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Indiana University Music Library (WWW Sites for Musicology)
Harvard University Library (Internet Sites for Music Scholars)
University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music - Sibley Library
Duke University Library (DW3 Classical Music Resources)
Sibelius Academy
Royal Holloway Golden Pages
Performing Arts Links:
Musical America Online
The American Music Center
The Center for Black Music Research
Boethius Server
Electronic Resources in Duckles 5
The Center for Computer Research in Music Acoustics
The Bach Bibliography
Center for the History of Music Theory and Literature: Thesaurus Musicarum Latinarum
The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection
The Labyrinth: Resources for Medieval Studies
The International Association of Music Information Centres
PALATINE: Performing Arts Learning and Teaching Innovation Network


International Index of Music Periodicals
International Index to the Performing Arts
RILM (using FirstSearch, Arts & Humanities, Specialized Databases, RILM)


Doctoral Dissertations in Musicology
Music Theory Online Dissertation Index
Archive of Dissertation Abstracts in Music


Find a Grave
Gaylord Necrology
MLA Notes Obituary Index
Musicians Dates - Indiana School of Music (under construction)
Social Security Death Index


Dance Heritage Coalition
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manuals Ca. 1490-1920
New York Public Library
ArtsWire Webbase
Society of Dance History Scholars
Congress on Research in Dance


Theatre Library Association
The American Society for Theatre Research
American Variety Stage: Vaudeville and Popular Entertainment 1870-1920
The New Deal Stage: Selections from the Federal Theatre Project 1935-1939
Playbill Online
Theatre History Sites on the WWW
Talkin' Broadway


Opera America


The Film Music Society
Classical Music Used in Films


The Cyber Hymnal


American Music Therapy Society
American Musical Instrument Society
American Musicological Society
College Music Society Inc.
Music Library Association
Society for American Music
Society for Ethnomusicology Inc.
Society for Music Theory
Society for Research in Music Education (MENC)
The International Alliance for Women in Music


American Federation of Musicians
Harry Fox Agency


Music Publishers Association/ Music Publisher Agency List
National Association of Music Publishers
JW Pepper National Music Network


Library of Congress Copyright Office
Music Library Association Guide to Copyright for Music Librarians
Music Publisher's Association Copyright Resource Center
Copyright Clearance Center Online

SHEET MUSIC SITES - databases with music:

Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885
From the Music Division at the Library of Congress, this collection consists of more than 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials and music for band and orchestra.

African-American Sheet Music
This collection, selected from the collections of the Brown University Library, consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920.

Historic American Sheet Music: 1850-1920
The Historic American Sheet Music collection presents 3,042 pieces of sheet music drawn from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University.

The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music
The Lester S. Levy Collection of Sheet Music is part of Special Collections at the Milton S. Eisenhower Library of The Johns Hopkins University. It contains more than 29,000 pieces of music and focuses on popular American Music spanning the period 1780 to 1960. An image of the cover and each page of music will be retrievable if the music was published before 1923 and is in the public domain.

Inventions of Note: Sheet Music Collection at the MIT Lewis Music Library
Inventions of Note Sheet Music Collection was established in 1977 by the Lewis Music Library at MIT. This sheet music collection consists of popular songs and piano compositions that portray technologies as revealed through song texts and/or cover art. Most items dates from ~1890 to 1920.

SHEET MUSIC SITES - databases only:

19th Century California Sheet Music
A virtual library of some 2,000 pieces of sheet music published in California between 1852 and 1900.

UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries Music Library 19th Century American Sheet Music
Database with indexed listing of sheet music available. Site still under construction with plans to digitize the collection.

UTK Song Index
An index of over 1400 songs in song anthologies. Citations only.

California Library Systems Cooperative Song Index
104,937 song titles, 1051 items indexed including song books, magazines and other collections.

University of North Texas Catalog of Music Special Collections
This database provides access to popular-music titles from the Music Library's WBAP Collection and Song Collection. It also includes an index of songs published in Sheet Music Magazine and Piano Today.

Center for Popular Music

Bert Buhrman Sheet Music Collection
Database of more than 5000 titles, many from the 1930s, donated to the Missouri, Springfield-Greene County Library by Bert Buhrman.


The Lied and Song Text Page
Public Domain Opera Libretti and Other Vocal Texts
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