COLLECTION OF ILLUSTRATED AMERICAN SHEET MUSIC, ca. 1790 - 1987
Series 7: SPORTS, 1834-1983
by: Robert S Harding and Yaraslav Senyk, 1997
Scope and Content:
Some of the subseries in Series 7: SPORTS are identified utilizing DeVincent's original subject
terms. In addition, the archivist has introduced other subseries titles Gambling and Games
of Chance; Olympics, Sleighs and Sledding. This series contains 1,254 pieces of sheet music
and song folios. Most of the sheet music is either piano or piano/ vocal arrangements. The material
dates from 1834 to 1983. Some nineteenth-century imprints are not dated.
The song sheets in this series are arranged into sixteen subseries and alphabetically there
under. The largest subseries are Baseball (7.1) with 301 items and Football (7.4) with 239 items
. The Football subseries contains mainly University and College football songs. The items in
the folders are arranged by the name of the University and/or College and there under
alphabetically. These institutions of higher learning are listed in the finding aid at the beginning
of each folder. A small number of football and sports songs may be found in the University and
College song Folios, which are located in unprocessed boxes under DeVincent's topical title
"University and College."
Nineteenth-century lithographic illustrations may be found on song sheets in several subseries
including Fishing (7.3), Football (7.4), Hunting (7.8), Ice Skating (7.9), and Sleighs and Sledding
(7.14). Pieces of music from operas "Der Freischutz" by Weber and "Cinderella"
by Rossini may be found in the Hunting subseries. The Motion Picture Production folder in the
Ice Skating subseries (7.9) contains mainly songs from Ice Review movies with Sonja Henie.
Go To Container List 7.1