Guide to the Robert Schmertz Collection, 1898-2001 CAM.SCHM.2015

ULS Center for American Music

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Center for American Music
Title
Robert Schmertz Collection
Creator
Schmertz, Robert (Robert Watson), 1898-1975
Collection Number
CAM.SCHM.2015
Date
1898-2001
Extent
8.0 linear feet  (4 boxes)
Location
With the exception of the banjo in its case, the Robert Schmertz Collection is located in the Center's Archive Room on top of Cabinet VIII.
Abstract
The Robert Schmertz collection is comprised of instruments, posters and programs, music manuscripts, published scores, songbooks, and sound recordings related to the Architect and composer's career.

Preferred Citation

Robert Schmertz Collection, 1898-2001, CAM.SCHM.2015, Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh

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Biography

Robert Watson Schmertz was born in the Pittsburgh neighborhood of Squirrel Hill in 1898. He was the grandson of Robert Schmertz, the owner of Schmertz & Company, the Duquesne Glass Works and a director of the Pittsburgh Bank For Savings in the late 1800's.

Robert found his musical inspiration when the clan Schmertz would gather for family orchestras, a sort of inter-generational hootenanny where he would sing and strum the banjo with the kin. The banjo was copacetic; someone left it at the house and young Schmertz, who had never played an instrument, picked it up. Little did he know then where that long-necked, five-string banjo would lead him.

Schmertz went to Peabody High School, where he first met his wife, Mildred. He then enrolled at Carnegie Tech (now CMU), where he was part of its first school of architecture class and co-wrote the Tartan spirit song "Fight for the Glory of Carnegie."

Robert and Mildred had a son and two daughters: John, Mildred, and Gretchen.

Schmertz taught as a professor for 35 years in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Tech and operated a thriving private practice out of the Seventh Avenue Century Building in town, a few short blocks from where his grandfather ran his business.

He planned the construction of St. Michael's of the Valley Church in Rector, Mt. Lebanon Presbyterian Church's Education Building, Morewood Gardens in Oakland, the renovation of Latrobe's Unity Chapel and was part of the Saxonburg Cyclotron design team (it closed in 1969; it was a nuclear lab campus for Carnegie Tech, complete with its own atom-smasher, that was situated at the spot where KDKA once broadcast) among his many projects. He also designed homes for several prominent local families during his career.

His reputation as a composer and folk performer spread by word-of-mouth beyond the city, with many of his tunes based on Pittsburgh's own lore. It took years for his friends to convince Schmertz to get his music on vinyl. In 1949 a group of friends donated money and bought Schmertz recording time at a local studio. The resulting 78 LP was only pressed 300 times, but had a big influence.

People in folk circles likened him to a contemporary Stephen Foster, and his earthy lyrics won him the title of "Troubadour of the Two by Four." None other than Pete Seeger recalled that "Bob Schmertz was a very good songwriter."

Sometimes derivative in his music, his writing was a brilliant example of the genre. He could rhyme any couplet, keep the words in appropriate dialect and make them flow off a singer's tongue. Telling a simple folk story through song was his forte, and not one easily mastered.

Pete Seeger recorded "Monongahela Sal," a song Schmertz had written in 1947, on the "Story Songs" album from 1961. Burl Ives, Tennessee Ernie Ford, The Statler Brothers and Gary Crosby all recorded versions of "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord." Ives was a particular fan of Schmertz, recording his "Angus MacFergus MacTavish Dundee," "The Lock Tenders Lament," and "Quack Quack Paddle-Oh." Local folkies The NewLanders included "Monongahela Sal" on their 2003 CD "Where the Allegheny Flows."

But Seeger is the guy who shined the spotlight on Bob Schmertz. Beside "Sal," he played other Schmertz compositions all around America, and always credited the writer. He wasn't alone; every folkie that came through the City visited and often played alongside Schmertz.

Seeger appeared with the American Wind Symphony in the early sixties, performing from their floating stage "Point Counterpoint," which was moored at Point State Park. He brought Schmertz on stage to join him in singing "Monongahela Sal" and several other songs.

But most of Schmertz's performances were at small stages and often concluded in the wee hours at local homes after the gig. He also collaborated with Chatham College's Viv Richman, who recorded 1959's "Vivien Richman Sings Folk Songs of Western Pennsylvania," a Smithsonian Folkways release.

Schmertz did eventually give up his studio shyness in his later years. He recorded three more albums, 1955's "Robert Schmertz Sings His Songs," 1959's "Sing Oh! the City Oh!: Songs of Early Pittsburgh," and 1960's "Ladies Beware of an Architect: Songs for Architects and Their Girlfriends."

His first real LP, "RS Sings His Songs," was a George Heid Productions disc, assisted by Carnegie Tech. It included a couple of his better known songs, "Monongahela Sal" and "Angus MacFergus MacTavish Dundee," among its thirteen tracks.

The album "Songs of Early Pittsburgh," is a collection of tunes Schmertz wrote to celebrate Pittsburgh's 200th birthday bash. The songs featured the rock stars of pre-revolutionary Western PA like George Washington, Christopher Gist, General John Forbes and Seneca Queen Aliquippa. Some of its other tracks were "La Vierge de la Belle Riviere," "Flintlock Finnegan," and "The Prettiest Girl in Pittsburgh Town." This LP is the only one of his works to make a transition from vinyl, reissued as a CD by the Smithsonian Folkways label.

His final "Ladies Beware" was a tongue-in cheek sort of release, and was distributed by the Pittsburgh Architectural Club during its 70th anniversary. It had tunes commemorating Frank Lloyd Wright, IM Pei and Lorenzo Di Medici, along with "The Doric Column Is Coming Back," "Industrious Carpenter Dan" and "Queen Anne's Front" that played to the whimsy of the blueprint set.

He also authored "A Picture Book of Songs and Ballads." That's all the body of work that Bob Schmertz, who passed away in 1975, has left behind.

Additional Schmertz-related material may be found at CMU's Ryan Library as part of the school's architectural archives.

http://oldmonmusic.blogspot.com/2012/05/bob-schmertz-banjo-folklorist.html

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Scope and Content Notes

The Robert Schmertz Collection contains instruments, concert posters and programs, music manuscripts, published scores, songbooks, photos, and sound recordings of Schmertz' own performances and those of the major recording artists who recorded his works, including Burl Ives and Pete Seeger.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into the following 11 series:

Series I. Instruments

Series II. Concert Posters and Programs

Series III. Music Manuscripts

Series IV. Published Scores

Series V. Poems

Series VI. Plays

Series VII. Photographs

Series VIII. Newsclippings

Series IX. Songbooks

Series X. Sound Recordings

Series XI. Miscellaneous

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Center for American Music, October 2015

University of Pittsburgh Library System
106A Stephen Foster Memorial
4301 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA, 15260
412-624-4100
amerimus@pitt.edu

Access Restrictions

There are no restrictions in this collection.

Copyright

All of Mr. Schmertz's music pieces and sound recordings are still under copyright. It is up to the user to secure appropriate permissions for reproduction purposes.

Acquisition Information

The Robert Schmertz Collection was donated to the Center for American Music in 2000 by Schmertz's daughter, Gretchen Schmertz-Jacobs. Additional items were collected by the Center related to Schmertz-Jacobs death and subsequent memorial service.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kathryn Miller Haines in September 2015.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Carnegie Institute of Technology.

Genre(s)

  • Sheet music

Personal Name(s)

  • Schmertz, Robert Watson, 1898-1975
  • Seeger, Pete, 1919-

Subject(s)

  • Architects -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh
  • Composers -- United States
  • Music -- 20th century
  • Music -- Manuscripts
  • Music -- Pennsylvania -- Pittsburgh

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Instruments 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains Robert Schmertz banjo and mutiple banjo covers that have been autographed by people he played with over the years.

  BoxItems
Banjo covers, autographed 11-3
  OtherItem
Schmertz Banjo with case Banjo Case 11

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Series  II. Concert Posters and Programs 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains posters and programs related do Schmertz's public performances.

  BoxFolder
Concert Poster: An Evening of Folk songs by Pete Seeger's "Favorite Songwriter" Robert Schmertz & His Friends, April 12, 1975 23
  Folder
Concert Poster: An evening of Pittsburgh's finest folk music with the friends of Robert Schmertz, April 10, 1976 4
  BoxFolder
River City Brass Band Present Appalachian Spring Music from the Easter Mountains, April 28, 1984 35

Concert program. 6 pages.

  Folder
Lord, I've Got Some Singing to do," May 3, 1992 6

Program for QED Children's Festival Chorus performance.

  Folder
The Tiffany Concert Series, 1993-1994 7

Program for concert series by the Allegheny Historic Preservation Society.

  BoxFolder
An Evening of Pittsburgh's Finest Folk Music with the Friends of Robert Schmertz, April 10, 1976 2204

Poster advertising a Hootenanny at the Carnegie Lecture Hall, Oakland. Brown cardboard with black screen printing. Correction made in marker.

  BoxFolder
In Loving and Joyous Memory, 1927-2001, 2001 6175

Program for A Celebration of Gretchen Schmertz Jacob, September 16, 2001, Hazlett Theater.

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Series  III. Music Manuscripts 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains manuscripts of Schmertz authored songs written in his hand.

  BoxFolder
Aardvark 39

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Chandu 10

Music manuscript. Ink on paper. 4 pages. Written by Robert Schmertz and Matthew W. Frey.

  Folder
Cousin Althea 11

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Dogwood Hollow 12

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
My Sweetheart Wears the Plaid 12

Music manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
My Wild Irish Rose is Wilder than She Used to Be 14

Music Manuscript. 3 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz. Music by Robert Schmertz and Adolph Herzberg.

  Folder
Dumbella 1st violin arrangement 17

music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
If you Would be a Sailor's Wife arranged for 1st violin 18

music manuscript. 1 page. arranged by J.L. Rosen.

  Folder
In Barcelona 1st violin 19

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Nicest Girl arranged for 1st violin 20

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Old Place arranged for 1st violin 21

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Ship Ahoy! arranged for 1st violin 22

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Moonlight Maid arranged for 1st violin 23

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
49 Angels 24

Music manuscript. 2 pages. 2 copies (one on photostat).

  Folder
Braddock's Defeat 25

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
Flintlock Finnegan 26

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
Ohio Company 27

Music pages. 4 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
Never Touch Water 28

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
Never Touch Water (front) Dogwood Hollow (back) 29

Music manuscripts. 1 page each song. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
Piney Mountain 30

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
Prettiest Girl in Pittsburgh Town 31

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
There's No One I Care for but you flute arrangement 32

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Open the Doors of Delight 33

Music manuscript. 4 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz, Music by Robert Schmertz and Adolph Herzberg.

  Folder
There's No One I Care for But You arranged for 1st violin 34

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by J.L. Rosen.

  Folder
Davy Jones arranged for flute 35

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by J.L. Rosen.

  Folder
Dumbella arranged for flute 36

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
In Barcelona arranged for flutre 37

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Nicest Girl arranged for flute 38

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Old Place arranged for flute 39

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Ship Ahoy arranged for flute 40

Music manuscript. 2 pages. Arranged by J.L. Rosen.

