Early 19th Century Tunebook
This well-worn volume contains approximately fifty secular tunes with titles such as "Presidents New March," "York Fusalier," "The Hay Maker," "The Girl I Left Behind Me," and "Jefferson and Liberty." Examination by musical scholars will undoubtedly help us to determine the date and possibly the location of the compiler. Even in cases such as this when key identifying information is absent, collections of music help in an understanding of the popularity of individual tunes and the repertoire of musicians.
Purchased from Harry C. Hakala. Harry G. Stoddard Memorial Fund.
~ Thomas Knoles, Curator of Manuscripts and Marcus A. McCorison Librarian
"One day I am visited by a collector of ordination sermons; the next, by
a collector of 4th of July orations; then comes a collector of geography;
another wants religious newspapers; another wants every book printed in
New York before 1700. I accommodate myself to all; for I want every thing
and collect every thing, and I have more zeal than the whole of them: and
in this way I am kept very busy."
~Christopher Columbus Baldwin
3rd Librarian of AAS