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Sheet Music Collections
- New site:
Sheet Music Consortium
- The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward
the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using
the Open Archives Initiative:Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI:PMH).
If you know of a collection of sheet music with public access (either
through a web page or online catalog), please send a message to Lois
Schultz (Lois dot Schultz at Duke dot edu.
- American Jewish Historical Society,
director, Harilyn Slome
- Yiddish popular sheet music (3,000 items).
- 15 West 16th St.
- New York, NY 10011
- (212) 294-6160. E-mail:
- The online resource compiled by the Library of Congress National
Digital Library Program. With the participation of other libraries and
archives, the program provides a gateway to rich primary source
materials relating to the history and culture of the United States. In
the coming years, the National Digital Library Program plans to
digitize more of the Library's unique American history collections and
make them freely available to teachers, students, and the general
public over the Internet. Special collections to be digitized include
the documents, films, manuscripts, photographs, and sound recordings
that tell the American story. The program is funded by congressional
appropriations and private sector donations.
- Aurora Public Library (Illinois)
- Alice Doty Weirnecke collection. The collection is 22 file
cabinets large, and is one of the larger collections in a public
library in the Midwest. Many of the items have been cataloged in a
database but most don't show up in a search of WorldCat. And there is
still a good portion of it that hasn't been put in the catalog. (We
still have a card catalog for the file cabinets.) Along with the file
cabinets, we have a whole range of sheet music books - mostly pop,
show music, etc. Contact the library for more information:
Phone: 630-264-4100 FAX: 630-896-3209.
- Baylor University.
- The Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music
(approximately 30,000 titles) was the life-long pursuit of the avid
and well-respected sheet music collector for whom the collection is
named. The collection includes many fine examples of first editions
such as Jingle Bells and Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as first
editions of prominent American composers of the time such as Stephen
Foster and Scott Joplin. Spanning from the late 18th century to the
early 20th century, the Spencer collection complements a number of
areas of study in addition to music, including Texas and American
history, art, political science, sociology, theater, sports, and
- Biblioteka Narodowa (CBN Poland).
Fryderyk Chopin Collection
- The Fryderyk Chopin digital collection highlights
the "chopiniana" of the National Library in Warsaw. The collection
comprises various printed editions of Chopin’s pieces, books on the
composer’s life and his work, dissertations, the alleged
correspondence of Chopin with Countess Delfina Potocka. The collection
includes also monumental monographs by Mieczysław Tomaszewski, Tadeusz
Andrzej Zieliński, Maria Gordon-Smith and George Richard Marek, essays
by Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz and Ryszard Przybylski, guidebooks following
Chopin’s footsteps, like Warszawskim szlakiem Chopina (Along
the Chopin’s Warsaw Trail) by Zofia Jeżewska. The upcoming
additions will cover digital reproductions of Chopin’s manuscripts,
his correspondence and other memorabilia connected with the composer.
- Biblioth èque et Archives Canada see
Library and Archives Canada
- Boston College.
Music Center of the John J. Burns Library
- The Irish Music Center of the John J. Burns Library at Boston
College maintains an extensive archives of Irish sheet music, rare
books, manuscripts, and memorabilia. It is open to the public and is
dedicated to documenting and preserving Irish music in America. The
center's sheet music collections include the Frederick M. Manning
collection of John McCormack.
- Brandeis University Libraries
Yiddish sheet music
- With 3 years of federal funding (1980-1984), full MARC cataloging
records were created for sheet music in the following subject areas:
songs and music about World War I and World War II, by or about
African Americans, and settings of American poetry (including over
1,000 Longfellow settings). In addition, the 3,050 items in the Rhode
Island Sheet Music Collection were indexed with funding from a grant
by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities.
African-American Sheet Music (part of the American Memory Project)
- Burlington, Iowa, Public
- The library has over 9500 pieces of sheet music cataloged online
and searchable by title or author (composer). A search by the subject
"sheet music" links to the full collection. The majority of the
collection is from a donation by Phyllis McAdams, local music teacher.
