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TCS 89

Songster collection, ca. 1780-1910: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: TCS 89
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Title: Songster collection, ca. 1780-1910.
Date(s): 1780-1910.
Quantity: 1 collection (66 boxes (27.7 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English, German, and Occitan.
Abstract: Printed texts of lyrics, some with illustrated covers and some with music.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession numbers. Received from various sources on various dates.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Christina Linklater, with assistance from Melanie Wisner.

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Songster Collection, ca. 1780-1910 (TCS 89). Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

A songster is an anthology of secular song lyrics, popular, traditional or topical (occasionally with melody lines), designed to fit in the pocket. Songsters were aimed at either genteel or vulgar audiences, and appeared in many hundreds of printings in the United States between the mid-18th century and the end of the 19th, with occasional appearances in the 20th century.


Arranged alphabetically by publisher, then by author if known, then by title, with unknown publishers filed at the end.

Scope and Contents

Printed texts of lyrics, some with illustrated covers and some with music. This collection comprises songsters representing the genre's entire range of activity: 18th-century English songsters; mid-19th-century United States presidential campaign songsters; and examples of the patriotic song collections created for use by Allied forces in both World Wars.

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