The Back Porch (I Loved Her Best Of All), Lew Brown and Carl Schraubstader

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Lazy, Irving Berlin

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Mandalay Fox Trot Ballad, Earl Burtnett, Abe Lyman, and Gus Arnheim

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Marcheta, Victor Schertizinger

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Mr. Radio Man (Tell My Mammy To Come Back Home), Ira Schuster, Johnny White, and Cliff Friend

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My Best Girl, Walter Donaldson

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No No Nanette, Otto Harbach, Frank Mandel, Irving Caesar, and Vincent Youmans

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Oh Peter (You’re So Nice), Herb Wiedoeft, Gene Rose, and Jesse Stafford

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Oriental Love Dreams, Harry D. Kerr, Earl Burtnett, and Henry Miller

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O Sole Mio (Just Like the Sunrise), Al. Dubin, Eduardo Di Capua, Giovanni Capurro, and F. Henri Klickmann

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O’ Sole Mio! (My Bright Sun), Eduardo Di Capua, Richard L. Weaver, and Harry P. Small

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Over the Hills, Virginia K. Logan and Frederic Knight Logan

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Red Hot Mamma, Gilbert Wells, Bud Cooper, and Fred Rose

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Rose Marie, Otto Harbach, Oscar Hammerstein II, Rudolf Friml, Herbert Stothard, and David Bennett

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West of the Great Divide, George Whiting and Ernest R. Hall

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Whose Izzy Is He (Is He Yours or Is He Mine), Lew Brown, Bud Green, and Murray Sturm

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Yes! We Have No Bananas, Frank Silver and Irving Cohn

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