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Sheet music collection

Identifier: 0092

Scope and Content

This collection consists of sheet music from the early nineteenth century to the mid twentieth century. The works vary in genre from opera pieces to folk music, including works by Christy's Minstrels. The music is from different parts of the world, primarily Europe and the United States. Many of the folk songs are ones that European immigrants brought with them to the United States. Some of the pieces from the early 1900s are about World War I and from soldiers' points of view.


  • 1821-1953, undated

Conditions Governing Access

COLLECTION STORED OFF-SITE. Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of the Music Library. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Music Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Conditions Governing Use

Finding aid description and metadata are licensed under an Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license.


14.05 Linear Feet (12 boxes)

Language of Materials



Bound volumes of songs, ca. 1850; loose sheet music ca. 1848-1950.

Finding aid for the Sheet music collection
Natalie Camacho and Sue Luftschein
2014 May
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Revision Statements

  • 2015 June: Additional material added and finding aid updated by Sue Luftschein
  • 2022 January: Finding aid updated by Bo Doub to include material added to the collection from accrual no. 2022-005

Repository Details

Part of the USC Libraries Music Library Repository

Doheny Memorial Library, G-24
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles California 90089-1822 United States