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American Song Sheet collection

Identifier: GTM-GAMMS240

Collection-level Scope and Content Note

The American Song Sheet Collection comprises a relatively cohesive group of 234 song sheets published in the United States (and principally in New York, by de Marsan) in the 1850's and during the early years of the Civil War. There are songs of African American interest, a few relating to events in the Civil War, and at least one exploiting a German accented singer. But of principal note are the fairly large number of songs dealing with the immigrant Irish or their native land, from "The Wearing of the Green" to numbers now wholly unfamiliar. Although the collection numbers only about a tenth of that listed in Wolf's bibliography, it includes a considerable number of items not listed in that standard source.


  • 1850-1865
  • Majority of material found within 1850 - 1865

Collection-level Access Restrictions

Most manuscripts collections at the Georgetown University Booth Family Center for Special Collections are open to researchers; however, restrictions may apply to some collections. Collections stored off site require a minimum of three days for retrieval. For use of all manuscripts collections, researchers are advised to contact the Booth Family Center for Special Collections in advance of any visit.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of the materials being used, establishing who the copyright owner is, locating the copyright owner, and obtaining permission for intended use.


3 Linear Feet (3 Hollinger Record Storage boxes)

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Purchase, Processer

Source: Purchase. Processed by Joyce W. O'Brien, November 1999.

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Repository Details

Part of the Georgetown University Manuscripts Repository

Lauinger Library, 5th Floor
37th and O Streets, N.W.
Washington DC 20057