Thursday, August 28, 2008

Huge Printable Sheet Music Collection from MSU


The sheet music collection of almost 22,000 pieces includes popular tunes dating as far back as 1865. Highlights include a rare copy of Scott Joplin’s “Cascades” bearing his photograph, rare first editions of W.C. Handy’s “Memphis Blues” and “St. Louis Blues,” and scarce Confederate imprints from the Civil War. Special collections are devoted to ragtime, blues, movie tunes, foxtrots, popular music, show tunes, Irving Berlin, war songs and specialty.

In the spirit of Templeton’s gift to the University, the Library has undertaken the digitization of the sheet music contained with the Templeton’s gift. Since a large portion of these works were published prior to 1923, they are considered to be in the public domain. In 2000, the Library launched the Charles H. Templeton Sr. Sheet Music Collection and unveiled the project to the world. Since the project began, over 5,000 pieces of music have been scanned and made available on the Internet for scholars, musicologist and music lovers. The collection has received worldwide recognition for providing access to such a massive collection.