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Chevallie, Pirkey, and Pierce families sheet music collection

Identifier: MS-MUS-0071

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  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

Contains approximately three dozen classical and popular songs.


  • Creation: 1860-1936 and undated

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

The sheet music collection donated by Elizabeth C. Sanders originated from the Virginian ancestors of the donor, and reflects the importance of music in the lives of the women who enjoyed playing and sharing the music. Often, multiple generations would play the same music as it was passed down in the family. The maiden names of women in the Chevallie-Pirkey-Pierce family line are:

Mary Gallego Chevallie (1833-1860) Elise Cabell Chevallie (1862-1935); great niece of Mary G. Chevallie Hennie Scott Pirkey (1885-1961); daughter of Elise Ella Virginia Pirkey (1887-1974); daughter of Elise Elise Chevallie Pirkey (1902-1937); daughter of Elise Elizabeth Carrington Pierce (1921-2013); daughter of Hennie

Pierce began taking ballet and piano lessons at age 6, listening to and learning from her aunt Elise whenever she visited. Upon her aunt's death at age 35, Pierce inherited the collection and eventually passed it along to her daughter, Elizabeth Carrington Sanders. Sanders donated the collection to the Sheridan Libraries in April 2023.


0.32 Cubic Feet (1 Flat 01 box)

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The collection contains approximately three dozen popular and classical songs from the 19th and 20th centuries. The songs were collected by several generations of women in the Chevallie, Pirke, and Pierce families.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Elizabeth Carrington Sanders in April 2023

Guide to the Chevallie, Pirkey, and Pierce families sheet music collection
Sam Bessen
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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