During the course of the indexing it seemed
appropriate to transcribe the lyrics for selected items. Many of them
are famous songs or were in response to specific inquiries from users
of the collections here at Duke.
During the selection and indexing of the collection
many books and articles were helpful in assigning dates of publication
and distinguishing one name from another. These sources, along with
other works that provide historical context for the music or events,
are listed in the Bibliography. The number
of Internet sites that provide information complementary to this
project have grown rapidly over the past several years. A selection
of these resources are listed in Other Sheet Music Sites and Projects.
African American Composers
Duke University coordinated with Brown University's
Library of Congress/Ameritech
Music Digitizing Project
to avoid duplication of titles between the two projects.
As a result, it was sometimes necessary to
identify African American composers/lyricists, performers and publishers.
While there was no systematic attempt made to find all of the
African Americans who contributed to the musical life in the United
States, some people were identified who were or might have been of
African ancestry. We made a crude list and make it available as part
of this project to promote the study of African American cultural and
Women Composers and Lyricists
The list is drawn from all of the Duke sheet music
collections, not merely the Historic American Sheet Music project. It
was not systematically made, but was created as the names were
encountered during indexing.
Other Sheet Music Sites and Projects
Selected sites for other sheet music collections, historical information, and projects.
On April 3, 1998, Ameritech, the Library of
Congress and Duke University Libraries celebrated the awarding of the
grant with a concert and dance demonstration. The Pitchforks, an a
capella student ensemble led by Ben Ward, presented the music listed
in the program and Barbara Dickinson,
director of the Dance Program at Duke, demonstrated and then taught
the audience how to perform the Cakewalk.