  Folder
Toreador arranged for flute 41

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
We are the Villain arranged for flute 42

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
49 Angels 43

Music manuscript. 1 page.

  Folder
Raggedy Annie 44

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Verse to "Night Time in Lime House" 45

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Limehouse Rose 46

Music manuscript. 3 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz. Music by Matthew Frey.

  Folder
You Can't Hold Them 47

Music manuscript. 4 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz. Music by Robert Schmertz and Adolph Herzberg.

  Folder
In the Rain 48

Music manuscript. 4 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz. Music by Robert Schmertz and Adolph Herzberg.

  Folder
Winston, Franklin, and Joe 49

Music manuscript. 5 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz, music by Paul B. Dickey.

  Folder
Spring on Campus 50

Music manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
The Lady of the Cloisonne 51

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Chandu, 1924 52

Music manuscript. 4 pages. By Robert Schmertz and Matthew Frey. Manuscript in Matthew Frey's handwriting.

  Folder
I'm Going Back to My Baby Eskimo 53

Music manuscripts. 4 pages.

  Folder
Ballaugh Mac Lou Mac Lee 54

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Braddock's Defeat 55

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Celeron 56

Typed manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
Flintlock Finnegan 57

Typed manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
General John Forbes 58

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
La Vierge De La Belle Rivere 59

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  BoxFolder
Merry Madcap Moskowitz 460

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Prettiest Girl in Pittsburgh Town 61

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Quack, Quack, Paddle-O 62

Typed manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
Sing Oh! The City Oh! 63

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Singin' Hallelujah 64

Typed manuscript. 2 page.

  Folder
Swing Away Pearly Gates 65

Typed manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
The Battle of Bushy Run 66

Typed manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
The Lips that Touches Saxophones 67

Typed manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
The Ohio Company 68

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
The Old White Bones of Christopher Wren 69

Typed manuscript. Three pages.

  Folder
When I was a Young Nouveau 70

Music manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
When that Architect Comes to Jordan 71

Typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Quack, Quack, Paddle-O 73

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
Mon Petit Lapin 74

Music manuscript. 10 pages. Arranged by Frank C. Jarema.

  Folder
General John 75

Music manuscript. 1 page. Typed and handwritten.

  Folder
Billows of Pillows with You 76

Music manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
Chang Fu 77

Music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Nelly Gwyn 78

Typescript of lyrics with handwritten notation on onion skin paper.

  Folder
Swing Away Pearly Gates 86

Typed manuscript. Multiple copies.

  Folder
Little Lost Angel 87

Typed photocopies of music manuscript.

  Folder
Ballaugh McLou McLee 88

typed manuscript.

  Folder
Elephants Never Forget 89

Photocopy of typed music manuscript.

  Folder
Flintlock Finnegan 90

Photocopy of typed music manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
Jose the Horse 91

Typed music manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
Penny the Pennyguin 92

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
Prettiest Girl in Pittsburgh Town 93

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 2 pages. 3 copies.

  Folder
Ralphy the Laughing Giraffe 94

typed manuscript. 2 page.

  Folder
Sarah the Slippery Seal 95

Photocopy of typed music manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
Sing Oh! The City Oh! 96

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 2 pages. 3 copies.

  Folder
Singing Hallelujah 97

Photocopy of typed manuscript.

  Folder
The Knight of Small Renown 98

Photocopy of typed manuscript.

  Folder
The Old White Bones of Christopher Wren 99

Typed music manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
The Rambling River Line 100

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
When I was a Young Nouveau 101

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 4 pages.

  Folder
When I was a Young Nouveau 102

Photocopy of typed manuscript with guitar chords. 4 pages.

  Folder
When the Architect Comes to Jordan 103

Photocopy of typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Item
At the Forks of the Ohio 104

typed and handwritten manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Oh, Lonely Grenadier 105

typed and handwritten manuscript. 1 page.

  BoxFolder
Open Up Those Doors of Delight! 5156

Title page only. Words by Robert Schmertz. Music by Adolph Herzberg and Robert Schmertz.

  Folder
"Broadway's Rotary Now!" 162

copy of handwritten manuscript. 4 pages. Words by Robert Schmertz. Music by Robert Schmertz and Adolphe Herzberg.

  Folder
Josh! 164

copy of handwritten song lyrics on lined paper. 6 copies.

  Folder
[Birthday Song] 167

Music "Pretty Red Wing"; wordy by Bob Schertz. Typed manuscript of song, front and back.

  Folder
The Rambling River Time 168

handwritten manuscript on card stock.

  BoxFolder
Miscellaneous Songs 4106
  Item
Nellie of Meadow Farm 106.1
  Item
Never Touch Water 106.2
  Item
Mon Petit Lapin 106.3
  Item
Lord I've Got Some Singing to Do 106.4
  Item
Red riding hood 106.5
  Item
The Lonely Grenadier 106.6
  Item
The Rambling River Line 106.7
  Folder
Broadway's Rotary Now! 107

Music manuscript. Photostat Negative. 4 pages.

  Folder
Chang Fu 108

Music manuscript. Photostat negatives. 4 pages.

  Folder
Get Your Glad Rags On 109

Handwritten manuscript. Photostat negatives. 4 pages.

  Folder
I Love You So 110

Music manuscript. Photostat negatives. 3 pages.

  Folder
I'm Going Back to My Baby Eskimo 111

Music manuscript. Photostat Negatives. 4 pages.

  Folder
In the Rain 112

Music manuscript. Photostat negatives. 4 pages.

