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Get Your Lamps Lit, by Theo. A. Metz. New York and London, ca 1895. Starr Sheet Music Collection.


Soon after he arrived at Indiana University in 1956, David Randall purchased for the Library a small but choice group of musical scores by great composers which he had assembled as head of Scribner's Rare Book Department in New York. To this core have been added several individual pieces and collections. Among these are the collection of scores by George Frederic Handel formed by his bibliographer, William Smith; Carroll Wilson's extensive Gilbert and Sullivan collection; a large group of 19th century operas in both full scores and piano-vocal scores; first editions of music written by the group of French composers known as "Les Six;" and the vast Starr Sheet Music Collection, which contains more than 100,000 pieces and ranges from the 18th century to our own time. The Lilly Library's collection of early printings of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is second only to that at the Library of Congress. The Library is also the repository for the annotated scores of the renowned German conductor, Fritz Busch.

Hoagy Carmichael, a Bloomington native and Indiana University graduate, is recognized as one of the most talented of all contemporary song writers. The Library began collecting his works in 1954 when the late Judge Ora L. Wildermuth donated a virtually complete collection of Hoagy's sheet music. In 1957 the composer himself gave the Lilly Library a fine collection of manuscripts, letters, and memorabilia. Among the manuscripts are those for "Memphis in June" and "We're the Couple in the Castle." The Library has staged many exhibits of his works, and a catalogue was prepared for the exhibition of 1974 that honored his 75th birthday: An Exhibition Honoring the Seventy-Fifth Birthday of Hoagland Howard Carmichael, LL.B., 1926, D.M., 1972, Indiana University.

Related exhibition catalogues include:

To purchase exhibition catalogues, see information on the Lilly Library's Publications. To search the Library's catalog and other finding aids, see the Collections page.

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