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Schanning family collection of Harry Kennedy sheet music

Identifier: MS-MUS-0063

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Content Description

Forty-two works composed or published by songwriter (and ventriloquist) William Henry Kennedy, better known as Harry Kennedy (c. 1855 - 1894). The collection dates from 1878 to 1894.


  • Creation: 1878 - 1894

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Kennedy, also known as Harry Kennedy, was a ventriloquist, songwriter, and publisher (c.1855-1894). He was born in Manchester, England where he was active as a ventroliquist before becoming a merchantman. He arrived in Montreal in 1871 and New York in 1874. There he performed with Haverly's Minstrels, the San Francisco Minstrels, and Tony Pastor's company. Kennedy wrote more than two hundred songs.


0.58 Cubic Feet (2 flat box containers (14.5 x 3 x 11.5 inches))

Language of Materials



Sheet music composed or published by songwriter William Henry Kennedy, better known as Harry Kennedy.

Custodial History

These songs were collected by the Schanning family who are related to Kennedy (Kennedy is a great grandfather of the family).

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Susan and Brian Schanning in July 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Sam Bessen in consultation with Kristen Diehl, March 2021.

Genre / Form

Guide to the Schanning family collection of Harry Kennedy sheet music
Sam Bessen
2021 March
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA