Resources: Music

Dreams of the Past 19th century color lithographic sheet music covers.

Historic American Sheet Music Rare book, manuscript & special collections library.

Mugwumps Online Magazine  Established in 1971 Mugwumps is an excellent resource for people interested in folk music and instruments such as banjos, guitars, mandolins, ukuleles, autoharps, ukelins, zithers, glass harmonicas, and kazoos. The site includes patent numbers and serial numbers for dating purposes, how to care for your vintage instrument, historical information, stolen instrument list, links, construction, photo gallery and much more.

ParlorSongs.com Popular sheet music from the 1800s to the 1920s.The non-profit corporation serves three primary functions: preservation, education & sharing, and provides a function for study & discussion.

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).

 

The American Musical Instrument Society  The American Musical Instrument Society is an international organization founded in 1971 to promote better understanding of all aspects of the history, design, construction, restoration, and usage of musical instruments in all cultures and from all periods.

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music - 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, but its strength is its throrough documentation of nineteenth-century American through popular music. The collection is especially strong in music spawned by military conflicts from the War of 1812 through World War I, and minstrel music is also well-represented. Other topics include music about the circus; dance; drinking, temperance, and smoking; fraternal orders; presidents; romantic and sentimental songs; schools and colleges; and transportation.

The Library of Congress  Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music contains more than 62,500 pieces of historical sheet music registered for copyright: more than 15,000 registered during the years 1820-1860 and more than 47,000 registered during the years 1870-1885. Included are popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra. The collection documents the attitudes and tastes of a bygone era with music of many varieties and sources, all of it published in the United States.

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