Historical context and ideas for integrating individual digital collections of primary sources into instruction.
The Aaron Copland Collection, ca. 1900-1990 (Summary Only) This collection features music sketches, correspondence, photographs and diaries that document Copland
America Singing: Nineteenth-Century Song Sheets (Summary and Teaching Resources) The pieces in this collection reflect the attitudes of 19th century songwriters and their audiences and provide commentary on contemporary issues and historic events.
An American Ballroom Companion: Dance Instruction Manual, ca. 1490-1920" (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore over two hundred dance manuals from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Band Music from the Civil War Era (Summary Only) This collection features over 700 examples of brass band music popular during the Civil War period.
California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties. Collected by Sidney Robertson Cowell (Summary and Teaching Resources) This multi-format ethnographic collection contains more than 35 hours of recorded folk music.
Captain Pearl R. Nye: Life on the Ohio and Erie Canal (This collection contains captures the culture and music of the men, women, and children who worked and lived along the Ohio and Erie Canal.)
Creative Americans: Portraits by Carl Van Vechten, 1932-1964 (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore this collection for images of choreographers, composers, conductors, dancers, musicians and singers.
Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection (Summary Only) This collection contains images of flutes and other materials donated to the Library of Congress by noted scientist Dayton Miller.
Emile Berliner and the Birth of the Recording Industry (Summary Only) The 108 sound recordings in this collection document the various kinds of material recorded in the 1890s – band and orchestra, instrumentalists, popular music vocalists, classical and opera.
Florida Folklife from the WPA Collections, 1937-1942 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection documents the music, history and culture of Florida and includes access to 376 sound recordings.
Fiddle Tunes of the Old Frontier: The Henry Reed Collection (Summary Only)
The Irving Fine Collection: ca. 1914-1962 (Summary Only)
Hispano Music and Culture from the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection (Summary Only) This collection documents 1940s religious and secular music of Spanish-speaking residents of rural Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.
Historic American Sheet Music, 1850-1920 (Summary Only) The collection is strong in antebellum Southern music and Confederate and Civil War songs. It also includes minstrel songs, patriotic and political songs, spirituals, dance music, marches, and songs from vaudeville, "Tin pan alley", and WWI.
The Leonard Bernstein Collection, ca. 1920-1989 (Summary Only) Over 400,000 items including music and literary manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, audio and video recordings, fan mail, and other types of materials document Bernstein
Moldenhauer Archives - The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial (Summary Only) This collection contains approximately 3,500 items documenting the history of Western music from the medieval period through the modern era.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1820-1860 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection includes popular songs, operatic arias, piano music, sacred and secular vocal music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and some music for band and orchestra.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection demonstrates how popular music reflected sentiments surrounding the Civil War, Reconstruction, and the Development of the Industrial United States beginning in 1876
Now What a Time: Blues, Gospel, and the Fort Valley Music Festivals,1938-1943 (Summary Only) This collection consists of approximately one hundred sound recordings, primarily blues and gospel songs, and related documentation from the folk festivals at Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley, Georgia.
Omaha Indian Music (Summary Only) This collection features a hundred years of traditional Omaha music ranging from 1890s wax cylinders to 1980s powwows, speeches and interviews.
Southern Mosaic: The John and Ruby Lomax 1939 Southern States Recording Trip (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection features 25 hours of folk music from more than 300 performers.
The Alfred Whital Stern Collection of Lincolniana (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection includes more than two hundred sheet music compositions about Lincoln and the Civil War as recorded in popular music.
William P. Gottlieb: Photographs from the Golden Age of Jazz (Summary and Teaching Resources) Explore more than 1600 photographs of celebrated jazz artists taken in New York City and Washington, D.C. from 1938-1948.
Woody Guthrie and the Archive of American Folk Song: Correspondence, 1940-1950 (Summary and Teaching Resources) This collection contains correspondence from Woody Guthrie written while he lived in New York and also essays and illustrations relating to his life and activities.