800 items (7 boxes, 2 linear feet).
Organized into one series: I. Music.
The collection consists almost exclusively of American sheet music imprints, mostly songs, the majority of which were composed to rally public support for military efforts in the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II. Themes of isolationism and pacifism are also represented. The piano music consists primarily of marches and two-steps, often making reference to American military divisions and their leaders. Songs that do not relate to war themes are notable for other reasons, such as "Smile and show your dimple," which was an early version of "Easter parade." The collection also illustrates early uses of "jazz" and refers to topical subjects, such as Charles Lindbergh. The patriotic titles are enhanced by colorful cover art depicting American patriotic images. Pictorial images of Uncle Sam, the Statue of Liberty, and the American flag played a significant role in the marketing of the songs. Some of the cover pages feature well-known performers, such as Al Jolson, as a means to boost sales of the music. Many notable songwriters of the day are represented, including Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, and Albert and Harry von Tilzer.
Harry Lepman was a dentist and collector of American political memorabilia and artifacts.
Open to research.
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Harry and Sara Lepman Collection, Music Division, Library of Congress.
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Collection material in English.
Finding aid available in the Library of Congress Performing Arts Reading Room and at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.music/eadmus.mu015008.