Banjo constructed with a gourd head. There are four (4) tuning pegs, some chipped, in the headstock. One (1) wire is strung along the banjo. Two (2) other strings are connected to the tailpiece but are loose over the gourd. There are frets on the neck. The round gourd has linear decoration around the edge. There is a tin tailpiece at the bottom anchoring the strings. There are scratches on the back of the gourd.
Engraved sheet music, 5 pages. The front cover's title reads "TOM / The Blind Negro Boy Pianist / Only 10 Years Old" and has an illustration of a boy in dark jacket with white collar and cuffs, standing with his arm on a table. He holds his hat in the other hand.
A paper handbill advertisement for a performance by the Jubilee Singers on March 23, 1875 at City Hall in an unnamed location. One side of the handbill has the printed title [A SONG FROM FREDERICK DOUGLASS] at the top and then recounts a visit of the Jubilee Singers with Frederick Douglass where he shared a spiritual that he sang while enslaved that inspired him to seek freedom in the North. The lyrics of the song are printed in the center of the handbill. The details for the upcoming performance are printed at the bottom center in large text [CITY HALL / ON THE EVENING OF / TUESDAY, MARCH 23D, 1875. / Tickets now on sale at Stockbridge's]. At the bottom left corner in small print is [Tucker Printing House, Portland.]
The other side of the handbill has printed a letter to [Theo. F. Seward, Esq.] from Samuel Clemens recounting how much he enjoys performances by the Jubilee Singers. At the top of the page in large text is printed [MARK TWAIN / AND THE / Jubilee Singers]. At the bottom center of the page is the text [CITY HALL, / TUESDAY EVENING!].