Collection Items

  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The American Marseillaise, or voice of the people 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 24.8 x 20.3 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a Whig campaign song, "The American Marseillaise," composed by Benjamin Cahill to mark the July 4, 1844, Boston Clay rally. In keeping with the title and the occasion of the piece the artist evokes the memory of the Revolution, and draws a parallel between...
    • Contributor: Cahill, Benjamin - W. Thayer & Co.
    • Date: 1844
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    Honor to Washington. A national ode 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 35.6 x 24.8 | An elaborate emblem to the memory of George Washington, illustrating the cover of a song in his honor composed by B. A. Burditt. The song, according to the text, was written "Expressly for the celebration of the 83d Anniversary of American Independence, and performed before the City Authorities of...
    • Contributor: Bufford, John Henry - Oliver Ditson & Co.
    • Date: 1859
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    Song of the Union by a Pennsylvanian . . . 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32.8 x 25 cm. (image) | A sheet music cover for a song by John M. Crosland, dedicated to President Buchanan. The cover is illustrated with an array of emblems, many of them symbolizing threats to the integrity of the Union. A bust of George Washington dominates the composition, appearing above in an aureole of stars....
    • Contributor: Crosland, John M. - Beck & Lawton
    • Date: 1860
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    Lincoln quick step 1 print : lithograph printed in buff and black, on wove paper ; 33 x 26 cm. (sheet) | Campaign sheet music for the Lincoln candidacy. The cover illustration features an oval bust portrait of Republican nominee Abraham Lincoln, surrounded by vignettes and motifs recalling his early backwoods career. In a vignette above the portrait the candidate is shown splitting fence rails near a...
    • Contributor: Whately, H. - T. Sinclair's Lith
    • Date: 1860
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    Jeff's double quick. The last words of the Confederacy: "Jeff's war hoops" 1 print : lithograph printed in olive and black on wove paper ; 30 x 19.8 cm. (image) | Another comic version of Confederate President Jefferson Davis's ignominious capture by Union troops in May 1865. (See also "The Chas-ed "Old Lady" of the C.S.A.," no. 1865-11.) Here Davis, clad as a woman and holding a wooden pail, is discovered by a lone trooper, Benjamin...
    • Contributor: Lee & Walker
    • Date: 1865
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    Yankee volunteers marching into Dixie 1 print : lithograph printed in colors on wove paper ; 25.9 x 31.5 cm. (image) | Music cover showing a patriotic but fanciful portrayal of Union forces marching on the South at the opening of the Civil War. Led by a blue-uniformed officer with a drawn sword, a large troop of men march forward. All are dressed in the large white top hats,...
    • Contributor: J.H. Bufford's Lithographic Establishment - Bufford, John Henry - Morse, C. F.
    • Date: 1862
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    Dixie's nurse 1 print : lithograph printed in black and brown-olive, on wove paper ; 30.5 x 17.5 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a comic song, published "for the benefit of the Soldiers Home Fair, Milwaukee, Wis." The cover is adorned with a caricature of an obese Britannia, seated and holding a trident and shield. Printed in almost monochromatic neutral tones, the...
    • Contributor: Lee & Walker
    • Date: 1865
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    The flag of our union, a national song 1 print : lithograph
    • Date: 1851
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    Gov. Morton's grand march 1 print : lithograph printed in black and red, on wove paper ; 26.4 x 20.2 cm. (image) | An allegorical design on the cover of a piano-music composition dedicated to the newly elected Democratic governor of Massachusetts, Marcus Morton. The illustration's central motif is based on the state seal, showing an Indian warrior and a star on a shield, draped with the state...
    • Contributor: Moore, Thomas - Prentiss, Henry
    • Date: 1839
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    Gov. Wright's grand march 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 35.6 x 22.7 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated sheet music cover, for a march celebrating the election of Silas Wright as governor of New York. Wright, a popular and influential Democrat and Van Buren ally, was elected in November 1844. The march is dedicated to the new governor by its composer Oliver J....
    • Contributor: Oakes, William H. - Wade, E. H. - W. Thayer & Co.
    • Date: 1844
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    The three days of May 1844. Columbia mourns her citizens slain 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 35.2 x 27.4 cm. (sheet) | A memorial to nativist casualties of the violent clashes occurring between anti-foreigner "Native Americans" and Irish-American Catholics in Kensington, Philadelphia, May 6 through 8, 1844. The female figure of Columbia holds a large, billowing American flag near a broken column on which she places a wreath. On the column are...
    • Contributor: Peale, Washington - Colon & Adriance
    • Date: 1844
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    On to the charge! Inscribed to the memory of Major Ringgold . . . 1 print : lithograph printed in olive and black on wove paper ; 28.9 x 22 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a song memorializing one of the first heroes of the Mexican War, Maj. Samuel Ringgold. Zachary Taylor's innovative gunnery commander was fatally wounded in May 1846 during the battle of Palo Alto. Ringgold's superbly drilled artillery was credited by...
    • Contributor: Benteen, F. D. - J.H. Bufford & Co.
    • Date: 1846
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    Old Dominion polka 1 print : lithograph printed in black and buff ; 27.3 x 20 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a polka composed by Henry Bellman. Within a circular, ornamental border is an allegorical scene based on the seal of the State of Virginia. A helmeted female figure armed with a spear and sword (probably Minerva) stands on the figure of a...
    • Contributor: A. Hoen & Co. - Miller & Beacham
    • Date: 1855
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    Sam's coming 1 print : engraving on wove paper ; 35.5 x 23 cm. (sheet) | A music cover for a song by William Clifton, "inscribed [i.e., dedicated] to New York Know Nothing leader James W. Barker Esq." The illustration features the youthful "Sam" type who appears in various identities in earlier nativist prints, such as "Uncle Sam, an American Song" (no. 1854-5). The portrait bears...
