Women Composers and Lyricists

This list is drawn from all of the Duke sheet music collections, not merely the Historic American Sheet Music project. It was not systematically made, but was created as the names were encountered during indexing. There has been little or no attempt to standardize the names.

  • Anderson, Mrs. E. H.
  • Armstrong, Minnie (words)
  • Aufderheide, May
  • Avary, Myrta Lockett (words)
  • Badarzewska, Thekla, 1834-1861
  • Bardsley, Eunice W.
  • Bayes, Nora, 1880-1928
  • Black, Dorothea (words)
  • Blackwood, Mrs. Price (see Dufferin and Clandeboye, Helen Selina Blackwood, Baroness, 1807-1867)
  • Blackwood, Baroness, 1807-1867 (see Dufferin and Clandeboye, Helen Selina Blackwood, Baroness, 1807-1867)
  • Bostwick, Helen L. (lyrics)
  • Brahe, May H. (May Hannah), 1885-1956 (composer)
  • Bridges, Ethel
  • Bright, C. E., Miss (composer of Gen. Burnside's quick step)
  • Brownell, Leila M.
  • Butler, Mattie (words)
  • Jones, Amanda T.
  • Caldwell, Anna
  • Caldwell, Anne
  • Chambers, Augusta Howe
  • Champagne, Mildred
  • Chickering, C. F, Mrs.
  • Claribel, 1830-1869 (Barnard, Charlotte Alington, 1830-1869)
  • Cook, Agnes Spofford (words)
  • Cook, Eliza, 1818-1889 (words)
  • Cooke, Marjorie Benton, 1876-1920
  • Crawford, Mrs. (Crawford, Louisa Macartney)
  • Crosby, Fanny, 1820-1915
  • Currier, Mrs. S. (words)
  • Daly, Julia
  • Dana, Mrs.
  • Darrell, Mabel
  • De Lachau, Ada (wrote Li'l Liza Jane)
  • DeMert, Lucille
  • Del Riego, Teresa (music)
  • Dobyne, Irene C. (poet)
  • Dowling, Lillia (music)
  • Downing, Fanny Murdaugh, 1835-1894 (poet)
  • Dufferin and Clandeboye, Helen Selina Blackwood, Baroness, 1807-1867
  • Earl, Mary, 1862-1932
  • Ebbert, Blanche Gould
  • Elkin, R. H. (Rosie or Rose Helen Elkin)
  • Ella, of Woodlawn (Confederate imprint)
  • Emerson, Ida
  • Euterpean Quartette (all women quartet, including: Harriet Levinger, Fannie Levinger, Jeannette Bauhof, Katherine Baehrens)
  • Fanshaw, Mrs. L. (author of words to Southern Marseillaise)
  • Field, Virginia
  • Fisher, Miriam Lois
  • Foster, Fay, 1886-1960
  • Gabriel, Virginia, 1825-1877
  • Gifford, G.R., Hon. Mrs. (t.p.: Hon. Mrs. Gifford)
  • Gottheil, Miss. Louisiana
  • Greene, May
  • Gray, Vivian (see McKinley, Mabel)
  • Grey,Vivian (see McKinley, Mabel)
  • Griffith, Mary A.
  • Grossmann, Gertrude E. (music)
  • Hackelton, Mrs. M. W.
  • Hearn, Anna K. (text)
  • Henshaw, Alice Francelia (music)
  • Heron, Fanny
  • Higginson, Elia (text)
  • Hill, May (composer)
  • Hinkson, Katharine Tynan
  • Hodges, Faustina Hasse, 1823-1895 (music) (Organist & composer in Brooklyn, New York, and Philadelphia)
  • Hopkins, Mary M.
  • Howe, S. J., Mrs.
  • Ingelow, Jean, 1820-1897
  • Irwin, May, 1862-1938 (primarily known as a performer, she also wrote the music and words to songs)
  • Jacobs-Bond, Carrie
  • Jardon, Dolly
  • Jewitt, Jessie Mae
  • Jones, Amanda T.
