Resources - Sheet Music

Duke University, Historic American Sheet Music: The Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University holds a significant collection of 19th- and early 20th-century American sheet music. The Historic American Sheet Music Project provides access to digital images of 3042 pieces from the collection, published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.

Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music: Part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains over 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. All pieces of the collection are indexed on this site and a search will retrieve a catalog description of the pieces. An image of the cover and each page of music will also be retrieved if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music 1870-1885: This collection at the Library of Congress contains over 47,000 pieces of sheet music that were registered for copyright between 1870 and 1885. The material includes popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.

Sam DeVincent Sheet Music Collection: Contains images, music, and lyrics of American life and culture between 1790 and the 1980s.


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