The Baylor Historic Sheet Music Collection is an amalgamation of sheet music collected over several decades. Added to the catalog in 2007, the entire collection includes over 1400 titles. Of these, the titles in the public domain (copyright before 1930) have been digitized. This collection supplements the Spencer Sheet Music collection as no titles were doubled in the digitization of this group.
The Historic Sheet Music Collection includes scores by prominent American composers including Irving Berlin, H.T. Burleigh, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, and Cole Porter. Many of the scores come from the early days of American musical theater stemming from minstrel shows and the Ziegfeld Follies. Additionally, there are early printings of classical piano sheet music by Carl Maria von Weber, Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov, and Giacomo Puccini.
This project greatly facilitates the use of the collection by a larger and more varied audience. No longer is it available only to scholars and students within the immediate area; it is accessible throughout the state and beyond by individuals and classrooms connected to the Internet. In addition, the electronic format provides virtually unlimited access while reducing physica damage to the fragile original materials.
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This collection is considered an active collection. Items will be added periodically as they are acquired by Baylor University and processed through the Digitization and Digital Collection Preservation Services group.