  • Kamman, Effie F.
  • Kennedy, Amanda (music)
  • Kingsley, Edith
  • Kinkel, Florence
  • Knapp, Phoebe Palmer, 1839-1908
  • Kummer, Clare Beecher, 1886-1958
  • Kummer, Lourine
  • Lamb, Marie Elizabeth
  • Landon, Agnes (translator)
  • Lane, Alice (Confederate imprint - Augusta, Ga.)
  • Lauve, Miss C. (Confederate imprint - New Orleans)
  • Lehmann, Liza
  • Lemon, Laura G.
  • Lenox, Jean (words)
  • Lewis, Theresa (Mrs. Juan Lewis)
  • Lindsay, M., Miss (Brown, J. D. Brit. musical bio., 1897 (Bliss, Mrs. J. Worthington; born M. Lindsay; composer))
  • Littlefield, Addie (words)
  • Lloyd, Lula
  • Loud, Emily L. (music)
  • Louka, Marie (music)
  • Lummis, Hattie (words)
  • May, Lilian
  • McKinley, Mabel (Vivian Grey or Gray)
  • McKnight, Annie Ford (Thomasville, Ga.), composer
  • Mills, Joy
  • Mori, Emile E.
  • Morrison, Mary
  • Morton, Agnes H.
  • Moulton, Maud Evelyn
  • Murphy, Jeannette Robinson
  • Nilson, O. M., Mrs.
  • Norton, Caroline Sheridan, 1808-1877 (often listed as The Hon. Mrs. Norton on title pages)
  • Nugent, Maude
  • Oakwood, Lottie
  • Osgood, Frances Sargent Locke, 1811-1850 (poet)
  • Owen, Anita
  • Park, Edna Rosalind
  • Parkhurst, E. A., Mrs.
  • Percy, Florence (i.e., Allen, ElizabethAkers, 1832-1911) (words)
  • Pittman, H. D. (Hannah Daviess), 1840-1919
  • Poole, Anna W.
  • Posey, Sara E.
  • Rogers, Cornelia D. (words)
  • Root, Arabella (words)
  • Rudisill, Bess
  • Ryan, Mrs. Leo
  • Scott, Clara H., 1841-1897
  • Scott, Miss M. B. (confederate imprint)
  • Scott, Sue Ingersoll
  • Siedler, Alice
  • Slade, Mary B. C. (words)
  • Smith, Julia, 19th cent. (words & music)
  • Starr, Hattie
  • Steiner, Emma R. (arranger)
  • Stevens, Eula Hood
  • Story, Pauline B.
  • Stratton, Mrs. M. W. (words)
  • Taylor, Helen, d. 1943 (words)
  • Templeton, Fay (music)
  • Van Boskerck, Hattie (composer)
  • Wade, Emma
  • Walsh, Mary E. (composer of Black Hawk waltzes)
  • Warden, Emily (words)
  • Wardwell, Allie E. (words)
  • Warner, Mrs. A. G. (Confederate imrpint)
  • Watson, Grace L. (comp.)
  • Wayne, Mabel (composer)
  • Weil, Cynthia
  • Welles, Georgia B. (music)
  • Werner, Kay
  • Werner, Sue
  • Whitney, Hattie (words)
  • Whitney, Margaret (words & music, Salt Lake City)
  • Whitson, Beth Slater, 1879-1930
  • Wilkens, Verna
  • Willard, Mrs., of Troy, N.Y.
  • Williams, J. R. (affectionately inscribed to her brother, Ramon O. Williams)
  • Wragg, Mary Roper (music)
  • Wilson, Louisiana
  • Winans, John C., Mrs. (words)
  • Woodforde-Finden, Amy, 1860-1919 (music)
  • Wren, Ella (Miss)
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