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Historic Music Collections: Kirk, Wilmette, & Conrady

Historic Music Collection

Three collections of published music are located in the Special Collections Department. Concentrated on popular music, these are the Kirk Collection, the Conrady Collection, and the Wilmette Danceband Collection. As a group, these are known as the Historic Music Collections. They are delineated below:

Kirk Collection, amassed by C. Weir Kirk, a Terre Haute, Indiana area musician, the 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. In 2008, the Wilmette Historical Museum, located in Chicago, donated 817 primarily early twentieth-century dance band sets for the Wilmette Collection. The Conrady Collection was donated by its collector, Denis A. Conrady, in September 2009. It contains approximately 2,200 specimens, including popular sheet music and barbershop quartet sheet music from the 1920s through the 1970s, but with the greatest concentration in the 1940s and 1950s.

Kirk Collection

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