    • Contributor: Stackpole, Patrick M.
    • Date: 1855
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    Viva l'America. Home of the free 1 print : lithograph printed in red, on wove paper ; 35.5 x 24 cm. (sheet, trimmed at left) | An illustrated cover for a patriotic song sheet. The iconography of the illustration, like the song, has militaristic overtones. On a large shield in the center of the composition perches an eagle. Rays of light and several flags radiating from behind. Cannonballs, sabers, a...
    • Contributor: Firth, Pond & Co. - Sarony, Major & Knapp Lith
    • Date: 1859
  • Photo, Print, Drawing
    America. A national song 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 36.9 x 28.3 cm. (image) | An allegorical illustration on the cover of a patriotic song, dedicated to the "National Guards of Philadelphia." A pronouncedly decollete Columbia or Liberty figure sits astride a bald eagle which flies over the globe. The eagle clutches lightning bolts and an olive branch in its talons, while...
    • Contributor: Dela, Louis - Rosenthal, Lewis N. - Lee & Walker
    • Date: 1859
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    Union march 1 print : lithograph printed in five colors, on wove paper ; 28.2 x 20 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for a Unionist song by Hans Krummacher, dedicated to Maryland Democratic senator James Alfred Pearce. The cover is adorned with a drawing of the goddess Hebe, the mythological Greek goddess of youth and cup-bearer of Zeus. Here Zeus is present as...
    • Contributor: Ellis, John F. - McCaffrey, Henry - A. Hoen & Co.
    • Date: 1860
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    The American flag, a new national lyric by Revd. J.B. Dickson of Scotland 1 print : lithograph, color. | Woman dressed in red, white, and blue, with stars on skirt, holding sword and U.S. flag.
    • Contributor: Gilmour & Dean - Stoddard, Charles S.
    • Date: 1862
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    Our country's flag 1 print : lithograph printed in olive, red, blue, and black, on wove paper ; 32.5 x 22.5 cm. (image) | An example typical of the rash of patriotic Unionist prints exalting the American flag, that appeared at the outset of the Civil War. (See also nos. 1861-19 through 1861-21.) "Our Country's Flag" is a handsomely drawn illustration appearing on a sheet music cover...
    • Contributor: Duval, Peter S. - Queen, James Fuller - G. Andre & Son - P.S. Duval & Son
    • Date: 1861
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    The stars and stripes forever 1 print : lithograph printed with color, on wove paper ; 35.7 x 28 cm. (image) | An illustrated sheet music cover for "The Stars and Stripes Forever," a song dedicated to the United States Volunteers by William J. Lemon. A figure representing the Constitution is shown wearing a Phrygian cap and holding a shield in her left hand and the American flag, topped...
    • Contributor: Whately, H. - Lee & Walker - T. Sinclair's Lith
    • Date: 1861
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    See our torn flag still waving 1 print : engraving on wove paper ; 36 x 28 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated sheet music cover glorifying the nativist cause, produced shortly after the bloody anti-Catholic riots in Kensington, Philadelphia, of May 1844. The song was composed and arranged by James W. Porter, with words by "a Native," and "respectfully dedicated to the American Republicans of the United States." The American...
    • Contributor: Porter, Jas. W. (James W.)
    • Date: 1844
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    Young America polka 1 print : lithograph printed in colors, on wove paper ; 32.5 x 25 cm. (sheet) | Sheet music cover for a polka by P. H. Vanderweide, "Dedicated to Capt. Ingraham." Capt. Duncan Nathaniel Ingraham became a popular hero when he interceded with the Turkish government on behalf of Hungarian freedom-fighter Martin Koszta in 1853, following the Hungarian revolt. "Young America" was the name...
    • Contributor: Berry, T. S. - Ditson, Oliver - Sarony & Co. - Skinner & Sperry
    • Date: 1853
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    The young American schottisch 1 print : lithograph printed in red, blue, yellow, and black ; 34.2 x 25 cm. (sheet) | Sheet music cover for a schottisch (a dance similar to the polka), composed by Francis H. Brown and dedicated to "Miss Mary Leeds of New York." The illustration features the standing figure of "Young America," a young man in coat, waistcoat, and plaid trousers, holding an...
    • Contributor: Ilsley, T. I. - Wakelam, William W. - Werlein, P. P. (Philip P.) - Colburn & Field - Firth, Pond & Co. - Sarony & Co.
    • Date: 1855
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    "Get off the track!" A song for emancipation, sung by The Hutchinsons, . . . 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 32 x 24.5 cm. (sheet) | An illustrated sheet music cover for an abolitionist song composed by Jesse Hutchinson, Jr. The song is dedicated to antislavery editor Nathaniel Peabody Rogers, "As a mark of esteem for his intrepidity in the cause of Human Rights." It is illustrated with an allegory of the triumph of abolitionism. In...
    • Contributor: Hutchinson, Jesse - W. Thayer & Co.
    • Date: 1844
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    The fugitive's song 1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; sheet 35.6 x 23.8 cm. | A sheet music cover illustrated with a portrait of prominent black abolitionist Frederick Douglass as a runaway slave. Douglass flees barefoot from two mounted pursuers who appear across the river behind him with their pack of dogs. Ahead, to the right, a signpost points toward New England. The cover's text...
    • Contributor: Bouve, Ephraim W. - Prentiss, Henry - BouvĂ©, Ephraim W.
    • Date: 1845