Yearly Archives: 2019

Music has been big business in the United States for more than 150 years. Following the Civil War, the demand for pianos and parlor organs skyrocketed as more and more Americans became musically literate. Music retailers distributed thousands of scores for popular music written for piano, parlor organ, and voice — which could be played and performed at home on the instruments they sold. A new exhibition opening in Roger H. Perry Hall, drawn from materials in Champlain College’s Special Collections, features sheet music and promotional items from three Burlington music businesses in operation between the 1860s and the 1920s, including H.L. Story.

Advertisement in Burlington City Directory, 1867-1868, Local History Collection, 2014.9.1


 A native of Cambridge, Vermont, Hampton L. Story (1835-1925) published sheet   music in the 1860s to promote his College Street music store and piano factory,   Story & Powers. He later founded the Story & Clark piano company in Chicago,   Illinois. While in Burlington, he published at least 37 vocal and instrumental scores,   including the 1868 piece Chick-A-Dee Waltz by Edward M. Read, illustrated here.





Chick-A-Dee Waltz by Edward M. Read, published by H.L Story, 1868, Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 2010.1.13

Select Catalogue of Sheet Music Published by H.L. Story, 1866, Llewellyn Collection of Vermont History, 2010.1.34










During the 2019-2020 academic year, the Vermont sheet music in Champlain College’s Special Collections is the focus of a Humanities Research for the Public Good project funded by the Council of Independent Colleges and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. This multifaceted project provides undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct in-depth studies of the music and present their research to the public. This exhibition and blog post was developed to supplement the student work.

-Erica Donnis, Special Collections Director



The Vermont Sheet Music Collection at Champlain College

Between the mid-nineteenth and the mid-twentieth centuries, amateur performances of popular songs were a widespread pastime in the United States. Thousands of sentimental ballads, romantic waltzes, and rousing marches were composed and published as individual scores of sheet music for American consumers. The Champlain College Special Collections contains one of the largest publicly-available collections of sheet […]

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Leading Women at Champlain: Mary Sigler

Leading Women, an exhibition on view in Miller Information Commons through April 15, celebrates the achievements of nine women who played essential roles in the development and administration of Champlain College. Among those featured is Mary J. Sigler, Esq. (1947-1996): A native of Indiana, Sigler never forgot the impact of the financial aid that enabled her […]

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Changes to Kanopy Access

Kanopy is a collection of documentaries, feature films, and other videos that are available on demand through the Champlain College library.  Unlike our journal article databases — or unlike your own Netflix, Amazon video or other subscription services – the library pays for Kanopy on a per-title basis.  Under Kanopy’s licensing model, three views or partial views of a […]

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