University of Michigan to digitize part of its sheet music collection

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is planning to digitize one-third of its large collection of 19th-century American sheet music.

A grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources will be used to catalog and digitize more than 30,000 of the collection’s some 100,000 titles over the next two years.

The collection was amassed by the Edison Phonograph Company in the early 20th century. It was acquired by the University of Michigan Library in 1989, after the collection had made its way to the Henry Ford family and various other hands.

Music librarian Kristen Castellana says the Edison Sheet Music Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of its kind.

The digital collection will be available through the library’s catalog and other sources, including Google Books.

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