  Folder
My Lady Cloissone 113

Music manuscript. Photostat negatives. 5 pages.

  Folder
My Sweetheart Wears the Plaid 114

Music manuscript. photostat negative. 3 page.

  Folder
Open Up Those Doors of Delight 116

Music manuscript. photostat negatives. 5 pages.

  Folder
Winston, Franklin and Joe 117

Music manuscript. Negative photostat. 3 pages.

  Folder
49 Angels 122

typed manuscript with corrections.

  Folder
I Remember You 147

copy of manuscript (?) with penciled notations.

  Folder
In Barcelona 148

Music manuscript. Last page only.

  Folder
In Barcelona 149

Music manuscript. 1 page. Music by Carl Snyder. Words by Bob Schmertz.

  Folder
Jonah, Jonah, Jonah 150

Photostat of music manuscript. 3 pages.

  Folder
Lord, Lord, I've Got Some Singing to Do 152

copy of manuscript. Two pages.

  BoxFolder
General John Forbes 6176

Paste up of a manuscript for General Forbes.

  Folder
Bushy Run 177

Paste up of typed manuscript of Bushy Run.

  Folder
The Ohio Company 178

typed, pasted up manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Sing Oh! The City Oh! 179

Pasted up typed manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Braddock's Defeat 180

Typed, pasted up manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Singing Hallelujah! 181

Typed pasted up manuscript. 2 pages.

  Folder
Celeron 182

Typed, pasted up manuscript. 2 pages.

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Series  IV. Published Scores 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains commercially published songs of Robert Schmertz and others.

  BoxFolder
Lord, Lord, I've Got Some Singin' To Do, 1954 4151

Published score. 9 pages. New York: Carl Fischer, Inc. CM 7013. SATB with Piano. Two copies.

  BoxFolder
"Nile Song," 1919 5153

Music by M. Rosenthal. Words by R. Schmertz. Published by W. R. Black, Jos. Cooney, 1919. 3 pages.

  Folder
"Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord," 1951 154

Words and Music by Robert Schmertz. NY: Ludlow Music, Inc., 1951. Two pages.

  Folder
"Noah (Noah Found Grace In the Eyes of the Lord)," 1951 155

Text and music by Robert Schmertz. Arranged by Thomas Gronau. German text by Ernst Bjelke. Published NY: Ludlow Music, 1951. 2 copies.

  Folder
"Singing Halleluiah," 1953 157

For a chorus of mixed voices with piano. SATB. Words and music by Robert Schmertz. Arranged by Charles Touchette. Published by Carl Fischer, 1953. 7 pages.

  Folder
"Soiree Charette Song Book" 158

Two complete songs: "Nellie of Meadow Farm" and "The Lip that Touches Saxophones" words and music by Robert Schmertz. 3 pages. Two copies.

  Folder
"Swing Away, Pearly Gates," 1954 159

Words and Music by Robert Schmertz. Arranged by Robert Schmertz for chorus of men's voices with baritone solo and piano. Published by Carl Fischer, 1954. 2 copies.

  Folder
"Toka-San" 160

Music by A. Herzberg, words by R. Schmertz. Published by W.R. Black and Jos. Cooney.

  Folder
"Whimsical Women" 161

Music by A. Schoepf. Words by R. Schmertz. No publisher info. 3 pages.

  Folder
"Lord, Lord, I've Got Some Singing to Do," 1956 173

Tear sheet from book. Words and Music by Robert Schmertz. Published by Carl Fischer, Inc., 1956.

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Series  V. Poems 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains manuscripts of poems written by Schmertz.

  BoxFolder
Poems 4125
  Item
The Fellows Club 125.01

Typed manuscript with handwritten corrections. 1 page.

  Item
The Dismal Fate of Christopher Renfrew 125.02

Typed manuscript with handwritten notes. 2 pages.

  Item
Edward A. Wehr, Building 1878-1967 125.03

Typed manuscript. 1 page.

  Item
An Air Raid Warden to His Lady 125.04

handwritten manuscript on lined paper.

  Item
The Wake of the W.P. Snyder, Jr. 125.05

Typed manuscript. 2 pages. Stapled.

  Item
On the Closing of the Anderson 125.06

handwritten manuscript. 3 pages.

  Item
[untitled] December 7, 1918 125.07

Poem in letter format. handwritten front and back on lined paper.

  Item
In Saint Botoepls fair city 125.08

handwritten manuscript on lined paper. 1 page.

  Item
The Gentlemenly Members of the Fourth Estate 125.09

Typed manuscript on legal sized paper. 1 page.

  Item
Letter from Louis La Beaume to Robert Schmertz, November 5, 1946 125.1

Letter to Schmertz congratulating on his poem honoring Christopher Renfew. 1 page on letterhead.

  Item
To Our First Born 125.11

Handwritten manuscript on lined yellow paper. 1 page.

  Item
Birthday Ballad for Bunny (or never mention a lady's age) 125.12

handwritten manuscript on 1 page. Upside down on letterhead.

  Item
For Mildred on Becoming a Registered Architect "In the Sovereign State of New York" 125.13

Typed manuscript on legal sized onion skin. 1 page.

  Item
Trinity Church Yard 1796-1942, October 1942 125.14

Poem published in The Charette Volume XXII, No. 9. 1 page.

  Item
To a Departed Draftsman 125.15

typed manuscript with a handwritten note from "Steve."

  Item
The Molding December 1956 125.16

Tear sheet from Journal of the A.I.A. 4 pages.

