Edison sheet music collection, 1830-1958 (bulk 1890-1940).


Edison sheet music collection, 1830-1958 (bulk 1890-1940).

The collection consists chiefly of American sheet music published in the United States between the years 1830-1930. While a significant minority of the music in the collection is instrumental music, the vast majority is for voice and piano. Notable in this collection are imprints from California dating from before 1850, first editions by Irving Berlin and others, and many European imprints among the instrumental pieces.

around 13,000 items (148 containers, 444 linear feet).


SNAC Resource ID: 7807316

Library of Congress

Related Entities

There are 38 Entities related to this resource.

Kahn, Gus, 1886-1941

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Lyricist. From the description of Autograph card signed : [New York], to Irene Gallagher, May 15/1923, 1923 May 15. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270923814 Gus Kahn, (born 6 November 1886 in Koblenz, Germany; died 8 October 1941, Beverly Hills, Calif.) was a prolific lyricist during the 20s and 30s for Tin Pan Alley, stage and films. After being taken to the U.S. by his immigrant parents in 1891 when the family settled in Chicago, he started writing songs while still at sch...

Gilbert, L. Wolfe (Louis Wolfe), 1886-1970

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L. Wolfe Gilbert (1886-1970) was an American lyricist and composer during the twentieth century. Known as the "Dean of Tin Pan Alley", Gilbert was born in Odessa, Ukraine and immigrated to the United States with his family as an infant. He later moved to New York City and started working in vaudeville as a teenager. Gilbert wrote his first hit song, "Waitin' for the Robert E. Lee" in 1912 and went on to write more than 250 songs, including "Down Yonder" (1921), "Lucky Lindy" (1927), and "Peanut ...

Work, Henry C. (Henry Clay), 1832-1884

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"Work, Henry Clay (1 Oct. 1832-8 June 1884), songwriter, was born in Middletown, Connecticut, the son of Alanson Work and Aurelia (maiden name unknown)... He married Sarah Parker in January 1857, and they had four children. He continued to write popular songs suitable for either the parlor or the minstrel show stage... Work was most productive from 1861 to 1866, and many of the songs for which he was known were composed then. Although he published songs regularly from 1866 to 1869,...

Heller, Stephen, 1813-1888

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French pianist and composer of Hungarian birth. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris May 4 1875, to M. [Jacques?] Gregoir , 1875 May 4. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270665558 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris Sept. 24 1848, to an unidentified recipient, 1848 Sept. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270665562 ...

Bryan, Alfred

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Lyricist. From the description of Autograph card signed : [New York], to Irene [Gallagher], Oct. 24/22, 1892 Oct. 24. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270923768 ...

Weatherly, F. E. 1848-1929.

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Maylath, H. 1827-1883.

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Johnson, Howard, 1908-

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Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864

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By 1831, Spontini's reputation has lost ground to the works of younger men, including Meyerbeer, whose Robert le Diable was first performed eight month after the date of this letter; this is perhaps the opera mentioned here, though Meyerbeer may be referring to the abortive Le Portefaix, the contract for which he had just signed. Despite the apparent warmth of their relationship, Spontini was already jealous. His own continuing lack of success he attributed to a plot orchestrated by Meyerbeer, "...

Sudds, William F.

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Andrew B. Sterling

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Jerome, William

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Dubin, Alfred

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Harrigan, Edward, 1844-1911

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Born in New York, N.Y., Edward Harrigan was an American actor, playwright, theatre manager, and composer. With Tony Hart he formed a stage partnership that was one of the first famous such collaborations in American musical history. From the description of Skidmore Guard song sheet, circa 1874. (Louisiana State University). WorldCat record id: 312705236 Edward Harrigan, actor, playwright, lyricist and producer was called both the Dickens and the Hogarth of 19th ...

Mack, Edward, 1826-1882

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Moelling, Theodore

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Grant, Bert, 1878-1951

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Thomas A. Edison, Inc.

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The Edison sheet music collection appears to be the music library of the recording division of Thomas A. Edison, Inc. and/or its predecessor, the National Phonograph Co. Its purpose is assumed to be to provide Edison's recording artists with music for recording sessions. From the description of Edison sheet music collection, 1830-1958 (bulk 1890-1940). (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 61675798 The Collector The Edison Sheet...

