Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material

Early American Literature: A Bibliography of Secondary Material: A bibliography of print criticism divided in categories designed to provide teachers and students a starting place for class preparation and research projects complied by Edward J. Gallagher up to 1999. For Recent Publications in the field of Early American studies, please consult: The Society of Early Americanists Page of Recent and Forthcoming Publications and Journals. Thank you.


Ammerman, David L., and Philip D. Morgan. Books About Early America: 2001 Titles. Williamsburg: Institute of Early American History and Culture, 1989.

Chase, Gilbert. America’s Music: From the Pilgrims to the Present. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1955.

Davis, Elizabeth A. Index to the New World Recorded Anthology of American Music: A User’s Guide to the Initial One Hundred Records. New York: Norton, 1981.

Epstein, Dena J. Sinful Tunes and Spirituals: Black Folk Music to the Civil War. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1977.

Girdham, Jane. “Musical Life in the Eighteenth Century: A Course Description.” Teaching the Eighteenth Century: Three Courses. Ed. American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. Logan: American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 1995. 29-42.

Hamm, Charles. Music in the New World. New York: Norton, 1983.

Heard, Priscilla S. American Music, 1698-1800: An Annotated Bibliography. Waco: Baylor UP, 1975.

Heintze, James R. Early American Music: A Research and Information Guide. New York: Garland, 1990.

Hitchcock, H. Wiley. Music in the United States: A Historical Introduction. Englewood Cliffs: Prentice-Hall, 1974.

Horn, David. The Literature of American Music in Books and Folk Music Collections: A Fully Annotated Bibliography. Metuchen: Scarecrow P, 1977. (Supplement 1, with Richard Jackson, 1988)

Kingman, Daniel. American Music: A Panorama. 2nd ed. New York: Schirmer, 1990.

Krummel, D. W. Bibliographical Handbook of American Music. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 1987.

Marrocco, W. Thomas, and Harold Gleason. Music in America: An Anthology from the Landing of the Pilgrims to the Close of the Civil War, 1620-1865. New York: Norton, 1964.

Mates, Julian. The American Musical Stage before 1800. New Brunswick: Rutgers UP, 1962.

McAllester, David P. “North American Native Music.” Musics of Many Cultures: An Introduction. Ed. Elizabeth May. Berkeley: U of California P, 1980. 307-31.

Miller, Terry E. Folk Music in America: A Reference Guide. New York: Garland, 1986.

Porter, Susan L. With an Air Debonair: Musical Theatre in America, 1785-1815. Washington: Smithsonian, 1991.

Silverman, Kenneth. A Cultural History of the American Revolution: Painting, Music, Literature, and the Theatre in the Colonies and the United States from the Treaty of Paris to the Inauguration of George Washington, 1763-1789. New York: Crowell, 1976.

Virga, Patricia H. The American Opera to 1790. Ann Arbor: UMI Research P, 1982.

Warner, Thomas E. Periodical Literature on American Music, 1620-1920: A Classified Bibliography with Annotations. Warren: Harmonie Park P, 1988.