The Fix: Treating Historic Sheet Music

Earlier this year, two music manuscripts arrived in the book conservation lab from the Dibner Library for the History of Science and Technology. These two small items, James Bishop’s musical Gamut of 1766, and Uri Bishop’s Military Music from the War of 1812, were part of a donation earlier in the year by James L. Cerruti and his sister Vera V. Magruder. The generous gift was featured in a Smithsonian Libraries blog more »

Musical stuffed bunnies still sing it…..

“Easter Parade” is still a popular song- lots of little kids today know this old tune from their musical animal toys. You might know the lyrics and tune to sing along with the first 2 lines of the chorus of  “In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it…”  Written by Irving Berlin in 1933, the song was also the basis of the iconic 1948 movie musical starring Judy Garland and Fred Astaire. The song was introduced by Marilyn Miller and Clifton Webb on Broadway as part of the musical revue As Thousands Cheer (1933), in which musical numbers were strung together on the thematic thread of newspaper headlines and the lives of rich and famous people.

A new look at old music

This post was written by Amy Lauder, summer intern in Discovery Services. Sheet music was the primary way that popular music was circulated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, before radio and the record industry took over. The Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music at the Smithsonian Libraries contains many pieces of music from this era, all having something to do with air travel. There was great progress more »

Star-Spangled Music

This post was written by Audrey Hopkins. Audrey is a Summer 2013 intern at the National Museum of American History Library. She is currently a library graduate student at Simmons College in Boston. This fourth of July, we give you all the fixings for a barbershop quartet! Among the collections here in the National Museum of American History Library are a number of books on American music. For 25 cents in 1897, more »

Poor Kitty Popcorn, or The Soldier’s Pet

The life of a soldier can be lonely, alternating tedium with terror, and the affection of a pet can offer much solace and amusement, creating a bond that can continue long after deployment is over (for instance, there have been recent stories in the news about some U.S. Marines who have adopted pet cats in Afghanistan, detailing their efforts to bring these beloved animals back home with them). The notion of a pet cat accustomed to riding along perched on a soldier’s knapsack hardly seems so fanciful.

Something About Amelia

Amelia Earhart's Last Flight. Composer(s): McEnery, Dave. Lyricist: McEnery, Dave. Publishing Info: New York, NY: Stasney Music Corp., 1939. Today is Amelia Earhart's birthday. She was born July 24, 1897. The famous aviatrix went missing forty years later in July of 1937. Still a mystery, maybe some of these offerings from the Libraries may someday help to solve this puzzle of aviation history. Witness to the execution: the odyssey of Amelia Earhart. T.C. Buddy Brennan. Lost star: the search for Amelia Earhart. Randall Brink. East to the dawn: the life of Amelia Earhart. Susan Butler. Amelia Earhart: what really happened at Howland: report II: based on the unabridged pre-war Coast Guard record now released by George Carson Carrington. Related links: Amelia Earhart Day Women's History Month: Amelia Earhart Women in Aviation and Space History: Amelia EarhartThe Flight Stuff —Elizabeth Periale

And out of the night came a silver bird . . .

Charles A. Lindbergh, We: The Famous Flier's Own Story of His Life and His Transatlantic Flight, 1927, And out of the night came a silver bird bearing a boy who carried letters of introduction to Paris.   . . . bearing a boy who carried letters of introduction to Paris. Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born today, in 1902. The libraries has memorabilia of his historic flight in its National Air & Space Museum Library in the form of sheet music, biographies, an autobiography and much, much, more.—Elizabeth Periale

Follow Us

Latest Tweets