Histories of these songs, biographical information about the composers and lyricists, and background on each song's entrance into status as 'official' make this source the most comprehensive in existence. The entries include sheet music, allowing readers to reproduce for themselves the tunes that have proved so important in the history of the Union.
John Hladczuk has published and worked in the areas of literacy, reading, sports law, and music. He is currently co-director of the State Song Project. Sharon Schneider Hladczuk is currently pursuing interests in the arts, spirituality, and women's issues. Their previous publications include Literacy/Illiteracy in the World, General Issues in Literacy/Illiteracy, and Sports Law and Legislation.