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Sheet music collections

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List of online music databases

  1. ^ "Classical and Choral Sheet Music". The Free Sheet Music Guide. 2007. http://www.freesheetmusicguide.com/classical.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  2. ^ Moore, Christie (2007-01-05). "Wiki of public domain classical scores". MIT Library News. http://news-libraries.mit.edu/blog/archives/354. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  3. ^ "Research Guides: Music". MIT Libraries. 2008. http://libguides.mit.edu/content.php?pid=12401&sid=104163. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  4. ^ MIT (2007). "21M.250 Schubert to Debussy, Fall 2006". MIT OpenCourseWare. http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Music-and-Theater-Arts/21M-250Fall-2006/Listening/index.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  5. ^ MIT (2007). "21M.262 Modern Music:1900-1960, Fall 2006". MIT OpenCourseWare. http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/Music-and-Theater-Arts/21M-262Fall-2006/Listening/index.htm. Retrieved 2007-11-06. 
  6. ^ "Request Public Domain Scores". Sibley Music Library. 2008. http://www.esm.rochester.edu/sibley/?page=request. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Outside links of interest". Stanford University, Libraries and Academic Information Resources. 2007. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/music/research_help/outsidelinks.html#sheet. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  8. ^ "UCLA Library / Music Library / Music Scores and Sheet Music Online". University of California Music Library. 2009. http://www.library.ucla.edu/libraries/music/12291.cfm. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  9. ^ Quist, Ned (2007). "Selected internet resources for music". Brown University Library. http://dl.lib.brown.edu/gateway/program.php?programid=45&task=internet#32. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  10. ^ "The Online Books Page: Archives and Indexes". Penn Libraries. 2009. http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/archives.html#music. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  11. ^ "Resources: Scores (Printed Music) - Mills Music Library, UW–Madison". University of Wisconsin–Madison Libraries. 2007. http://music.library.wisc.edu/resources/scores.html#online-scores. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  12. ^ Conlib (2007-04-26). "Classical Music in the Public Domain". News from the Oberlin Conservatory Library. http://oberlinconservatorylibrary.blogspot.com/2007/04/classical-music-in-public-domain.html. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  13. ^ Sharp, Peter Jay (2007). "Free stuff on the web". The Peter Jay Sharp Library, Manhattan School of Music. http://library.msmnyc.edu/screens/freestuff.html. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  14. ^ "Finding Music Scores, UM Libraries". University of Maryland Libraries. 2007. http://www.lib.umd.edu/guides/scores.html#section4. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  15. ^ "Musical Scores". University of Washington Libraries. 2007. http://www.lib.washington.edu/subject/Music/dr/elsco.html. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  16. ^ "OnlineMusic". University of Cincinnati Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library. 2009. http://libraries.uc.edu/libraries/ccm/research/OnlineMusic.html. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  17. ^ "Finding Online Scores". UWM Music Library. 2009. http://www.uwm.edu/Libraries/Music/online_scores.html. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  18. ^ "Electronic Scores". Appalachian State University Library. 2009. http://www.library.appstate.edu/music/emusic.html. Retrieved 2009-01-28. 
  19. ^ "Scores (online databases and indexes)". Marvin Duchow Music Library, McGill. 2007. http://www.mcgill.ca/music-library/collections/links/onlinescores/. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  20. ^ "Useful Links - Music Faculty Library". Music Faculty Library. 2008. http://www.ouls.ox.ac.uk/music/eresources/links. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  21. ^ "Faculty of Music: Pendlebury Library - Online Resources". Pendlebury Library of Music. 2007. http://www.mus.cam.ac.uk/external/pendlebury/wwwresources.html. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  22. ^ "Edinburgh University Library: Resources By Subject: Music Databases, E-Journals, Search Tools & Websites". Edinburgh University Library. 2008. http://www.lib.ed.ac.uk/resbysub/music_dbs.shtml. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  23. ^ "Bristol University / Information Services / Internet links". Bristol University Library. 2009. http://www.bris.ac.uk/is/library/subjects/music/internetlinks/. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  24. ^ "VCA / LENTON PARR LIBRARY / Music / Websites". Lenton Parr Library. 2009. http://www.vca.unimelb.edu.au/Content.aspx?topicID=581. Retrieved 2009-02-12. 
  25. ^ "MERLOT Awards: Exemplary Learning Materials". MERLOT. 2009. http://taste.merlot.org/MERLOTAwards/2009awards.html. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  26. ^ "The Top 100 Web Sites of 2009 - Undiscovered: Info - Reviews by PC Magazine". PC Magazine. 2009-07-27. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2350565,00.asp. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  27. ^ Clark, Ken (2007-10-05). "Cease and Desist Letter from Universal Edition AG" (PDF). Aird & Berlis LLP. http://imslpforums.org/Second%20U-E%20Cease%20and%20Desist%20Letter.pdf. Retrieved 2007-10-20. 
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  29. ^ Hart, Michael (2007-10-23). "Re: Three quick links on digitizations and their constraints". Book People mailing list. http://onlinebooks.library.upenn.edu/webbin/bparchive?year=2007&post=2007-10-23,2. Retrieved 2007-12-29. 
  30. ^ Geist, Michael (2007-11-02). "The day the music died". BBC News. http://newsvote.bbc.co.uk/mpapps/pagetools/print/news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7074786.stm. Retrieved 2007-11-03. 
  31. ^ "IMSLP-About - IMSLP/Petrucci Music Library: Free Public Domain Sheet Music". http://imslp.org/wiki/IMSLP:About. Retrieved 2009-05-29.



Sheet Music Collections

source:  retrieved from these pages 2009-12-06
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: ajhs@ajhs.org
American Memory project
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: http://www.aurora.lib.il.us/. Phone: 630-264-4100 FAX: 630-896-3209.
Baylor University. Spencer Collection
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 recreation.
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. Irish 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 recordings,
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
Brown University Library
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 Library
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 (http://www.carnegielibrary.org/locations/music/pittsburghmusic/) 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 cataloged,
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 Library
Sheet 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 century songs)
Historic American Sheet Music This is a collection of 3,042 scanned items with extensive indexing. It is also available as part of the American Memory project at the Library of Congress. To print the images from this collection:
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 Europe.
Fondo Margot Loyola (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile)
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 tradición oral.
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 están insertas.
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 de partituras
Colección Salas [partituras editadas en Valparaíso]
Colección Salinas [rollos de pianola]
Colección Still [rollos de pianola]
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: htc@harvard.edu.
Indiana University
Indiana 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 the country.
Kongelige Bibliotek (Denmark) [National Library and  Copenhagen University Library]
e-scores and sheet music
Kreusch-Sheet-Music site.
 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
Dance Instruction Manuals
Music for the Nation
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 images.
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 Art/Music Department
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 Voudouri
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 repository.
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 our " Ohio Song Collection."
Polley Music Library (Lincoln, Nebraska)>
Music of Old Nebraska
San 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 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).
Smithsonian Institution. National Museum of American History
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music
Sam 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 only.
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 and culture.
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. Archive 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 rock songs.
University of Chicago. Chopin Early Editions
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 this collection.
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
The 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 Archives
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 & Manuscript Library
The 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 United States.
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
University 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
Pacific 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
Americana Collection
Popular Sheet Music Collection
Wisconsin Sheet Music Database
Washington University in St. Louis
Description of collection
Link to online catalog of sheet music

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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 Schultz.
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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