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Primary Creator: Hunleth Music Company (1901-1974)
Extent: 39.5 cubic feet
Organized in ten series: Series 1: Autographed Prints, ca. 1880-1950; Series 2: School Wind Band Music Octavos, ca. 1880-1970; Series 3: Mandolin Sheet Music and Method Books, 1888-1969; Series 4: Banjo Sheet Music and Method Books, 1900-1960; Series 5: Hawaiian and Steel Guitar Music and Method Books, 1898-1970; Series 6: Guitar Sheet Music and Method Books, 1891-1969; Series 7: Autoharp and Zither Sheet Music and Method Books; Series 8: Gibson School of Music Records, 1889-1937; Series 9: Accordion, Bandonian, and Concertina Sheet Music and Method Books. Series 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 are organized in two sub-series within each series, Sub-series 1: Sheet Music and Sub-series 2: Method Books. Content of all Series 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 arranged alphabetically with untitled materials at the beginning. Series 8: Gibson Music School is organized alphabetically by title for sheet music and method books. Correspondence, advertisement, and minutes have been placed at the beginning. Series 9: Accordion, Bandonian, and Concertina Sheet Music and Method Books is organized alphabetically by composer. Series 10: Silent Film Sheet Music arranged in numerical order as assigned by the Hunleth Music Co.
The original order is no longer evident, except for Series 10. Series containing music have been structured to mimic a music store model in which sheet music and method books are separated by principal instrument. Series order listed in order of processing.
Date Acquired: 02/01/1974
Subjects: Accordion, Autoharp music, Bands (Music), Banjo music, Business Records, Correspondence, Guitar music, Hawaiian guitar music, Mandolin music, Music stores, Photographs, Teaching Methods, Zither music
Formats/Genres: Sheet music
Consists of unsold published sheet music and method books that were part of the Hunleth Music Company (St. Louis, MO)'s unsold stock when the store closed in 1974. It documents the types of published music typically sold to musicians and band ensembles in the U.S. Midwest during the first half of the 20th century. Also includes a small number of collector photographs documenting Midwestern classical music and opera performers at the turn of the 20th century and records related to local music teacher Robert Lehrmann (1879-1948) and the Gibson School of Music (1889-1937).
The University of Illinois purchased nearly 750,000 pieces of unsold sheet music and unsold 78-rpm sound recordings after the Hunleth Music Co.'s closure in 1974. This collection reflects only a portion of the store's unsold inventory.
After 27 years as proprietor of the Standard Pulley & Foundry, Frank J. Hunleth, sold his shares in the company and opened the Hunleth Music Company in 1901, at the encouragement of his son, Joseph F. Hunleth. Frank J. Hunleth purchased a building located at 9 South Broadway, Saint Louis, Missouri, which was previously owned and occupied by A. T. Walo's Music Company. In 1908, Frank J. Hunleth's sons, Joseph F. Hunleth and Alois J. Hunleth, assumed management of the store. The Hunleth Music Co. moved to a larger building at 516 Locust Street in 1915, where it remained for nearly 40 years. Joseph F. Hunleth traveled to Europe yearly to buy music and instruments for the Hunleth Music Co., introducing Midwest musicians to music published outside the country. He bought sheet music in such a high volume that U.S. publishers would show him scores before deciding whether to publish them to guarantee sales. After the Locust building was purchased by First National Bank in 1952, the store moved to 415 North Broadway, where it remained until it closed in 1974. Joseph and Alois Hunleth operated the company as partners until Alois's death from a heart attack in 1959. Joseph continued to operate the company as sole owner until his death in 1968, when ownership of the company passed to Joseph's widow, Violet B. Hunleth. She retained ownership until the company's closure in 1974. The building housing the music company was demolished to make way for the Mercantile Center between 1975-1979, a redevelopment project that was never completed.
