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Little Dora Dell
Additional title: Little Dora Dell, Little Dora Dell, she's the girl that I prefer, she loves me and I love her. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: There's a cottage down the lane, free as the air from worldly fame. [first line]
Hayden, Ola (Singer)
Williams, W. R. (Composer)
Williams, W. R. (Lyricist)

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1894

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1894
Date Issued: 1894
Place: Chicago
Publisher: Will Rossiter
Library locations
Music Division
Love songs
Sexual attraction
Content: Cover includes a photograph of Ola Hayden with the caption: America's youngest and greatest contralto. Cover also includes a painting of a small house with a picket fence with a caption taken from the song text: "There's a cottage down the lane."
Content: On cover: A simple love story told in words and music...Now a great success, being sung by Ola Hayden, Fannie St. Clair, Lottie Gilson, Jane Daly, Nellie McCoy, Irene Franklin, John Gardner, Tom O'Brien, Sadie Cushman, Lottie Williams, John and Nellie McCarthy, McNulty Sisters, Irene Fernandez, Wren and Daly, W. C. Held, Lillian Harper, Ella Delmore, Beatrice Leo, Khorns and Cole, Gladys Lee, Mamie Chapman &c.
Statement of responsibility: words and music by W.R. Williams.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 score (6 p.) ; 36 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 62b864f0-c58f-012f-d24a-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1894: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2019: Found by you!
  • 2020

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Little Dora Dell" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1894 - 1894.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Little Dora Dell" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 15, 2019.

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1894 - 1894). Little Dora Dell Retrieved from

Wikipedia Citation

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Little Dora Dell