Guide to the Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 29: Piano
Portions of this collection are digitized

Collection ID:
DeVincent, Sam, 1918-1997
1841-1962, undated
Physical Description:
8 Boxes
Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 29 contains materials documenting piano in the United States. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Consists of material documenting the cultural values and popular attitudes toward the piano in the United States. Includes sheet music created specifically for piano players as well as organ accompaniment. The bulk of the material dates from 1860 to 1930. The material is arranged alphabetically by title in eight boxes. Most of the material includes songs for dances such as the waltz, foxtrot, two-step, polka, and marches. A portion of the material also contains educational compositions for learning the piano including basic melodies and fingering practices. Many of these lessons are directed towards children with subjects such as fairy dances, flowers, parades, and schools. Other compositions include major themes of love, romance, and beauty.

Justine Thomas
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
This collection was purchased by the Smithsonian Institution in 1988 from Sam and Nancy Lee DeVincent.
Processing Information
Collection processed by Eva Buchanan, Katie DeFonzo, and Stephanie Haeg, interns, summer 2017; Amanda Scott; Monisha Bernard; supervised by Vanessa Broussard Simmons, archivist.

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation note
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use note
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.

Materials in Other Organizations
Materials in Other Organizations
Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
This collection contains duplicates of materials in the Smithsonian collection, as well as materials acquired by Mr. DeVincent after the donation to the Smithsonian. The phonograph records described above were transferred to the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Materials in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History
Donald J. Stubblebine Collection of Musical Theater and Motion Picture Sheet Music and Reference Material, 1843-2010 (AC1211)

Forms Part Of
Forms Part Of
An ongoing, updated list of DeVincent topical series is available via the Smithsonian finding aid portal.

More Information

Repository Contact
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
P.O. Box 37012
Suite 1100, MRC 601
Washington, D.C. 20013-7012