Sheet Music Collection


Sheet Music Collection


Sheet music covers--1830-1910
Popular music -- United States -- 1911-1920.
Popular music
Songs with piano
Women composers


The Filson maintains a large collection of 19th and 20th century sheet music. Numbering some 4,700 items, much of the collection reflects the popular music of the day, such as patriotic marches, homesick laments, or romantic ballads. Highlights include sheet music published during the Civil War and by Louisvillian William Shakespeare Hays. The collection is heavily concentrated thematically on Kentucky and the Civil War. A small portion of the General Music Collection and the Walter Barney Music Collection have been digitized, focusing primarily on women composers.


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections


ca. 1840-1930.


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Collection Items

Come to Mammoth Cave in Old Kentucky
Dedicated to the Kentucky Club of Paducah, Ky/four drwgs; River Styx, Mammoth Cave, boy with horse,
Lincoln’s cabin and White House/pub Jettie W.E. Turner, Paducah.

Eliza's Flight
Litho: Eliza and baby crossing ice floes (scene from Uncle Tom’s Cabin)

I'm Getting Kind of Lonesome for my Old Kentucky Pal
Large photo of Blossom Seeley(?); inset
Mabel Robinson

In Old Kentucky
Drwg: montage of horses in action; central photo of Ms. Stewart with horse,
scene from movie

Kentucky Song
Publ. The Word and Work, Louisville,

Kentucky Sal
Drwg by Flo Cooney of young lady
carrying pail along country lane

'Neath the Blue Kentucky Skies
Chorus printed on cover; drawing of
river bend

Rose that Grows in Dreamland, The (Just for You)
Cameo of pretty lady over brown and
green drwg of lake scene, publ. by Billy Smythe Music Co., Louisville, KY

Three Cheers for General Dawson
Photo of Dawson: he was Attorney General of Ky, campaigning for
Governor/fwd. by DeGott Zoeller Co. Louisville
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