Cotsen Children's Library Diana R. Tillson collection of musical manuscripts and papers 1712 - 1941

Manuscript, Book
14 items (3 half size archival boxes)


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1712 - 1941
Summary note
Includes 14 volumes and letters of manuscript sheet music, lyrics, and songs. All material appears American except for the French manuscript Recueil d'airs choisis & nouveaux (1830). Years of production vary: the earliest manuscript is the singing book of Sarah Ross (1712), the latest manuscript was compiled by a first grade student, Tyyni Walo-Gayer in 1941. Other highlights include the Pennsylvania Dutch hymn book of Johannes Hanbect (1813) and Ane buik off roundells (1800's), a manuscript copy of an earlier 1612 manuscript book of 100 roundels and poems including "ding dong bell" by David Melvill.
  • Box 1
  • Songs ca. 1750, manuscript sheet music, later brown calf, marbled endpapers
  • Rebecca Hiester's Music Book 1792, manuscript sheet music, quarter bound mottled boards
  • Recueil d'airs choisis & nouveaux ca.1830, book of lyrics, contemporary brown calf patterned with black ink, red edges.
  • Box 2
  • Scrap album 1850's?, blue cloth stamped in silver.
  • Johannes Hanbect 1813, Pennsylvania Dutch hymn book, original brown patterned boards
  • Ane buik off roundells 1800's, manuscript copy of an earlier 1612 manuscript book of 100 roundels and poems including "ding dong bell" by David Melvill, original mottled calf boards decorative ruling, red flecked edges
  • "The yankee girl" and "A Virginia slave mother's farewell to her daughters sold into southern bondage" 1800's, manuscript letter (split in half) with 2 songs of sheet music and lyrics
  • "A glee" and "Epitaph on Miss Susanna Wesley" ca. 1800, 2 manuscript music sheets by Samuel Wesley, notes by Howard Mott, bookseller, laid in
  • Letter by A. B. Bicker? to Asa D. Lord 1838, includes manuscript sheet music for "The School Master", 2 pages.
  • Box 3
  • First Grade songs 1941, compiled by Tyyni Walo-Gayer, includes first grader's manuscript sheet music and accompanying original drawings, original wrappers.
  • Songs, Herman Trilbin? 1850's?, manuscript sheet music and lyrics, repaired blue wrappers
  • Sarah Ross, her singing book 1712, manuscript sheet music and lyrics, original brown paper wrappers
  • "The Child's Wish" & "Ossian's Serenade" 1850, 2 pages of manuscript sheet music with lyrics, by O. E. Dodge, includes cardboard sheet with additional bibliographic information
  • Musica 1813, Manuscript sheet music with lyrics, by F. Dubuisson, Quarter bound leather with tips on dark gray marbled boards (original record, cid: 86380).
Source acquisition
Diana Rexford Tillson Collection, the gift of Lloyd E. Cotsen '50.
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