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This text-only database contains listings of the approximately 20,000 pieces of sheet music in the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library of Duke University. The bulk of the collection dates from about 1830 to 1930 and includes material selected for Historic American Sheet Music, part of the Library of Congress American Memory Project. Most, but not all, music was published in the United States, but there are a significant number of English, German, and Viennese items as well. More Viennese publications from the Weinmann Collection may be found in the Duke Online Catalog. A sample of lyrics have been transcribed and are available in the American Song Lyrics database.

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[Identification of item], Sheet Music Index, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

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