Popular Music
(1866-1922)

Cover Art Selected
from the Kirk Collection

Amassed by C. Weir Kirk, a Terre Haute, Indiana area musician, the Kirk Collection contains nearly 14,000 published examples of popular music primarily from the 1920's and 1930's, although there is significant representation from the turn of the twentieth century to as late as 1972. Given as a gift to the library by the Department of Music in 1985, the collection was sorted first by category and then by title. In 1988, the collection was moved to the Department of Special Collections .

The most numerous holdings are nearly 7,500 copies of popular songs, including 2,061 country music songs, 2,582 artists' scores intended to promote the sale of sheet music in department and music stores, and more than 2,000 commercially-sold popular songs in sheet music format. In addition, the collection contains over 1,500 complete band sets. Exclusive of the country music songs, many of the sheet music titles and dance band sets are available for download or viewing with Acrobat. See the current coverage on various listings. Users are invited to search for these scores on Kirk Collection Home Page.

Below are thumbnails of scanned images of a number of the interesting covers of popular songs found in the commercial sheet music portion of the collection. Click on a thumbnail to view an enlarged view.

The names of the artists have not been researched and often do not appear on the cover. It will make an interesting research project at some future time for someone to identify them.


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