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Songs and Sheet Music Subject Guide
Great Song Thesaurus
California Library Systems Cooperative Song Index:
Over 135,000 song titles (mostly popular music), over 1,300 items indexed (song books, magazines, and other collections). The links for other song resources are very helpful.
Folk Song Index – Oberlin College Libraries and Sing Out!
Index to traditional folk songs of the world. Entries include the song title, first line of the chorus first line of the verse and full bibliographic information on the source.
Lester S. Levy Sheet Music Collection:
This collection of sheet music from the Milton S. Eisenhower Library at Johns Hopkins University includes 29,000 pieces of American sheet music published between 1780 and 1980. It includes minstrel music and songs about many subjects and has a special strength in music written during military conflicts. The site indexes the collection and provides covers and sheet music for the music printed before 1923. The database can be searched in numerous ways.
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885:
Music for the Nation: American Sheet Music, 1870-1885 consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.
Popular Song Database: http://www.lib.washington.edu/asp/databases/music/PopSongBrowse.asp
A popular song index and is provided by the University of Washington Music Library, searchable by keyword. Use this database to locate a source for song lyrics and music.
UTK Song Index:
This is a publicly-available database providing access to about 50,000 songs in more than 1,500 published song anthologies owned by the George F. DeVine Music Library at the University of Tennessee, located in Knoxville. This is an index to citations only.