  Item
Ode to the Ladies On the Occasion of the Book Club Meeting on March 15, 1958 March 15, 1958 125.17

Typed manuscript with penciled corrections. 1 page.

  Item
Letter to Jackson 125.18

Letter to Jackson. handwritten 4 pages on lined yellow paper.

  Item
For Father Thomas Coakley 125.19

handwritten manuscript. 3 pages.

  Item
To Haniel Long 125.2

handwritten manuscript on lined paper. 1 page.

  Item
Lament April 1955 125.21

Tear sheet from Journal of the AIA. 4 pages.

  Item
Decentralize Organic'ly with Me 125.22

Typed manuscript. 1 page.

  Item
My, My! What a Lovely Family! 125.23

handwritten manuscript on lined yellow paper. 5 pages.

  Item
Thoughts on the Palace at Knossos November 1956 125.24

Tear sheet from the Journal of the A.I.A. November 1956.

  Item
Thoughts on the Palace at Knossos after reading "Gods, Graves, and Scholars," March 1953 125.25

Typed poem on onion skin with handwritten changes. 1/2 page.

  Item
To Ripley From Schmertz Ode to the Lally Column with object apologies to Ogden Nash 125.26

Tear sheet from the Charette.

  Item
Stones 125.27

Typed manuscript on Schmertz and Erwin letterhead. Title handwritten.

  Item
For Buela Russell, August 18, 1961 125.28

Poem handwritten on Mrs. Robert W. Schmertz letterhead.

  Item
To George Howe 125.29

Mimeographed poem. 1 page.

  Item
Christopher Robin Goes in for Some Post-War Planning (with apologies to Mr. Milne) 125.3

Typed manuscript on onion-skin. 1 page.

  Item
Decentralize Organically with Me 125.31

Mimeographed poem. 1 page.

  Item
Lament, April 1955 125.32

Tear sheet from the Journal of the A.I.A. 4 pages.

  Item
Ode to the Ladies of the Oldest Book Club in America with Love from Robert W. Schmertz 125.33

mimeographed poem. 1 page

  Item
Ode to the Ladies by Robert W. Schmertz with Apologies to William Butler Yates (sic) On the Occasion of the Book Club Meeting, March 15, 1958 125.34

mimeographed poem. 1 page.

  Item
The King and the Trumpeter 125.35

Typed manuscript with handwritten music notation. two pages. Stapled.

  Item
Idle Thoughts on a Florentine Excursion (with a sore foot) 125.36

Handwritten manuscript with illustrations. 3 pages. 2 photocopies. all attached with paperclip.

  Item
[Oh Mister Horowitz, Oh Mister Horowitz] 125.37

Typed manuscript with handwritten corrections. 1 page.

  Item
On the Closing of the Anderson Hotel 125.38

handwritten manuscript on lined yellow paper. Two pages.

  Item
To an Unpublished Poet 125.39

Handwritten manuscript on lined yellow legal sized paper. 1 page.

  Item
The Underground Zoo 125.4

copy of typed manuscript. Two pages. Stapled.

  Item
Come to the Hills of West Virginia 125.41

Clipping of published poem from unnamed publication. 1 page.

  Item
Ode to the Ladies of the Oldest Book Club in American with Love from Robert C. Schmertz 125.42

typed manuscript with handwritten notes. 1 page.

  Item
The Palazzo was Pushed 125.43

Illustrated poem published in The Charette. Date unknown. One handwritten correction.

  Item
Ode to the Lally Column (Swing Version) 125.44

Published poem in The Charette (no date known). 1 page.

  Item
To George Howe 125.45

Mimeographed poem. 1 page.

  Item
Cliffy or Pappy Dunnells, April 16, 1943 125.46

Typed manuscript on onion skin. 1 page.

  Item
[said Christopher Wren to Christopher Robin] 125.47

handwritten manuscript marked on small yellow paper. 4 pages.

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[Here's another Christmas] 5165

handwritten poem on lined paper. 1 page.

  Folder
[animal poems] 166

16 handwritten poems about animals on lined paper. 4 pages. Typed manuscript of 7 of the poems. 4 copies.

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Series  VI. Plays 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains play manuscripts written by Robert Schmertz.

  BoxFolder
[untitled play] 4124

bound, typed play manuscript with handwritten corrections. Unnumbered pages.

  Item
The Mermaid in Lock No. 7 a short musical play, May 14, 1958 123

Typed bound manuscript. Music by Elie Siegmeister. Book and lyrics by Edward Mabley.

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Series  VII. Photographs 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains photographs of Robert Schmertz and others.

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Schmertz College Combo Carnegie Tech, 1921 4120

black and white photo mounted on black construction paper.

("Schmertz College Combo Carnegie Tech," online pending)
  Item
Photo of Robert Schmertz with banjo 121

Photo of Bob Schmertz seated with banjo. 8 x 10.

  Item
[unidentified photo of group making music in a private home] 115

group of people seated and standing singing, some playing banjos, guitars, and tambourine.

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Series  VIII. Newsclippings 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains newspaper clippings of articles about Robert Schmertz, performers who played his music, and other Schmertz family members.

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Newsclippings 1118
  Item
Christian, Hebrew Church Art on Display Here, December 20, 1951 118.01

newsclipping about Mildred Schmertz design work.

  Item
Pittsburgh's Minstrel Laureate, 1975 118.02

News clipping about Bob Schmertz. No source identified.

  Item
Pittsburgh's Minstrel Laureate, 1975 118.03

Obituary of Robert Schmertz from unnamed paper.

  Item
Schmertz, 1975 118.04

obituary from unnamed paper of Robert Schmertz. 2 copies.

