Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Ode to liberty. Cordially dedicated to all the human race 1 print : etching on wove paper ; 26.6 x 20 cm. (plate) | A sheet music cover, illustrated with the personification of Liberty in the form of the helmeted goddess Minerva. Her helmet is adorned with a laurel wreath and four large plumes. With her left arm she supports a shield and a spear with liberty cap and holds a scroll with the...
    • Contributor: Stackpole, Patrick M. - Waters, Horace - Oliver Ditson & Co.
    • Date: 1858
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    Gov. Seabrook's quick step 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.6 x 27 cm. (image) | A sheet music cover illustrated with an allegorical vignette incorporating the arms of the state of South Carolina. The quickstep was composed by Geo. F. Cole for the Washington Light Infantry and dedicated by the troop to the Savannah Republican Blues, Chatham Artillery, Georgia Hussars, and Volunteer Guards and to...
    • Contributor: Cole, Geo. F. (George F.) - W. Endicott & Co. - William Hall & Son
    • Date: 1850
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    The national union 1 print : lithograph printed in gold and black, with watercolor, on wove paper ; 28 x 24 cm. (image) | A patriotic, illustrated sheet music cover for a song composed by Charles Collins, Jr., and dedicated to Kentucky senator Henry Clay. The work celebrates Clay's efforts to preserve the Union, and was a product of the optimism following passage of the Compromise of...
    • Contributor: Lee & Walker - T. Sinclair's Lith - William Hall & Son
    • Date: 1851
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    Our country's flag! A new national song 1 print : lithograph on yellow wove paper ; 33.3 x 25 cm. (image) | Cover illustration for a patriotic song composed by George F. Cole, copyrighted in 1836. A young American seaman, holding an American flag with his right hand and raising his hat aloft with his left, stands on a shore with a harbor and fort (possibly Baltimore's Fort McHenry) behind him....
    • Contributor: Penniman, John - John Cole & Son
    • Date: 1836
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    Ho! For the Kansas plains 1 print : etching on wove paper ; 27 x 19.8 cm. (plate) | An illustrated sheet music cover for an antislavery song, dedicated to abolitionist spokesman Henry Ward Beecher. The illustration features a roundel illustration of the burning of the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas, by a proslavery mob in May 1856. The roundel is flanked by a standing Indian (left) and...
    • Contributor: Ditson, Oliver - Greene & Walker
    • Date: 1856
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    Our land a national song 1 print : lithograph (chine colle proof) on wove paper ; 21.5 x 18.7 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a song by George W. Babcock (Thomas Comer, composer) and dedicated to Samuel R. Spinney, Esq. The design shows Columbia or American Liberty (center) wearing a gorgon's head on her breast and a Phrygian cap ornamented with stars. She holds a...
    • Contributor: Bufford, John Henry - Oliver Ditson & Co.
    • Date: 1858
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    Know Nothing Polka dedicated to everybody by nobody 1 print : engraving on wove paper ; 27 x 20 cm. (plate) | A sheet music cover illustrated with the American nativist device of an eye in an aureole of light. The watchful eye (a commonplace in Masonic iconography) here symbolizes the Know Nothings' vigilance against "foreign influence" in American politics and government. For an earlier instance of the nativist use of this...
    • Contributor: Couenhaven, James
    • Date: 1854
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    American liberty 1 print : engraving on wove paper ; 27 x 20 cm. (plate) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a patriotic song by Freeman Scott. The title appears on a striped shield with laurel and oak branches below and a flag, liberty pole and cap, spears, and bundled fasces (symbolic of unity) behind.
    • Contributor: M. Keller & J. Neff (Firm)
    • Date: 1850
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    Fillmore Schottisch 1 print : lithograph printed in olive, red, blue, and black, on wove paper ; 32 x 25 cm. (image) | An emblematic illustrated cover for a piece of Millard Fillmore campaign music, composed by Frederic Southgate and copyrighted in 1856. The figure of Columbia or Liberty, surrounded by clouds and an oval frame, stands on a globe and holds a shield and American...
