Guide to the Collection of Irving Berlin Sheet Music, 1908-1952
 
*P-878

Processed by Tanya Elder and Sheldon Moline

American Jewish Historical Society

Center for Jewish History

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New York, N.Y. 10011

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Machine-readable finding aid created by Tanya Elder and Sheldon Moline as MS Word document, 2012. Finding aid was encoded by Christine McEvilly on February 5, 2013. Description is in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989
Title: Irving Berlin Sheet Music Collection
Dates:1908-1952
Abstract: This collection contains approximately 238 pieces of original Irving Berlin sheet music.
Languages: The collection is in English.
Quantity: 3 linear feet (3 Oversized OS4 size boxes)
Identification: P-878
Repository: American Jewish Historical Society
Location: Located in AJHS New York, NY
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Biographical Note 1

Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was born Israel Isidore Baline (Beilin) in Russia, possibly in what was then Belarus. Berlin was one of eight children born to Moses and Leah Lipkin Beilin. Berlin’s family immigrated to the United States and settled in the Lower East Side of New York City in 1893 after living through pogroms in their native land. Moses had been a cantor in Europe but found that he could not find a comparable position in New York and became a kosher butcher. He died five years after their arrival in New York. Berlin’s family struggled to support themselves and Irving eventually ran away from home where he became a street performer.

Berlin eventually took jobs as a singing waiter and became known to various performers and music publishers. In 1911, Berlin became an overnight success when he performed his “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” at the Friar’s Frolic of 1911. Berlin went on to become one of Tin Pan Alley’s and Broadway’s most prolific songwriters of his day and eventually scored many Broadway shows and movie musicals.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains approximately 238 pieces of original Irving Berlin sheet music.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into a single series chronologically as follows:

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Access and Use

Access Restrictions

The collection is open to all researchers by permission of the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society, except items that are restricted due to their fragility.

Use Restrictions

Information concerning the literary rights may be obtained from the Director of Library and Archives of the American Jewish Historical Society. Users must apply in writing for permission to quote, reproduce or otherwise publish manuscript materials found in this collection. For more information contact:
American Jewish Historical Society, Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16th Street, New York, NY, 10011
email: reference@ajhs.org

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Related Material

P-844 Ludwig Satz papers, undated, 1916-1955, 1970

The American Jewish Historical Society library also contains several biographies on Mr. Berlin.

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Preferred Citation

Published citations should take the following form:
Identification of item, date (if known); Irving Berlin Sheet Music Collection; P-878; box number; folder number; American Jewish Historical Society, Boston, MA and New York, NY.

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Acquisition Information

Acquisition information is unknown

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Access Points

This collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

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Container List

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

 

Series I: Irving Berlin Sheet Music Collection, 1908-1952

English.
Boxes 1-3.
Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Scope and Content:

See Collection Scope and Content Note.

