Music historians and readers who appreciate the novels of Jane Austen may be interested in this digitized collection of sheet music owned by the writer and her family. Here, visitors will find more than twenty "printed and manuscript music books owned by members of the Austen family" dating from "the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries." Most of these books were created by compiling and binding together "separate manuscript or printed sheet music items." Other books contain sheet music that was hand-copied into personal albums, some of which were owned and copied by Jane Austen herself. In total, this collection comprises almost 600 songs and other musical pieces written for the keyboard or harp, and it includes pieces by both British composers and by international musicians. Today, this remarkable collection is part of the Hartley Library's archives at the University of Southampton. It was digitized and made available via the Internet Archive in November 2015.