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At a Glance
Arranged. A card index is available.
Sheet 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.
Using the Collection
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Conditions Governing Access
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 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.
For related bound volumes, see the CLIO records for the Hunt-Berol Book Collection (in cataloging, 2020)
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Processed JR 10/--/88.
2019-11-25 Added list showing first piece of music in each box. kws