This digital archive has been designed to make available to the public certain items from the Polley Music Library that are difficult to find because they are out of print, or do not freely circulate from the other libraries that still have them in their collections, or because Polley Music in the only library that owns them. In addition, certain sound files with historical importance have been archived here.
This project was supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission. Additional funding has been provided by the Lincoln City Libraries. Any future additions to this collection will require new funding sources.
All of the items included here are either reproduced here by permission, or are believed to be in the public domain in the United States, in which case they may be freely downloaded for your personal use. You will need the free Adobe Reader (version 7 or higher) to access the printed material. The sound files are in MP3 format.
The catalog of printed material is arranged alphabetically by the composer, arranger, or author’s name. The sound files appear under the name of the performer or group.
Beach, Mrs. H.H.A. (Amy Cheney Beach)
Canadian Boat Song
Bond, Carrie Jacobs
Little Kitten Songs and Stories
Dworzak, Lieut. E.M.C.
Omaha Guards Waltz
Mills, Chas. F.H.
Moyer, Will D.
National Self Teacher for Hawaiian Ukulele
Ask a Nebraska Co-ed
Gradual for Easter Sunday
Gradual for Palm Sunday
Gradual for the First Sunday in Lent
Gradual for the Second Sunday in Lent
Hail! To the Sons of Freedom
There Was an Old Woman
To a Wood Thrush
Right Hand Culture
Singer, Rabbi Jacob
Jewish Music Historically Considered
Salute to Omaha
Lincoln Boys Choir
This performance of the “Statehouse Inscriptions” was given on Mar. 22, 1965 at the Murat Theatre in Indianapolis, Indiana for the 1965 Biennial Meeting of MENC North Central Division. The choir sang under the direction of Hugh Rangeler and was accompanied by Joel Thorson.
Mr. Manley, a faculty member at the University of Nebraska, is heard here singing “Beautiful Nebraska“, the official state song. It was written by Jim Fras and Guy G. Miller. This file was digitized from a cassette recording entitled “Beautiful Nebraska: with songs of the trail and historical narrations”. To view a copy of the sheet music for this song, go to https://sos.nebraska.gov/sites/sos.nebraska.gov/files/doc/state_song.pdf , on the web page for the Nebraska Secretary of State.
Lillian Helms Polley
In 1967, 86-year-old Lillian Helms Polley wrote an essay entitled “The Story of the University School of Music.” It was presented to the Lotus Club of Lincoln, and was also published in the Lincoln Journal Star newspaper. Here is Mrs. Polley reading excerpts from that essay. A copy of the written essay is available here, and for more information about Lillian Polley see the Polley Music Library web page.
Winner, South Dakota Girls Quartet
This girls quartet was directed by Orville “Scad” Voss when he was teaching in Winner, South Dakota. He brought the girls to station KUON-TV in 1955 to perform several songs he arranged for them including “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight“, “Mister Sandman“, and “Muskat Ramble“. Later Mr. Voss came to Lincoln as a music teacher and was, for many years, a part of the Lincoln Public Schools System. He is also a professional performing musician here in Lincoln.
A picture of the four girls performing at the station can be viewed here. They are, L to R, Marlene Engel, Myrna Mills, Lavonne Klima, and Sharon Cooper.