Sheet Music Collection

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The Sheet Music Collection at the John Hay Library, Brown University, is an outgrowth of the Harris Collection of American Poetry and Plays, and contains approximately 500,000 pieces of sheet music, largely American imprint vocal music dating from the late 18th century to the present day; the bulk of the titles date between 1800 and 1950.

Owing to its size, the Collection is divided into a number of categories. Only approximately 5,000 titles have been cataloged and have records in the Library's online catalog, Josiah. These include African-Americana, music relating to World Wars I and II, and musical settings of American poetry. The remainder are filed, usually by title (vocal) or composer (instrumental), as appropriate.

The cataloged African American music, the World War I music, and the Yiddish American music have been digitized as part of the Library's Digital Collections.

The Sheet Music Collection is located in the John Hay Library
For information about the collection contact hay@brown.edu

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