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Subseries 1. Foster's Personal Possessions, 1837-1864

Scope and Content Notes:

This subseries contains possessions owned by Foster, including his personal books, sheet music, and musical instruments.

Section: Books Owned by Foster, 1837-1863

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains published books that were owned by Foster.

B5185 .P5 1854 Holy Bible (Philadelphia: E.H. Butler & Co.), 1854

Formerly owned by Foster's daughter, Marion, who verified that this copy belonged to her parents.

AG5 .W21 Walker's Dictionary, unknown

Copy owned by Foster. Date and edition indiscernible due to damage.

BX2113 .C37 1855 Nouveau Petit Paroissien (Tours: Mam et Cie), 1855

Foster's prayer book. Contains inscriptions in Foster's autograph; "Stephen C. Foster's Christmas gift to himself Dec. 25, 1856." "To John D. Scully Oct. 21, 1859 S.C. Foster." "A specimen of good binding, good paper, and good printing." Scully was married to Marion McDowell Scully, the sister of Foster's wife Jane.

M1746 .N375 1849 National Melodies of Scotland United to the Songs of Robert Burns, Allan Ramsay and Other Eminent Lyric Poets with Symphonies and Accompaniments for the Pianoforte by Haydn, Pleyel, Lozeluch (London; New York; John & Frederick Tallis), 1849

This is the book of "Scotch melodies" Foster asked his brother Morrison to send to him in his letter of October 22, 1858.

PR4351 .L34 1870 Byron's Works, 1870

Foster's signature inside book.

Section: Musical Instruments, 1837-1863

Scope and Content Notes:

This section contains musical instruments that were owned by Foster.

E1 Flute with case owned by Foster, undated

Eight-keyed rosewood flute pitched in D built by Chabrier Peloubet circa 1850-1855. Bears a silver band engraved with "Stephen C. Foster to William Hamilton 1857." Hamilton was a boyhood friend of Foster's. The flute was eventually passed on to Hamilton's grandson, Alfred R. Hamilton, who gave it to the Stephen Foster Memorial at the University of Pittsburgh.

E2 Piano owned by Foster, undated

Standard nineteenth-century six-octave square piano with rosewood case. Built by Dubois & Stodart, 167 Broadway, New York. On loan from the Carnegie Museum.

E3 Melodeon owned by Foster, undated

Three-octave instrument with oak case. Features knee bellows, detachable legs and shoulder straps for portability when serenading. Built by the George A. Prine Company of Buffalo and Chicago. Believed to have been acquired by Foster in Pittsburgh circa 1850-60. Eventually given, or sold, by Foster to his friend, George K. Flower.

Red Box B. Two Silver Spoons, undated

Given to the composer and his wife as wedding presents. One bears engraved initials "JDF" [Jane Denny Foster] and bears "J.B. McFadden & Co." on back of handle. The other bears "D. Reinman" on back of handle.