Scope and Contents note
Series 14, Calendar, Time, and Weather, 1811-1980, undated, contains approximately 1,800 pieces of sheet music, documenting attitudes toward and consequences of natural events. The four seasons comprise the larger part. The materials are grouped by subject, with titles arranged alphabetically within each folder. The dates of the sheet music refer to copyright of the music, and not to the subject on the cover, songwriter's life, or other events.
Subseries 1, Years, 1880-1945, undated, is in one folder of only thirteen items, most of which have to do with Leap Year. New Year's Eve items are in Series 15, Folder V.
Subseries 2, Seasons, 1850-1978, undated, contains songs and instrumentals directly pertaining to Autumn, Spring, Summer, and Winter. Note that Thanksgiving and Harvest are in Series 15, Holidays and Celebrations. Beach and Swimming music is with the Summer section of this subseries. Music about Snow is included in the Winter section.
Subseries 3, Months, 1855-1978, undated; four months (April, May, June, and September) have their own folders. A fifth category is "Other Months." Some titles have more than one month mentioned so always check the Other Months folder.
Subseries 4, Days of the Week, 1853-1965. Sunday is the only day with its own folder; other days of the week are in the third folder. Also see Series 10, Sacred Music and Religious Themes.
Subseries 5, Clocks and Time, 1844-1967, undated. Most items have Clock or Time in the title, but some sheets are included because the cover illustration includes a clock. Note that "Father Time" items that are specific to the aging process are in Series 9, Domestic and Community Life, suberies 8.
Subseries 6, Weather, 1811-1980, undated. Sun and Rain are the largest part of this subseries. Songs about three specific floods are in Folder L, but one should also look in Series 8, Geography under specific states. Note that "snow" subjects are in subseries 2 with "winter."
Ephemera, 1952-1982, undated, consists of one folder. There are a number of DeVincent's notes referencing other parts of the collection, as well as several articles, some undated, regarding various floods, and other items relating to the subjects in the Series.
Material related to this series within the DeVincent Collection may be found in Series 2, Armed Forces; Series 5, Politics and Political Movements; Series 8, Geography; Series 12, Plants and Animals; and Series 15, Holidays and Celebrations.