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Finding aid for the Sheet music collection

Finding aid prepared by Natalie Camacho, 2014 May

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Title
Sheet music collection
Collection no.
0092
Date
1821-1947, undated
Extent
12.63 Linear feet, 10 boxes
Language
English
Abstract
Bound volumes of songs, ca. 1850; loose sheet music (vocals) ca. 1880-1950.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], Sheet music collection, Collection no. 0092, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Scope and Content

This collection consists of sheet music from the early nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. The works vary in genre from opera pieces to folk music, including works by Christy's Minstrels. The music is from different parts of the world, primarily Europe and the United States. Many of the folk songs are ones that European immigrants brought with them to the United States. Some of the pieces from the early 1900s are about World War I and from soldiers' points of view.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2014 May
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Christy Minstrels. -- Archives

Genre(s)

  • Sheet music

Subject(s)

  • Folk music--Archival resources
  • Military music--Archival resources
  • Motion picture music--Archival resources
  • Operas--Excerpts--Archival resources
  • Popular music--Archival resources
  • Quadrilles--Archival resources

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Collection Inventory

Series 1:  Film 

Box Folder

 On the Atcheson, Topeka and the Santa Fe 1945 

9 32

 Sweet Leilani 1937 

Scope and Content

From Waikiki Wedding. Lyrics and Music by Harry Owens.

1 18

 Two Hundred Popular Cowboy Songs, Mountain Ballads of Radio, Stage, and Screen 

1 1

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Series 2:  Opera 

Box Folder

 Martha selections 1907 

Scope and Content

By Friedrich von Flotow.

6 4

 Overture to Auber's Favorite Opera The Crown Diamonds 

2 24

 The Overture to Il Barbere di Siviglia 

Scope and Content

Composed by Gioachino Rossini.

7 7

 Overture to La Gazza Ladra 

Scope and Content

Composed by Gioachino Rossini.

8 10

 Overture to Masaniello 

Scope and Content

Composed by Daniel Auber.

8 27

 Overture to Masaniello 

Scope and Content

Composed by Daniel Auber.

8 28

 Overture to Tancredi 

Scope and Content

Composed by Gioachino Rossini.

7 11

 Pot Pourri of Melodies from "La Fille du Regiment" 

2 23

 Selection of Favorite Airs from Norma 

3 5

 Selection of the Best Melodies from 'Le Prophete' 

9 23

 The Troubadour's Song 

Scope and Content

Ah! Che la Morte. Giuseppe Verdi.

3 6

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Series 3:  Christy's Minstrels 

Box Folder

 Allie the Blue-Eyed Blonde 

7 14

 Barney, Come Back to Me 

5 25

 Come From Afar Thou Birdling of Beauty 

8 23

 Do They Miss Me At Home? and Yes, They Miss Thee At Home 

6 32

 Farewell My Lilly Dear 1851 

3 4

 Little Daisy 

2 1

 Softly Falls the Moonlight 

3 11

 We're a Band of Brothers 

3 10

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Series 4:  Military/Patriotic 

Box Folder

 America, I Love You 1915 

5 21

 Good-Bye Broadway, Hello France 1917 

Scope and Content

From 'Passing Show of 1917.' Lyrics by C. Francis Reisner and Benny Davis. Music by Billy Baskette.

1 13

 I'll Return Mother Darling to You 1915 

1 10

 La Madelon de la Victoire 1919 

1 15

 The Military Drum Polka and The Ernestine Polka 

9 20

 National Emblem March 1917 

Scope and Content

By. E.E. Bagley

1 33

 Oh! Frenchy 1918 

2 28

 Rule Britannia 

Scope and Content

Composed by Dr. Arne.

3 3

 We're Going Over 1917 

Scope and Content

By Andrew B. Sterling, Bernie Grossman, and Arthur Lange.

1 32

 When the Sun Goes Down in France 1917 

2 29

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Series 5:  Quadrilles 

Box Folder

 The British Army Quadrille 

7 23

 The British Navy Quadrille 

3 1

 The Caledonian Quadrilles 

4 24

 The Caledonian Quadrilles 

4 26

 The Celebrated Chimes Quadrilles 

7 4

 The Chimes Quadrille 

7 8

 The English Quadrille 

6 5

 The English Quadrilles 

6 33

 Ethiopian Quadrille 

8 35

 The Lancers Quadrilles 

4 25

 The National Guard Quadrille 

8 4

 La Poste Quadrille 

2 26

 Uncle Tom's Cabin Quadrille 

Scope and Content

Henry Russell's version.