The Hunleth Music Company's store consisted of five floors of music instruments and sheet music, making it an important hub for the music trade in the Midwest. Hunleth Music Co. also dealt in rare instruments and specialized in imported violins from makers in Germany, Italy, and France. It carried Victor, Columbia, and Brunswick sound recordings; Victorolas; and radiolas; and it had its own radio department, indicating that the store not only served musicians but also music listeners. The store also sold tickets for concerts and performances for acts like Bily May and Count Basie at the Casa-Loma Ballroom in Saint Louis connecting the store to St. Louis local music scene. Hunleth Music Co. was the gathering site for musicians both unknown and well-known, such as Fritz Kreisler, Jascha Heifetz, Mischa Elman, Yehudi Menuhim, and Rudolph Ganz. According to a long-time employee, it had "the gemutlicheit of the easy-going business" that attracted customers to the "wonderful family-like organization." In its heyday the Hunleth Music Co. held over a million copies of sheet music and the largest collection of 78-rpm sound recordings in St. Louis.
Acquisition Source: J. F. Hunleth Music Store.
Acquisition Method: Purchase of unsold stock upon closure of the J. F. Hunleth Music Store, 415 N. Broadway, St. Louis, Missouri. The band octavos were transferred from the Press Building basement to the Center in November 2017, and the banjo, mandolin, Hawaiian and steel guitar, zither, and autoharp sheet music was transferred from the Press Building on April 16, 2018. The accordion, bandonian, and concertina sheet music and method books were transferred from the Press Building on December 6, 2018. The silent movie music was transferred from the Press Building on January 8, 2019.
The Beaver Mandolin and Guitar Folio, No. 4. Guitar. Pieces include: Jerome & Schwartz, "The Gambling Man"; Stanley Crawford, "Only a Dream of the Golden Past"; Jerome & Schwartz, "I'm Unlucky"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Susie Anna"; Stanley Crawford, "Show the White of Yo' Eye"; Max Hoffmann, "Ching a Ling a Loo"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Julie"; Jean Schwartz, "O'O'O'Brien"; Egbert Vanalstyne, "We've Got to Move To-Day"; Smith & Bowman, "In the Jungle I'm a Queen"; Max Hoffmann, "Up and Down the LIne"; McPherson & Brymn, "Good-Night Lucindy"; Max Hoffmann, "My Little Japaneesee"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Why Don't You Go, Go, Go"; Kendis & Paley, "If I Had a Thousand Hearts"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Hamlet Was a Melancholy Dane"; Max Hoffmann, "It's the Band"; Harry S. Marion, "Roses"; Silvio Hein, "Her Boy in the Rank and File"; Jerome & Schwartz, "When the Stars are Shining Bright"; Jean Schwartz, "Mazeppa" (Intermezzo); Maude Nugent, "My Lady Peggy" (Waltzes); Fred F. Houlihan, "The Yazoo" (Cake Walk & Two Step); Silvio Hein, "The Maid at Arms" (March & Two Step); Harry O. Sutton, "Moonlight Caprice" (Three Step);
