Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Series 34: Indiana Publishers

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Physical Description:
8 Boxes
Sam DeVincent loved music and art and began collecting sheet music with lithographs at an early age. Series 34 contains sheet music and other materials documenting the State of Indiana. An overview to the entire DeVincent collection is available here: Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Includes sheet music by Indiana publishers. The bulk of the material dates from 1882 to 1933 and is arranged alphabetically by title in 8 boxes. The music is generally composed for piano and piano/vocal. The compositions include two-steps, marches, waltzes, and ballads. A consistent theme throughout the series of sheet music is the publication in Indiana, where Sam DeVincent lived for most of his life. Most of the pieces were published in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis. Other compositions were published in Indiana cities such as Arcadia, Huntington, Marion, Reelsville, Richmond, and Warsaw. The songs in the series concern subjects such as love, religion, and patriotism. A portion of the compositions created after the end of World War I are about war heroes, soldiers, and coming home from war. The illustrations in the series generally depict men and women falling in love as well as soldiers returning from war.

Justine Thomas
Immediate Source of Acquisition
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.

Using the Collection
Preferred Citation
The Sam DeVincent Collection of Illustrated American Sheet Music, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
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 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.

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.

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