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COLLECTION Identifier: TCS 93

Harvard Theatre Collection of Sheet Music


Includes printed sheet music, many with illustrated covers.


  • 1800-2000

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English .

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


4.5 linear feet (15 boxes)

Includes printed sheet music, many with illustrated covers.


Collection is arranged alphabetically by name of performer.


Arranged alphabetically by performer.


A majority of the collection came in through various sources. It includes some scores from the Raymond S. Wilkins, received in 1962, and the Evert Jansen Wendell collection, received in 1918. Appears to comprise Wilkins' complete *61-1782 accession of Berlin's Alexander’s Ragtime Band, listed as 73 copies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

No accession number. Various sources; various dates.

61-1782. Gift of Raymond Sanger Wilkins; received: 1962 March.

Bequest of Evert Jansen Wendell; received: 1918.

Related Materials

Related material can be found in the historical sheet music collections of Houghton Library; additionally, in the Sheet Music Consortium .

Processing Information

Processed by: Erin Mernoff, with help from Andrea Cawelti.

Harvard Theatre Collection, collector. Harvard Theatre Collection of Sheet Music, circa 1800-2000: 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, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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