Department of Special Collections
William Penn Keffer Collection of Sheet Music,
ca. 1790-1895

Content and design by John Bewley


Guide to Searching the Collection

The collection was cataloged in the RLIN database in 1994-1995. There is a collection-level record for the collection as a whole and individual records for every item in the collection. These records are also available on Penn's local online catalog, Franklin, available on the World-Wide-Web.

The cataloging of the collection includes expanded access for added entries such as names of stated performers, engravers, lithographers, illustrators, and dedicatees. Song texts are indexed by first lines and the first lines of refrains or choruses. Subject access includes headings for subjects of illustrations or music, such as portraits of Lincoln or music about Lafayette.

Connecting to Franklin from the links on this page will open a new page in your browser. It is then possible to switch back and forth between the two windows. A search string can be copied from a table using the Copy function from the Edit menu in the current window. Then open the Franklin window, click on the Keyword text box, and use the Paste function from the Edit menu to enter the search string from the table.

All of the searches are designed to be done after selecting Keyword as the search option from the initial menu for the catalog. Quotation marks must be included in the searches where stated to insure that the statements will be search ed as complete phrases. The terms AND, NOT, and OR must be entered in capital letters.

The following lists offer only a handful of the many searches that are possible.

Basic Searches in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
All items in the collection tkey "keffer collection of sheet music"
Items by date
(e.g., items published in the 1840s)
tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND pubd 184?

Name Searches in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
Works by a specific composer:
(e.g., for works by Benjamin Carr)
tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND nkey (carr AND benjamin)
Illustrations by a lithographer
(e.g., illustrations by Napoleon Sarony)
tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey sarony

Searching for Illustrations in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
All items with illustrations tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey ill.
All items from the 1860s with illustrations tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey ill. AND pubd 186?
All items with color illustrations tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey "col. ill."
All items with portraits tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey portraits
Portraits of specific figures
(e.g., portraits of Jenny Lind)
tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey (portraits AND lind)
Items with views of locations tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey views

Searching for Publishing information in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
Items published in Philadelphia tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND pubc philadelphia
Items published by a specific publisher
(e.g., items published by John Aitken)
tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND publ aitken

Subject Searching in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
Items about the Civil War tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey "civil war"
Items about the Civil War with illustrations tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey "civil war" AND gkey ill.
Items about the Confederacy tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey confederate

Searching by Genre in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
Patriotic music tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey "patriotic music"
Galops tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey galops
Music about various subjects tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND skey "songs and music"
Music about specific subjects
(e.g., Music about Lafayette)
tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND
skey ("songs and music" AND lafayette)

Searching for References in Franklin

To retrieve a list of: Enter search string:
Items indexed in Sonneck (1790-1800) tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey sonneck
Items indexed in Wolfe (1800-1825) tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey (wolfe AND secular)
Items indexed in Crandall (Confederate imprints) tkey "keffer collection of sheet music" AND gkey crandall

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