The collection also includes music published in Burlington.
- California Library Systems
Cooperative Song Index
- 104,937 song titles, 1051 items indexed (song books, magazines,
and other collections). Compiled from the collections of SJVLS
Libraries and California Library System Reference Centers.
California Sheet Music Project
- A consortium of 11 institutions has provided access to 2,000
editions (10,000 images) of music published in California between 1852
and 1900. It is 20% accessible through MARC/SGML/HTML, the rest
through a multi-faceted database. It is hosted at the University of
California, Berkeley. Alternative URL for the
California Sheet Music Project
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
- The Pittsburgh Sheet Music Collection
consists of close to 1000 pieces published in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
and the region from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. The
collection includes a special section of materials published by the
local music retailer Volkweins. The online index provides access by
composer, title, publisher and date.
- The Organ Sheet Music Collection (http://www.carnegielibrary.org/subject/music/lists/organmusic.html)
of over 1300 titles contains items (some quite rare) from the
libraries of various prominent twentieth century Pittsburgh organists
including that of Caspar Koch, Pittsburgh City Organist from
1904-1954. This collection, indexed by composer and title,
complements the extensive organ music in our cataloged collection (http://catalog.einetwork.net/search/).
- Center for Popular Music
Middle Tennessee State University.
- The Center's collection of sheet music includes items from the
late-18th century to the present. Approximately 62,000 items have been
and may be searched using our
Sheet Music Database.
- Christopher Newport University (Virginia)
- The library archives includes the 5,000 piece
Josephine L. Hughes
Collection as well as various pieces of sheet music in the American
Music Collection. A web page about the Hughes Collection as well as a
link to a published article about the collection help to describe this
treasure trove of material.
- Cleveland Public Library.
- The library has over 20,000 titles of individual songs. They are
searchable in the
online catalog using keyword in title and composers' last name.
Special items include Cleveland area musicians & publishers, songs
about Cleveland, Ziegfeld Follies songs, Broadway and film music,
African American songwriters, famous composer/lyricist, illustrations
featuring famous personalities, and 19th century music. The Special
Collections Dept. has the Eyman Dance Collection of music with parts
from a Cleveland burlesque theater. It includes titles published by
Sam Fox, a Cleveland music publisher.
- Detroit Public Library. E.
Azalia Hackley Collection
- This collection of sheet music from the Hackley consists of over
600 pieces of 19th and 20th century sheet music published between 1799
and 1922. Song themes cover early 19th century plantation life in the
American South, the Civil War period, including abolitionism,
emancipation and Reconstruction, early 20th century popular music, and
the stereotypical themes associated with black face minstrelsy. The
minstrel songs of Detroit born composer Harry Von Tilzer are largely
represented, as well as the songs of African American and Detroit
based composers Fred Stone and Harry P. Guy. Other African American
composers include: James Bland, Ernest Hogan, Cecil Mack, Shelton
Brooks, Will Marion Cook, Bob Cole, James Reese Europe, Creamer &
Layton, Williams & Walker, and W.C. Handy. Piano music of marches,
quadrilles and other dances are also included
- Duke University. Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections
Music Index (This is an index to most of the collection. Some of
the indexing is brief)
American Song Lyrics (This is a small database of primarily 19th
American Sheet Music This is a collection of 3,042 scanned items
with extensive indexing. It is also available as part of the
project at the Library of Congress. To print the images from this
- Click on "View this piece." You see an enlargement of the sheet
music cover. Along the top of the page it says, "All page images from
this piece," with the page numbers running across the screen in blue.
Clicking on any particular page number will bring up the full page
image. Then, if you mouse over the image itself, an icon bar including
a print button will appear on the upper left corner of the image.
Print using that button rather than the print button on your browser.