BoxFolderTitleDate
1 1 Just Like The Rose (Music By Al Piantadosi) 1908
1 2 Dat Draggy Rag 1909
1 2 If I Thought You Wouldn't Tell (Music By Ted Snyder) 1909
1 2 Next To Your Mother Who Do You Love (Music By Ted Snyder) 1909
1 2 Sadie Salome Go Home! (Words and Music With Edgar Leslie) 1909
1 2 That Mesmerizing Mendelssohn Tune (Willie Weston) 1909
1 2 Yiddle On Your Fiddle Play Some Rag Time 1909
1 2 My Wife's Gone To The Country Hurrah! Hurrah! (Words & Music With Geo. Whiting & Ted Snyder) 1909
1 2 Wild Cherries (Coony, Spoony Rag) (Music by Ted Snyder) 1909
1 3 (Oh), That Beautiful Rag (Music by Ted Snyder) 1910
1 3 Innocent Bessie Brown (Mindell Kingston) 1910
1 3 Dreams, Just Dreams (With Ted Snyder) 1910
1 3 (The Dance Of) The Grizzly Bear (Music by George Botsford) 1910
1 3 Kiss Me My Honey, Kiss Me (Music by Ted Snyder; Sung by Little Amy Butler) 1910
1 3 Yiddisha Eyes (Sung by Neil McKinley) 1910
1 3 Stop! Stop! Stop! Come Over, And Love Me Some More (Sung by Houston & Kirby) 1910
1 3 That Opera Rag (Music by Ted Snyder; In “Mrs. Jim”) 1910
1 3 Sweet Italian Love (Music by Ted Snyder; In “Up and Down Broadway”; Sung by Irving Berlin) 1910
1 3 Herman Let's Dance That Beautiful Waltz (Music by Ted Snyder; Sung and Autographed by Belle Gold) 1910
1 3 Call Me Up Some Rainy Afternoon 1910
1 3 Dear Mayme, I Love You (Music by Ted Snyder; Sung by Earl Flynn and his American Beauty) 1910
1 4 Lead Me To That Beautiful Band (With E. Ray Goetz) 1911
1 4 That Mysterious Rag (With Ted Snyder) 1911
1 4 One O’clock In The Morning I Get Lonesome (With Ted Snyder; Sung by Brown and Newman) 1911
1 4 The Ragtime Violin (Sung by Aubria Rich) 1911
1 4 Run Home And Tell Your Mother (Sung by Baby Edna Nickerson) 1911
1 4 Alexander's Ragtime Band (Sung by Emma Carus) 1911
1 4 The Dying Rag or (That Dying Rag) (Music by Bernie Adler; Sung by Sophie Tucker) 1911
1 4 Everybody’s Doin' It Now (Sung By Lydia Barry) 1911
1 4 He Promised Me (Sung By Violet Bryan) 1911
1 4 I Beg Your Pardon Dear Old Broadway (Follies Bergere New York; Sung by Ethel Levey) 1911
1 4 Bring Back My Lovin' Man (Sung by Little Amy Butler) 1911
1 4 Business Is Business (Rosey Cohen) (Sung by Maybel Drew) 1911
1 4 Dat's-A My Gal (Sung by Clark And Verdi) 1911
1 4 When I'm Alone I'm Lonesome (Sung by Emma Carus) 1911
1 5 Take A Little Tip From Father (With Ted Snyder; Sung by Henry and Davis) 1912
1 5 Keep Away From The Fellow Who Owns An Automobile (Ventiloquist Tilford) 1912
1 5 That Society Bear (Sung by Stella Mayhew) 1912
1 5 When I’m Alone and Lonesome (Sung by Katherine Kuhl) 1912
1 5 When That Midnight Choo-Choo Leaves For Alabam' (Billy Smythe) 1912
1 5 Pick Pick Pick Pick On The Mandolin, Antonio (Flo Jacobson) 1912
1 5 The Ragtime Jockey Man 1912
1 5 The Ragtime Soldier Man 1912
1 5 Spring And Fall ( A Tone Poem) 1912
1 5 We Have Much To Be Thankful For (Sung by Madeline Nash) 1912
1 5 When I Lost You (Sung by Temple Quartette) 1912
1 5 I've Got To Have Some Lovin' Now (Sung by Elphye Snowden) 1912
1 5 I Want To Be In Dixie (With Ted Snyder; Sung by George Stone and Sada Wander) 1912
1 5 If All The Girls I Knew Were Like You (Sung by Clarke & Waldron) 1912
1 5 I'm Afraid Pretty Maid I'm Afraid (Sung by Little Billy) 1912
1 5 I'm Going Back To Dixie (With Ted Snyder; Sung by May Irwin) 1912
1 5 Goody, Goody, Goody, Goody, Good 1912
