Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, ca. 1820-1860, provides access to sheet music copyrighted between the years of 1820-1860. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular vocal music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and some music for band and orchestra. Some of the more notable titles include "Susanna" and "Jeannie with the Light Brown Hair".
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- Greatest Hits, 1820-60 (Variety Music Cavalcade)
- Music Copyrighted in Federal District Courts, ca. 1820-1860
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- Expansion and Reform — 1801-1861
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- America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets
- Band Music from the Civil War Era
- Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
- Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1870-1885
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