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Brown University Library

“The Harris Broadsides Collection is a comprehensive collection of American poetry published in broadside format from colonial times to the present… The Sheet Music Collection consists of approximately 500,000 pieces of music dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries… Songsters may be described as little books of lyrics (no notation) to popular and traditional songs. In America they were published from the 18th century through the end of the 19th century, with occasional appearances in the 20th century.” 

California Sheet Music Project Mary Kay Duggan, University of California, Berkley

“A virtual library of some 2,700 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900, together with related materials such as a San Francisco publisher's catalog of 1872, programs, song sheets, advertisements, and photographs. In 2007 some 700 sheet music editions were added from the library of the Society of California Pioneers.” 

The Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee State University

“The Center for Popular Music is an archive and research center devoted to the study of American popular music from the pre-revolutionary era to the present.  It was established in 1985 as one of the sixteen Centers of Excellence at universities in the Tennessee Board of Regents system.”  

Civil War Sheet Music at Library of Congress

The Civil War Sheet Music Collection at the Library of Congress consists of over 2500 pieces culled from the Library's collections.

The 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.”

Frank Gullo Music Sheet Collection at Millersville University

“Contains close to 10,000 sheet music titles of popular music from 1856 to 1986.”  

Guide to the William R. and Louise Fielder Sheet Music Collection

“The collection consists of 2,532 individual pieces of sheet music, sheet music lithographs, and music related broadsides from the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries.” 

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music at the Johns Hopkins University

“The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music consists of over 29,000 pieces of American popular music. The collection spans the years 1780 to 1980…”

Mississippi State University

“The sheet music collection of almost 22,000 pieces includes popular tunes dating as far back as 1865.”

New York State Library

“The core of the New York State Library's collection of broadside ballads consists of approximately 1,500 pieces acquired in 1925. Most of the ballads in this core collection date from the mid- to late-nineteenth century. Concentrating mainly on events surrounding and during the Civil War, these include many battle pieces, along with patriotic and regimental odes, political commentary, comic ditties, and minstrel show and theatrical numbers.” 

Princeton University Library American Minstrel Show Collection

“The bulk of the American Minstrel Show Collection consists of advertisement material promoting minstrel performances from the 1850s through the 1920s.” 

Public Domain Music

“Copyrighted  MIDI files, and text files of their lyrics, created by Benjamin Robert Tubb based on original sheet music sources in the public domain.
These MIDI performance files are not in the Public Domain.
For usage conditions, please read my Info/FAQs webpage.”

Sinclair Jerseyana Collection of Rutgers State University of New Jersey

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Essex Music Collection

The Essex collection contains a wide variety of printed music materials, including sheet music (10,000+ pieces), hymnals and song books (about 500), some 900 libretti, several hundred concert programs and concert bills.”

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 19th Century American Sheet Music Digitization Project

“The UNC-Chapel Hill Music Library collection of 19th-century American sheet music includes 125 binders' collections, which often consist of a young woman's favorite pieces of sheet music (vocal and instrumental) gathered and bound into one volume.”

The University of Tennessee

University of Wisconsin Digital Collections. Civil War Band Collection: 1st Brigade Band of Brodhead, Wisconsin

“The musical legacy of the 1st Brigade Band presented here consists of a set of twelve, leather-bound partbooks… and seven envelopes of other music manuscripts.”





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