5 4

 The Zampa Quadrilles 

6 18

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Series 6:  Folk/Popular 

Box Folder

 After 

7 15

 Ah! Keep the Little Faded Flower 

8 18

 All Things Love Thee, So Do I 

7 2

 Amoreuse 1900 

2 22

 The Annen Polka 

7 6

 The Anchorsmiths 

6 10

 Auld Lang Syne 

Scope and Content

Poem by Robert Burns.

4 35

 The Autumn Manoeuvres 

5 27

 Baby's Broken Toys 1903 

2 12

 The Banks of Allan Water 

6 12

 The Bashful Young Gentleman 

9 6

 Beautiful Home 1903 

6 31

 Bedelia 1903 

2 15

 Behold the Morn is Beaming 

Scope and Content

from Masaniello. Daniel Auber.

3 16

 Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms 

Scope and Content

Music by John Stevenson. Poem by Thomas Moore.

2 18

 Bell Bottom Trousers 1944 

9 31

 Belle of Manhattan 1900 

2 9

 Ben Bolt (Don't You Remember Dear Alice) 1854 

6 13

 Ben Bolt (Don't You Remember Sweet Alice) 

6 15

 Ben Bolt (Oh! Don't You Remember) 1848 

6 27

 Birdie You Must Never Tell 

4 4

 The Bloomer Polka; and The Bloomer Schottische 

7 19

 Boatman of the Ohio 

8 33

 Bonnie Dundee; and Charley is my Darling 

7 20

 Break It Gently To My Mother 1863 

7 30

 Buffalo Gals 

6 34

 The Burlesque Lancers 

8 26

 But Beautiful 1947 

9 30

 Call Me Pet Names 1853 

8 15

 The Cally Polka 1847 

9 8

 The Calvanic Ring 

6 23

 Cheer, Boys, Cheer! No More of Idle Sorrow 

5 3

 Civilization 1947 

9 28

 Close Those Eyes My Babe and Sleep 1903 

2 13

 Come Away to the Glen 

7 24

 Come, Birdie, Come 1871 

9 3

 Come Sit By My Side, Little Darling 1869 

4 28

 Come With Thy Sweet Voice Again 

Scope and Content

By Stephen C. Foster.

3 27

 Comin' Thro' the Rye; and Jock o' Hazeldean 

9 24

 The Cork Leg, The Steam Arm, Ben Battle, and Young Ben the Carpenter 

8 11

 Dame Durden 

6 21

 Dance, Boatman, Dance 

5 19

 The Day We Two Were Wedded 1850 

8 14

 Do Not Heed Her Warning 

1 25

 Down Among the Dead Men 

8 30

 A Dream 1885 

1 31

 Dreaming 1914 

Scope and Content

From Pretty Mrs. Smith. Lyrics by Archibald Joyce. Music by Earl Carroll.

1 12

 Dreams of Childhood Days 1912 

2 3

 Drifting with the Tide 1877 

1 3

 The Dying Girl 1852 

Scope and Content

Words and music by John H. Hewitt.

3 21

 The Empire State 1856 

7 34

 Everyone I Know Loves You 1915 

2 8

 Every Rose Must Have Its Thorn 1891 

5 5

 Far, Far Upon the Sea! 

7 17

 La Favorite Polka and The Wedding Polka 

3 35

 The Favorite 'Trab, Trab' 

9 21

 The Favourite American Polka 1844 

7 25

 First Love 

7 13

 Flow On Thou Shining River 

Scope and Content

Includes handwritten notes about Mary Harden and John Howard Payne.

3 29

 Forget-Me-Not 1904 

Scope and Content

Blümlein Vergissmeinnicht

2 33

 Fruits and Flowers 

7 5

 The Gambler's Wife 

9 11

 Gems from the Musical Repertoire of William A. Mestayer's We, Us & Co. 1886 

3 22

 The Golden Stream Varsoviana 

3 19

 Grandfather's Clock 

5 26

 The Great Excitement! 

