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.
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.