The Beaver Mandolin and Guitar Folio, No.5. Guitar. Pieces include: Egbert Van Alystyne, "Navajo"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Bedelia"; J. B. Mullen, "I Am Longing For My Old Kentucky Home"; Cobb & Edwards, "In Zanzibar (My Little Chimpanzee)"; Herbert Spencer, "Stella"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Cordalia Malone"; J. B. Mullen, "The Man Behind"; Stanley Crawford, "In the Village By the Sea"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Dear Sing Sing"; Egbert Van Alstyne, "Seminole"; Gus Edwards, "Take Me Back to My Louisiana Home"; Mose Gumble, "Follow the Merry Crowd"; J. B. Mullen, "Down on the Brandywine"; Robert J. Adams, "Daisy Donohue"; Egbert Van Alstyne, "Tippecanoe"; Jerome & Schwartz, "Stories Adam Told to Eve"; Jerome & Schwartz, "He Was A Sailor"; Robert J. Adams, "Sweetest Girl in Dixie"; Jerome & Schwartz, "In Cincinnati"; Maude Nugent, "The Moon, The Coon, and The Little Octoroon"; Gus Edwards, "I'm Crazy to Go on the Stage"; Robert J. Adams, "Good-bye Fedora"; Egbert Van Alstyne, "Johnny Morgan"; Robert J. Adams, "Nancy Lee"; J. B. Mullen, "That's How I Love You, Mame";
Anthony Antone, "Blue"; Edwin H. Lemare, "Cathedral Meditation" (Andantino); Nicanor Molinare,"Chiu, Chiu"; C. S. DeLano, "Companero Polka"; Paul Beaumont, "Con Amore (With My Love)" (Melodie); Harry Volpe & Frank Victor, "Easy Like";
Empire Collection: 15 Choice Melodic Compositions. Guitar. Pieces include: Theodore F. Morse, "By the River"; F. Schubert, "Serenade"; F. H. Losey, "Alita (Wild Flower)" (Morceau); Gabriel-Marie, "La Cinquantaine"; E. Waldteufel, "Estudiantina" (Waltz); Auguste Bosc, "Rose-Mousse" (Valse Lente); F. H. Losey, "Patrol of the Guardsmen"; F. H. Losey, "Crescent Queen" (March); A. Rubinstein, "Melodie"; Mendelssohn, "Wedding March"; E. Waldteufel, "Espana" (Waltz); Theodore Moses-Tobani, "Warbler's Farewell"; J. C. Heed, "Volcano" (March); Theodore Moses-Tobani, "Poetica" (Waltz); F. H. Losey, "Waldmere" (March);
Favorite Mandolin Collection, Vol. 2. Guitar. Pieces include: P. Mario Costa, "'A Frangesa March"; H. Tobini, "Budding Flowers"; J. Raff, "Cavatina"; Gabriel Marie, "La Cinquantaine"; M. Hauser, "Cradle Song"; J. P. Morgan, "The Crickets Parade" (Characteristic March); S. Seymour, "Dolly Varden"; F. Hills, "Down in Darktown" (Cake Walk); G. Lange, "Flower Song" (Blumenlied); Richard Eilenberg, "First Heart Throbs"; Henry R. Bishop, "Home, Sweet Home"; P. Mascagni, "Cavalleria Rusticana" (Intermezzo); Yama Sen, "Japanesa" (Characteristic); A. Rubinstein, "Melody in F"; F. N. Crouch, "Kathleen Mavourneen"; G. Verdi, "Miserere"; R. Keiser, "National Airs" (March Medley); Stephen C. Foster, "Old Folks at Home"; Leo Delibes, "Pizzicati"; G. Ludovic, "Orange Blossoms"; F. Beatrice, "Primrose Flower" (Waltz); M. Richmond, "Town Tattler" (March); J. F. Wagner, "Under the Double Eagle" (March); G. Verdi, "Il Trovatore"; Thomas Roosevelt, "Under the Stars and Stripes" (March); A. R. Montaine, "Up in a Swing" (Reverie); J. Ivanovici, "Waves of the Danube";
Go Go Guitar! Teen-age Hits Arranged for 1, 2, and 3 Guitars.Pieces include: Chalres Strouse, "Born Too Late"; Leon Carr, "Hotel Happiness"; Stanley A. Kesler and Charlie Feathers, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget"; Beverly Ross and Julius Dixon, "Lollipop"; Bob Montgomery, "Somebody Else's Girl"; Jeff Barry and Ben Raleigh, "Tell Laura I Love Her"; Jeff Barry, "Tell Me What She Said"; Mort Garson, "Theme for A Dream"; Malous Rene and Ritchie Adams, "Tossin' and Turnin'"; Mitch Murray, "You Were Made For Me."