1 5 Antonio (You'd Better Come Home) (Sung by Mae Clark) 1912
1 5 Come Back To Me My Melody (Music by Ted Snyder; Ventiloquist Tilford) 1912
1 5 Do It Again (Sung by Harris Bros.) 1912
1 5 Down In My Heart (Sung By Chas King; In “The Millionaire”) 1912
1 5 Take a Little Tip From Father (With Ted Snyder 1912
1 6 Somebody's Coming To My House 1913
1 6 San Francisco Bound (Sung by Amy Butler) 1913
1 6 You've Got Your Mother's Big Blue Eyes (Sung by Elliott & Brockwa) 1913
1 6 That International Rag (Sung by Snyder & Perry) 1913
1 6 Snookey Ookums (Sung by Natalie Normandie) 1913
1 6 The Old Maid's Ball 1913
1 6 If You Don't Want Me (Sung by Belle Baker) 1913
1 6 In My Harem (Sung by Gretta & Claire) 1913
1 6 Happy Little Country Girl 1913
1 6 At The Devil's Ball (Sung by Dolly Morrisey) 1913
1 6 Daddy Come Home (Sung by Elsie Murphy) 1913
1 6 Down In Chattanooga (Sung By Belle Baker) 1913
BoxFolderTitleDate
2 1 I Love To Quarrel With You 1914
2 1 I Want To Go Back To Michigan (Down On The Farm) (Sung By Temple Quartette) 1914
2 1 This Is The Life (Sung by Al Jolson) 1914
2 1 The Haunted House 1914
2 1 Stay Down here Where You Belong 1914
2 1 The Syncopated Walk (In “Watch Your Step”) 1914
2 1 Settle Down In A One Horse Town (In “Watch Your Step”) 1914
2 1 Simple Melody (In “Watch Your Step”) 1914
2 1 Take Me Back (Sung by Claire Rochester) 1914
2 1 If I Had You (Sung by The Lynch Trio) 1914
2 1 It isn't What He Said, But The Way He Said It 1914
2 1 When It's Night Time In Dixieland (The 3 Varsity Fellows; Burns, Kilmer & Brady) 1914
2 1 When I Discovered You (In “Watch Your Step”) 1914
2 1 Follow The Crowd (In “Queen Of The Movies”) 1914
2 1 Furnishing A Home For Two (In “The Society Buds”) 1914
2 1 He's A Devil In His Own Home Town (Words by Grant Clark & Irving Berlin) 1914
2 1 He's A Rag Picker (Val Harris & Jack Marion) 1914
2 1 Along Came Ruth (Sung by Irene Fenwick) 1914
2 1 Always Treat Her Like A Baby 1914
2 2 My Bird Of Paradise (My Honolulu Girl; Sung by Blossom Seely) 1915
2 2 Araby (Renie Davis) 1915
2 2 I Love A Piano (In “Stop! Look! Listen!”) 1915
2 2 When I Leave The World Behind (Sung by Fritzi Scheff) 1915
2 2 Won't you Play A Simple Melody 1915
2 2 I'm Going Back To The Farm 1915
2 2 Cohen Owes Me Ninety Seven Dollars 1915
2 3 When The Black Sheep Returns To The Fold (Sung by Belle Baker) 1916
2 3 I'm Down In Honolulu (Looking Them Over) 1916
2 3 In Florida Among the Palms (Sung by Bernard Granville for the Ziegfeld Follies) 1916
2 3 Alice In Wonderland 1916
2 3 Hurry Back To My Bamboo Shack 1916
2 3 The Chicken Walk (In "The Century Girl") 1916
2 4 For Your Country and My country 1917
2 4 Whose Little Heart Are You Breaking Now (Two copies) 1917
2 4 The Road That Leaves To Love 1917
2 4 Smile And Show Your Dimple 1917
2 4 Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone 1917
2 4 Mr. Jazz Himself (Sung by the Watson Sisters) 1917
2 4 From Here To Shanghai (Sung by Clark And Bergman) 1917
2 4 Let's All Be Americans Now (With Edgar Leslie & Geo. W. Meyer) 1917
2 4 My Sweetie 1917
2 4 How Can I Forget (When There's So Much To Remember) 1917
2 5 Dream On Little Soldier Boy (In "Yip-Yip-Yaphank") 1918
2 5 Oh! How I Hate To Get Up In The Morning (Sung by Rae Samuels) 1918
2 5 They Were All Out Of Step But Jim (Sung by Mabel Sherman & Arthur Uttry) 1918
