A Guide to the

“Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, ca. 1850-1899

SC 0055

Compiled by: Tiffany Cole, February 2017

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, ca. 1850-1899

Collection No.: SC 0055
Creator: Charles Magnus

Extent: 1 letter folder; .06 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, ca. 1850-1899, is a 5 x 8 inch hand-colored lithograph song sheet featuring four stanzas in stereotypical black dialect.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], [box #, folder #], “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, ca. 1850-1899, SC 0055, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: James Madison University Special Collections acquired this item at auction from Cohasco, Inc. in January 2016.
Processing Information: The archivist applied a contextual date based on Charles Magnus’ years of operation.

Bio/Historical Note:
Charles Magnus (1826-1900) worked in New York City from 1850 to 1899 as a print publisher, map dealer, book seller, and stationer. He issued over one thousand unique letter sheets, maps, song sheets, envelopes, and prints.

Scope and Content:
The “Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, ca. 1850-1899, is a 5 x 8 inch hand-colored lithograph song sheet featuring four stanzas in stereotypical black dialect. The song sheet includes a hand-colored lithograph of a Union soldier conversing with an African American who is carrying a walking stick. A palmetto tree is in the background. The “Lament” is comprised of four stanzas and begins, “Oh, where will I go if dis war breaks de country up, and de dar-keys hab to scat-ter a-round…” Per the seller’s description, the song sheet was “intended for the northerner craving peace but not necessarily abolition.”

Arrangement:
The song sheet is housed in one letter folder.

Bibliography:
“Charles Magnus Collection, ca. 1850-1890.” Finding aid at the Winterthur Library, Winterthur, De. Accessed February 22, 2017. http://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/HTML_Finding_Aids/COL0123.htm.

Contents:

Folder Title Box : Folder
“Young Eph’s Lament” Song Sheet, ca. 1850-1899 1:1