Illustrated sheet music provides unique access to the interests, cultural and social concerns, and decorative taste and technique of the period; indeed, sheet music covers have been called "virtual picture galleries of life in America." The items in this collection were individually selected for their visual and topical interest, aesthetic quality, and rarity. A selection of topics include pre-fire Chicago, early California, early Hawaii, 19th century military, 19th century political, "Coon songs, " family groups, comic, Blacks and minstrels, love, childhood, home, dancing, flowers, ships, transportation, women, sports, Confederate imprints, fashion, drinking, fires, animals, Irish, North American Indians, special lithographers and artists, Stephen Collins Foster, L.M. Gottshalk, William Vincent Wallace, E.T. Paull, N. Currier, Benjamin Champney, and Will Hayes.
William R. and Louise Fielder created the collection.
Finding aid for accession 1994-093 available in Special Collections Reading Room and online.
Unpublished list is available for accession 2004-097.
Purchased, 1994; accession 1994-093. Additional material received 2004, accession 2004-097.