Penn Library Department of Special Collections

William Penn

Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

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Collection History
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Philadelphia Music Publishers: Allyn Bacon

Allyn Bacon moved to Philadelphia from Hartford, Connecticut in 1814 and started a music business at No. 11 South Fourth Street. He was joined by his brother, or son, George Bacon around 1817 and the company name changed to Bacon & Co. Whatever George's relationship to Allyn, he was most likely the one who engraved the plates used by the firm. The firm issued about two hundred titles between 1814 and 1821. Notable among the titles published by Bacon is a collection of twelve numbers, American Musical Miscellany. This was the first series of publications exclusively devoted to works by American composers.

Around June of 1818 Abraham Hart joined the Bacon firm. George left the firm in 1822 and operated his own business in Philadelphia until1824, when he moved to New York. Allyn Bacon's name reappears in 1833 when he was partners with Thomas J. Weygrandt in a short-lived music publishing firm called Bacon & Weygrandt.

The library also holds letters written by Allyn and George Bacon to Boston publisher and music-seller, John Rowe Parker. These letters are located in the John Rowe Parker Correspondence,1802-1840.

There are approximately twenty-six items published by Bacon's firms in the collection.

Philadelphia Music Publishers

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