Hays, Will S.

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Louisville journalist, poet, songwriter, and steamboat pilot. From the description of Diary and scrapbook, ca. 1861. (Filson Historical Society, The). WorldCat record id: 49279811 Will S. Hays (his more familiar name) was a song writer, newspaper columnist, and steamboat captain. A Louisville native, he wrote as many as five hundred songs including "Mollie Darling," which was said to have sold three million copies. From the description of Photograph collection, c...

Herz, Henri, 1803-1888

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French pianist, composer, and teacher. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Paris Mar. 25 1828, to the Vicomte Sosthène[s] de Larochefoucault [i.e. Louis François Sosthènes de La Rochefoucault, duc de Doudeauville], 1828 Mar. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270666202 From the description of Partially printed document, dated : Paris, 23 March 1870, 1870 Mar. 23. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873930 German pianist, composer, and teacher. ...

Bellak, Ja's (James)

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Whiting, Richard A., 1891-1938

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Richard A. Whiting was a prominent music composer for Hollywood and Broadway productions from the 1920s-1930s. Born in 1891, Whiting married Eleanore Youngblood in 1923. The couple had two daughters, pop vocalist Margaret Whiting and singer/actress Barbara Whiting. Over his career on Broadway and in Hollywood, Whiting collaborated with many of the music industry's most celebrated lyricists including Gus Kahn, Ray Egan, Buddy DeSylva, Leo Robin, Oscar Hammerstein II, and Johnny Merce...

Meyer, Louis, 1862-1913

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Webster, Joseph Philbrick, 1819-1875

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Composer and performer of popular (1840-1870's) music. From the description of [Papers] / Joseph Philbrick Webster. ca. 1840-1874. (University of Wisconsin - Madison, General Library System). WorldCat record id: 19803476 ...

Holland, Justin, 1819-1887

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Arthur J. Lamb

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Maeder, J. Gaspard (James Gaspard), 1809-1876

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Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895

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Composer, music educator and president of Root & Sons Music Co., Chicago, Ill. Acquaintance of Abby Hutchinson Patton a famous singer (Hutchinson Family Singers) and song writer of the nineteenth century. Also a campaigner for Abraham Lincoln and member of the Executive Committee of the American Equal Rights Association after the Civil War. From the description of Letter, June 26, 1891. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 54354828 ...

Russell, Henry, 1812-1900

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Composer of highly popular songs and pianist. From the description of Autograph note signed : [n.p.], to Mrs. Hipkins, [189-?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270910487 Henry Russell was an English pianist, baritone singer, and composer. From the description of Henry Russell sheet music, 1840. (Georgia Historical Society). WorldCat record id: 496118000 ...

Kinkel, Charles.

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Strelezki, Anton

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Cooper, George, 1840-1927

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Young, Joe, 1889-1939

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Millöcker, Carl, 1842-1899

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Austrian composer. From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vienna, 26 October 1891, to an unidentified recipient, 1891 Oct. 26. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270582543 From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : Vöslau, 27 July [n.y., 1873-1876?], to an unidentified recipient, [n.y., 1873-1876?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270582541 From the description of Le Viceamiral / Ouverture. [1886?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270567184...

Smith, Harry Bache, 1860-1936

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Lyricist. From the description of Harry Bache Smith correspondence, 1895-1901. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 70980474 American writer of short stories, plays, and librettos. A collector of rare books, manuscripts, and autographs, Smith also wrote about his collecting activities. From the description of Papers, 1773-1935, (bulk 1890-1930). (Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (HRC); University of Texas at Austin). WorldCat record id: 122648359 ...

Pixley, Frank, 1865-1919

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Grobe, Charles

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Wodehouse, P.G. (Pelham Grenville), 1881-1975

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P. G. Wodehouse was an American and English novelist, poet, playwright, journalist, and short-story writer. From the description of Pelham Grenville Wodehouse collection of papers, 1905-1975. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122465613 From the guide to the Pelham Grenville Wodehouse collection of papers, 1905-1975, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.) British author. From ...