2 5 I'm Gonna Pin A Metal On The Girl I Left Behind (Frank Carter In Ziegfeld Follies) 1918
2 5 Good-Bye France (You’ll Never Be Forgotten by the U.S.A.) 1918
2 5 I Can Always Find A Little Sunshine In The Y.M.C.A. (In "Yip-Yip-Yaphank") 1918
2 5 The Circus Is Coming To Town (In "Everything") 1918
2 5 Come Along To Toy Town (In "Everything") 1918
2 6 You Cannot Make Your Shimmy Shake On Tea (Zeigfeld Follies) 1919
2 6 The Hand That Rocked My Cradle Rules My Heart 1919
2 6 Mandy (Zeigfeld Follies of 1919) 1919
2 6 You'd Be Surprised (Three copies, two versions including Ziegfeld Follies of 1919 (Eddie Cantor), Schubert Gaieties of the Winter Garden (George Jessel), and “Oh, What a Girl” (Lew Cooper) and one sung by Bonnie Baker) 1919
2 6 A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody (In "Blue Skies") 1919
2 6 Was There Ever A Pal Like You (Autographed by Billie Burke) 1919
2 6 The New Moon (In "The New Moon") 1919
2 6 Nobody Knows (And Nobody Seems To Care) 1919
2 6 I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now 1919
2 6 I Left My Door Open And My Daddy Walked Out 1919
2 7 Tell Me Little Gypsy (Zeigfeld Follies of 1920) 1920
2 7 I'll See You In C-U-B-A (Ted Lewis In The Greenwich Village Follies) 1920
2 7 The Girls of My Dreams (Zeigfeld Follies of 1920) 1920
2 7 Home Again Blues (With Harry Akst) 1920
2 7 After You Get What You Want You Don't Want It 1920
2 7 Bells (Zeigfeld Follies of 1920) 1920
2 7 But! She's Just A Little Bit Crazy About Her Husband That’s All 1920
2 8 Say It With Music (Two copies; In "Music Box Revue") 1921
2 8 The Schoolhouse Blues (In "Music Box Revue") 1921
2 8 Some Sunny Day 1921
2 8 Everybody Step (In "Music Box Revue") 1921
2 8 All By Myself 1921
2 9 Pack Up Your Sins And Go To The Devil (In "Music Box Revue") 1922
2 9 Will She Come From The East? (East-North-West or South) (In "Music Box Revue") 1922
2 9 Lady Of The Evening (In "Music Box Revue") 1922
2 9 Homesick 1922
2 9 Crinoline Days (In "Music Box Revue") 1922
2 10 An Orange Grove In California (In "Music Box Revue") 1923
2 10 Little Butterfly (In "Music Box Revue") 1923
2 11 Lazy 1924
2 11 What’ll I Do (In “The New Music Box Revue”) 1924
2 11 Listening (In “The Music Box Revue” 1924
2 11 All Alone 1924
2 12 A Little Bungalow (In “The Cocoanuts”) 1925
2 12 Remember 1925
2 12 Always 1925
2 12 Don't Wait Too Long (In “The Music Box Revue”) 1925
2 13 That's A Good Girl 1926
2 13 I'm On My Way Home 1926
2 13 Just A Little Longer 1926
2 13 How Many Times? 1926
2 13 At Peace With The World 1926
2 13 Because I Love You (Al Jolson) 1926
2 13 We'll Never Know 1926
BoxFolderTitleDate
3 1 What Does It matter 1927
3 1 Blue Skies 1927
3 1 Together, We Two 1927
3 1 Russian Lullaby 1927
3 1 Ooh, Maybe It's You (Featuring Eddie Cantor) 1927
3 1 Shaking The Blues Away (In The Zeigfeld Follies of 1927) 1927
3 1 The Song Is Ended (But The Melody Lingers On) 1927
3 2 Where Is The Song Of Songs For Me? (In “Lady Of The Pavements”; by Lupe Velez) 1928
3 2 To Be Forgotten 1928
3 2 Yascha Michaeloffsky's Melody 1928
3 2 When You Walked Out Someone Else Walked Right In 1928
3 2 Roses Of Yesterday 1928
3 2 Sunshine 1928
3 2 Marie (From “The Awakening” with Vilma Banky) (2 copies) 1928
3 2 How About Me? 1928
3 2 I Can't Do Without You 1928
3 2 Coquette 1928
3 3 To My Mammy (In “Mammy” by Al Jolson) 1929
3 3 With You (Harry Richman In "Putting On The Ritz") (2 copies) 1929