  Item
Robert W. Schmertz, Architect, Composer, 1975 118.05

Obituary of Robert Schmertz from unnamed paper.

  Item
Local Medley, Singer Delight Crowd, May 23, 1972 118.07

Article from The Pitt News describing an event Schmertz performed at. (2 copies)

  Item
An Evening of Fun, April 1, 1976 118.08

Article by Rex Rutkoski in the Valley News Dispatch describing a benefit to raise money to publish "A Picture Book of songs and Ballads of Robert Schmertz."

  Item
Seeger, 73, relishes his role as a song leader, May 14, 1992 118.09

article about Seeger's performance at the Carnegie Lecture Hall that mentions Bob Schmertz. From The Pittsburgh Press, May 14, 1992.

  Item
City Singer Schmertz Now Back in Action, May 16, 1972 118.1

Article about Schmertz in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette by Donald Miller (2 copies).

  Item
Seeger Highlighting Musical Menu 118.11

Article by Pete Bishop in unnamed paper. Mentions Robert Schmertz.

  Item
Professor wants students' work to be letter perfect, Feb. 3, 1983 118.12

Article from Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Not clear why it was kept (doesn't mention Schmertz).

  Item
New Triumph for Schmertz 118.13

Article by Lester Sullivan about Schmertz's album "Robert Schmertz sings his songs."

  Item
The troubadour of the two-by-four, June 27, 1975 118.14

Article about Schmertz by William Marlin in The Christian Science Monitor.

  Item
Ruth Etting Story Booked by Penn, May 17, 1955 118.15

Article by Karl Krug in Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. Unclear why it was retained (no mention of Schmertz)

  Item
Song-Writing Architect Dies Here at Age 77, June 9, 1975 118.16

Obituary in the Pittsburgh Press.

  Item
Busy Housekeeper Has Many Interests 118.17

Article about Gretchen Schmertz, Robert's daughter. Written by Mary Irene Moffitt.

  Item
Architect noted for his wit and song honored, June 1974 118.18

article on Schmertz from Architectural Record.

  Item
Model School 118.19

Letter to the editor by Margaret Hodges hailing Gretchen Jacobs' leadership at Liberty School.

  Item
Don't Try to Figure This Out -- It's 'Too Much,' 1950 118.2

Article with Photo about the Scotch 'n Soda Club at Carnegie Tech's production, which includes Gretchen Schmertz. In The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  Item
S 'n S Crews and Writers Wait for Opening Tonight, May 10, 1950 118.21

Article about Carnegie Tech's Scotch 'n Soda's production, starring Gretchen Schmertz. Article appears in The Tartan, Carnegie Tech's student paper.

  Item
Old-Time 'n' Homey, That's Folks Music, May 28, 1981 118.22

Article about The 1981 Smoky City Folk Festival that mentions The Friends of Robert Schmertz.

  Item
Savoyards perform Gilbert & Sullivan with love, October 29, 1982 118.23

Article about the Pittsburgh Savoyards, which a number of Schmertz relations are participating in. Written by Gretchen Haller in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

  Item
Show Shops: Amusement Parade Highlights, January 5, 1956 118.24

Article mentions "Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lawd," sung by Gary Crosby, Bing Crosby's son. Article by Kaspar Monahan in The Pittsburgh Press.

  Item
Robert Schmertz Sings, November 1955 118.25

profile of Robert Schmertz's album "Robert Schmertz Sings His Songs" from Pittsburgh Magazine.

  Item
Pete Seeger Folk singer views the future: 'We must change our thinking or there'll be no human race,' August 16, 1975 118.26

Article about Seeger in The Valley News Dispatch by Rex Rutkoski.

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Series  IX. Songbooks 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains published songbooks that include Schmertz songs.

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22 Favorite Folk Songs, 1965 5169

Edited and arranged by Richard C. Pisano. Published by Hollis Music, Inc. 38 pages.

Contents: Alouette; Barbara Allen; Bury me Not on the Lone Prairie; Git on Board, Little Children (The Gospel Train's A Comin'); Goodnight, Irene; I Ain't Goin' Study War No More (Down By the Riverside); If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song); Jesse James; Michael, Row the Boat Shore; Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord; On Top of Old Smoky; Pick a Bale O' Cotton; Red River Valley; Sally, Don't You Grieve; Shenandoah; So Long (It's Been Good to Know Yuh); Sweet Betsy From Pike; This Land is Your Land; Tom Dooley; Vive L'Amour; Were You There?

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Carnegie Song Book, 1924 171

Compiled and edited by Alfred H. Johnson and members of the Carnegie Tartan Staff. Handwritten notation on the fly leaf that this was Robert Schmertz's personal copy.

contents:

New Alma Mater; Women's Song; Carnegie Tech; Lau Carnegie; Amici; Glory of the Plaid; Sing Praises to Alma Mater; Dear Old Tech; Fight for the Glory of Carnegie; Cheer Song; On the Warpath; Sing the Praises; Hail to Carnegie; Si McNadd; Tech, Tech, Tech, Tech; I Love an Engineer; Come on Along to tech; Nile Song; Eskimo Baby; Hieroglyphic Ditty; Whimsical Women; Ship Ahoy; Love's Waltz; Moonlight Maid; Any Old Place at All; In Barcelona Wedding Bells; Yells

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The Folk Singers Song Bag Volume 2, 1963 172

21 songs with words and guitar chords. A Publication of Sanga Music Inc.

