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Software, E-Resource African-American sheet music, 1850-1920 from the collections of Brown University. African-American sheet music from Brown University

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Title

  • African-American sheet music, 1850-1920 from the collections of Brown University.

Other Title

  • African-American sheet music from Brown University

Summary

  • Consists of 1,305 pieces of American-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. Includes many songs from the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period. Numerous titles are associated with the novel and the play Uncle Tom's Cabin. Civil War period music includes songs about African-American soldiers and the plight of the newly emancipated slave. Post-Civil War music reflects the problems of Reconstruction and the beginnings of urbanization and the northern migration of African Americans. African-American popular composers include James Bland, Ernest Hogan, Bob Cole, James Reese Europe, and Will Marion Cook. Particularly significant in this collection are the visual depictions of African Americans which provide information about racial attitudes over the course of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Material selected from the Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library, Brown University.

Names

  • Brown University. Library.
  • Library of Congress. National Digital Library Program.

Created / Published

  • [Washington, D.C.] : Library of Congress, 1999-

Headings

  • -  African Americans--Music
  • -  Minstrel music
  • -  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs and music
  • -  Popular music--United States
  • -  Music--United States--19th century
  • -  Music--United States--20th century

Notes

  • -  At head of title: The Library of Congress, American Memory.
  • -  Title from home page as viewed on June 8, 2013.
  • -  "1997 LC/Ameritech Competition Awardee Institution: Brown University."
  • -  This description is based on the original presentation of the collection on the Library of Congress website, now available only as an archived web site. The presentation on the awardee institution's website may vary.
  • -  Archived site includes timeline, The Development of an African-American musical theatre, 1865-1910.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • M1670

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 00528551

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Brown University. Library, and Library Of Congress. National Digital Library Program. African-American sheet music, -1920 from the collections of Brown University. [Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1999] Software, E-Resource. https://lccn.loc.gov/00528551.

APA citation style:

Brown University. Library & Library Of Congress. National Digital Library Program. (1999) African-American sheet music, -1920 from the collections of Brown University. [Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress] [Software, E-Resource] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://lccn.loc.gov/00528551.

MLA citation style:

Brown University. Library, and Library Of Congress. National Digital Library Program. African-American sheet music, -1920 from the collections of Brown University. [Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1999] Software, E-Resource. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <lccn.loc.gov/00528551>.