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Sheet Music Collection


Sheet Music Collection


Sheet music covers--1830-1910
Popular music -- United States -- 1911-1920.
Popular music
Songs with piano
Women composers


The Filson maintains a large collection of 19th and 20th century sheet music. Numbering some 4,700 items, much of the collection reflects the popular music of the day, such as patriotic marches, homesick laments, or romantic ballads. Highlights include sheet music published during the Civil War and by Louisvillian William Shakespeare Hays. The collection is heavily concentrated thematically on Kentucky and the Civil War. A small portion of the General Music Collection and the Walter Barney Music Collection have been digitized, focusing primarily on women composers.


The Filson Historical Society Special Collections


ca. 1840-1930.


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