Digitized Music Collections

Listed below are online digital sheet music collections. Note that not all sheet music provided from these sources are in the public domain.  A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and which may be freely used by everyone.  The reasons that the work is not protected include: (1) the term of copyright for the work has expired; (2) the author failed to satisfy statutory formalities to perfect the copyright or (3) the work is a work of the U.S. Government.

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Popular Sheet Music Collections
19th Century California Sheet Music: from collections of public and private libraries and museums, primarily in California, including Oakland Public Library.
African American Sheet Music Collection, 1850-1920: hosted by the Library of Congress, from the collections of Brown University.
Internet Archive Collections: University of Toronto ; North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; American Vernacular Music Manuscripts ca. 1730-1910 ; International Harp Archives at Brigham Young University
Irish Sheet Music Archives
Music for the Nation – American Sheet Music 1870-1885: (Library of Congress) consists of over 47,000 pieces of sheet music registered for copyright during the years 1870 to 1885. Included are popular songs, piano music, sacred and secular choral music, solo instrumental music, method books and instructional materials, and music for band and orchestra.
Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music: digital collection features traditional tunes and songs collected by master fiddle player Séamus Connolly, Sullivan Artist in Residence in Irish Music at Boston College. