Ella Dot Martin Blake Collection

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A native of Waterloo, Quebec, Ella Dot Martin Blake emigrated to Worcester County, Mass., in about 1927. She and her husband Sydney farmed and raised two sons. Ella Blake died in 1987.

Assembled by Ella Dot Martin Blake, this collection consists of eighty pieces of sheet music, more than half with illustrated covers. Dating from the early 1900s, the collection covers both World Wars as well as the rise of Broadway and Hollywood's golden age. Selections include military sheet music, "Good-Bye, Little Girl, Good-Bye" (1904) and music from Hollywood films, such as "Daddy Long Legs" dedicated to Mary Pickford (1919), and "By a Waterfall" from Footlight Parade (1933).

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Background on Ella Dot Martin Blake

I'm forever blowing bubbles

I'm forever blowing bubbles

Ella Dot Martin was born in Waterloo, Quebec, on Dec. 22, 1889, the daughter of Carmi Arad Martin and Candace Amelia (Beach), and in about 1912, she married a local farmer, Sydney Thomas Blake, in an Anglican ceremony, raising two sons.

For several years after the turn of the twentieth century, Carmi Martin worked as a painter in Woonsocket, though he returned to Waterloo in about 1909, and Ella and Sydney followed in about 1927, settling in Blackstone, Worcester County, Mass., where Sydney worked at different points as a painter and farmer. Sydney died in 1955 and Ella in Milton Village, Mass., in 1987.

Contents of Collection

Assembled by Ella Dot Martin Blake, this collection consists of eighty pieces of sheet music, more than half with illustrated covers. Dating from the early 1900s, the collection covers both World Wars as well as the rise of Broadway and Hollywood's golden age. Selections include military sheet music, "Good-Bye, Little Girl, Good-Bye" (1904) and music from Hollywood films, such as "Daddy Long Legs" dedicated to Mary Pickford (1919), and "By a Waterfall" from Footlight Parade (1933).

