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Hugo Keesing collection on Jacoba Feenstra's sheet music

 Collection 0336-SCPA

The Hugo Keesing collection on Jacoba Feenstra’s sheet music consists of a single bound collection of sheet music. This sheet music was bound in the early-mid twentieth century and covers the period 1881–1911. The collection is organized in a single series.


  • 1881-1911 and undated

Use and Access to Collection

This collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred with the donation of the materials; all rights remain with the creators and rights holders.


50 Items

Scope and Contents

The Hugo Keesing collection on Jacoba Feenstra's sheet music includes fifty pieces of sheet music in a bound folio. Materials cover the period 1881–1911. The collection contains amateur piano pieces, popular songs, children’s songs, and dance tunes. Original order has been maintained.

Historical Note

[See finding aid for the Hugo Keesing collection on popular music and culture for information on Hugo Keesing]

Home music-making was among the Netherlands’ most popular national pastimes in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Nearly every Dutch town had local singing societies for members of all social strata, from the laboring to upper classes. In the evening, families or groups of friends would typically gather to play and sing music from their Liedboek, or songbook. The music they sang ranged from Dutch folk songs and drinking songs to religious meditations on death. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, traditional Dutch music waned in popularity, to be replaced by French, Italian, German, and American songs. These popular songs were typically published in the form of sheet music, rather than in songbooks. It was not uncommon for amateur musicians to bind their collections of sheet music for easier storage and transportation.

This bound collection of sheet music was compiled in the Netherlands by Jacoba Feenstra (1902–1986). Feenstra included music of Dutch, German, French, and American origin: including amateur piano pieces, popular songs, children’s songs, and dance tunes. Her song selection suggests that this music was intended for home performance, to be played with friends, and possibly for children. All of the sheet music in this collection was published in Amsterdam and Leipzig.

Custodial History and Acquisition Information

Gift of Hugo Keesing received in 2016. Dr. Keesing received these materials from his aunt, as Jacoba Feenstra is a long-past relative from Netherlands.

Related Materials

In addition to this collection, the other Keesing materials at Special Collections in the Performing Arts (SCPA) are separated into eleven other collections (see the list below). Most materials are related to popular music and culture in the United States. Also available for access are thousands of LP singles and pieces of sheet music pertaining to popular music in the twentieth century.

An additional finding aid exists to further describe the memorabilia contained within several of the Keesing collections.

The Keesing collection also contains thousands of catalogued books, available for use in the Lowens room. To view the available titles, visit the Libraries' catalog. Using the "type of search" drop-down menu, select "call number" and type "MKEESING" into the word search box. This brings up a multi-page, browse-able list of Keesing Collection books.

Additionally, the following books and CD collections by Dr. Keesing are available for use at the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library:

Keesing, Hugo A. Battleground Korea: Songs and Sounds of America's Forgotten War. Bear Family Productions, 2018. 4-CD boxed set and accompanying 159-page book. Call number: Paged Collections, MCD 19705.

Keesing, Hugo A. Next Stop is Vietnam: The War on Record. Bear Family Records, 2010. 13-CD boxed set and accompanying 304-page book. Call number: Paged Collections, MCD 12460.

Keesing, Hugo A. Incomplete Bibliography of Pop/Rock Music: Key Word Version. Call number: Reference, ML128.R6 K43 1989.

Keesing, Hugo A. "Semper Fi": An Annotated Index of World War II Era Songs about the United States Marine Corps. 1997. Call number: Paged Collections, ML128.W2 K43 1997.

Keesing, Hugo A. Victory Girls: An Incomplete, Annotated Index of World War II Sheet Music Depicting Women in Non-Military Work. 1997. Call number: Reference, ML128.W2 K44 1997.

Keesing, Hugo A. "Youth in Transition: A Content Analysis of Two Decades of Popular Music." 1972. Call number: Lowens Special Collections Room, ML3477 .K44 1972.

Hugo Keesing collection on Jacoba Feenstra's sheet music
James Ace
Summer 2017
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Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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