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American popular and theatrical music collection of scores

Identifier: MC-052

Scope and Contents

Collection of 2,743 printed scores of popular American music from theatre, radio, and motion pictures. The earliest is 1891, but most date from 1920s through the 1950s. There are no scores from the 1960s, and a small handful from the 1970s. All are in excellent condition and stored alphabetically by song title. The production name is noted in the database, and is often featured prominently on the cover of the score, but this is not the primary access point. Available for searching via a Microsoft Access database (“Musical Score Title list I”), currently accessible in the Archives folder on the library staff server. Attached is a printout showing most of the fields in the database.


  • 1891-1976
  • Majority of material found within 1920 - 1960


9.2 Linear Feet (22 drop front print boxes)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

transferred from the Music Department of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, October 2001. They had been a gift to the Music Department. Accession # 02-12.

Processing Information

Data base entry done by Jessica Parow ’07 in 2005. Finding aid completed by Judy Farrar 1/2007.

American popular and theatrical music collection of scores
Finding aid completed by Judy Farrar
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the Claire T. Carney Library Archives and Special Collections, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Repository

285 Old Westport Rd.
N. Dartmouth MA 02747 USA