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

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Collections at the University of Pennsylvania

John Rowe Parker Correspondence, 1802-1840.
Special Collections, Ms. Coll. 186
Correspondence by and to Parker, proprietor of the Franklin Music Warehouse in Boston and editor of the first critical musical journal in America, the Euterpeiad. Includes letters from Philadelphia music publishers, Benjamin Carr, George E. Blake, Allyn Bacon, and George Willig.

Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Records, ca. 1820-1994. Special Collections, Ms. Coll. 90
Scores, programs, minutes, and correspondence of the oldest music society in continuous existence in the United States.

Edward G. McCollin Papers, 1877-1953.
University Archives UPT 50 McC698
Edward G. McCollin (1858-1923) was a Philadelphia composer and attorney. The collection includes sheet music and historical information concerning Philadelphia musical organizations, the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia and the Germania Orchestra, a precursor of the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Collections on the Web

California Sheet Music Project
This extensive site contains images and cataloging records for over 2000 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900.

Historic American Sheet Music site
This site includes digital images of over 16,000 pages of sheet music from 3042 pieces published in the United States between 1850 and 1920.

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
Located at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. The collection contains over 26,000 pieces of music ranging in date from 1780 to 1960.

Related Information

Sheet Music Cataloging Guidelines
Complete guidelines developed by the Music Library Association's Working Group on Sheet Music Cataloging.

Sources for Cataloging Sheet Music
A bibliography of sources developed to establish authorized headings used in sheet music cataloging.


Claghorn, Charles Eugene. Biographical Dictionary of American Music. West Nyack, N.Y.: Parker Publishing, 1973.

Davis, Ronald L. A History of Music in American Life. Malabar, Fl.: Robert Krieger Publishing Co., 1982.

Dichter, Harry and Elliott Shapiro. Handbook of Early American Sheet Music, 1768-1889. New York: Dover, 1977.

Gerson, Robert A. Music in Philadelphia: a History of Philadelphia Music, a Summary of its Current Taste, and a Comprehensive Index Dictionary. Philadelphia: Theodore Presser, 1940.

Hitchcock, H. Wiley and Stanley Sadie, eds. New Grove Dictionary of American Music. London: Macmillan, 1986.

Hixon, Donald L. Music in Early America: a Bibliography of Music in Evans. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press, 1970.

Krummel, Donald William. Philadelphia Music Engraving and Publishing, 1800-1820. Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms, 1958.

Levy, Lester S. Grace Notes in American History: Popular Sheet Music from 1820 to 1900. Norman, Okla.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1967.

Madeira, Louis Cephas. Annals of Music in Philadelphia and History of the Musical Fund Society: from its Organization in 1820 to the Year 1858. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott, 1896.

Peters, Harry Twyford. America on Stone: the other Printmakers to the American People: a Chronicle of American Lithography other than that of Currier & Ives, from its Beginning, Shortly before 1820, to the Years when the Commercial Single-stone Hand-colored Lithograph Disappeared from the American Scene. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, Doran and Co., 1931.

Rohrer, Gertrude Martin. Music and Musicians of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Theodore Presser, 1940.

Scharf, John Thomas & Westcott, Thomas. History of Philadelphia, 1609-1884. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts, 1884.

Sonneck, Oscar George Theodore. A Bibliography of Early Secular American Music. Washington D.C. : Library of Congress Music Division, 1945.

Southern, Eileen. Biographical Dictionary of Afro-Americans and African Musicians. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1982.

Toll, Jean Barth, Gillam, Mildred S., compilers. Invisible Philadelphia : Community through Voluntary Organizations. Philadelphia: Atwater Kent Museum, c1995.

Wainwright, Nicholas B. Philadelphia in the Romantic Age of Lithography: an Illustrated History of Early Lithography in Philadelphia with a Descriptive List of Philadelphia Scenes Made by Philadelphia Lithographers before 1866. Philadelphia: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1958.

Wolfe, Richard J. Early American Music Engraving and Printing: a History of Music Publishing in America from 1787 to 1825 with Commentary on Earlier and Later Practices. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1980.

Wolfe, Richard J. Secular Music in America, 1801-1825: a Bibliography. New York: New York Public Library, 1964.

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