In my research on the song "De Ole Tare River", I've come across a reference to the Negro Songsters' Own Book, (1846) but can't find it, or any information about it online. Does any one have any info about this volume or have a copy? It supposedly has the original version of de ole tar river in it as sung by the Virginia Minstrels which is quite different lyrically from what I already have from a few years later.
I don't know about that songbook, but I did find this on Levy. Is this the one you seek?
Levy Call Number: Box 020, Item 118
Title: Sweeny's Virginy Melodies. Ole Tare River. Date: 1840
No, this is the one we all know about already, but thanks anyhow.
oops! It's actually called the Negro Singers Own Book!
I see there's a copy at the Yale University library. Might be the only one in existance because no other libraries have a copy. "Hello, interlibrary loan..."