Contents: When the Stars Begin to Fall; A Man Come Into Egypt; I'm Standing on the Outside of Your Shelter; Who's Gonna Be Your Man; The Ladybug and the Centipede; Full Fathom Five; East Texas; Red Ram of Darby; Take Matty and Go; Monongahela Sal; On My Journey; Juanita; Cuddlebug; Coorie Doon; The Bells Ring Over Erin; Bright Golden Buttons; Guilford Fair; To the Year That's Away; Motherless Childen (sic); Skillet; Long About Now

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A Picture Book of Songs & Ballads Composed and Illustrated by Robert Schmertz, 1976 6174

5 copies. Edited by Jo Davidson. Arranged by Lee B. Thomssen.

contents: Biographical Sketch of Robert W. Schmertz; Notes on the Transcriber-Arranger and Editor; "Eine Kleine Nactmusik, or My Musical Heritage" by Robert W. Schmertz; Monongahela Sal; Lock Number Ten; Lorenzo; II Magnifico; The Palazzo Massimi; Hyacinth Harry; Nellie of Meadow Farm; The Rambling River Line; Jose (Hozay) the Horse; The Folks of the Ohio; Angus MacFergus MacTavish Dundee; Christmas Song for Gretchen; The Lonely Grenadier; Cousin Althalia; Mon Petit Lapin; Never Touch Water; The Knight of Small Reknown; Lord, Lord I've Got Some Singing to Do; Gideon Bible; My Baby Eskimo; Forty-Nine Angels; The Queen Anne Front (and the Mary Ann Behind); "The Biggest Living Room in Town; Bob Schmertz Sings" by Gretchen Haller Pearson; Production Notes by Richard F. Myers, Buzzard's Knob Associates

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Series  X. Sound Recordings 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains sound recordings on LP, 78, and CD of Schmertz's songs.

  BoxRecord
Put that Horn Down Gabriel and Foxy was a Fox 6183

33 1/3 rpm record. 1 song on each side. No music label or publication information.

  Record
Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord and Dry Bones 184

45 rpm disc with one song on each side. Performed by Steel City Four. Recorded by George Heid Productions, Pittsburgh. Corona Records. GHP475A & B

  Record
Noah and Every Time I Feel the Spirit 185

45 rpm disc. 1 song on each side. Performed by Bruce Low and Orchester Charles Nowa. Ariola Records. C 10407A & B.

  Record
Monongahela Sal (and other ballads), 1972 186

33 1/3 disc. Two songs on each side. Sung and played by Robert Schmertz, Vivien Richman, Charles Cabulic, Anne Shapiro, Jack Schmertz, Gretchen Schmertz-Jacob, and Jo Davidson. Master Artists Recordings, 1972. 4385A & B. 3 copies, one not in a sleeve.

  Record
Monongahela Sal; Parking Space; Gideon Bible; Parking space 187

Unlabeled record. Title written on manila envelope from Varbee Records.

  Record
Bongo and His Baboon Drum and Quack, Quack, Paddle - Oh! 188

45 rpm disc. Two Sides. Performed by Burl Ives. Decca children's series, Record No. 9-88167 (45-86056)

  Record
Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord and Get a Load O' Me 189

45 rpm disc. Two sides. Performed by Gary Crosby with Orchestra directed by Buddy Bregman. Decca Records. Record No. 9-29779 (L-8652)

  Record
Angus McFergus MacTavish Dundee and The Tenor Doodle-Doo 190

2 sides. Performed by Burl Ives. Decca Children's Series, 88867 (88208).

  Record
Songs by Robert Schmertz, 1949 191

3 album set. Composed by Robert Schmertz. Recorded by George Heid Productions, Pittsburgh, PA. S100, 101, and 102. (2 sets)

Contents:

The Queen Anne Front and the Mary Anne Behind Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord Nellie of Meadow Farm Spring on the Campus Palazzo Massimi Monongahela Sal

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Dangerous Songs!? 192

33 1/3 record. Performed by Pete Seeger. Columbia Records CL2503.

Contents: Medley: Robin the Bobbie; Mary, Mary quite contrary; Little Jack Horner; Die Gedanken sind Frei (Thoughts are Free); Jackaro; Never Wed an Old Man; John Brown's Body; Going Across the Mountains; Harry Simms; King Henry Medley: Ode to Joy; Goliath, Goliath; Queen Anne Front; Joe Hill's "Casey Jones"; One Grain of Sand; The Pill; The Draft Dodger Rag; Mao Tse Tung; Walking Down Death Row; Two from Shakespeare: Full Fathom Five/ Perchance to Win; Beans in my Ears

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Vivien Richman Sings Folk songs "For You and Me," 1960 193

33 1/3 disc. Jersey City: Bobtone Rcord and Tape Co. FLP 2066

Contents: I'm Gonna Live the Life I Sing About; When I First Came to This Land; The Queen Anne Front; Nine Hundred Miles; The Lost Ballad of Wiscasset; Freedom Songs; This Land is Your Land; Cindy Hora Banechar; All the Pretty Little Horses; Layla, Layla; Whistle, Daughter, Whistle; Jamele, Jamele; Finjan; Oh, What a Beautiful City

  Record
Vivien Richman Sings Folk songs of West Pennsylvania 194

33 /13 Record. Folkways Records FG 3568. Autographed by Vivien Richman

Contents:

The Glooms of Ligonier; The Forks of the Ohio; Sinclaire's Defeat; The Mouse's Courting Song; James Bird; The Conestoga Wagoner's Complaint; The Hero of Erie; The Jolly Lumbermen; Hold on; Aja Lejber Man; A Still Mill Tragedy; "Pittsburgh" Hymn; I'm a Beggar; Red Iron Ore; Handsome Mary, the Lily of the West; The Twenty-inch Mill; Soho on Saturday Night; Pittsburgh Town

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Robert Schmertz Sings his Songs, 1955 195

Record sleeve only. Album missing.

