the history of music education site

Ira Sankey, ca. 1890, one of the
New England founders of Southern gospel music.
The genre was spread evangelically
by Southern teachers of shape notes.
From the compiler's collection.

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archives, museums, and respositories

(1) University of Maryland Libraries-Special Collections in Performing Arts. This library has many collections devoted specifically to music education.

(2) Repositories of Primary Soruces. A listing of over 3400 websites describing holdings of manuscripts, archives, rare books, historical photographs, and other primary sources for the research scholar. Sources are listed by large geographical areas.

(3) Primary sources and archives are also listed on the History Index  sponsored by the University of Kansas Libraries. This is an outstanding site with dozens of excellent links listed on a single page.

(4) The United State Historical Census Data Brower is a site that describes the people and the economy of the U.S. for each state and county from 1790 to 1970. For further information on the scope of this site, read the index page.

(5) The Cotsen's Children's Library, a Princeton University library unit, will have online music education items, soon.

(6) The National Association of Music Merchants maintains a 6,500 square foot museum and 2,500 square foot archive devoted to U.S. instrument manufacturing and music making from 1890. The museum, called The Museum of Music Making, is located at Carlsbad, California.

(7) The Lowell Mason Hymnal Collection at Yale is described in this website. Also included are (1) tips for hymnody research at Yale (2) access to thet ATLA Hymnody and Psalmody Website (8) description of materials in Yale's Music Library, and (4) a site for learning more about Yale's Special Collections. This site also has some interesting links, including one to, a large public domain index of midi work. 

(8) American Musicolgical Society links to music libraries, archives, online catalogs, music journals, and music dictionaries.  This is an outstanding source.

(9) The Shrine to Music Museum and Collections at the University of South Dakota has the archives of the Conn Corporation which manufactures musical instruments.

(10) The Museum of Education, University of South Carolina has an extensive collections of educational archives, national but with an extensive South Carolina section.

(11) The Sousa Archives for Band Research  at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was organized in 1994 with the transfer of the John Philip Sousa, Herbert L.
Clarke, and related collections to the University of Illinois Library. The collections of John Philip Sousa (1854-1932),  Herbert L. Clarke (1867-1945), former directors of band at the University of Illinois Albert Austin Harding (1880-1958), Mark H. Hindsley (1905-1999), Harry Begian (b. 1921), and University of Illinois alumnus and Sousa Band member Richard E. Kent (1899-1996) comprise the principle components of the Sousa Archives. The documentary materials, housed at the Sousa Archives in the Harding Band Building, are held for research use by students, scholars, and performing musicians.

(12)  The Blackwell History of Education Museum at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting interest in the history of American education. It has extensive history of education collections in the country with thousands of books and artifacts of historical interest, some in music education. It has a research program, an online journal, and a research associates program.  They are building an online catalog. An excellent site.

Addresses of schools of music and departments of music in 900 universities in the U.S. and Canada.

Dr. William R. Lee
Department of Music
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Ave. Chattanooga, TN 37403-2598
(423) 425-5269
(423 425-4601 (secretary)
(423) 425-4603 (fax)