Banjo Instruction Manuals and Song Collections from Hamilton's Collection
The Banjo Companion. Boston: White and Smith, 1885.
Buckley, James. Buckley's Banjo Guide: Containing the Elementary Principles of Music, together with New, Easy, and Progressive Exercises, and a Great Variety of Songs, Dances, and Beautiful Melodies, Many of Them Never Before Published. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1868.
Converse, Frank B. The Banjo, and How to Play It: Containing, in Addition to the Elementary Study, a Choice Collection of Polkas, Waltzes, Solos, Schottisches, Songs, Reels, Hornpipes, Jigs, etc., with Full Explanation of Both the "Banjo" and "Guitar" Styles of Execution, and Designed to Impart a Complete Knowledge of the Art of Playing the Banjo Practically with the Aid of a Teacher. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1872.
----------. The Banjo Made Easy: A Quick Road to Proficiency. New York: Hamilton S. Gordon, 1893.
----------. Frank B. Converse's Banjo Instructor, without a Master: Containing a Choice Collection of Banjo Solos, Jigs, Songs, Reels, Walk Arounds, etc., Progressively Arranged, and Plainly Explained; Enabling the Learner to Become a Proficient Banjoist without the Aid of a Teacher. New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1865.
----------. Frank B. Converse's New and Complete Method for the Banjo with or without a Master. Later ed. New York: S. T. Gordon, 1869.
Dobson, George C. Geo. C. Dobson's Simplified Method and Thorough School for the Banjo, Two Books in One. New and revised ed. Boston: Ditson, c1874 [1879?].
----------. Geo. C. Dobson's World's Banjo Guide: Fully Explaining the Rudiments of Music--With Cuts and Diagrams Illustrating the Fingering, Positions, etc. Also the Principal Scales and Chords and Many New Compositions Written Expressly for This Work by the Author. Boston: White-Smith Music, 1890.
----------. George C. Dobson's "Victor" Banjo Manual: Containing the Principles of Music, Examples, Studies, Gamuts, Diagrams and Cuts Illustrating the Positions, together with All of the Author's Original Compositions. Boston: White, Smith, 1887.
Dobson, Henry C., and G. Clifton Dobson. Dobson's Universal Banjo Instructor: Containing a Complete Elementary Course, and a Great Variety of Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Walk-Rounds, Waltzes, Polkas, Schottisches, Marches, and a Number of the Most Popular Songs of the Day. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1882.
Ellis, Herbert J. Ellis's Thorough School for the Five Stringed Banjo: Containing Popular Banjos, Songs &c. with Banjo Accompts: Full Size Diagram of the Fingerboard: Rudiments of Music: Easy Exercises Diagrams &c, Major & Minor Scales in All Keys: Instructions in All Styles of Playing, Together with a Fine Selection of Solos with Pianoforte Accompaniments Specially Arranged. London: John Alvey Turner, n.d.
Fairbanks, Albert C. The Progressive International Banjo Instructor. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1886.
The First Ten Studies for the Banjo. Boston: Fairbanks and Cole, n.d. [1886?].
Howe, Elias [Gumbo Chaff, pseud.]. The Complete Preceptor for the Banjo: Containing All Necessary Instruction, with a Large Collection of Music Adapted to the Instrument, Including Most of the Songs Sung by the Christy Minstrels. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1851.
Latshaw, Charles E., arr., comp. White's Solo Banjoist. Boston: Jean White, 1886.
Partee, Clarence L. American Conservatory Banjo Method. Ed. Partee. New York: C. L. Partee Music, 1895.
Robinson, Gad. Gad Robinson's Banjo Instructor: Containing a Large Collection of Vocal and Instrumental Music: Gems from the Latest Operas, New Marches, Waltzes, Jigs, Hornpipes, Etc. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1884.
Stewart, S. S. The Complete American Banjo School: Part First. 36th ed. Philadelphia: S. S. Stewart, c1887.
Vocal Banjoist: A Collection of Popular and Favorite Songs Arranged for the Banjo. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1885.
Winner, Septimus. Winner's American Banjoist: A New, Concise and Practical Method, in which the Instructions Are So Simply Treated and Clearly Expressed That Students Will Find It the Shortest Course to Proficiency with This Favorite Instrument. N.p.: W. F. Shaw, 1882.
----------. Winner's Eureka Method for the Banjo: Latest and Best of All Instructors. Boston: Oliver Ditson, 1892.
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Baur, Albert. "Reminiscences of a Banjo Player, Seventh Letter." S. S. Stewart's Banjo and Guitar Journal 8, no. 6 (February-March, 1892): 5-6. Accessed July 29, 2011. Sibley Music Library. http://hdl.handle.net/1802/2586.
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Briggs, Thomas F. Briggs' Banjo Instructor: Containing the Elementary Principles of Music, Together with Examples and Lessons, Necessary to Facilitate the Acquirement of a Perfect Knowledge of the Instrument. Boston: Oliver Ditson, n.d. . Accessed July 28, 2011. http://www.banjofactory.com/Briggs%27%20Banjo%20Instructor.htm.
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"'The Father of the Banjo': Frank B. Converse Made That Instrument Popular but Lived to See Its Decline." Broad Axe (Chicago, IL). October 24, 1903. Accessed June 4, 2011. America's Historical Newspapers.
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Leybourne, George. "Once I Was Happy, but Now I'm Forlorn [First Line]." Arr. Alfred Lee. New York: C. H. Ditson, 1868. Accessed 7 July 2011. JScholarship, Levy Sheet Music Collection. http://jhir.library.jhu.edu/handle/1774.2/5492.
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"Make Way for the Banjo." Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA). December 2, 1857. Accessed May 28, 2011. America's Historical Newspapers.
"Marriage of the Great Banjoist to a Lady of Wealth." Hartford Daily Courant (1840-1867). January 30, 1860. Accessed July 18, 2011. http://thejoelhooks.com/Site/Instruction_&_Music_Collections_files/Converse_Reminiscences%204.pdf.
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"Our Musical Organizations." The Hamilton Literary Monthly 23, no. 1 (1888-1889): 290-91. Google Books. Accessed September 15, 2011.
"Simpleton's Method." S. S. Stewart's Banjo and Guitar Journal 2, no. 9 (April-May, 1884): 2. Accessed July 28, 2011. Sibley Music Library. http://hdl.handle.net/1802/2586.
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"A Talk with a Noted Banjo Player: The American Instrument on the Stage and in the Parlor." Evening News (San Jose, CA). January 7, 1888. Accessed June 3, 2011. America's Historical Newspapers.
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