Over thirty collections from the American Memory project of the Library of Congress, including the Leonard Bernstein Collection, Aaron Copland, and Irving Fine collections, Southern Appalachian fiddle music, folk music from the Dust Bowl, and several large collections of nineteenth-century sheet music, among many others.
Broadside ballads are songs that were published in Britain on single sheets (broadsides) and sold for a penny or half-penny from the sixteenth through the early twentieth centuries. This database provides bibliographic access via a searchable Web database to 30,000 of the ballads, along with digitized images of each ballad sheet. Note that most of the sheets do not contain musical notation, but for those that do, sound files are included.
Stream or download thousands of cylinder recordings from the Performing Arts Collections of the UCSB Library. A significant resource for the study of society and culture of the early twentieth century.
From the Early Modern Center of the English Department at UCSB, the EBBA is "dedicated to mounting online surviving early ballads printed in English," including online images of each ballad, sung versions, and background essays.
EVIA = Ethnographic Video for Instruction and Analysis. A digital archive of ethnographic field video for academic use and preservation. Funded by the Mellon Foundation, Indiana University, and the University of Michigan. Contains significant music content.
The archive includes over 45,000 digitized items from the Grateful Dead Archive at the University of California Santa Cruz Library, and contributed by Grateful Dead fans around the world. Documents the band's activities and influence from 1965 to 1995. Includes recordings, fanzines, photos, posters, T-shirts, videos, and more.
The project will eventually include a complete new edition of the music treatises of the early 15th-century theorist Johannes Tinctoris, along with a complete English translation, and extensive commentary.
An online collection of "138 music autograph manuscripts, sketches, engravers' proofs, and first editions, which were donated to the Juilliard School in 2006." Included in the collection is an engraver's proof of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and the original manuscript of Beethoven's Grosse Fuge in his arrangment for piano four hands.
Brooklyn Academy of Music's digital archives include high resolution digitized photos, concert ephemera, film, audio, and other media. Users can browse content or search performances dating from the institution's founding in 1861 and all existing playbills, which provide detailed information about individual performances.
Digitized archives of the New York Philharmonic up to 1970. Contains scores with conductors' marking, including Leonard Bernstein and others; parts marked by orchestra musicians, printed programs from 1943-1970 (including program notes), business and planning folders, and thousands of photographs and other images.
A project of the American Folklore Society and the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries to provide online access to a wide variety of materials relevant to the study of folklore, including books, journals, and gray literature.
The site contains several thousand hours of digitized Gaelic and Scots recordings, including not only songs but also poetry and stories. The recordings are from all parts of Scotland, from the 1930 on.