Kirk Collection

Popular Song Index
(Commercial Sheet Music)
Parts 1-11: 1865-1968

This material has been digitized.
Material published after 1923 is subject to copyright restrictions,
so copies must be formally requested under fair-use guidelines.

Last upload noted at bottom of page.


Arranged by Allan Keathley

Of the approximately 14,000 items in the Kirk Collection, 7,500 are popular songs published for the most part from ca. 1900-1970. This grouping of commercial sheet music, which is on the average 22 x 28 cm. (8 1/2 x 11 in.), contains 2,089 songs ranging in the date of publication from 1865 to 1968. Pagination varies, and many of the sheets, particularly older ones, are fragile. The commercial sheet music is housed separately from the artist, or performance, copies and arranged in boxes by multiples of years. Select the group in which you wish to browse from the list below:

PDFs unavailable online
Popular Sheet Music Part 1: Before 1900 and n.d.
PDFs available for all dated
& select undated records
Popular Sheet Music Part 2: 1900-1907
PDFs available for all records
Popular Sheet Music Part 3: 1908-1910
PDFs available for all records
Popular Sheet Music Part 4: 1911-1917
PDFs available for all records
Popular Sheet Music Part 5: 1918-1922
PDFs available for all records
Popular Sheet Music Part 6: 1923-1929
PDFs available through 1923
Popular Sheet Music Part 7: 1930-1935
PDFs unavailable online
Popular Sheet Music Part 8: 1936-1939
PDFs unavailable online
Popular Sheet Music Part 9: 1940-1944
PDFs unavailable online
Popular Sheet Music Part 10: 1945-1949
PDFs unavailable online
Popular Sheet Music Part 11: 1950-1968
Popular Sheet Music Titles Only: 1865-1968
PDFs available selectively
Popular Sheet Music Complete Records: 1865-1968
(830K file; some PDFs available)

Contact Special Collections or use the provided form with photocopy requests and for other information. Fair use guidelines apply to these items, many of which are still under copyright protection. Photocopying and reproduction decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and based on the nature of the request and the condition of the materials.

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