  Folder
Sing oh! the City oh! 196

Record sleeve only. Record is missing.

  Disc
78 rpm Tracks 197

CD. Performed by Robert Schmertz. No track list.

  Disc
Robert Schmertz Sings His Songs 198

CD transfer of album.

  Disc
33 rpm Tracks 199

CD transfer of Schmertz 33 rpm discs. No contents listed.

  Disc
Vivien Richman Sings Folk Songs of West Pennsylvania 200

CD transfer of folkways 03568.

  Disc
Sing Oh! The City Oh! 201

CD Transfer of Folkways 05258

  Disc
Robert Schmertz Sings his songs 202

CD Transfer of Robert Schmertz Sings His Sons.

  Disc
Ladies Beware of an Architect: Songs for Architects and their Girl Friends, 1960 203

CD transfer of original recording.

Contents:

Nellie of Meadow Farm; The Palazzo Massimi; Lorenzo il Magnifico; Spring on the Campus; Hyacinth Harry; When That Architect Comes to Jordan; When I Was a Young Nouveau; The Queen Anne Front; The Doric Column is Coming Back; Walter and Mies and Corbu; John Lally of Boston Baby; I Don't See Eye to Eye; The Old White Bones of Christopher Wren

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[untitled "takes that are good"] 7205

BASF Reel to Reel tape. #4385

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Songs for and About Men 7206

33 1/3 rpm disc. Performed by Burl Ives. Decca Records DL 8125.

Contents: The Locktender's Lament; Ox Driver's Song; The Bold Soldier; The Young Married Man (Cod Liver Oil); Sad man's song (Fare Thee Well, O Honey); The Harlem Man; The Western Settler; Waltzing Matilda (The Jolly Swagman's Song); The Wild Rover; Frankie and Johnny; The Deceiver (Oh, How He Lied); The Sailor's Return; When I was Single; Prisoner's Song (Midnight Special); John Henry

  Record
Walt Disney Present Burl Ives Folk Lullabies, 1964 207

33 1/3 rpm album with full color book and words. ST 3924

Contents:

The Moon's the North Wind's Cookie; Little Lost Angel; What Are Little Boys Made Of?; All Through the Night; Indian Lullaby; Cradle Song; Lady Moon; Sweet and Low; Punkydoodle and Jollapin; Goodnight Sweet Dreams; Tom, the Piper's Son; Sleep and Rest

  Record
Holy Bible Old Testament, 1975 208

Recorded by the Statler Brothers. Mercury Records SRM-1-1051.

Contents:

In the Beginning; Even Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord; Have a Little Faith; The Dreamer; Led Out of Bondage; The ten Commandments; Samson; Song of David; Song of Solomon; The Fourth Man; The King is Coming

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We've Got Some Singing to Do, 1958 209

33 1/3 record. Performed by the Folksmiths. Folkways Records, 1958. FA2407

Contents:

Lord, I've Got Some Singing to Do; Hava Na Shira; John Henry; Old Hannah; Glory Be to the New-Born King; Come Up Horsey; Three White Gulls; Mary Had a Baby; Sinner Man; Blood-Strained Banders Hold On (Keep Your Hand on the Plow); Kum Ba Yah; Wade in the Water; Run to Jesus; Hey Langor; Tina; All Night Long

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Folk Songs for a Coffee House 210

33 1/3 Record. Performed by Ron and Jane Salof. Bobton Record and Tape Co. FLP 2060

Contents:

The Fire Ship; Proschay; Black is the Color; Four Nights; Drunk Dodi-Li; Greensleeves; Knight of Small Renown; Rolling Down the Mountain; As I Rode; Out Sur Le Route; Birds counting song; All the Pretty Little Horses; E Doce Morrer; Monongahela Sal; Spinster's Lament

  Record
Come Home It's Suppertime 211

33 1/3 record. Performed by The Humbards. Cincinnati: Rite Record Productions.

Contents:

Suppertime; Noah Found Grace; Jesus, Wonderful Lord; Gathering Home; I'm Going Higher; When the Saints Go Marching; Wasted Years; Shadrack; Like a Melody; I Shall Not be Moved; Down From his Glory; I Will Not Be a Stranger; I've Found a Hiding Place; You Ain't Got Nuthin; He'll Understand and Say Well Done

  Record
Tennessee Ernie Ford Spirituals 212

33 1/3 Record. Capitol Records T818.

Contents:

Just a Closer Walk with Thee; I Want to Be Ready; Take My Hand, Precious Lord; Stand by Me; When God Dips His Love in my Heart; Get on Board, Little Children; Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord; Were You There?; Peace in the Valley; I Know the Lord Laid his Hands on Me; Wayfaring Pilgrim; He'll Understand and Say "Well Done"

  Record
Sing oh! The City oh!, 1959 213

Subtitle: Songs about early Pittsburgh by Robert Schmertz with Vivien Richman, Gretchen Schmertz Jacob, Eero Davidson, John Schmertz

Folkways Records FA 5258

contents:

Sing Oh, the City Oh!; Celeron Ohio Company; Forks of the Ohio; La Vierge Mon Petit Lapin; Braddock's Defeat; General John Forbes; The Lonely Grenadier; Flintlock Finegan; The Battle of Bushy Run; Prettiest Girl in Pittsburgh Town

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Series  XI. Miscellaneous 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains miscellaneous items that didn't fit into the other series categories.

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Apple Ternover 2119

Acrylic painting

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[song list] 5163

list of songs or acts handwritten on card stock.

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