February 23, 2020

Primary Source Spotlight: Henry Creamer & Turner Layton

Song recordings After you've gone Childhood days Dear old Southland Everybody's crazy 'bout the doggone blues, but I'm happy Goodbye Alexander, goodbye honey boy If you'll come back I'm waiting for you, 'Liza Jane I've got the finest man Jubilee blues Oh! Frenchy! Strut Miss Lizzie Sweet Emalina, my gal Sweet mamma (Papa's getting mad) Sweet 'n' pretty That's the doctor, Bill Way down yonder in New Orleans When the shadows softly come and go … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Music

Analyzing Primary Sources: Learning from Music Guided primary source analysis activities The Banks of the Yellow Sea Leonard Bernstein illustrated letter Election Day L’Africana – L’Africaine Opera Learning from the Source lesson plans Capturing Character on Camera Mourning Lincoln & the Art of Tribute The Negro Speaks of Rivers Science Radium Romp The Star Spangled Banner K-2 The Star Spangled Banner 3-5 We Shall Overcome Library of Congress … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Music

National Jukebox PSN curated primary source sets American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Marian Anderson California Folk Music Project George M. Cohan Aaron Copland Duke Ellington James Reese Europe Ella Fitzgerald George Gershwin & Gullah Culture Dizzy Gillespie W.C. Handy & the Blues Victor Herbert Billie Holiday Jazz Music Julia Ward Howe Mahalia Jackson Louis Jordan Jenny Lind Metropolitan Opera House … [Read more...]

Collection Spotlight: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music 

Music has long had a powerful connection to social and political movements. The Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music collection spans the years 1838-1923 and includes over 200 pieces of sheet music written by notable composers and everyday citizens and representing the views of both suffragists and anti-suffragists. Collection items Essays Music in the Women's Suffrage Movement Highlighted Sheet Music Selections Learning integration resources Singing for Women's … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: James Reese Europe

James Reese Europe biography African-American History Month: James Reese Europe In the Muse blog February 24, 2010 James Reese Europe images Ragtime Dance: Castle Walk film Ragtime Dance: One Step Variation film James Reese Europe song recordings James Reese Europe sheet music James Reese Europe: timeline & select newspaper articles More James Reese Europe historic newspaper coverage Clef Club historic newspaper coverage 369th Infantry historic newspaper … [Read more...]

World Spotlight: Brazil

Brazil: Places in the News Brazil country study Country profile: Brazil BBC Brazil timeline BBC Capoeira: From Crime to Culture In Custodia Legis blog October 9, 2012 Brazil primary source set from the World Digital Library Brazil images Brazil maps Brazil literary recordings Brazilian song recordings Brazilian sheet music Brazil books and documents U.S. historical newspaper articles mentioning Brazil Service in Brazil: U.S. veteran oral … [Read more...]

Primary Source Learning: Civil War

Civil War photograph lessons & activities The Mathew Brady Bunch New Technologies and New Uses Using Sources: Civil War Photography Technology & Tricks What Do You See? Civil War Photojournalism: A Record of War The Civil War Through a Child’s Eye Teaching Now: Integrating Literacy, History & Geography Teaching Now: Using Primary Sources with 21st-Century Learners Collection Connections teaching strategies & activities Abraham Lincoln Papers … [Read more...]

Guided Primary Source Analysis: The Banks of the Yellow Sea

This Emily Dickinson poem was set to music by composer Ernst Bacon. Take a closer look at this sheet music and read the lyrics. What feeling does this poem give you? What specific word choices influence how you feel? What kind of music do you think would go with these words (happy, upbeat, sad, mournful, lively, slow, etc.)? Even if you can't read music, what clues to the music do you get about how Bacon wanted the song to sound from the sheet music? Now listen to a song recording of "The Banks … [Read more...]

Tech Tool: Sheet Music Scanner

Music is such a powerful primary source and can really help us connect to and engage with a person or an event. The Library of Congress is full of digital music resources, including numerous sheet music collections and items.  But what to do if you would like to hear the music but cannot play an instrument yourself? Well, finally, there's an app for that! Thanks to Library of Congress Teacher in Residence Tom Bober for uncovering this wonderful tool! Currently the Sheet Music Scanner app is only … [Read more...]

Primary Source Spotlight: Jazz Music

Jazz audio recordings Jazz webcasts and performance videos Jazz image set Gottlieb jazz photos on Flickr "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to be Free" images & score Jazz sheet music Jazz life histories Jazz Chicago 1 Jazz Chicago 2 Jazz Chicago style Jazz Singers online exhibition Jazz magazine clippings from the William P. Gottlieb collection Historical newspaper coverage: jazz More jazz texts Influence of Jazz on Modern Music … [Read more...]