Arling Shaeffer, "Husking Corn" (Syncopated Meditation); Paul Gardie, "After the Victory" (March Militaire); Csepei Tibor, "Improvizaciok a Tanczeneben"; P. K. Lua & D. Kaili, "Kahola-Honolulu (Hawaiian Marches)" (One-Step); Carmen Mastren and Albert Harris, "Lament in E"; Will Grosz, "Let's Sing a Song About Susie"; Walter T. Holt, "Love Song"; William J. Smith, "Kamiki March"; Frederic Chopin, "Maiden's Wish" (A Polish Song); Milton Drake, Al Hoffman, and Jerry Livingston, "Mairzy Doats"; Adolph Linden, "Merry Shepherd Polka"; Trigger Alpert and Barry Galbraith, "Mixup";
Modern Music for Guitars. Pieces include: Alex North, "The Misfits"; Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, "Tammy"; Elmer Bernstein, "The Magnificent Seven"; Chase - Klaus Gunter - Neumann, "Wonderland by Night"; Norman Petty, "Wheels"; Lee Pockriss, Paul J. Vance, and Heino Gaze, "Calcutta"; Johnny Mercer, Jacques Prevert, and Joseph Kosma, "Autumn Leaves"; Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins, and Artie Dunn, "Twilight Time"; Dorcas Cochran, Quincy Jones, and Henri Salvador, "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set";
A. J. Weidt, "New Life" (Gavotte); J. Francis Gilder, "Norwegian Slumber Song"; Fred T. Baker, "Japanese Dance"; Abe Holzmann, "Old Faithful" (March and Two-Step); Fryman-Fritz Gustaf, "Open Door-Open Arms"; Leon Jessel, "Parade of the Wooden Soldiers"; Enrico Granados, "Playera" (Spanish Dance);
The Gold Book: Popular Hits for Guitar. Pieces include: Al Stillman and Robert Allen, "No, Not Much"; Jack Segal and Marvin Fisher, "Nothing Ever Changes My Love for You"; Aaron Collins, Maxwell DAvis, and Sam Ling, "Eddie, My Love"; Al Frisch, Mack Wolfson, and Edward R. White, "Flowers Mean Forgiveness"; Ferdinand Washington and Stan Lewis, "I'll Be Home"; Jerry Bock, Larry Holofcener, and George Weiss, "Mr. Wonderful"; Frank Lymon and George Goldner, "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?"; Al Hoffman and Dick Manning, "Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"; Bob Haymes, "Lipstick and Candy and Rubber Sole Shoes"; Noel Sherman and Joe Sherman, "Juke Box Baby";
J. P. Knight, "Rocked in the Cradle of the Deep"; Unidentified, Drink to Me Only with Thine Eyes"; Kate Dolby, "The Flying Wedge" (Galop); C. W. Padgett, "Salutation Schottische"; N. Rimsky - Korsakoff, "A Song of India"; Anthony Antone, "String Along"; Leonhard von Call, "Suite in C Major Op. 26-Co 180".
Anmando Lavalle, "Suite Para dos Guitarras."
Joseph M. Estella and Sid Kleiner, Swingin' St. Nick: Guitar Combos. Pieces include: "Happy New Year, to All"; "Ho-Ho, Go!"; "Jingle Bell Jump"; "Mistletoe Rock"; "The Night Before Christmas"; "Rock the Halls"; "Swing It, St. Nick"; "Tinsel Tree Twist";
G. Verdi, "Il Travatore"; Abe Holzmann, "Uncle Sammy" (March & Two Step); Alfred Marges, "Valse Bleu";
The Vandersloot Mandolin and Guitar Folio No. 2. Guitar. Pieces include: F. H. Losey, "Charity Ball" (Waltzes); C. D. Henninger, "Cuban Independence" (March); C. D. Henninger, "Constitution" (March and Two Step); F. H. Losey, "Grenadier Guards" (March); F. H. Losey, "Jolly Sweethearts" (Intermezzo-Two Step); Caird M. Vandersloot, "Japan's Triumphal March" (Two Step); Herman V. Yeager, "King of Good Fellows" (March & Two-Step); F. H. Losey, "Merry Moments" (Quadrille or Lanciers); C. E. Vandersloot, "Mid-Summer" (Waltzes); Harry J. Lincoln, "Nuptial" (Waltzes); John Hazel, "Ole Huskie" (March - Reel Medley); Louis L. Comstock, "On the Firing Line" (March); F. H. Losey, "Parade of the Humming Birds" (March and Two Step); F. H. Losey, "Sun-flower" (Three Step); C. E. Duble, "Salute to Williamsport" (March); Harry J. Lincoln, "Salute to America" (March & Two Step); Harry J. Lincoln, "Tri-State" (March and Two Step); Abe Losch, "The Joker" (March & Two Step); F. H. Losey, "The 74th Regiment Band" (March); F. H. Losey, "Under the Palms" (Waltzes); Harry J. Lincoln, "Vallamont (Valley and Mountain)" (Reverie); Harry J. Lincoln, "Whispering Waves" (Waltzes);
