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Vaughn Taylor Bornet sheet music collection

 Collection — Box: 1-6
Identifier: 0000-0000-0000-0027

Scope and contents

This collection of sheet music was donated by Dr. Vaughn Davis Bornet and named in memory of his father, Vaughn Taylor Bornet. An engineer by occupation and "stride piano" player by avocation, Vaughn Taylor Bornet sometimes played music for silent films in local theaters. This collection of sheet music reflects Bornet's varied musical interests.

The sheet music collection dates range from 1890 through 1936 and features popular musical themes which emerged in the United States at the turn of the 20th century. The selections include melodies, overtures, lullabies, marching tunes, Negro spirituals, tributes to World War I, and salutes to American theater. Notable among the compositions are works by George Gershwin, Oscar Hammerstein, Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, George M. Cohan, Al Jolson, Rodgers & Hart, John Philip Sousa, and Johann Strauss. There are also a few titles by African-American composers and lyricists James Welson and J. Rosamond Johnson, Bob Cole, Harvey T. Burleigh, Will Marion Cook, and poetic compositions of Paul Laurence Dunbar. Publishing houses represented in this collection include Joseph W. Stern, T.B. Harms, Mark Whitmark and Sons, Leo Feist and Edward Marks. Beautifully detailed illustrations grace the covers of many of the works with both colorfully exotic international themes and homespun renderings of small town USA. Additionally, minstrel scenes, whose vernacular negatively stereotyped African-Americans, are among the illustrations. A unique item in the collection is the Eclipse Motion Picture Folio, compiled by Arthur Lange. This booklet of musical scores was played as accompaniment to silent films.


  • Creation: 1890-1936


Rights statement

All materials in this collection are either protected by copyright and/or are the property of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., and/or the copyright holder as appropriate. For more information, please contact


4 Linear feet

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The collection is arranged alphabetically by title. There is also an alphabetical index by composers and lyricists.

Related archival collections

Related collections in the Archvies Research Center are: Countee Cullen-Harold Jackman Memorial Collection; Maud Cuney Hare Collection; and the Henry P. Slaughter Collection.



Vaughn Taylor Bornet sheet music collection, 1890-1936
Finding aid prepared by Antoine James, 2003 October.
2003 October
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Repository Details

Part of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc. Repository


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