- Enoch Pratt Free Library (Baltimore)
- The song index of the Enoch Pratt Free Library by Ellen
Luchinsky. New York : Garland Publishing, 1998. Described as: A
finding aid to the collection of song books in the Enoch Pratt Free
Library, Baltimore, Md.; dating from the early 20th century,with
various librarians taking responsibility for the indexing
Florida Atlantic University Music Scores in Special Collections
- Music scores include Yiddish, Jewish, and American popular music,
cantorial music, classical music, and ethnic music from 1797 through
2002, primarily published in the US, Latin America, Russia, and
- Fondo Margot Loyola (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso,
- El Fondo de Investigación y Documentación de Música Tradicional
Chilena Margot Loyola Palacios es una unidad de la Pontificia
Universidad Católica de Valparaíso destinada a la investigación,
documentación y difusión de música chilena, -principalmente de
El Fondo Margot Loyola actualmente alberga colecciones de partituras
editadas en Valparaíso en 1900, en originales y copias, manuscritos,
fotografías, rollos de pianola, discos de vinilo y victrola, discos
compactos, registros sonoros y audiovisuales de investigaciones de
campo, afiches y programas de mano, videos, etc. Todos relacionados
con la música chilena de tradición oral y el entorno cultural en que
Actualmente nos encontramos en proceso de poner a disposición de la
comunidad las partituras en forma gratuita en nuestro sitio web.
Las Colecciones existentes consisten fundamentalmente en material
bibliográfico, fotográfico, fonográfico y audiovisual relacionado con
la música de tradición oral chilena y el patrimonio musical de
Valparaíso. Una de las principales es la colección de Partituras
editadas en Chile entre 1875 y 1930; que comprende más de 800
ejemplares cuyo contenido principal corresponde a la música de los
salones tanto aristocráticos como de la naciente clase media chilena
de aquella época.
Otra colección muy importante es la de Rollos de pianola; esta
colección esta formada por rollos de tres tipos de música,
diferenciados por los colores de su sello: adaptaciones de música
tradicional latinoamericana entre los que destacan valses, cuecas,
rancheras mejicanas, tangos entre otros; de música docta y de salón
heredadas de Europa, especialmente habaneras, mazurcas y reducciones
para piano de conciertos, sinfonías y suites de óperas; y de música
popular americana como canciones, baladas, foxtrot y otros géneros
propios de la música popular en Valparaíso del 1900.
Colección Salas [partituras
editadas en Valparaíso]
[rollos de pianola]
Colección Still [rollos
- Free Library of Philadelphia
- A PC program has been developed, but not yet used. Entries will be
for title, uniform title, composer, lyricist, arranger, copyright
date, publisher, illustration, portraits, performers, and notes.
- Harvard Theatre Collection
- The Harvard Theatre Collection has a collection of ca. 800,000
pieces of sheet music, nearly all songs for voice and piano, largely
with illustrated covers, primarily American and British, covering the
period of ca. 1840-1940. The collection is organized into several
series: 1. Title; 2. Author; 3. Composer; 4. Personality (usually the
person pictured on the cover); 5. Topical (Ragtime, Minstrels, Sports,
College Songs, Political, etc.). There is some duplication among the
series. The collection is not catalogued, and some portions are stored
remotely in the Harvard Depository. The Harvard Theatre Collection is
a department of the Houghton Library, the rare book and manuscript
library of the Harvard College Library. Contact Fredric Woodbridge
Wilson, Curator. Telephone: 617-495-2445. Address: Harvard Theatre
Collection, Nathan Marsh Pusey Library, Harvard University, Cambridge,
Massachusetts 02138. E-mail:
- Indiana University
University Sheet music: the site includes images from the Sam
DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music and indexing for over 500
pieces from the Lilly's Starr Sheet Music Collection.
