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Title
Sue, ma Sue
Additional title: Sue, ma Sue, I am lonely for you, darlin'. [first line of chorus]
Additional title: Where sweet camelias blossom, and the honeysuckles cling. [first line of song]
Names
Northrup, Theo. H. (Theodore H.) (Composer)
Doty, Charles W. (Lyricist)
Starmer (Cover designer)
Collection

American popular songs

Sheet music, 1899

Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1899
Place: New York
Publisher: T.B. Harms & Co.
Library locations
Music Division
Topics
Songs
Separation (Psychology)
Man-woman relationships
Sexual attraction
Genres
Scores
Notes
Content: Cover design by Starmer includes drawing of an African American woman standing at a wooden gate to a house.
Content: Descriptive subtitle on cover and below caption title: Coon plaint.
Content: Summary: Using stereotyped language of African Americans, the narrator, after being away, looks forward to again being with his girlfriend Sue.
Statement of responsibility: words by Chas. W. Doty ; music by Theo. H. Northrup.
Physical Description
Extent: 8 p. ; 35 cm.
Type of Resource
Notated music
Languages
English
Identifiers
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): a3b27460-c595-012f-4327-58d385a7bc34
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1899: Issued
  • 2016: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

MLA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Sue, ma Sue" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1899. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef8d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Chicago/Turabian Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. "Sue, ma Sue" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed October 21, 2021. https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef8d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

APA Format

Music Division, The New York Public Library. (1899). Sue, ma Sue Retrieved from https://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-ef8d-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Wikipedia Citation

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Sue, ma Sue