Guide to the New Jersey Sheet Music Collection 1811-1932 MG 1017


Descriptive Summary
Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Access Points
Related Material
Administrative Information

Container List

Sheet Music

Guide to the New Jersey Sheet Music Collection
MG 1017
The New Jersey Historical Society
52 Park Place
Newark, New Jersey 07102
Contact: NJHS Library
(973) 596-8500 x249
© 2004 All rights reserved.
The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Bob Golon as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Title: New Jersey Sheet Music Collection
Dates: 1811-1932
Abstract: This collection consists of sheet music, some in bound volumes and others loose, reflecting popular music of the 19th and early 20th century.
Quantity: 0.30 linear feet (12 items in 7 folders)
Collection Number: MG 1017

Historical Note

Prior to the widespread use of commercial printing, musical scores were carefully transcribed by hand into notebooks by individuals, reflecting their individual taste in music, and also reflective of the popular music of the time period.

There are interesting historical notes for some of the selections included in this collection. “The Rose That All Are Praising” was written by Thomas Haynes Bayly, an English songwriter and dramatist of the early 19th century. Besides this work, Bayly gave to us the well know phrase “Absence makes a heart grow fonder” as part of the ballad “Isle of Beauty.”

“Song of New Jersey,” and “Down on the Jersey Shore (in Jerseyland)” was written by Charles H. Fenner of Buffalo, New York, and was submitted to the New Jersey Hotel Keepers Association “in contest for prizes offered,” date and contest results unknown.

“March On, March On for Jersey” was adapted from “A Volume, Poems of New Jersey” by E. R. Musgrove, who was the head of the English department of Newark’s East Side High School, and the music was written by Carl H. Galloway, Supervising Principal of Metuchen, N.J., and was copyrighted by Galloway in 1932.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of sheet music, some in bound volumes and others loose, reflecting popular music of the 19th and early 20th century. Selections include “The Rose that All Are Praising,” by Thomas Haynes Bayly, “Song of New Jersey,” and “Down the Jersey Shore (in Jerseyland),” by Charles H. Fenner, and a handwritten original and five commercially printed copies of “March On, March On for Jersey,” by E. A. Musgove and Carl H. Galloway. There are also many popular standards of the time period, including marches, ballads, polkas, and religious music.

The Sarah F. Cory music books contain works such as “The Little Magician Polka,” and “The Leonora Polka,” as well as numerous waltzes, marches, and ballads. The Crowell Wilkinson music book, dated January 1, 1811, contains popular music such as “Hail Columbia,” “March to Boston,” and “God Save America.” The music collection book belonging to Sarah Cruser, dated November 24, 1823, includes “The Battle of Prague,” by Kotzwara, “Hurrah Hurrah,” “The Knight Errant,” by Hortencia, Queen of Holland, and “The Light House,” by Thomas Moore.

An additional item appears within the Crowell Wilkinson book; a handwritten receipt, signed by A. W. Baldwin, for rent money received from John Wilkinson for the rent of hotel space, which appears unrelated to the sheet music collection

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Baily, Charles Haynes.
Baldwin, A. W.
Cory, Sarah F.
Cruser, Sarah.
Fenner, Charles H.
Galloway, Carl H.
Musgrove, E. R.
Wilkinson, Crowell.
Wilkinson, John, fl. 1840.
Subject Topics:
Music–New Jersey.
Subject Places:
Metuchen (N.J.)
Newark (N.J.)
Document Types:
Sheet music.
Subject Occupations

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Related Material

For materials related to individuals or topics documented in this collection, see:

Manuscript Group 135, Newark Handel And Haydn Society Records

Manuscript Group 136, Newark Sacred Music Association Record Book

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The source of this collection is unknown.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 1017, New Jersey Music Collection, The New Jersey Historical Society.

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Container List

Sheet Music

Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Sheet Music (1 selection) undated
1 2 Sheet Music (1 selection) undated
1 3 Sheet Music (7 selections) undated
1 4 Sheet Music (11 selections) 1823 Nov 24
1 5 Sheet Music (24 selections) 1811 Jan 1
1 6 Sheet Music (1 selection) 1932
1 7 Sheet Music (93 selections) undated

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