    • Contributor: McCaffrey, Henry
    • Date: 1856
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    Prize banner polka 1 print : lithograph printed in five colors ; 33 x 25.2 cm. (sheet) | Patently militaristic propaganda for the Union cause in the form of a sheet music cover illustration. Columbia or Liberty stands on the ramparts of a fortress near a cannon pointed across a harbor toward a mountainous landscape. She wears a Phrygian cap and a long gown revealing her left...
    • Contributor: Benson, E. A. - Sarony, Major & Knapp Lith
    • Date: 1860
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    Columbia rules the sea 1 print : engraving on wove paper ; 36 x 27.5 cm. (plate) | An emblem of an eagle supported by two American flags, illustrates the sheet music cover for a song by Josiah D. Canning. The eagle's wings are spread and its mouth holds a streamer with the composer's sobriquet "The Peasant Bard of Mass." The Library's copy was deposited for copyright on...
    • Contributor: Firth, Pond & Co. - Wakelam & Brothers
    • Date: 1858
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    God save American. A grand national ode in honor of the glorious anniversary of American independence . . . 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 33 x 24.5 cm. (image with lettering) | A patriotic device adorning the cover of a song arranged and adapted from "God Save the King." The device is based on the official seal of the United States. An eagle with outstretched wings holds arrows and olive branches. Behind its head is a field of stars, and...
    • Contributor: Endicott, George
    • Date: 1835
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    The flag of our union, a national song 1 print : lithograph printed in buff and black, on wove paper ; 33 x 25.6 cm. (sheet) | A patriotic allegory illustrating the cover of sheet music for a song composed by William Vincent Wallace with words by George P. Morris. The theme of the indissoluble union of North and South is evoked here, no doubt in the context of debate over the...
    • Contributor: Hoff, Henry - William Hall & Son
    • Date: 1851
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    AntiMasonic Convention in Valdimor [on the] corner-stone march 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32 x 24 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a march dedicated to the Masons. According to the text the march was performed "at the Ceremony of laying the Corner Stone of the Masonic Temple, Boston." The illustration parodies the national convention of the Antimasonic party, held in September 1831 in Baltimore ("Valdimor")....
    • Contributor: Bradlee, Charles - Johnston, David Claypoole
    • Date: 1832
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    Rising of the people. "The drum-tap rattles through the land" 1 print : lithograph printed in five colors ; 31 x 21.5 cm. (image) | A patriotic scene on the cover of a music sheet for a song written by N. P. Beers and composed by M. Colburn. In a middle-class domestic interior a young soldier (center) prepares to go off to war for the Union. He is surrounded by his family and has...
    • Contributor: Hempsted, H. N. (Henry N.) - Shaw, J. P. - Firth, Pond & Co. - H. Kleber & Bro - Oliver Ditson & Co. - Sarony, Major & Knapp Lith
    • Date: 1862
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Jeff's Race for the Last Ditch! 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27 x 35.5 cm. (sheet) | Another version of Jefferson Davis's capture by Union cavalry. (See "The Chas-ed "Old Lady" of the Confederacy," no. 1865-11.) The image appears on the cover of a musical piece dedicated to Davis's captor, "Lieut. Col. D. B. [sic] Pritchard, 5th Mich. Cavalry," Davis, in a dress and bonnet and clutching...
    • Contributor: Carter, F. N. (Franklin N.), Approximately 1827 - G.D. Russell & Company
    • Date: 1865
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    Down with the traitors serpent flag 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 34.4 x 25.7 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated unionist sheet music cover, condemning secessionist state South Carolina, and probably issued shortly after its Charleston Convention of December 20, 1860. (See "The Palmetto State Song," no. 1861-2.) Strongly militant in tone, the illustration shows an American soldier standing on the palmetto flag of South...