Iowa Digital Library
- This collection creates a snapshot of the music Eastern Iowans
played and sang in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Much of the music was originally housed at the Cedar Rapids Public
Library and then dispersed to area colleges and universities upon its
withdrawal from that library. Included in this digital collection are
a number of songs about Iowa.
- Irish music
- John J. Ward, Jr.
Irish Music Archives (Milwaukee Irish Fest). The Irish Music
Archives collects sound recordings and reference materials in order to
promote and preserve Irish music in all its forms. All music items
donated to the Archives will be catalogued and entered into a
comprehensive computer database. The Archives contain more that 30,000
pieces of Irish music and music-related items including the 6,000
piece Comer collection of hard to find Irish-label music spanning the
1940s to the 1980s and the second largest Bing Crosby collection in
- Kongelige Bibliotek (Denmark) [National Library and
Copenhagen University Library]
e-scores and sheet music
- Free sheet music downloads.
- Levy Sheet Music
Collection at Johns Hopkins University
- Library and Archives Canada. Bibliothèque et Archives Canada.
Sheet Music from Canada's Past
- Library Company of Philadelphia
- Access in NOTEBOOK software database, with manual card file. Only
31 sample records to date.
- Library of Congress
- see also the American memory project
- Music for
- Lincoln City Libraries (Nebraska).
Music of Old Nebraska
- Los Angeles Public Library
ALLSONG, an continually growing index that currently consists of
34,255 songs. The entries are taken from anthologies from different
eras or musical genres, individual & group songbooks, musicals, opera
arias for different voice ranges, etc. Allsong includes classical,
pop, rock, R&B, folk, country, jazz standards--just to name a few. The
songs date from the 1800s to the present.
- Maine Music Box
- This site was created through a
collaboration of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library, Blue Hill, Bangor
Public Library, and the University of Maine’s Fogler Library. The
Maine Music Box contains two related channels: a public search
interface for searching and browsing digitized musical scores, midi
files, and Sibelius Scorch files; and a password-protected
instructional facility for teachers of many disciplines.
It consists of five major collections: Vocal
Popular Sheet Music Collection, Parlor Salon Collection, Music for Two
Pianos, Eight Hands, Maine Music, the Haywood Jones Collection of
original turn-of-the-century manuscripts, and an instructional
collection concentrating on violin.
- Maslowe Collection
- Harvey Maslowe's collection consists of about 5000 original
Popular Song Sheet Music sheets dating from the late 1800's through
the 1960's. Indexing of the database is available, along with scanned
Marian Anderson: A Life in Song
- Penn Library exhibition, curated by Nancy M. Shawcross, Department
of Special Collections, University of Pennsylvania Library
- Maryland Historical Society: The
Star-Spangled Banner sheet music collection
- Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Pilot project for
Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection
- Minneapolis Public Library
- Our music department has an extensive collection of songbooks,
folios, hymnals and musical theatre scores. The collection numbers
approximately 45,000 titles. We also have a collection of
approximately 33,000 pieces of uncataloged popular sheet music in
piano solo, piano-vocal, and choral arrangements. Both the cataloged
score and uncataloged sheet music collections are indexed by
individual song title. At this time, we maintain the index as a paper
card file, but we have plans to begin converting it to electronic
format later this year. We hope to put it up on the MPL website by the
end of 2001. We accept reference queries concerning our song
collections by phone, fax or e-mail. E-mail reference questions may be
submitted also via our home page menu item "Ask us a question".
Missouri Historical Library and Research Center
- Thelda Bertram reports that they are beginning to catalog a large
collection of sheet music
- Missouri. Springfield-Greene County Library
Bert Buhrman sheet music collection
- More than 5,000 titles, almost half from the 1930s, were donated
to the Library by Bert Buhrman, well known for playing "The Mighty
Wurlitzer" organ at the College of the Ozarks
- Mudcat Cafe
includes a search engine for lyrics of all kinds.
- Music Library of Greece Lilian
- The Music Library of Greece Lilian Voudouri has acquired a sheet
music collection of more than 5.500 Greek songs covering the period
1870-1960. The database is available through the website.