3 3 Waiting At The End Of The Road (Theme Song of “Hallelujah”) 1929
3 3 When My Dreams Come True (In “The Cocoanuts” by Mary Eaton and Oscar Shaw) 1929
3 3 Puttin On The Ritz (Harry Richman in "Putting On The Ritz") 1929
3 4 Reaching For The Moon 1930
3 4 The Little Things In Life 1930
3 5 Me 1931
3 6 Say It Isn't So 1932
3 6 I'll Miss You In The Evening 1932
3 6 I'm Playing With Fire 1932
3 6 How Deep Is The Ocean (How High-Is-The Sky) 1932
3 6 Let's have Another Cup O’ Coffee (In “Face The Music”) 1932
3 7 Heat Wave (In “As Thousands Cheer”) 1933
3 7 Not For All The Rice In China (In “As Thousands Cheer”) (3 copies; 2 versions) 1933
3 7 Easter Parade (In “Alexander's Ragtime Band”) 1933
3 7 I Can't Remember 1933
3 8 I Never Had A Chance 1934
3 8 Butterfingers 1934
3 9 Cheek To Cheek (In “Top Hat”) 1935
3 9 No Strings (I'm Fancy Free) (In “Top Hat”) 1935
3 9 Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain?) (In “Top Hat”) 1935
3 10 I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket (In “Follow The Fleet”) 1936
3 10 Let Yourself Go (In “Follow The Fleet”) 1936
3 10 Get Thee Behind Me Satan (In “Follow The Fleet”) 1936
3 10 But Where Are You? (In “Follow The Fleet”) 1936
3 10 We Saw The Sea (In “Follow The Fleet”) 1936
3 10 Let's Face The music And Dance (In “Follow The Fleet”) 1936
3 11 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (Featuring Les Brown) 1937
3 11 This Year's Kisses (In “On The Avenue”) 1937
3 12 Change Partners (In “Carefree”) 1938
3 12 I Used To Be Color Blind (In “Carefree”) 1938
3 12 Now It Can Be told (Alexander's Ragtime Band) 1938
3 13 I Poured My Heart Into A Song (In “Second Fiddle”) 1939
3 13 God Bless America (Kate Smith) 1939
3 14 Angels Of Mercy (Dedicated To The American Red Cross) 1941
3 14 Any Bonds Today? (Theme Song of the National Defense Savings Program) (2 copies) 1941
3 15 This Is The Army Mr. Jones (In “This Is The Army”) 1942
3 15 White Christmas (In “Holiday Inn”) 1942
3 15 Me And My Melinda 1942
3 15 I'm Getting Tired So I Can Sleep (In “This Is The Army”) 1942
3 15 I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen (In “This Is The Army”) 1942
3 15 Be Careful, It's My Heart (In “Holiday Inn”) 1942
3 15 I Threw A Kiss In The Ocean (Kate Smith) 1942
3 16 All Of My Life (Kate Smith) (2 copies) 1944
3 17 You Keep Coming Back Like A song (In “Blue Skies”) 1945
3 17 Just A Blue Serge Suit 1945
3 18 The Girl That I Marry (In “Annie Get Your Gun” featuring Ethel Merman) 1946
3 18 You Can't Get A Man With A Gun (In “Annie Get Your Gun” featuring Betty Hutton) 1946
3 18 There's No Business Like Show Business (In “Annie Get Your Gun” featuring Ethel Merman) 1946
3 18 They Say It's Wonderful (In “Annie Get Your Gun” featuring Ethel Merman) 1946
3 18 Doin' What Comes Natur'lly (In “Annie Get Your Gun” featuring Ethel Merman) 1946
3 19 The Freedom Train 1947
3 19 A Fella With An Umbrella (In “Easter Parade” featuring Fred Astaire and Judy Garland) 1947
3 19 Kate (have I come too early, too late) 1947
3 19 Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor (Words By Emma Lazarus) 1947
3 20 You're Just In Love (I wonder why) (In “Call Me Madam”) 1950
3 20 The Hostess With The Mostes' On The Ball (In “Call Me Madam”) 1950
3 21 Count Your Blessings Instead Of Sheep (In “White Christmas”) 1952
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