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This collection provides access to thousands of pieces of sheet music from the Indiana State Library, the Indiana State Museum, the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana University Lilly Library and was developed by the Indiana University Digital Library Program with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.   Drawn primarily from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the collection includes works by well-known composers such as George M. Cohan, Cole Porter, Al Jolson, and Jerome Kern. (excerpted from site)

This collection’s focus is on the Yiddish-language musical stage, and includes many photographs of performers (often in costume) and composers, and, not infrequently, scenes from theatrical productions. Also included in the collection are art songs, Hebrew and Yiddish language folk songs, and religious music, notably from the cantorial repertoire. Notable performers and theatrical personalities represented are Molly Picon, Bores Thomashefsky, David Kessler, Jacob Adler, Aaron Lebedeff, Abraham Goldfaden, Mrs. Regina Praeger, and Cantor Gershon Sirota, among many others. (excerpt from site)

The Brooklyn Public Library has digitized selections from some of their most popular archival collections. Offering access to historic newspapers, photographs, sheet music, advertisements, playbills, and children’s books, the collections showcase the history of culture of the borough.

This digital project illuminates the history of two dozen of the most popular patriotic American songs. Using recordings, sheet music, manuscript scores, and editorial notes, the project explores the origins of popular tunes such as “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless America,” and the national anthem.

This digital project provides access to the “gradual” book of the spoken and sung liturgy used in Catholic masses to celebrate feasts from Maundy Thursday to the Vigil of Pentecost. In addition to liturgical and musical texts, the gradual is adorned with original artwork from sixteenth-century France, where the book originates. The project is searchable by 19 different fields, including title, day of the church year, date, and language.

This collection features a selection of sheet music and audio recordings dating from the mid-nineteenth century through the late-twentieth. The selections include instrumental and vocal music from the classical, popular, and folk genres.

This digital collection consists of a variety of primary and secondary sources on the history of modern music. The collection also includes an extensive selection of facsimiles of popular, patriotic, and folk sheet music.

This digital collection showcases a wide range of primary and secondary materials related to the creative arts including visual arts, literature, music, and performing arts. While some materials are drawn from local collections in Wisconsin, many reflect artistic traditions from elsewhere in the United States and the world.

This collection showcases rare American sheet music of the nineteenth century. The collection will be of interest not only to those interested in music but also to those interested in the history of the American middle class, who practiced such sheet music in their parlors during the antebellum period

The Northern Junket magazine, part of the Ralph Page Collection, provides directions and tunes for squares, contras, and folk dances, as well as folk songs, recipes, riddles, tongue- twisters, old wives’ tales, and other folklife traditions.


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