- National Library of Australia
- The National Library of Australia's digital music collection is
available through a
Digital Music Collection server and through the catalogue at
www.nla.gov.au. Any item that has
been digitized is shown with a thumbnail and URL in the catalogue
record. The Digital Music Collection has been set up as an OAI
- New York Public Library
- Digital Library Collections
- Ohioana Library
- The Ohioana Library collects sheet music and has amassed a
collection of some 7,000 pieces, including over a hundred titles in
Ohio Song Collection."
- Polley Music Library (Lincoln, Nebraska)>
Music of Old Nebraska
Diego State University Library (Special Collections)
- Popular American Sheet Music Collection with access provided
through a card catalog.
Vince Meades Sheet Music: a collection of approximately
54,000 pieces, with a strong emphasis on American movies. Also
included are Broadway musicals, television, radio, and popular music.
Access is provided through a card catalog by title of piece, movie or
show title, lyricist, composer, and in some cases by theme.
- San Francisco Public Library
Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection
- The Dorothy Starr Sheet Music Collection is a special collection
of the San Francisco Public Library, with over 300,000 pieces of music
for choir and ensemble, 18th century music, opera scores, children's
music, folk songs and popular songs.
- Santa Cruz Public
Library Sheet Music Database
- The Santa Cruz Public Libraries' sheet music collection contains
more than 12,000 individual pieces of popular and folk/traditional
music, issues of Sheet Music Magazine from 1977 up to the present, and
songbooks in the Central Branch reference department.
- Sheet Music
- The Sheet Music Consortium is a group of libraries working toward
the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music using
the Open Archives Initiative:Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI:PMH).
- Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History
- Bella C. Landauer
Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music
DeVincent Collection of Illustrated Sheet Music, ca. 1790-1980
- Statens musikbibliotek [Music Library of Sweden]
Boije Collection Carl Oscar Boije af Gennäs (1849-1923) was an
insurance agent as well as an amateur guitarist. His collection
includes printed editions from the early 19th century and manuscripts,
e.g. autographs by J.K. Mertz. The collection consists of guitar music
- Templeton Music
Museum at Mississippi State University
- The collection, depicting the "Business of Music," includes items
relating to Thomas Edison and most models of his early phonographs;
Eldridge Johnson and most models of his early gramophones; early
Victor record players; Columbia Graphophones; early disc, cob, and
roller organs; Swiss, German and American music boxes; advertising
icons; paper music for the player Link Automatic piano and the Aeolian
reed organ; and a collection of more than 15,000 phonograph records.
There are more than 22,000 pieces of turn-of-the-century sheet,
covering the beginning of the ragtime and jazz movements. The sheet
music collection includes automobile songs and covers, Civil War
songs, World War I songs, and movie songs.
- University of Alabama. Wade Hall collection of Southern history
- This large collection contains books, sheet music, sound
recordings, photographs, and other materials that reflect the culture
and history of the South. A selection of sheet music is available in
Over there! and back again: Patriotic American Sheet Music from
the First World War.
- University of British Columbia.
British Columbia Sheet Music. This site includes images, sound
files and the music reproduced in Finale notation saved as pdfs when
items are in the public domain or permission has been granted by the
copyright owner. Biographical information for each composer and how
each piece fits into the music, local and social history of British
Columbia is given when that information is available. Each item has
been catalogued. Titles, composers, subjects, lyricists and
collections are indexed.
- University of California, Los Angeles.
of Popular American Music.
- The Archive of Popular American Music is a non-circulating
research collection covering the history of popular music in America
from 1790 to the present. The collection is one of the largest in the
country, numbering almost 450,000 pieces of sheet music, anthologies,
and arrangements for band and orchestra, and 62,500 recordings on
disc, tape, and cylinder. Subject strengths within twentieth-century
holdings include music for theater, motion picture, radio and
television, as well as general popular, country, rhythm and blues, and
- University of Chicago.
