And Then There Were 9,601: A Big Update on the Spencer Sheet Music Collection

It’s a collection that’s been at Baylor University since the middle of last century, with items spanning back to the 1700s. There are more than 28,000 items in that collection including a first edition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic and Jingle Bells. And as of this week, it’s reached a milestone: more than 9,600 digitized items from the Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music are available online for free.

We’re closing in on 10,000 items, which will mean 30% of the total physical collection digitized. We thought we’d celebrate this milestone by putting some of the most interesting recent additions in this blog post. Feel free to click into the collection and explore each piece further, including looking at the lyrics for each.

Her Wedding Bells Will Ring To-Day, 1895 (View: http://digitalcollections.baylor.edu/cdm/ref/collection/fa-spnc/id/87224)
Her Wedding Bells Will Ring To-Day, 1895
"Limbo-land," 1919
Limbo-land, 1919
The Princess of Mulberry Bend, 1898
The Princess of Mulberry Bend, 1898
A Hot Time in the Old Town, 1897
A Hot Time in the Old Town, 1897
Oh! What a Little Whooper! 1919
Oh! What a Little Whopper! 1919
The Musical Play Katinka, 1916
The Musical Play Katinka, 1916
Two Lovely Lying Eyes, 1921
Two Lovely Lying Eyes, 1921
Summer Girl, 1895
Summer Girl, 1895
McFadden's Row of Flats, 1896
McFadden’s Row of Flats, 1896
A Picture No Artist Can Paint, 1899
A Picture No Artist Can Paint, 1899

 

There’s a lot more to this latest batch (422, to be exact) and we encourage you to take a look at them all. We’ll continue to update you as we add new content to this collection, and if the previous 9,000+ items are any indication, we’re in for quite a ride before this collection is completely online!


Learn more about the Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Popular Sheet Music at the collection’s homepage.

 

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