Philadelphia bandleader and composer Francis Johnson (1792-1844), a free African American, achieved extraordinary renown and respect through performances of his band. The Kurt Stein collection includes forty-two rare printed examples of Johnson's sheet music, along with research materials on Johnson.
Collection overview and information for researchers
The Stein Collection consists of printed sheet music composed by Francis Johnson and published between ca. 1818 and 1849: popular dance music including marches, polkas, and other forms. These were printed mainly by Philadelphia music publishers and testify to the success of Johnson's band.
- Description and list of the items in the Stein collection of Francis Johnson sheet music, in the online catalog, Franklin
- Individual records for sheet music and other sources in the Stein collection (alphabetical by title, A-Z)
Also available is a collection of research notes on Johnson, assembled by Kurt Stein
About the collector
Kurt Stein (1918-2002) was an Austrian-born collector. The University of Pennsylvania Libraries acquired his collection on Francis Johnson in 2006, thanks in part to funding provided by the Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Fund of the Savoy Company.