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  • [ Facsimile of Keim manuscript]

    manuscript | 1 manuscript photostat, mounted on cardboard | This copy of the Star spangled banner was written by Key in 1842 for his friend Gen. George Keim of Reading, PA. (Content). Inscription at bottom: "to Gen. Keim." Part of an assortment of uncatalogued clippings and photostats relating to the Star Spangled Banner, housed in the Music Division. Manuscript (Form).

    • Contributor: Key, F. S.
    • Original Format: Books
  • To Anacreon, in heav'n

    First book printing of both the poem and the tune of the Anacreontic song. There is reasonable historical doubt about John Stafford Smith's actual composition of the melody. Published in "The vocal enchantress," pages 336-338.

    • Contributor: J. Fielding - [Smith, John Stafford?] - [Tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Original Format: Books

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  • [ Song 566] Anacreontic Society

    Published in "The vocal magazine," pages 147 and 148 (Content). First dated printing of the poem "To Anacreon in Heav'n" (no music). B1 in Star Spangled Books.

    • Contributor: J. Harrison for J. Bew - Tomlinson, Ralph, Esq
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1778

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  • The Anacreontick Song

    It is this edition from which most claims of Smith's authorship of the tune come. While it is accepted that he did the arrangement for the tune, other initial sources for the melody have been given as an old hunting song or traditional bar song. Published in "A fifth book of canzonets, catches, canons & glees, sprightly and plaintive, with a part for the ...

    • Contributor: "Printed for the Author" - Smith, John Stafford - [Tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Original Format: Books

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  • Galop

    Songbook. Book. 2 p., 9 x 11 in. | Copyright, 1882, by J. Church & Co. (Copyright). From Murray's method for the organ, p. 82-83.

    • Contributor: John Church & Co. - Murray, James R. - Fairbank, H. W.
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1882

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  • Soldiers of Zion Jewish national anthem

    sheet music | 6 p. ; 35 cm. | Sheet Music (Form).

    • Contributor: The Jewish Morning Journal - Rosenfeld, Morris - Arnstein, Ira
    • Original Format: Notated Music - Books
    • Date: 1918

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  • To Anacreon in heaven

    First American book printing of the words and music of "To Anacreon in heaven." Published in "Nightingale. A collection of the most popular, ancient, & modern songs; set to music." (Samuel Larkin, compiler), pages 188-191.

    • Contributor: William and Daniel Treadwell - [Smith, John Stafford?] - [Tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1804

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  • You never miss the water

    Songbook. Book. 2 p., 9 x 12 in. | Copyright, 1876, by E. Mack (Copyright). From School for the parlor organ, melodeon and harmonium, p. 116-117. Cover of book gives title as "Champion Organ Instructor" but title page gives proper title.

    • Contributor: F.W. Helmick - Mack, E[Dward]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1876

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  • God bless America

    manuscript | 4 p. | Irving Berlin's handwritten lyrics to "God Bless America." "God Bless America" by Irving Berlin (c) Copyright 1938, 1939 by Irving Berlin (c) Copyright Renewed 1965, 1966 by Irving Berlin (c) Copyright Assigned the Trustees of the God Bless America Fund International Copyright Secured. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by Permission. (Copyright Notice). Manuscript (Form).

    • Contributor: Berlin, Irving
    • Original Format: Books
  • Sweet home

    Hymnal. Book. 1 p., 5 x 9 in. | Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1852, by L. Swormstedt & A. Poe, In the Cleck's office in the District Court of the United States for the District of Ohio. (Copyright). Full title of book, "Deutsches Choralbuch : Eine Sammlung von deutschen und engishen kirchenmelodien, nebst einer Unweifung fur Erlernung der Vokalmusik." ...

    • Contributor: L. Swormstedt & A. Poe - Wakefield, Von S. - Bishop, Henry Rowley
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1852
  • Materna (O Mother Dear, Jerusalem)

    Hymnal. xvi, 282 p.; iv, 56 p., 15 x 21.5 cm | Tune for "America the Beautiful." In "Hymns of Worship and Service, Chapel Edition" -- Hymn #325 (page 237).

    • Contributor: Knickerbocker Press/The Century Company - Ward, Samuel Augustus
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1906
  • Eternal Father, strong to save

    Hymnal. 1 p. | Taken from the book entitled "Hymns of worship and service, Chapel edition."

    • Contributor: Century Co. - Dykes, John - Whiting, William
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1906
  • Eili, Eili (The only original version)

    sheet music | 8 p. ; 31 cm. | Sheet Music (Form).

    • Contributor: Maurice Richmond Music Co. - Sandler, Jacob Koppel - Isaacson, Charles D.
    • Original Format: Notated Music - Books
    • Date: 1919

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  • [ Facsimile of first newspaper printing of The star spangled banner]

    1 photostat of newspaper article | Published in the" Baltimore Patriot and Evening Advertiser." Part of an assortment of uncatalogued clippings and photostats relating to the Star Spangled Banner, housed in the Music Division.

    • Contributor: Munroe & French - [Key, Francis Scott]
    • Original Format: Books
  • Anacreon in heaven [et al.]

    This edition is regarded as the one most likely owned by Key and most likely to have influenced his selection of the Anacreontic song to be the melody for his poem. Published in "The Baltimore musical miscellany," pages 26-30 (volume I) -- has another poem to be sung to the Anacreontic song at pp 29-30.

    • Contributor: Sower & Cole - [Smith, John Stafford?] - [Tomlinson, Ralph]
    • Original Format: Books
    • Date: 1804

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