Tuesday September 29, 2015

Celebrating National Piano Month

Sheet music tells a story whether it is hand-written on vellum or printed in the modern age.  The University of Dayton Libraries has several special collections containing sheet music for piano and organ.  A variety of types of music are represented in the collection, including vaudeville, patriotic, musicals and more.

While the lyrics were representative of the dreams and aspirations or the political feelings of the time, the design of covers also reflected changes in American culture and values. During the early part of the twentieth century, sheet music covers became more colorful, designed to catch the eye and increase sales.

Some of the collections in our archive:

Located on the second floor of Albert Emanuel Hall, University Archives and Special Collections is open to Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Researchers may use materials in the reading room.

For research inquiries and to schedule a visit, as well as inquiring about donations or transferring of University records, contact Jennifer Brancato, University Archivist and Coordinator of Special Collections, at 937-229-4267 or archives@udayton.edu.

- Kristina Klepacz, Assistant University Archivist

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