Sheet Music Collection

Stewart Bell Jr. Archives Room
Handley Regional Library
Winchester-Frederick County Historical Society

1600 THL/WFCHS

Scope and Content: The collection contains sheet music written by Mary Earl, Grant Clark, Howard E. Rogers, Charles K. Harris and Winchester, VA residents Agnes Bell and Mary Hack. Down in the Vale of Shenandoah”, written by Charles K. Harris, was published in 1904. “Mid the Green Fields of Virginia”, written by Charles K. Harris, reached number 2 on the 1899 Billboard chart. “Apple of the Valley”, written by Agnes Bell and Mary Hack, was published in 1911 in Winchester, VA. The collection also contains a copy of “Dixie’s Land” by Daniel D. Emmett (1859). Also found is “From Valley Forge to France,” by Mary Earl and “If He Can Fight Like He Can Love—Good Night Germany!” by Grant Clark and Howard E. Rogers.  (1 box) Last updated 03/17.

Biographical/Historical: Charles K. Harris was born in Poughkeepsie, NY on May 1, 1867. By the 1880s, he was writing and publishing songs. He was the first secretary of ASCAP, formed in 1914, to protect composers and publishers and ensure their compensation. He was known as the “King of the Tear Jerkers.” Harris died on December 22, 1930 in New York City. Dan Emmett is responsible for the creation of the Virginia Minstrels group, the first official minstrel group to operate within the United States. He also penned the wildly successful song “Dixie’s Land” that would go on to be held in high esteem in the Southern United States throughout the nineteenth and twentieth century. Mary Earl lived 1862-1932. She wrote the piece titled “From Valley Forge To France” during the First World War, 1914-1918. The piece written and published by Grant Clark and Howard E. Rogers pertains to WWI as well and was released in 1918.

Agnes Bell and Mary Hack were residents of Winchester, VA., but little else is known of them.

Bibliography: Chas. K. Harris, The “King of the Tear Jerker,” Parlor Songs: The Composers of Tin Pan Alley. (http://parlorsongs.com/bios/ckharris/ckharris.asp : accessed 18 October 2007).
Chas. K. Harris, “Down in the Vale of Shenandoah 1904.” The Music of Chas. K. Harris, part 1, (http://parlorsongs.com/issues/2001-11/thismonth/featurea.asp : accessed 10 January 2006).

Cite As: Sheet Music Collection, 1600 THL/WFCHS, Stewart Bell Jr. Archives, Handley Regional Library, Winchester, VA, USA.

Organization:

Box 1

“Apple of the Valley,” words by Mary Hack, music by Agnes Bell, printed 1911 in Winchester, 5 pages

“Dixie’s Land,” by Daniel D. Emmett (1859)—contains a copy (photocopy) of original lyrics and sheet music; 1 item, actual size facsimile, printed

“Down in the Vale of Shenandoah,” by Charles K. Harris, 1904, Chicago, 3 pages, printed

“From Valley Forge to France,” by Mary Earl; sheet music, 2 pages, printed

“If He Can Fight Like He Can Love—Good Night, Germany!” written by Grant Clark and Howard E Rogers, music by Geo. W. Meyer; sheet music, 2 pages, printed

“Mid the Green Fields of Virginia,” by Charles K. Harris, 1930, New York City, 3 pages, printed