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Sheet Music Collection

Identifier: Mss. 1.07

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

The Sheet Music Collection includes sheet music collected by the Special Collections Research Center.


  • Creation: 1827-1974

Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


55.80 Linear Feet

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection is currently being processed and new items will be added on an ongoing basis. For this reason the indicated extent and date range are approximate at this point.

Series 1 (box 1-47) contains sheet music acquired prior to 2007.  Subseries 1 (box 1-38)  is arranged alphabetically by composer; Subseries  2 (box 39-40) are filed by arrangers and unknown composers; Subseries 3  (box 41-43) contains exercise books; Subseries 4 (box 44-45) contains portions of collections; Subseries 5 (boxe46) iscollections; and Subseries 6 (box 47) is librettos.

Series 2 (from box 48 onward) consists of acquisitons made 2007 and later, filed in the order in which they are received.

Series 3 is is not yet fully arranged and described. Researchers should consult with a staff member for further information in advance of using this series.

Acquisition Information:

Acc. 1997.054 was a gift received on 9/25/1997; Acc. 2007.87 was a gift from Mrs. Edmun C. Glover, III via Jim Deffenbaugh, Music Librarian. Acc. 2009.061 was purchased on 2/26/2009. Acc. 2009.070 was purchased on 2/21/2009. Acc. 2009.069 was purchased on 2/23/2009. Acquisition information for accessions received after February 2009 is not displayed for technical reasons. Consult a staff member for details.


Additions are being made to this collection on an ongoing basis.

Processing Information:

Material received from 2009 to 2010 were accessioned and minimally processed by Ute Schechter. The portion of the collection received prior to 2007 was keyed in by student assistants including Lauren Chapman, Alex Dodd beginning in September 2009. Acc. 2012.050 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, Univeristy Archives Specialist, in February 2012. Series 3 added in April 2012 by Benjamin Bromley. Acc. 2012.272 and Acc. 2012.360 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in November 2012. Acc. 2013.247 accessioned and minimally described by Steven Bookman, University Archives Specialist, in October 2013.

Guide to the Sheet Music Collection
Special Collections Staff.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository