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Collection Photo, Print, Drawing Sheet music cover collection (Library of Congress)

About this Item

Title

  • Sheet music cover collection (Library of Congress)

Summary

  • Images reflect varied aspects of American history, culture, and politics of the nineteenth century. Examples of topics depicted include African Americans; animals; children; cities; the Civil War; daily life; dancing; educational institutions; emblems and symbols; entertainers; fashion; flags; genre scenes; landscapes; love and marriage; military personnel; musical instruments and people playing instruments; U.S. Presidents; sports; theater; transportation; and women.

Names

  • Brown, George Loring, 1814-1889, artist
  • Champney, Benjamin, 1817-1907, artist
  • Grain, Frederick, artist
  • Hewitt, William Keesey, 1817-1893, artist
  • Homer, Winslow, 1836-1910, artist
  • Johnston, David Claypoole, 1799-1865, artist
  • Lane, Fitz Henry, 1804-1865, artist

Created / Published

  • 1830-1880.

Headings

  • -  African Americans--1830-1880
  • -  Animals--1830-1880
  • -  Children--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Cities & towns--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Clothing & dress--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Dance--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Domestic life--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Educational facilities--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Emblems--1830-1880
  • -  Entertainers--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Flags--1830-1880
  • -  Love--1830-1880
  • -  Marriage--1830-1880
  • -  Military personnel--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Musical instruments--1830-1880
  • -  Presidents--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Ships--1830-1880
  • -  Sports--1830-1880
  • -  Symbols--1830-1880
  • -  Theatrical productions--United States--1830-1880
  • -  Women--1830-1880
  • -  United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Songs & music

Headings

  • Engravings--1830-1880.
  • Genre prints--American--1830-1880.
  • Humorous pictures--1830-1880.
  • Landscape prints--1830-1880.
  • Lithographs--American--1830-1880.
  • Sheet music--American--1830-1880.

Genre

  • Humorous pictures--1830-1880
  • Landscape prints--1830-1880
  • Genre prints--American--1830-1880
  • Lithographs--American--1830-1880
  • Sheet music--American--1830-1880
  • Engravings--1830-1880

Notes

  • -  Arrangement: Organized by broad subject (Views, War, Portraits, Topics) with eighty-eight subdivisions.
  • -  Alice Lee Parker. "Prints and Photographs Division", Quarterly Journal of the Library of Congress, v. 19, Dec. 1961. pg. 51-55
  • -  Special Collections in the Library of Congress / compiled by Annette Melville. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1980, no. 166
  • -  LOT title devised by Library staff.
  • -  Former LOT title: Music cover collection (Library of Congress): pictorial americana.
  • -  Includes illustrations by George Loring Brown, Benjamin Champney, Frederick Grain, William Keesey Hewitt, Winslow Homer, David Claypoole Johnston, Fitz Hugh Lane, and others.
  • -  Prints are from a variety of U.S. printers and publishers.
  • -  Many covers are detached from the sheet music and mounted on paper. Some still accompany the music for which they were designed.
  • -  Digitized images of some items in the collection and their associated identifying information are available through the Prints & Photographs Online Catalog, by searching using the call number "LOT 10615."
  • -  Copyright deposit; 1800s to 1960.
  • -  Transfer; Music Division; 1961.
  • -  Gift; Harry T. Peters; 1961.
  • -  Publishers of nineteenth century sheet music used illustrated covers to promote sales of popular music.
  • -  Finding aid listing the eighty-eight subdivisions is available in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. Also available online https://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/eadpnp.pp002001

Medium

  • whole collection ca. 1,700 items
  • ca. 1,700 prints : chiefly lithographs, b&w and color ; 36 x 28 cm. or smaller.

Call Number/Physical Location

  • LOT 10615 (H) [P&P]

Repository

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2002696074

Rights Advisory

  • No known restrictions on publication.

Online Format

  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

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  • Rights Advisory: No known restrictions on publication.
  • Reproduction Number: ---
  • Call Number: LOT 10615 (H) [P&P]
  • Access Advisory: ---

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Access to Originals

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      As a preservation measure, we generally do not serve an original item when a digital image is available. If you have a compelling reason to see the original, consult with a reference librarian. (Sometimes, the original is simply too fragile to serve. For example, glass and film photographic negatives are particularly subject to damage. They are also easier to see online where they are presented as positive images.)
    • No, the item is not digitized. Please go to #2.
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    • Yes, another surrogate exists. Reference staff can direct you to this surrogate.
    • No, another surrogate does not exist. Please go to #3.
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Cite This Item

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Chicago citation style:

Brown, George Loring, Artist, Benjamin Champney, Frederick Grain, William Keesey Hewitt, Winslow Homer, David Claypoole Johnston, and Fitz Henry Lane. Sheet music cover collection Library of Congress. United States, 1830. to 1880. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2002696074/.

APA citation style:

Brown, G. L., Champney, B., Grain, F., Hewitt, W. K., Homer, W., Johnston, D. C. & Lane, F. H. (1830) Sheet music cover collection Library of Congress. United States, 1830. to 1880. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2002696074/.

MLA citation style:

Brown, George Loring, Artist, et al. Sheet music cover collection Library of Congress. to 1880. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2002696074/>.