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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Thr 855

Popular dance sheet music,

Collection of printed sheet music on popular dances from the 19th and 20th-century in the United States and England.


  • 1852-1912 and undated.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

This collection is not housed at the Houghton Library but is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. Retrieval requires advance notice. Readers should check with Houghton Public Services staff to determine what material is offsite and retrieval policies and times.


1 collection (1 box (.3 linear ft.))

Collection includes printed sheet music from the United States and England from the 19th-century and the 20th-century. Most of the sheet music is intended for a specific popular dance such as a waltz, two step, mazurka, schottisch, polka, or galop. Many of the sheet music titles are derived from natural phenomena such as comets, eclipses, and volcanos. Many of the items are undated.


Arranged alphabetically by title.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository


Immediate Source of Acquisition

2010MT-11. Gift of Thomas Garrett; received: 2010 October 9.

Forms part of the Fredric Woodbridge Wilson Collection of Theater, Dance and Music (Harvard Theatre Collection).

General note

This collection is shelved offsite at the Harvard Depository. See access restrictions below for additional information.

Processing Information

Processed by: Alison Harris.
Link to catalog
Popular dance sheet music, 1852-1912: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, literary and performing arts archives, and more. The library's holdings of primary source material are managed by an expert staff and shared with scholars, students and the public in the reading room.

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