Written by
Sterling, Andrew B., American, 1874 - 1955
Composed by
Von, Harry Tilzer, American, 1872 - 1946
Published by
Von, Harry Tilzer Music Publishing Co., American, founded 1902
Owned by
Sugg, Mary Elizabeth, American, 1839 - 1915
McDonald, Vernon Sugg, American, 1906 - 1982
ink on paper
H x W: 13 7/8 × 11 in. (35.2 × 27.9 cm)
Sheet music for the song Alexander Don't You Love Your Baby No More? The front cover of the sheet music features an illustration of An African American woman talking to a sleeping man through a window in red, green and black ink. There are two photographs with a green hue on the bottom half of the cover. The larger photograph is of five people with the caption that reads: [Pauline Wells / and her / Plantation Quartette]. The second smaller photograph is of Harry Von Tilzer. The caption reads: [Harry Von Tilzer / Our Trade Mark]. Red and black type on the top of the cover reads, [TERRIFIC COON HIT BY THE WRITERS OF "HANNAH WON'T YOU OPEN THAT DOOR?" / ALEXANDER / DON'T YOU LOVE YOUR BABY NO MORE?]. Offset in black type to the proper left of the cover the text reads: [CAN'T YOU SEE THE RAIN AND HAIL AM FASTLY FALLING, / ALEXANDER. / DON'T YOU HEAR YOU LADY LOVE A-SOFTLY CALLING, / ALEXANDER, / TAKE ME TO YOUR HEART AGAIN AND CALL ME HONEY, / ALL I WANT IS LOVIN', I DON'T WANT YOUR MONEY, / ALEXANDER, TELL ME, / DON'T YOU LOVE YOUR BABY NO MORE?]. The bottom of the cover has a text box that reads: [WORDS BY / ANDREW B. STERLING / MUSIC BY / HARRY VON TILZER]. A publishing logo reads: [Harry Von Tilzer / Music Publishing Co. / 37 W 28 St New York also Chicago.Frisco.London]. The interior of the sheet music has four pages of music notes and bars in black ink. The back cover has a sample of another song in green ink, titled [Coax Me.].
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
Sonora, Tuolumne County, California, United States, North and Central America
Place printed
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Documents and Published Materials-Sheet music
Racist and Stereotypical Objects
sheet music
Minstrel (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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