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Bodleian Library Broadside Ballads
Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

Broadside ballads were popular songs sung in taverns or homes, on streets, or at fairs in Britain between the 16th and 18th centuries. The Bodleian Library holds more than 33,000 such ballads, and this site presents an online database of scanned images of each ballad sheet. The ballads range widely... [more]

California Gold: Northern California Folk Music from the Thirties
Library of Congress, American Memory Project

This site features 35 hours of folk and popular music sound recordings from several European, Slavic, Middle Eastern, and English- and Spanish-speaking communities. The Work Projects Administration California Folk Music Project collected these 817 songs in Northern California between 1938 and 1940.... [more]

Canadian Music
Digital Library of Canada

Two sites on this page are relevant for those interested in music from the Canadian past. The Virtual Gramophone uses a database of information about music recordings as well as 130 actual sound recordings to... [more]

Collect Britain: Victorian Popular Music
The British Library

This collection presents 188 British songs and piano pieces from the mid-to-late 1800s. Each piece is presented with its illustrated cover and the song lyrics are legible, allowing the music to serve as a window into Victorian-era British culture. The songs address a wide range of subjects--from... [more]

Hispano Music & Culture from the Northern Rio Grande: The Juan B. Rael Collection
Library of Congress, American Memory Project

In the early 1940s, Juan B. Rael, a linguist and folklorist at Stanford University, traveled to rural northern New Mexico and southern Colorado to document the religious and secular music of this region's Spanish-speaking residents. This site has collected 146 of Rael's sound recordings, of... [more]

Meeting of Frontiers: Digital Collections
The U.S. Library of Congress and the Russian State Library

This collection of 25 full scores of popular songs sung by Siberian native peoples and Russian settlers in the late tsarist and early Soviet periods is part of a larger exhibit, The Meeting of Frontiers, on the... [more]

Omaha Indian Music
Library of Congress, American Memory Project

This site presents the Omaha Indian tribe's culture from the 1890s and 1980s through songs, speeches, photographs, field notes, and interviews. It offers 44 wax cylinder recordings collected between 1895 and 1897, 323 speeches and songs from the 1983 Omaha Harvest Celebration Powwow, and 25 songs... [more]

Spellman Collection of Victorian Sheet Music Covers
Reading University Library, The Visual Arts Data Service

In 1994, Doreen and Sidney Spellman donated their collection of 2,500 Victorian sheet music covers to Reading University Library. This site provides access to 800 digitized color images of the sheet music covers. The covers, dating from 1850 to 1900, address many issues in Victorian life and... [more]

The Jean-Baptiste Lully Collection
The University of North Texas, Music Library

French composer Jean-Baptiste Lully wrote numerous ballets, collaborated with French playwright Molière on comédies-ballets, and is credited with being the prime contributor to the development of French opera in the 17th century. He also worked closely under King Louis XIV, making his work relevant... [more]

The Strachwitz Frontera Collection of Mexican and Mexican American Recordings
Arhoolie Founcation, UCLA Chicano Research Studies Center, UCLA Music Library & Digital Library Program, Los Tigres Del Norte Foundation

This collection of commercially produced Mexican and Mexican American vernacular music is the largest of its kind. It holds more than 100,000 recordings, primarily in Spanish, originally published on cassettes and records (78 rpm, 45 rpm, and 33-1/3 rpm) between 1905 and the 1990s. This growing... [more]

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