: full access, including subject and subject of cover images,
records, search by date, illustrated cover
Funding: U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions
of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the
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A virtual library of some 2,000 pieces of sheet music published in California
between 1852 and 1900, together with related materials such as a
San Francisco publisher's catalog of 1872, programs,
songsheets, advertisements, and photographs. Images of every printed page of
sheet music have been scanned at 400 dpi, in color where indicated.
California sheet music composer William J. McCoy
(1854-1926) is described in a new finding aid of the San Francisco Public Library
which describes his life and compositions. A search on McCoy's name (click
on SEARCH 1 above) turns up 5 of his pieces in digital image.
A final LSTA grant from the California State Library
(FY 2000) has allowed completion of cataloging of the 2000 items. With 1997-1999
grants 1400 items were cataloged in MARC/SGMLformat and made available through
"Search 1". All images are now available through
RLIN and its web version
Eureka. All records will soon
be loaded on this site (Search 1), Pathfinder (UC Berkeley web resource),
the University of California web catalogue.
Concert, October 1998. Music Sources, Berkeley, CA.
Performances, Gold Rush Cornet Band; Mother Lode Musical Theatre The multimedia files are
experimentally posted on a RealMedia
server thanks to the hospitality of UCB's Berkeley Multimedia Research Center.
A summer 1998 grant from HUD's Joint Community
Development program, administered through UC Berkeley's Institute of
Urban and Regional Development
brought the collection of early California music of the Paramount Theatre Music Library
(Oakland, Calif.), into the project.
PRINTING Images are best viewed at a monitor resolution of 1024 pixels
per inch. To print the images on a 8 1/2 x 11" sheet of paper, set the
printer to reduce to
70% of actual size. If your printer cannot reduce the size,
set the printer to landscape; an image will print on two sheets
of paper with some loss of information at the right margin.
To get the best results, use a 1200
Selected examples of the repertoire.
Sheet Music Project Resources
- Champagne Charlie. Written by G. C. H.
Music by Alfred Lee. San Francisco, Matthias Gray. Engraved plate number:
M.G. 120. Personal copy.
- The Mission Band Coon Song. Words and
music by H. Y. Leavitt. Supplement to The San Francisco Examiner,
Sunday, July 10, 1898. Orginally published New York: Willis Woodward & Co.,
842/844 Broadway, c1898. Personal copy.
Related Web Sites
Mary Kay Duggan, Professor, Dept. of Music and School
of Information Management and Systems
Special Collections Library, Duke University Libraries Covers only;
- Music for a Nation--American Sheet Music, 1870-1885.
American Memory Project, Library of Congress. 22,000 items of sheet
music from copyright deposit.
African American Sheet Music--1850-1920, Brown University Library.
19th Century Color Lithographic Sheet Music Covers.
An exhibition from the collections of the John Hay Library, Brown University,
September - October 1996. Covers only, 7-field description with annotation.
- The Lester S.
Levy Collection of Sheet Music, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, The
University Covers and music; 13-field description.
Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads. The 30,000 ballads from the
16th- to the 20th-Century include some California imprints and many ballads
about traveling to California, the gold rush, and the immigrant experience.
University of North Texas, Lully Web Project. Cover images plus
MIDI incipit sound files. Detailed fact sheet on work, description of
volume in collection, performance history, further bibliography.
University of South Florida, Tampa Campus, Library, Special Collections.
Florida Sheet Music Collection. Cover images.
Title or name search; display of
place, publisher, date.
- Center for Popular Music, Middle Tennessee
TN 37132. Sheet music (50,000), song broadsides (4900), posters, playbills,
strong on minstrel music. No images.