When The Moon Shines

Sheet music for the song When The Moon Shines. The front cover for features an illustration of a country road running along a wood fence. Text box with black and white photographs appears in the bottom right corner. Inside the text box, there are two small circular black and white photographs of two African American men. Black type in box reads: [WHEN / THE MOON / SHINES / Introduced with pleasing effect in /WILLIAMS & WALKER'S / BIG PRODUCTION / WORDS BY / ALEX ROGERS / MUSIC BY / JAMES VAUGHAN / The ATTUCKS / MUSIC / PUBLISHING COMPANY / 1255 - 57 BROADWAY N.Y.]. Handwritten in ink, in the top left corner, is [Mrs. D.W. McDonald]. The interior of the sheet music has three pages of music bars and notes in black ink. The back cover of sheet music features sheet music for [“WHY ADAM SINNED”].

Object Details

Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Subject of
Bert Williams, American, 1874 - 1922
George Walker, American, 1873 - 1911
Written by
Alex Rogers
Composed by
James D. Vaughan, American, 1864 - 1941
Published by
The Attucks Music Publishing Company, American, founded 1904
Owned by
Vernon Sugg McDonald, American, 1906 - 1982
Mary Elizabeth Sugg, American, 1839 - 1915
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Sylvia Alden Roberts
ink on paper
H x W: 13 3/4 × 10 3/4 in. (34.9 × 27.3 cm)
sheet music