6 30

 Hail, Smiling Morn 

6 19

 Hail! Smiling Morn 

2 25

 Henry, The Pride of the Main 

6 6

 Here's a Health to All Good Lasses 

6 20

 The Hills of Donegal 1914 

4 13

 Les Hirondelles 

9 18

 Home (Heimweh) 

8 2

 Home! Sweet Home! 

3 15

 The Hours I Spent with Thee 1914 

Scope and Content

Music by Ernie Erdman.

1 7

 I Am A Young Man That's Most Highly Respectable 

6 22

 I Am Not Angry 1853 

7 31

 I'd Leave Ma Happy Home for You 1899 

Scope and Content

Lyircs by Will A. Heelan. Music by Harry Von Tilzer.

1 14

 I'd Leave Ma Happy Home for You 1899 

Scope and Content

Words by Will A. Heelan. Music by Harry Von Tilzer.

2 21

 I Feel I Live in Sunshine Best 

4 10

 If I Could Ask A Wish of Heaven I'd Ask for You 1915 

Scope and Content

Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb. Music by F. Henri Klickmann.

1 8

 If I Knock the 'L' Out Of Kelly It Would Still Be Kelly To Me 

1 4

 I Have No Mother Now 1856 

7 32

 The Holy Friar 

9 11

 I Love the Night 

7 10

 I'm Afloat 

3 24

 I'm Afloat, I'm Afloat! 

Scope and Content

Words by Eliza Cook.

3 23

 I'm Afloat, or The Rover's Song 

Scope and Content

Poem by Eliza Cook.

5 9

 I'm On My Way To Dublin Bay 1905 

3 18

 In My Cottage Near a Wood and My Heart with Love is Beating 

4 29

 Indian Love Call 1924 

9 35

 I Remember the Hour when Sadly We Parted 1863 

6 28

 I've Something Sweet to Tell You 

8 6

 I Wandered on the Sea-Beat Shore or The Shells of Ocean 

5 31

 I Will Not Leave My Mountain Cot 

6 7

 Jalousie 1926 

9 36

 Jetty Treffz or Trab Trab Polka and The Military Polka 

9 22

 Joan's Ale is New, Boys 

4 21

 John Anderson My Jo 

1 30

 Johnny Appleseed 1933 

9 27

 Just Before the Battle, Mother 

7 26

 Kate Kearney/The Bay of Biscay 

5 11

 Kathleen Mavourneen 

2 11

 Katy Darling 

6 8

 Katty Darling 

8 3

 Katty Darling 

9 17

 The Kossuth Polka; and The Kossuth Scottische 

7 18

 The Lament of the Irish Emigrant 

1 2

 The Lark 

8 7

 The Lass O'Cowrie 

8 12

 The Last Rose of Summer 1925 

Scope and Content

Lyrics by Thomas Moore.

1 11

 Leave Me Not Yet 1834 

Scope and Content

Poem by Felicia Hemans.

4 16

 Les Elegantes 

7 1

 Let Me Wander Where I Will 

3 20

 Let No Earthly or Sordid Feeling 

4 32

 A Life by de Galley Fire 

5 13

 A Life on the Ocean Wave 1838 

4 15

 A Life on the Ocean Wave and A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea 1838 

3 31

 Light is the Step of the Youthful Bride 

4 23

 Lilly Dale 

Scope and Content

Sigismond Thalberg.

3 9

 Lily and Rose Mazurkas 

7 22

 Lily of the Valley 1850 

2 19

 Lincoln's Mother 1900 

5 30

 Listen to the Mocking Bird 1856 

Scope and Content

Lyrics by Septimus Winner under the pseudonym Alice Hawthorne.

2 10

 The Little Church Round the Corner 

1 26

 The Little Mountaineer 

6 3

 The Little Shroud 

4 17

 Long Parted Have We Been 

3 33

 Long Parted Have We Been 

3 34

 Love's Eyes 1821 

Scope and Content

Includes handwritten note about Mary Harden and John Howard Payne.

3 30

 Lucy Long 

6 17

 Lucy Neal 

5 14

 Lucy Neal 

6 11

 Lullaby 1877 

Scope and Content

Music by Adam Geibel.

4 2

 Mahopac Lake Waltz 1846 

4 3

 Maid of Athens 

Scope and Content

Poem by Lord Byron.

