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The Collections: Sheet music

Sheet music is contained in several named collections. Individual collections are described below. The online database, IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana: Lilly Library, is the first place to check for sheet music in the Lilly Library.

IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana: Lilly Library

Search some of the holdings from the Lilly Library's approximately 150,000 pieces of sheet music, including those for which there are digitized images available. Part of a collaboration between four Indiana collections.

The database includes all the sheet music in the Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music and a small proportion of the Starr Sheet Music Collection. Both collections are described below.

Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music

The Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music contains approximately 24,000 pieces of sheet music, songbooks, and folios. DeVincent arranged his collection into categories based on either personal names of musicians or performers or on subjects he defined that were as diverse as the American Red Cross and Halloween. The Lilly Library has maintained this arrangement. Read more about the collection.

All the sheet music in the DeVincent collection is listed in the IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana: Lilly Library web site. Digitized images are available for some items.

Starr Sheet Music Collection

The Starr Sheet Music Collection contains more than 100,000 pieces of sheet music arranged in three categories. There is no database listing items in this collection. There is no written record of all titles in any given category. Click on one of the sections below to see the list of associated categories.

  1. composers, lyricists, performers, and literary figures
  2. subjects and types of music
  3. chronological miscellany

More than 500 titles in the Starr collection are cataloged and available in IUCAT. Search by the call number: M1 .S8. These titles are also listed in the IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana: Lilly Library web site. Read more about the Starr collection and its arrangement.

Wildermuth Collection of Hoagy Carmichael Sheet Music

The Wildermuth Collection contains 84 pieces of published sheet music, an almost complete collection of Hoagy Carmichael's works. In IUCAT, search by the call number: M1620 .C3. The Library's Carmichael manuscript collection includes letters, papers, and music. Both the DeVincent and Starr collections also include Carmichael's music.

The Hoagy Carmichael Collection at IU's Archives of Traditional Music offers the largest grouping of materials pertaining to Carmichael's life available anywhere.

Photocopies of sheet music

Requests for photocopies may be made in person or may be directed to liblilly@indiana.edu. All photocopying is done by Lilly Library staff. Photocopying of sheet music not covered by copyright is permitted if it will not damage the item. Photocopying of sheet music covered by copyright is permitted only if it will not damage the item and is for personal research only. Copying of sheet music covered by copyright for any other purpose, including performance, will be done only after permission is granted by the copyright holder.

For further information about the sheet music collections and any related materials contact The Lilly Library, Indiana University, 1200 E. Seventh Street, Bloomington, Indiana 47405. Telephone: (812) 855-2452. Fax: (812) 855-3143. E-mail: liblilly@indiana.edu

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Last updated: 27 January 2016

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