“Be a True American” Sheet Music

Description (Brief)
This sheet music is for the song “Be a True American.” The lyrics were written by J. Will Callahan and Frank H. Grey and the music was composed by Frank H. Grey. The music was published by Shapiro, Bernstein & Company of New York City in 1917. The red white and blue cover features an image of Anna Held, a popular performer at the time. The song was performed in the show Anna Held’s Visions by Olive Emerson. The illustration is signed by Starmer. The song was an invocation to “be a true American” by joining the military and going to fight for your nation in World War One.
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Object Name
sheet music
Object Type
Sheet Music
sheet music
date made
Held, Anna
Shapiro, Bernstein and Co.
Physical Description
paper (overall material)
ink (overall material)
overall: 13 3/4 in x 10 1/2 in; 34.925 cm x 26.67 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
Sheet Music
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Sheet Music
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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