Mandolin sheet music and instructional materials from the "Golden Era"

selected and digitized by John Goodin


Here are some digital copies of mandolin music published during the Golden Era of mandolin activity in the United States. Many of these items have been loaned to me by my friends in the Louisville Mandolin Orchestra who have inherited a large collection of music from the old Chicago Mandolin Orchestra. My intention is to only include music that is clearly in the Public Domain. Please let me know if you hold a current copyright to any of this material and would like me to remove it from this archive.


The Boston Music Company Mandolin and Piano Collection: Volume 1 Containing Twelve Pieces Arranged by Ch. Graziani-Walter. Boston, Mass.: The Boston Music Company ; New York: G. Schirmer, Inc., 1912. (Mandolin) ; (Piano pt.1) ; (Piano pt.2)

Empire Collection : 15 Choice Melodic Compositions by Various Authors. Arranged and compiled by Louis Tocaben. New York: Carl Fischer, [1915?] (1st Mandolin) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (3rd Mandolin) ; (Piano, pt.1) ; (Piano, pt.2)

Favorite Mandolin Collection No. 1. New York: Century Music Publishing Company, [c1904]. (1st Mandolin pt.1) ; (1st Mandolin pt.2) ; (2nd Mandolin pt.1) ; (2nd Mandolin pt.2) ; (Guitar pt.1) ; (Guitar pt.2) ; (Piano pt.1) ; (Piano pt.2) ; (Piano pt.3) ; (Piano pt.4)

Forty Progressive Studies for the Mandoline, a series of well graduated & melodious exercises ; composed and arranged by George H. Hucke. London: John Alvey Turner, [1893-1916?](Scanned by & presented courtesy of Jean-Marie van de Laar, June 2010)

Fox Mandolin & Guitar Folio No. 1. Cleveland, OH: Sam Fox Publishing Co., 1907. (1st Mandolin or Violin) ; (Guitar)

Jacobs' Folio of Classics for Orchestra and Mandolin Orchestra, volume 1. Boston, Mass.: Walter Jacobs Inc., 1914? (1st Mandolin) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (Guitar) ; (Tenor Mandola)

Jacobs' Folio of Classics for Orchestra, volume 2. Boston, Mass.: Walter Jacobs Inc., 1928? (1st Mandolin) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (Guitar)

Jacobs' No. 1 Amateur Folio for Orchestra and Mandolin Orchestra. Boston, Mass.: Walter Jacobs Inc., 1914. (1st Mandolin) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (Guitar)

Jacobs' No. 1 Folio of Waltzes for Orchestra and Mandolin Orchestra. Boston, Mass.: Walter Jacobs Inc., 1914. (1st Mandolin) ; (Guitar)

Louis Tocabenís Complete Method for the Mandoline, 1885

Whitney Warner Collection of Mandolin & Guitar Music. Arranged by Samuel Siegel. Detroit: Whitney-Warner Publishing Co., [1902?] (1st Mandolin) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (Guitar) ; (Piano, pt.1) ; (Piano, pt.2) ;

Whitney Warner Mandolin and Guitar Collection No. 6. New York ; Detroit: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1908. (1st Mandolin) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (Guitar)

Whitney Warner Mandolin and Guitar Collection No. 7. [Incomplete] New York ; Detroit: Jerome H. Remick & Co., 1909. (1st Mandolin pt.1) ;
(1st Mandolin pt.2) ; (2nd Mandolin) ; (Guitar)


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Created on ... December 27, 2006 by John Goodin ; last updated on October 28, 2015