Opera singer Alma Gluck with her husband, violinist, composer, and educator Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. Alma Gluck came to New York from Romania as a young girl with her family during the 1890s. Efrem Zimbalist immigrated to the United States from Russia in 1912. They provide examples of the extrordinary talent that came to the northeast during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Prints and Photographs Division, LC-B2- 4102-1. Slect the link for more information about this image.
Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont.
The Northeast is the most densely populated region of the United States and historically has been the center of industry and commerce. Although there were earlier settlements and explorations of the New World, the Northeast was the earliest region to witness steady growth by Europeans migrating to the new world seeking religious freedom and opportunity, and it contains many of the largest cities in the U.S.
In the 1880s and 1890s a large wave of immigrants from all over Europe immigrated to the United States, primarily settling in Northeastern cities. In addition, subsequent waves of immigrants from various parts of the world often have gravitated towards cities such as New York, Philadelphia, and Boston. As a result, of all the regions in the nation, the Northeast is the most culturally, ethnically, and religiously diverse.
The first commercial recording company, American Gramophone Company, was organized in Philadelphia in 1887. Victor Talking Machine Company was started in Camden, New Jersey, in 1901. By the beginning of the twentieth century, New York City had become the epicenter of the commercial recording industry.
Return to Mapping the Songs of America
- "Whaling Song," performed by James H. Gibbs of Nantuckett. Mr.Gibbs served on a whaling ship in his youth, but says that he learned this song about a Nantuckett-based whaling expedition as a child. (audio)
- "Where Liberty Dwells, There is My Country," inscribed, composed and respectfully dedicated to the 7th Regiment of New York City, now in Washington, 1861. By G. S. Plumley. (sheet music)
- Margaret MacArthur, performing songs and ballads at the Library of Congress, 2005. Margaret MacArthur (bio) was a folksong collector as well as a performer, documenting songs of New England. She was from Vermont. (webcast)
- "Colley's Run I-O," sung by Parker L. Temple. This lumberman's song has versions found in Maine, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This version makes reference to geographic locations in Pennsylvania.
- Robert Winslow Gordon testing disc recording equipment. He speaks, sings a verse of "Casey Jones," and whistles. Gordon headed the first effort to document and preserve American folksong at the Library of Congress. He was originally from Bangor, Maine. (audio)
- "Among the Hills of Maryland," by R. M. Stults. (sheet music)
- "The Zionaires — Gospel Music from Maryland and Delaware," performance at the Library of Congress, July 24, 2008. (webcast)
- "The Bombardment of Bristol," sung by Sam Hinton. This ballad tells the story of the first bombardment of Bristol, Rhode Island by the British on October 7, 1775, during the American Revolution. (audio)
- "La Soupe aux Pois," sung in French by Romeo Berthiaume of Woonsocket, Rhode Island. (audio)
- "Wayne Newell and Blanch Sockabasin: Traditional Passamaquoddy Music From Maine," performance at the Library of Congress, 2009. (webcast)
- "Yankee Doodle Boy," by George M. Cohan, 1904. A hit from the Broadway musical "Little Johnny Jones." Cohan was from Rhode Island. (sheet music)
- "My Old New Hampshire Home," sung by the Peerless Quartet. Victor, 1924. (audio)
- "Já Estas Com os Copos," sung in Portuguese by Maria Olivete of Lowell, Massachusetts. Recorded by Barbara Fertig, November 14, 1987. (audio)
- "Boston Patriotic Song," lyrics by Robert Treat Paine, Jr. 1799. (in New Patriotic Songs.)
- "In Washington," sung by Billy Murray, Victor, 1907. Singerf Billy Murray was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
- "Down in the Subway," sung by Billy Murray, Victor, 1904. A song about romance in the new New York Subway. Singer Billy Murray was from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.