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Description: Patent for an improved upright piano that eliminates the need to cut away a portion of the treble soundboard bridge, with illustrations.
Date: January 6, 1903
Creator: Norcross, Levi Watson
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Key-Board Attachment for Pianos.

Description: Patent for a new keyboard attachment as educational aid for "pianos, organs &c. and has for its object to simplify the reading of music" (lines 9-11) including instructions and illustrations.
Date: February 12, 1889
Creator: Osborn, Enoch L. S.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Method of Marking the Keys of Key-Boards for Musical Instruments

Description: Patent for "a system of musical notation in which the several notes or note-symbols are shaped so as to approximate in appearance the shape of the letters from which they derive their appellations" (lines 37-41) especially in relation to piano-fortes, organs, and keyed instruments and in teaching music, including instructions and illustrations.
Date: June 29, 1880
Creator: Black, Jane B. D.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Photograph of Sam the Man and the Unyted Crusade]

Description: Photograph of a music band called "Sam the Man and the Unyted Crusade autographed by James "Big Sambo" Young. The autograph reads "For Tim Knight Best Wishes Big Sambo." There are four men in the photo. The first on the left is a white male in a blazer posing with his right foot propped up on a foot stool and holding a six string acoustic guitar in his arms. Next is a bearded white man kneeling over a snare drum and holding a pair of drumsticks as if playing the instrument. The third, James "Big Sambo" Young, is an African American man holding a saxophone in his right hand and extending his ringed left hand forward, smiling broadly. The fourth is a bearded white male holding a keyboard across his lap. "Sam the Man and the Unyted Crusade" is written in the bottom left corner of the photograph, and management information appears on the bottom right corner.
Date: unknown
Partner: Museum of the Gulf Coast

[One of the Norman Sisters Playing Piano]

Description: Photograph of one of the Norman Sisters playing piano at the Texas Folklife Festival. She is sitting on the left side of the photograph facing the piano which is in the center of the photograph. A man in a red shirt is on the right, playing a keyboard and looking at the camera.
Date: [1985-08-01..1985-08-04]
Partner: UT San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Music School Class

Description: Copy negative of the Ivan Singing School in 1902. The group includes twenty girls and thirty boys. The girls are wearing light-colored lace dresses and the boys wear suits, vests and neckties. In the center of the group is an organ with a young man seated in front of it. Behind the group is a building with a banner that reads, "Ivan Singing SChool Closed Aug thr 15, 1902. J.J. Day Teacher, J.M. Day Organist, G.A. Mangrum".
Date: unknown
Partner: Hardin-Simmons University Library