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Yiddish Sheet Music

The Center for Digital Initiatives at Brown University has produced a number of excellent digital collections over the past years, including strong collections of digitized sheet music. The Yiddish Sheet Music collection continues in that tradition by offering a wide range of pieces from the 19th and 20th centuries. Visitors can browse the collection by creator, title or even thumbnail images of...

https://library.brown.edu/cds/sheetmusic/yiddish/
Sheldon Harris Sheet Music Collection

Sheldon Harris was an avid record collector, and he began his collection as a young man growing up in Brooklyn. During his life, he also served as the blues editor of "Jazz & Pop Magazine", and also found time to publish an important biographical dictionary of blues singers and an oral history of jazz as told by jazz trombonist and blues singer, Clyde E.B. Bernhardt. This particular digital sheet...

https://egrove.olemiss.edu/sharris/
The Maine Music Box

Created through a collaboration between the University of Maine's Fogler Library and other Maine libraries, The Maine Music Box contains hundreds of digitized sheet music scores from five major collections. First-time visitors to the site will want to click on the "About Maine Music Box" project as a way of getting started. Here they can check out the "User Information" area, which contains...

https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mmb/
University of South Carolina School of Music: Sheet Music Collection

The University of South Carolina Music Library has an extensive collection of over 10,000 pieces of popular, sacred, and classical sheet music that can be easily searched, due to the digital sheet music project on the School of Music website. Additionally, the cover and page images are available for those pieces in the public domain. The top 5 searches are listed on the homepage, and the titles...

https://sc.edu/about/offices_and_divisions/university_librar...
Confederate Imprints Collection: Sheet Music

As the United States continues to explore the legacy of the Civil War, this timely collection adds to the conversation. The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collection has created this collection of printed music created between 1861 and 1865 in the Confederacy. During its short-lived existence, the Confederacy produced more than 7,000 books, pamphlets, broadsides, maps, pieces of sheet...

https://cdm17336.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p1733...
Inventions of Note

The Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection was created in 1997 by the Lewis Music Library at MIT. It includes popular songs and piano compositions that portray technologies as revealed through song texts and cover art. As the introductory notes state, "The initial appearance of inventions such as the automobile, airplane, radio, and telephone created a myriad of responses in American society...

https://libraries.mit.edu/news/bibliotech/celebrating-years-...
Temple Sheet Music Collections

Over the past few years, more and more university libraries have worked diligently to digitize some of their vast sheet music holdings. Old chestnuts are being revived by vocal groups on campus and farther afield, which is certainly a good thing. This sheet music collection from the Temple University Libraries brings together 850 pieces of music for consideration by the general public. Visitors...

https://digital.library.temple.edu/digital/collection/p15037...
It's Showtime! Sheet Music from Stage and Screen

Whether you love the songs of the 1910s or more recent fare, this fascinating sheet music collection from the Library of Congress is a real find. The database includes "hits and flops" from famous Tin Pan Alley songwriters like Irving Berlin, along with manuscript materials from amateur composers. All told, this database contains materials from over 18,000 shows and productions from the 1690s to...

http://memory.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/songsinshows/songsins...
Yiddish Sheet Music

The Brown University Library Center for Digital Initiatives has crafted well over a dozen excellent collections for use by the general public. This fine addition brings together Yiddish language sheet music from the John Hay Library. Most of the materials here came from the collection of Menache Vaxer, a Yiddish writer. The collection was acquired by the library in 1968, and it included over 850...

https://library.brown.edu/cds/sheetmusic/yiddish/
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The Howard W. and Nancy A. Wildin Sheet Music Collection

Housed at the Gonzaga University Libraries, the Howard W. and Nancy A. Wildin Music Collection contains over 20,000 pieces of original popular sheet music. The collection's items date back to the mid-19th century, and there are complete song folios within, along with materials created for specific theater and dance productions. Currently, there are over 200 items here, including "All Aboard for...

https://digital.gonzaga.edu/digital/collection/p15486coll3
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