4 14

 Mary of Argyle 

1 27

 Mary O'More 

6 35

 Mary's Gone with a Coon 

8 17

 The May-Queen 

Scope and Content

Poem by Alfred Tennyson.

5 10

 Melodie Op. 13, No. 9 

6 29

 My Home O'er the Sea 1841 

5 29

 My Lord Tomnoddy 1854 

6 25

 My Mary Anne 

2 4

 Mollie's Dream Waltz 

9 19

 My Mother Bids Me Bind My Hair 

1 28

 My Mother's Bible 

2 35

 My Mother's Plaintive Song 

1 23

 My Native Village Home 

7 16

 My Skiff is on de Shore 

8 34

 My Skiff is on the Shore 

8 31

 My Valley Home in Illinois 1910 

2 34

 Nell, Till, and Mary-Anne, or Slap Bang! Clap Your Hands Again 

8 24

 Nobody Knows But Mother 

9 26

 Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen 1935 

9 33

 No Flow'r That Blows Is Like This Rose 

4 34

 Now I Love Sukey Dearly 

2 30

 Now You Must 

1 24

 O, Carry Me Back to Old Virginny 1848 

6 2

 Off to Charlestown 

5 35

 Oh Boys, Carry Me Long 1851 

7 28

 Oh! Farewell 

8 16

 Oh, Love Is Just Like Gaming 

9 1

 Oh! Summer Night 

Scope and Content

Composed by Gioachino Rossini.

8 19

 Oh! Summer Night 

8 9

 Oh, Susanna/Rosa Lee, or 'Don't Be Foolish Joe' 

5 33

 Oh Take Me Back to Tenessee 1853 

Scope and Content

The Melodies of Kunkel's Nightingale Opera Troupe

2 14

 Oh, You Beautiful Doll 1911 

Scope and Content

Words by Seymour Brown. Music by Nat D. Ayer.

3 17

 The Old Clock 

4 8

 Old Dan Tucker/Walk Along, John 

5 32

 Old Dog Tray 

9 12

 The Old Home Ain't What It Used To Be 1872 

4 12

 Old Home Down on the Farm 1889 

1 6

 Old King Time 

5 17

 The Old, Old Story 

3 8

 Old Saws for Young Gents 

5 15

 The Old Sexton 

3 2

 Old Point Polka 1854 

7 29

 Old Tare River 

6 16

 Old Uncle Ned 1848 

4 27

 O Nanny Wilt Thou Gang Wi Me; and Mary Morrison 

7 21

 The Opera Polka 

Scope and Content

Arranged by Cesare Pugni.

2 6

 The Organist 1936 

2 31

 The Original Polka 

8 21

 The Passage Bird 

9 13

 Peg O' My Heart 1947 

9 34

 Pestal 

8 8

 The Pet of the Polkas 

3 32

 Pride Polka 1850 

9 2

 The Post Horn Galop and the Anna Maria Galop 

7 12

 Pretty as a Picture 

9 25

 Pretty Flower 

9 15

 Pretty Polly Hopkins 

3 14

 Pretty Star of the Night 

Scope and Content

Music by Harriet Waylett.

2 17

 Le Reveil; or The Surprise Waltz 

8 1

 The Ride; or Trab, Trab, Trab 

9 14

 Ring the Bell Softly, There's Crape on the Door 

4 3

 Rock-a-Bye Baby 1886 

5 22

 Rockaway 1840 

4 6

 The Rock Beside the Sea 1857 

4 7

 The Rock Beside the Sea 1857 

5 6

 Rock'd in the Cradle of the Deep 

6 24

 Rock Me to Sleep Mother 1861 

6 14

 Rollstone Polka 

7 33

 Rosa's Wedding Day 1849 

5 28

 The Redowa Polka 

Scope and Content

Composed by Cesare Pugni.

7 9

 The Row in Dame Europa's School 

4 19

 Runnin' Wild 1922 

Scope and Content

Lyrics by Joe Grey and Leo Wood.

1 19

 The Sabbath Bells 

3 12

 Sailing Song 1890 

2 32

 Sally in Our Alley 

3 28

 Scotch Lassie Jean 1873 

5 7

 Scotch Lassie Jean 1873 

9 7

 Scotch Lassie Jean 

9 10

 Search Through the Wide World 

2 2

 See That My Grave's Kept Green 1876 

1 34

 She Never Blamed Him 

8 22

 Slumber On Baby Dear 1863 

Scope and Content

Music by Louis Moreau Gottschalk.