The Vandersloot Mandolin and Guitar Folio, No. 4. Guitar. Pieces include: L. Frank Miller, "A Royal Prince" (March - Two Step); F. H. Losey, "Astaroth" (March); Lee Orean Smith, "After All" (Waltz); F. H. Losey, "Capitola March"; Abe Losch, "The Four Aces" (March & Two Step); Harry J. Lincoln, "The Fire Master" (March and Two Step); Lee Orean Smith, "King Crap" (Characteristic March or Cake Walk); C. M. Vandersloot, "Last Days of Pompeii" (March and Two Step); C. E. Vandersloot, "L.A.W." (Waltzes); Harry J. Lincoln, "Nippono" (Intermezzo Two Step or March); Harry J. Lincoln, "The Observatory" (March & Two Step); "Reciprocity"; C. F. Zerbe, "Sounds from the Valley" (Waltzes); Harry J. Lincoln, "The Tournament" (March & Two Step); Lee Orean Smith, "When a Lady Leads the Band" (March - Two Step); F. H. Losey, "Vandersloot's Bomb" (Medley Overture);
Sam H. Stept, "When They Ask About You" (Fox-Trot);
Whitney W.W. Warner Mandolin and Guitar Collection, No. 7. Guitar. Pieces include: Percy Wenrich, "Rainbow" (An Indian Intermezzo); William J. McKenna, "Mandy Lane"; Egbert Van Alstyne, "I Want Someone to Call Me Dearie"; Egbert Van Alstyne, "It Looks to Me Like a Big Night To-Night"; Charles L. Johnson, "Dill Pickles" (Two Step); Benjamin Hapgood Burt, "Hang Out The Front Door Key"; George Botsford, "Pride of the Prairie"; Egbert Van Alstyne, "My Rosie Rambler"; George Botsford, "Black and White Rag"; Clare Kummer, "Garden of Dreams"; Van Alstyne and Burt, "I Used to be Afraid to go Home in the Dark"; Albert Gumble, "When I Marry You"; Charles L. Johnson, "Fine and Dandy"; Percy Wenrich, "Naughty Eyes"; George Botsford, "Love Watches"; Nora Bayes-Norworth, " Shine On, Harvest Moon"; George Evans, "O'Brien Has No Place To Go"; Albert Gumble "The 'Bolo' Rag"; Jack Norworth, "Over on the Jersey Side"; J. Bodewalt Lampe, "Happy-Go-Lucky" (March and Two Step); Albert Gumble, "There's No Moon Like A Honeymoon"; Henriette Balnke-Belcher, "Honey-Land"; Kendis & Paley, "Don't Go Away"; Nora Bayes-Norworth, "When Jack Comes Sailing Home"; J. Bodewalt Lampe, "Pig Tails" (Chinese-American March-Two Step);
The Young Artists: A Collection of Easy Transcriptions. Guitar. Pieces include: John Wiegand, "The Old Oaken Bucket"; Foster-Wiegand, "My Old Kentucky Home"; Foster-Wiegand, "Old Folks at Home"; Foster-Wiegand, "Massa's in the Cold, Cold Ground"; Moore-Wiegand, "'Tis the Last Rose of Summer"; J. Wiegand, "The Two Roses"; Bishop-Wiegand, "Home, Sweet Home"; Barnby-Wiegand, "Sweet and Low"; Koschat-Wiegand, "Forsaken"; Wiegand, "Blue Bells of Scotland"; Wiegand, "Robin Adair"; J. Wiegand, "The Cruiskeen Lawn";
C. W. Krogman, Zephyrs from Melodyland, Op. 15. Guitar. Pieces include: "The Little Prince" (Valse); "Santa Claus Guards" (March); "Song of the Sea Shell"; "The Rainbow Fairy" (Mazurka); "Leola Waltz"; "Primrose Dance" (Polka); "The Little Patriot" (March); "The Pony Race" (Galop); "Vesper Bells"; "The Merry Bobolink"; "Evening Song"; "The Robin's Lullaby" (Waltz).
"Richard W. Rightmire's Mexican Guitar";
"Weidt's Chord System: Demonstration";
"Weidt's Chord System: Chord Stroke Chart";
"Simplified Chord Chart";
"Weidt's Practical Course in Composition and Arranging";
"Weidt's Chord System Demonstration: Plectrum Guitar and Guitar";
"Weidt's Chord System: Syncopated 'Fill In'";
"Weidt's Elementary Studies: A Practical Method for Class and Private Instruction."