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Music Library: Sheet Music Collection

Sheet Music Collection

The Music Collection has a small but growing collection of sheet music, mostly popular songs from the 1890s to the 1940s, some patriotic war songs, love songs, songs from movies, sacred songs, etc. Donations appropriate to this collection are welcome.

Please note that the majority of this music is still in copyright and we CAN NOT make photocopies for you. For information about when music passes into the Public Domain please visit This is a site prepared by Lolly Gassaway of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Only music copyrighted before 1923 can be guaranteed to be copyright free. For additional information about United States copyright law please see our Music & Copyright page.

If you live in the Milwaukee area, you are welcome to come in and look at, and possibly copy for personal use, the music that was written after 1923 and thus still in copyright. But again, we can not copies, even if the music is out of print. In-print status does not negate its copyright status.

The music listed here that was written prior to 1923, that is unique to our collection, has been digitized in the UWM Digital Libraries Collection. You can browse and download the public domain music from this page, where you will also find links to similar collection that may hold music on our lists that we did not digitize since it was not unique to us.

Titles can be found alphabetically by first letter: