Music for the Nation, 1870-1885, contains thousands of pieces of post-Civil War era sheet music. The music includes popular songs, compositions for piano, band and orchestra, choral music, solo instrumental music, method books, and instructional materials. The collection provides a unique window into American music and how it defined and was defined by its time in history.
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These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection, although they may not be all-encompassing.
- Development of the Industrial United States, 1876-1915
Related Collections and Exhibits
- An American Ballroom Companion: ca. 1490-1920
- The American Variety Stage, 1870-1920
- Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920
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