Composed by
Roberts, Robt. S.
Liné, Hans S.
Published by
Kussel, Philip
Owned by
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
Sugg, Mary Elizabeth, American, 1839 - 1915
ink on paper
H x W: 13 1/2 × 10 11/16 in. (34.3 × 27.1 cm)
Sheet music for the song A Bundle of Rags. The front cover features a black, red, and white illustration of a caricatured African American man and woman doing laundry in a large wooden tub. Type above illustration reads: [A / BUNDLE / of RAGS]. Type along left side reads: [A / Series / of / Negro / MELODIES / BY]. Type along right side of illustration reads: [IN / The / Popular / RAGTIME]. Type beneath illustration reads: [ROB'T S. ROBERTS. / Author of / "THE PRIDE OF BUCKTOWN." / PUBLISHED BY / PHILIP KUSSEL / CINCINNATI.O.]. The inside of sheet music contains four pages of music bars and notes in black ink for the song A Bundle of Rags. The title credits read: [Arr by Hans S. Liné. / By Robt. S. Roberts.] The back cover features additional sheet music, ink black ink, for the songs [THE PRIDE OF BUCKTOWN] and [THE CRESCENT WALTZ].
Objects depicting racist and/or stereotypical imagery or language may be offensive and disturbing, but the NMAAHC aims to include them in the Collection to present and preserve the historical context in which they were created and used. Objects of this type provide an important historical record from which to study and evaluate racism.
Place collected
Sugg McDonald House, Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
sheet music
Caricature and cartoons
Minstrel (Music)
Ragtime (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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