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Thomas A. Edison's gramophone company acquired this collection over the years for the purposes of producing recorded music with Edison personally evaluating much of it. Nearly every aspect of American life and history is represented in its songs: race, gender, politics, famous historical figures, immigration and ethnicity, regions of the United States, wars and depressions, advertising, industry, and sports.
Its original copy is in the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with the call number M1 .A13 T56 2000.
Its reference number in MSPAL is M1 .A13 T56 2000.