Collection inventory
Series 1. Illustrated sheet music
Harris, Chas. K.: Always in the way. Chicago : Chas. K. Harris
1930
Dubin, Al and Dave Franklin: The anniversary waltz. Hollywood, Calif. : Mayfair Music Corp.
1941
Kahn, Gus (lyrics) and Tolchard Evans (music): Barcelona. New York : Leo Feist
1926
Earl, Mary: Beautiful Ohio: waltz. New York : Shapiro, Bernstein, and Co.
1918
Hughes, Jimmy; Frank Lake; and Al Stillman: Bless 'em all. Cleveland, Ohio : Sam Fox Publ.
1941
Kahal, Irving (words) and Sammy Fain (music): By a waterfall. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1933
Reisfeld, Bert; Mart Fryberg; and Rolf Marbot: Call me darling, call me sweetheart, call me dear (sag mir Darling). New York : Santly Bros.
1931
Hirsch, Walter (lyrics) and Erwin R. Schmidt (music): Carolina sunshine. New York : Harry von Tilzer
1919
Lewis, Sam M. and Joe Young (words) and Harry Ruby (music): Daddy Long Legs (dedicated to Mary Pickford). New York : Waterson, Berlin and Snyder
1919
Easy pieces in easy keys. Toronto : A. Cox
ca.1920
Wrubel, Allie and Abner Silver: Farewell to arms. New York : Keit-Engel
1933
Fortster Ensemble Folio no. 1. Chicago : Forster Music
1937
Tobias, Charlie and Joe Burke: Good night, little girl of my dreams. New York : Joe Morris Music
1933
Cobb, Will D. and Gus Edwards: Good-bye, little girl, good bye. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1904
Jacobs-Bond, Carrie: The hand of you. Hollywood, Calif. : Carrie Jacobs-Bond and Son
1920
Goetschius, Marjorie and Edna Osser: I dream of you more than you dream I do. New York : Embassy Music Corp.
1944
Klauber, Marcy (words) and Harry Stoddard (music): I get the blues when it rains. Chicago : Forster Music
1929
Williams, W. R.: I'd love to live in Loveland with a girl like you. Chicago : Will Rossiter
1910
Wolf, Rennold (lyrics) and Louis A. Hirsh (music): I'll think of you. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1917
Kenbrovin, Jaan and John William Kellette: I'm forever blowing bubbles. New York : Jerome H. Remick
1919
Clesi, N. J.: I'm sorry I made you cry. New York : Leo Feist
1918
Sterling, Andrew B. (words) and Harry von Tilzer (music): In the evening by the moonlight (Dear Louise). New York : Harry von Tilzer
1906
Roma, Caro (words) and Ernest R. Ball (music): In the garden of my heart. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1908
Dorn, E.: It trovatore: fantaisie. Philadelphia, Pa. : Eclipse Publ.
1907
Coslow, Sam (lyrics) and Arthur Johnson (music): Learn to croon. New York : Famous Music
1933
Schaeffer, Mary: Little old shack in the mountains. New York : Bib-Lang, Inc.
1933
Kahn, Gus and Harry Woods: A little street where old friends meet. New York : Joe Morris Music Co.
1932
Dubin, Al (words) and J. Russel Robinson (music): Memories of France. New York : Waterson, Berlin and Snyder
1928
Heyman, Edward (lyrics) and Richard Myers (music): My darling. New York : Harms, Inc.
1932
Kahn, Gus (lyrics) and Walter Donaldson (music): My Ohio home: a ballad. New York : Leo Feist
1927
Heath, Bobby (lyrics) and Charlie O'Donnell (music): My pony boy song: Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up, whoa. New York : Jerome H. Remick
1909
Ancliffe, Charles: Nights of gladness valse. Toronto : Hawkes and Harris Music Co.
1912
Leslie, Edgar and Bert Kalmar (words) and Pete Wendling (music): Oh! What a pal was Mary. New York : Waterson, Berlin and Snyder
1919
Gilbert, L. Wolfe (lyrics) and Paul Van Loan and Fred Rich (music): On the Riviera. New York : Harms, Inc.
1926
Faure, J.: The palms (les rameaux). New York : De Luxe Music Co.
1903
Cobb, Will D. and Gus Edwards: School days, or when we were a couple of kids. New York : Gus Edwards Music
1907
Carey, Joseph B.: Sierra Sue. New York : Shapiro, Bernstein, and Co.
1940
Callahan, J. Will (words and Lee S. Roberts (music): Smiles. New York : Jerome H. Remick
1917
Jolson, Al; B. G. De Sylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson: Sonny boy. New York : De Dylva, Brown, and Henderson
1928
Harris, Chas. K.: Take me to your heart again. New York : Chas. K. Harris
1912
Strauss, Johann: Tales from the Vienna woods. New York : Century Music
1939
Goodwin, Joe and Joe McCarthy (lyrics) and Al Piantadosi (music): Then I'll stop loving you. New York : Leo Feist
1913
McDonald, Ballard (words) and Harry Caroll (music): The trail of the lonesome pine. New York : Shapiro Music Publ.
1912
Webster, Paul Francis; John Jacob Loeb; and Rudy Vallee: Two little blue little eyes: fox trot song. New York : Carl Fischer
1931
Mellow, Gifford, and Trevor: When it's apple blossom time in Normandie. New York : Jerome H. Remick
1912
Kern, Jerome and Otto Harbach: When you heart's on fire, smoke gets in your eyes. New York : T. B. Harms
1933
Russell, James I.: Where the River Shannon flows. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1906
Boretz, Allen (words) and Dana Suess (music): Whistling in the dark. New York : Olman Music
1931
Ronnell, Ann: Willow weep for me. New York : Irving Berlin, Inc.
1932
Series 2. Non-illustrated sheet music
Czerny, Charles: 40 studies in velocity. Boston, Mass. : Oliver Ditson Co.
undated
Czerny, Charles: 40 tagliche uebungen. Leipzig : C. F. Peters
undated
Lange, Gustav: Alpine hut. Chicago : McKinley Music Co.
1923
Burchenal, Elizabeth, ed.: American country-dances, vol. 1. New York : G. Schirmer
1918
Graff, George (words) and Ernest R. Ball (music): As long as the world rolls on. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1907
Choice duets for the piano. New York : Century Music
1902
Kuhner, Conrad: Clementi's sonatinas. Philadelphia, Pa. : Theodore Presser
undated
Rissland, Karl: The Ditson easy trio album for violin, 'cello, and piano. Boston, Mass. : Oliver Ditson Co.
1922
Lyttleton, Claud (words) and Hamilton Gray (music): A dream of paradise. New York : Armstrong Music Publ.
1903
English favorites. New York : Century Music
undated
Fulton, Bert L.: Evening chimes: reverie. London : Frederick Harris Co.
1910
Fifty-six songs you like to sing. New York : G. Schirmer
1937
The four hand folio: a collection of gems arranged for two performers. New York : Richard A. Saalsfield
undated
Fay, J. Everett (words) and James B. Oliver (music): Good night beloved, good night. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1900
Weatherly, F. E. (words) and Stephen Adams (music): The holy city. New York : Boosey and Co.
1892
Eberhart, Nelle Richmond (words) and Charles Wakefield Cadman (music): I hear a thrush at eve. Boston, Mass. : White-Smith Publ.
1913
Ford, Lena Guilbert (words) and Ivor Novello (music): Keep the home fires burning (till the boys come home). New York : Chappell and Co.
1914
Brennan, J. Keirn (lyrics) and Ernest R. Ball (music): A little bit of heaven, shure they call it Ireland (how Ireland got its name). New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1911
Grieg, Edvard: Lyrical pieces for pianoforte. New York : G. Schirmer
1904
Blake, Ella Dot Martin: Manuscript music book. :
undated
The monster imperial. :
1905
Scott, Clement (words) and Reginald de Koven (music): Oh promise me . New York : G. Schirmer
1917
Blossom, Henry (lyrics) and Victor Herbert (music): The Princess Pat. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
undated
Clementi, Muzio: Six sonatinas. New York : G. Schirmer
1904
Newton, Eileen (words) and Arthur F. Tate (music): Somewhere a voice is calling. New York : T. B. Harms
1911
Standard studies and study pieces for the pianoforte. New York : Century Music
1908
Cooke, Leonard (words) and Lilian Ray (music): The sunshine of your smile. New York : T. B. Harms
1915
King, Stoddard (lyrics) and Zo Elliott (music): There's a long, long trail. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1915
Graff, George (words) and Ernest R. Ball (music): Till the sands of the desert grow old. New York : M. Witmark and Sons
1911
Strauss, Johann: Voices of spring. New York : Century Music
1940

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Language:

English

Provenance

Gift of Janice Blake, Oct. 2012.

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Selected illustrated sheet music covers have been digitized and are available for viewing online in our digital repository, Credo.

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Cite as: Ella Dot Martin Blake Collection (RB 015). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.

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  • Motion picture actors and actresses--Photographs
  • World War, 1939-1945--Songs and music

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