5 2

 So Early in the Morning 

5 34

 So Long Letty 1915 

Scope and Content

Book by Oliver Morosco and Elmer Harris. Lyrics and Music by Earl Carroll.

1 20

 So Long Letty 

8 29

 Somebody's Coming When the Dew Drops Fall 1878 

9 9

 Something to Love 

4 22

 Sparkling Waves Polka 

3 13

 Speed the Plough 

7 35

 The Spider and the Fly 

5 16

 Tangerine 1942 

9 29

 Tell John to Set the Kettle On 

5 12

 There's a Light That's Burning in the Window of the Little House Upon the Hill 1915 

Scope and Content

By Ballard MacDonald, Joe Goodwin, and Harry Puck.

1 35

 Thou Hast Wreath'd a Spell 

2 16

 Three Bells Polka 

2 20

 Tis Only Thee 

8 13

 Tom Bowling 

Scope and Content

Music by Charles Dibdin.

1 29

 Topsy's Song 1852 

2 7

 The Trilby Two-Step Polka 1895 

4 18

 Uncle Ned 

3 26

 Under Blue Canadian Skies 1941 

1 17

 Valentine 

Scope and Content

Folder containing sheet music for multiple songs. What Are the Wild Waves Saying? He Was a Careful Man. An Awful Little Scrub. Little Nell. The Sea. Fly Away Pretty Moth. What Are the Wild Waves Saying.

5 1

 The Village Spire 

4 11

 The Violet Polka and the Adelaide Polka 

9 16

 Waves of the Ocean 

4 20

 The Wearing of the Green 

8 25

 What are the Wild Waves Saying? 

Scope and Content

Music by Stephen Glover.

5 8

 What Is Home Without A Mother 1854 

6 26

 Weeping, Sad and Lonely or When This Cruel War is Over 1863 

7 3

 Welcome Home (The Return of the Dray) 

6 9

 When a Man's a Little Bit Poorly 

4 30

 When Bound in Slumber's Golden Chain 1841 

6 1

 When Mother Falls Asleep 

4 5

 When Night Comes O'er the Plain 

8 32

 When the Swallows Homeward Fly 

4 1

 When the Leaves Begin to Turn 1878 

5 20

 When We Gathered Wildflowers Sweetheart, You and I 1915 

1 9

 Where the Morning Glories Grow 1917 

Scope and Content

Words by Gus Kahn and Raymond Egan. Music by Richard A Whiting.

3 25

 Where the River Shannon Flows 1905 

5 23

 White Horses of the Sea 1928 

2 5

 Why Chime the Bells So Merrily 

3 7

 The Wig Wag Polka 1854 

7 27

 Will Nobody Marry Me 

5 18

 Will You Come to my Mountain Home? 1848 

9 5

 Woodland Schottisch 

4 9

 Would I Were With Thee 1851 

9 4

 Would I Were With Thee 

5 24

 Would That I Had Ne'er Beheld Thee 

4 33

 Would You Be Surprised To Hear? 

4 31

 Write Me a Letter from Home 

Scope and Content

Words and Music by Will S. Hays.

1 5

 Write Me a Letter from Home 1869 

Scope and Content

Words and Music by Will S. Hays.

2 27

 You are the Image of Mother (That's Why I Love You) 1916 

1 16

 Your Mother Is Your Best Friend After All 1916 

1 21

 The Zuleika and the Emmeline Polka 

8 5

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 Books and Bound Volumes of Sheet Music 

Scope and Content

Bound volumes of various pieces of sheet music, often incribed with the owners' names.

Box

 A. L. C. (Bound Sheet Music) 

10

 Bound Volume of Various Songs 

10

 Ferd. Beyer's Progressive Method for the Piano-Forte (Victorian Illustrated Music) 1870 

10

 Heart Songs: Melodies of Days Gone By 1909 

10

 Jullien's Album for 1857 1856 

10

 Mrs. H. Robinson (Victorian Illustrated Music) 

10

 Music 

10

 Songs and Quadrilles (Victorian Illustrated Music) 

10

 Songs: Piano Forte 

10

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