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University Libraries - Digital Sheet Music Collection Fund

Digital Sheet Music Collection Fund

Established by Mary Elizabeth Newton in 2001, the Digital Sheet Music Collection Fund provides support for the maintenance and expansion of an online database that catalogs and showcases the covers and each page of sheet music from the Music Library's extensive collection. Funds may be used for conservation, technology, and acquisitions.

The Digital Sheet Music Project now contains detailed bibliographic records for more than 10,000 pieces of classical, popular, and sacred music from the 19th and early 20th centuries. For pieces that are in the public domain (i.e., those which are no longer under copyright), the record includes images of the cover and all pages of the music. This group of titles represents the oldest part of the collection, the titles that have long been out of print and which musicians may have been unable to perform or even know about.

The sheet music database can be searched by many elements of information such as keyword, title, composer, arranger, lyricist, first line of text, publisher, and date. The Digital Sheet Music Project may be found at

Mary Elizabeth Newton

Newton's love of music originally benefited the Music Library through her donation of a large collection of sheet music that was acquired by her mother in the 1920s and 1930s and by Newton herself in the 1940s through the 1970s. Much of this music was new to the Music Library. It has now been cataloged and is available for faculty and students who, for example, are looking for different and unusual performance pieces reflective of a bygone era.

For more information on this fund, please contact us.

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Updated 8/8/2017