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Hunt-Berol Sheet Music Collection, 1700s-1900s

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: Hunt-Berol Sheet Music
Bib ID 4079543 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Berol, Alfred C., 1892-1974 ; Berol, Madeleine, 1895-1985
Title Hunt-Berol Sheet Music Collection, 1700s-1900s
Physical Description 244 linear feet (227 boxes; 25000 items; oversize )
Language(s) English .
Access You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Several items in this collection contain language commonly used in the 19th century that is today considered offensive or harmful, in particular expressions of racism.

Series I and II of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Note: The container list for Series I and II provides only the first piece of sheet music in each box. Use this list in conjunction with the paper card catalogs in RBML to request the correct box from off-site storage.

Arrangement

Arrangement

A card index for series I and II, listing each individual title, is available in the RBML.

Description

Summary

Printed music from the 18th-20th centuries, primarily 19th century American. Almost half the items are popular editions of European composers' instrumental music. The collection contains a large quantity of patriotic music such as the 1798 "Adams and Liberty" and the first and third editions (both 1798) of "Hail Columbia" and a comprehensive collection of music from the Civil War. There are also early printings of "The Star Spangled Banner," first and later editions of Stephen Foster's music, and a large collection of Benjamin Carr materials. Collection of 16th-20th century rare music books was cataloged individually. Primarily collected by Arthur Billings Hunt, 1890-1971, baritone, musical director and broadcaster. Most of the items are of American origin, and reflect Hunt's wide-ranging interests in sacred and secular music.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Conditions Governing Access

You will need to make an appointment in advance to use this collection material in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room. You can schedule an appointment once you've submitted your request through your Special Collections Research Account.

Several items in this collection contain language commonly used in the 19th century that is today considered offensive or harmful, in particular expressions of racism.

Series I and II of this collection is located off-site. You will need to request this material at least three business days in advance to use the collection in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library reading room.

This collection has no restrictions.

Note: The container list for Series I and II provides only the first piece of sheet music in each box. Use this list in conjunction with the paper card catalogs in RBML to request the correct box from off-site storage.

Related Materials

For related scores, books, and bound volumes, see the CLIO records for the Hunt-Berol Book Collection .

RBML also holds the Arthur Billings Hunt Papers.

Accruals

Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. Contact rbml@columbia.edu for more information.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Berol, Alfred C. and Madeleine. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1964. Accession number--M-1964.

Gift of Mr and Mrs Alfred C. and Madeleine Berol, 1966.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Processed JR 10/--/88.

The songsheets and broadsides in series III were formerly known as the Hunt-Berol Songsheets, and were integrated into this collection in 2021. One box of19th-century publications containing music was also added in 2021. kws

Revision Description

2019-11-25 Added list showing first piece of music in each box. kws

2021-08-13 Added series III and IV

Subject Headings

The subject headings listed below are found in this collection. Links below allow searches at Columbia University through the Archival Collections Portal and through CLIO, the catalog for Columbia University Libraries, as well as ArchiveGRID, a catalog that allows users to search the holdings of multiple research libraries and archives.

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Genre/Form

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Card files Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Periodicals Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Scores (documents for music) Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Sheet music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

Subject

Heading "CUL Archives:"
"Portal"
"CUL Collections:"
"CLIO"
"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
"ArchivedGRID"
Carr, Benjamin, 1768-1831 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Foster, Stephen Collins, 1826-1864 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Hunt, Arthur Billings, 1890-1971 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Instrumental music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Patriotic music -- United States Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Popular music Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID