Historic Music Collections

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The Kirk Collection: Amassed by C. Weir Kirk, a Terre Haute, Indiana area musician, the collection contains nearly 14,000 published examples of popular music primarily from the 1920's and 1930's, although there is significant representation from the turn of the twentieth century to as late as 1972.

The Wilmette Collection: In 2008, the Wilmette Historical Museum, located in Chicago, donated 817 dance band sets to Special Collections. The music dates from 1886 to 1935 with the majority from the early twentieth-century.

The Conrady Collection: Donated by its collector, Denis A. Conrady, in September 2009, the collection incorporates approximately 2,200 specimens, including popular and barbershop quartet sheet music from the 1920s through the 1970s with the greatest concentration in the 1940s and 1950s.