Sheet music and songbooks are described here as they relate to American history and popular culture. Song texts and sheet music illustrations are the focus.
All other music scores in the MSU collection are held in the Fine Arts Library on 4 West.
Our Streaming Music Collections are a terrific resource for recordings of global music and American folk music, dating back to the earliest years of sound technology.
Music clipart by swlauriersb.qc.ca. CC BY 3.0.
We have more than 1000 examples of popular sheet music from 1840s to the 1950s.
To browse chronologically, search for the key phrase "popular music" with results listed by date.
To browse thematically, search for the key phrase "popular music" and another term, such as:
Note that the catalog description usually does not try to say what a song is about, so a keyword search will only find words in the song title and possibly the first line of text.
For example, a search for popular music and love will retrieve I Love You Truly, but will not retrieve For My Sweetheart or Girl of My Dreams.
The Sheet Music collection contains many offensive stereotypes of African Americans. These were a pervasive element of American culture.
We also have a collection of sheet music illustrating stereotypes about the Romani people, also known as Gypsies.
Special Collections recently acquired the music library of the Conservatorio de Música Alfredo Levy, a mid-twentieth-century music school in Havana, Cuba.
The collection includes more than 1000 scores, manuscripts, letters, and items of memorabilia collected by the composer and pianist Alfredo Levy Nadal. See a detailed inventory of the collection here.
We have many songbooks, and a few examples of sheet music, from the American labor movement.
These were used at union meetings, rallies, and during strikes and protests.
The subject headings used in the library catalog are:
Or, combine these headings with a keyword search for (labor or working) and songs.