- When completed, the Chopin Early Editions online collection will
consist of digitized images of all scores in the University of Chicago
Library's Chopin collection. As of February 2003, over a third of the
collection is available for viewing online. Users can search or browse
the Chopin Early Editions collection via a variety of data points,
including titles, genres, plate numbers, publishers and place of
publication. Access to individual scores in the digital collection is
also available through records in the
Library's catalog with links to this Web site. The scanned images
of all pages of the scores provide scholars, bibliographers,
collectors, dealers, performers, and students with new ways to study
- University of Colorado, Boulder
- The University has approximately 150,000 items including examples
from the late 18th through the 20th centuries. The
Digital Sheet Music collection was originally published between
1890 and 1922.
- University of Florida
- The music of the Sunshine State is gathered in the
Florida Music Collection, acquired from historian and collector
Danny O. Crew, in a variety of formats (33 1/3RPM, 45RPM, 78RPM, audio
cassettes, video,sheet music and piano rolls) and represents an
assortment of subject areas, including the State Song (Old Folks at
Home), the "Swanee Songs" (a mainstay of the vaudeville era),
the state as subject ("Florida,the Moon and You",'Florida Flo", etc.),
and cities and towns as subject. Feel the warmth of the "sun and fun
capital of the world". Approximately 1,500 pieces including almost 800
pieces of Florida-related sheet music.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Music Library
- The UIUC Sheet Music Collection contains over 100,000 pieces
dating from the early 19th century through about 1980; most titles
have been entered into a searchable
database. While the bulk of the collection is comprised of
American popular music, some classical works are also included. The
collection is divided into vocal sheet music and piano sheet music.
These files may be searched, together or separately, by composer,
title, and/or date. In addition, nearly 100 scores have been digitized
in a new online collection. Represented are Victor Herbert, John
Philip Sousa, Jerome Kern, and Gilbert & Sullivan.
- University of
Michigan, William L. Clements Library
- The Corning Collection of 19th century American sheet music
contains 35,000 pieces of popular songs, ballads, marches, dance
music, and other genres. It was originally part of the music library
of the Edison Phonograph Company. There are significant holdings in
music of the Civil War, including Confederate imprints, minstrelsy,
music by and about African Americans, and the works of Benjamin Carr,
Gussie Davis, Stephen Foster, Louis Moreau Gottschalk, the Hutchinson
family, George Root, Henry Russell, Septimus Winner and Henry Clay
Work. Cataloging includes access by composer, arranger, title, first
line, lyricist, series, performer, place of performance, dedication,
instrumentation, publisher, engraver, date, genre, and subject.
- University of Missouri Digital Library
Kansas City Sheet Music Collection contains
over 660 titles published from 1874 to 1966. The most significant
Kansas City publisher of sheet music was
J.W. Jenkins' Sons Music Company, which published from the 1880s
to the 1940s. Jenkins' Sons published on a national level and is
perhaps best known as the publisher of Euday L. Bowman's "
Twelfth Street Rag." The collection includes several notable
compositions, one of which is Scott Joplin's "Original Rags,"
published by the
Carl Hoffman Music Company in 1899.
- University of New Hampshire Library, Milne Special Collections and
Alvah Sulloway Sheet Music and Theater Program Collection consists
of sheet music from World War I, World War II and dance music from the
early 1900's to the end of WWII. The collection also contains theater
programs from 1899 to 1975. The bulk of these are from Boston and New
York Theaters. Lastly, there are Alvah Sulloway's subject files. These
consist of clippings, photos and other show business related
materials. Of special interest are additional pieces of sheet music
many of which honor Charles A. Lindbergh.
- University of North Texas
Catalog of Music Special Collections
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
- 19th Century
American Sheet Music digitization project
- University of Oregon.
