Web Sites | Books
The Center for American Music
Based at the University of Pittsburgh under the direction of Professor Deane Root, the Center is dedicated to expanding and documenting knowledge of American music and its role in American life. Its Foster Hall Collection, created in 1937, was the first research center for American music established at an institution of higher education. Extensive information about Foster and his music.
The Center for Popular Music
This research library and archive devoted to the study of American popular music, located at Middle Tennessee State University, documents the diversity of American music with a collection of sheet music, recordings, playbills, manuscripts, and other music-related items.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885
The Library of Congress' American Memory collection includes a wide sampling of sheet music from the late nineteenth century, focusing on the period just following Foster's death.
Jay Ungar and Molly Mason
Composer-musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason were among the performers in the American Experience film Stephen Foster. In addition to recording and performing, they run fiddle and dance workshops, teaching traditional American musical styles.
Learn more about baritone Thomas Hampson, who performed Stephen Foster songs on a 1992 recording, American Dreamer, with Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, and Thomas Alpher. He was interviewed for the American Experience film, Stephen Foster.
Visit the Web site for Spike Lee's 2000 film, Bamboozled, to see clips from his film recreating minstrel shows, and hear from the cast what it was like to explore the history of African Americans in entertainment.
Public Domain Music
Access MIDI files and text files of lyrics for songs of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries at this site, including those of Foster and his contemporaries, based on original sheet music sources.
Stephen C. Foster School of Music for the Harmonica
Harmonica music for nearly thirty Stephen Foster songs -- and free lessons for harmonica beginners!
Web Sites | Books
Austin, William W. "Susanna," "Jeanie," and "Old Folks at Home": The Songs of Stephen C. Foster from His Time to Ours. 2nd ed. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1987.
Boucher, John Newton. A Century and a Half of Pittsburg and Her People. Vol. 1. New York: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1908.
Cincinnati: The Queen City. Bicentennial ed. Cincinnati: The Cincinnati Historical Society, 1988.
Emerson, Ken. Doo-Dah! : Stephen Foster and the Rise of American Popular Culture. New York : Da Capo Press, 1998.
Epstein, Dean J. Sinful Tunes and Spirituals: Black Folk Music to the Civil War. Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1977.
Southern, Eileen. The Music of Black Americans: A History. New York: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.,1971.
Hamm, Charles. Yesterdays: Popular Song in America. New York: Norton, 1979.
Howard, John Tasker. Stephen Foster: America's Troubadour. Rev. ed. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell, 1953.
Lawrence, Vera Brodsky. Strong on Music: The New York Music Scene in the Days of George Templeton Strong. Vol. 1, Reverbations: 1836-1850, 1988. Vol. 2, Reverbations: 1850-1856, 1995. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Lott, Eric. Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.
Morneweck, Evelyn Foster. Chronicles of Stephen Foster's Family. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1944.
Nathan, Hans. Dan Emmett and the Rise of Early Negro Minstrelsy. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1962.
Saunders, Steve, and Deane L. Root, editors. The Music of Stephen C. Foster: A Critical Edition. Washington: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1990.
Toll, Robert C. Blacking Up: the Minstrel Show in Nineteenth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 1974.
Wallace, Irving. The Fabulous Showman: The Life and Times of P. T. Barnum. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1959.