    • Contributor: Shober, Charles
    • Date: 1861
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    "Jeff wants to get away" 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.5 x 26.5 cm.(image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for an anti-Confederate comic song. Confederate president Jefferson Davis stands on a bale of cotton and asks John C. Breckinridge, former U.S. Vice President and fellow secessionist, to "Black Me." Breckinridge, in military uniform, complies and begins to paint Davis's face with blacking. Around Breckinridge's feet...
    • Contributor: Bussett, Eunice - McClean, Alexander - Endres & Compton
    • Date: 1864
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    God and our union 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.4 x 27.4 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a Unionist song, "God and Our Union," composed by Leopold Meignen with words by Louis Dela. The illustration features four maidens, each representing a section of the United States--North, South, East and West. The maidens stand around an altar and point to a scroll,...
    • Contributor: Cartwright, H. - Beck & Lawton - John Church Company - Oliver Ditson & Co. - Schnabel & Finkeldey
    • Date: 1860
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Uncle Sam, an American song 1 print : lithograph printed in black and tan-olive, on wove paper ; 35.2 x 26.5 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a song "written and sung by Mr. Howard Paul, in his comic & musical entertainment 'Patch Work.'" Uncle Sam here is a young man in a wide-brimmed hat and patchwork jacket. He sits whittling with his jackknife in a...
    • Contributor: Whately, H. - Lee & Walker - T. Sinclair's Lith
    • Date: 1854
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The flag with thirty four stars 1 print : lithograph printed in five colors on wove paper ; 35.6 x 27.5 cm. (sheet) | A patriotic sheet music cover for a Unionist song written by Gen. W. H. Hayward, composed and arranged by Prof. C. S. Root, and dedicated to Wilson G. Horner, Esq. Columbia, wearing a liberty cap and carrying an American flag and a sword, rides on the...
    • Contributor: A.C. Peters & Bro - Ehrgott & Forbriger
    • Date: 1862
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Liberty and union 1 print : lithograph on wove paper, printed in olive and black ; 35.5 x 27.9 cm. (image) | An allegorical Unionist sheet music cover for a song by Ohio composer J.T. Wamelink with lyrics by C.B. Barr. Beneath an arch "Union," which rests on two bases "Liberty" and "Law," sits a classical female figure. She holds a staff and Phrygian cap in one...
    • Contributor: Krebs & Co. - Wamelink & Barr
    • Date: 1864
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Our national Confederate anthem 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 31 x 19.5 cm. (image) | One of the rare illustrated sheet music covers issued under the Confederacy. Published by the composer in Richmond, this edition features a Confederate soldier who kneels on one knee holding a large flag with the words, "God save the South." A cavalryman, he wears high boots and a plumed hat...
    • Contributor: Coeniel, C. T. De. - Crehen, E.
    • Date: 1862
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    Chicora the original name of Carolina. Respectfully dedicated to the patriotic ladies of the Southern Confederated States of North American 1 print : lithograph printed in black and tan, on wove paper ; 35.7 x 28 cm. (image) | Although printed in Philadelphia, the sheet music on which this illustrated cover appears is clearly Southern in sympathy. Within an ornate acanthus framework is a large palmetto tree, symbol of South Carolina. Beneath the tree, in a hilly landscape, sits a winged female figure playing...
    • Contributor: Roeth, F. - T. Sinclair's Lith
    • Date: 1861
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Let us have pease, ha, ha 1 print : Pen lithograph on wove paper ; 35.3 x 27 cm. (image) | A sheet music cover for a humorous song on the origins of Grant's campaign slogan, "Let Us Have Peace." In actuality, those were the closing words of his letter of May 29, 1868, accepting the Republican presidential nomination. Here, the general is shown seated at a dinner table laden...
    • Contributor: Blackmar, A. E. (Armand Edward) - Wehrmann, H.
    • Date: 1868