Historic Sheet Music Collection
- The sheet
music collection consists of over 26,000 pieces of popular sheet
music from the 1840's to the1960's. Access to the collection is
through computer printouts available at the Music Reference Desk and
at the Douglass Room Desk. The printouts include lists by song title,
publisher, composer, lyricist, cover art, subject, as well as in
chronological groupings by decade. Two collections have been
digitized: Oregon Music and Women Composers.
- University of Pennsylvania Library. Annenberg Rare Book &
Keffer Collection of Sheet Music contains 2,531 scores ranging in
date from ca. 1790 to 1895. The great majority of the items were
published in the United States and approximately 1,150 items were
produced by publishers in Philadelphia. The musical content of the
collection consists largely of American popular songs and piano music,
but also includes works by famous European composers published in the
- University of Pittsburgh
- The Foster Hall Collection of Fosteriana received very detailed
cataloging through a NEH grant (Dec. 1989-May 1992). The records are
in MARC format on OCLC and the local NOTIS system. Sample records are
OCLC#: 23318768, 24255876, 24255891, 24255911, 24255930.
- University of
Tennessee, Knoxville. Song Index
of South Carolina
- This searchable database provides access to the bibliographic
records and, for those pieces in the public domain, access to images
of the cover and each page of music. Currently, the collection
contains over 10,000 pieces of classical, popular, and sacred music
from the 19th and early 20th centuries
University of South Florida
- This is a large collection of sheet music produced in Florida
spanning the period of the late 19th, and entire 20th century. The
collection is sorted alphabetically by title.
- University of Virginia
- There are a variety of finding aids for their collections. There
is a manual catalog of items in bound volumes and an Early American
Music Catalog of 19th century imprints. Some years ago a student made
a catalog on the campus mainframe, but the data is now illegible
(points out the need for a backup system that is current).
- University of Washington
Northwest Sheet Music Collection. The Pacific Northwest Sheet
Music Collection is part of the
Ashford Sheet Music
Collection at the University of Washington Music Library. The
Ashford Collection was built from a core collection donated by Paul
Ashford to the University of Washington in 1959. The collection has
been augmented considerably since 1959 and now contains over a
thousand titles. In addition to music from and about Washington State
and the Pacific Northwest, the Ashford Collection also includes other
Americana such as campaign songs and songs from the two World Wars.
The digitized Pacific Northwest Sheet Music is all in the public
domain and represents a fraction of the Ashford collection.
- University of
Wisconsin-Madison. Mills Music Library
Popular Sheet Music Collection
Wisconsin Sheet Music Database
- Washington University in St. Louis
Description of collection
- Link to online catalog of
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Other Sheet Music Sites
If you know of a non-education, non-commercial site of sheet music with
public access please send a message to Lois
- Bagaduce Music Lending Library
- The mission of the Bagaduce Music Lending Library is to collect,
preserve and lend printed music, and to provide music education
programs. We are a national resource center for choral, instrumental,
vocal and keyboard music, both popular and classical, and for teaching
and reference materials. The Bagaduce Music Lending Library is a
non-profit organization funded through memberships, small lending fees,
and private fundraising.
- Hawaiian & Tropical
Images from Vintage Sheet Music
- Keith Emmons has developed this site to document the illustrations
on the sheet music. In addition to scanned images, there is information
about the artists and musicians. There is also a list of items for sale.
- Johnny Mercer
- Music Sheet Online
and Guitar Tab Downloads
- Some sheet music is available for free, some must be purchased.
- Parlor Songs, 1800s-1920s : In
Search of American Popular Song
- The purpose of Parlor Songs is to preserve the historic music that
is part of the popular music scene in America. It is a collection of
19th and 20th century music representing music that will be lost to us
if not preserved and shared.
- Yoke Wong
Piano Music arrangements
- Printable sheet music featuring a variety of styles including blues,
inspirational, new age, Christian, etc arranged by Yoke Wong
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October 27, 2011
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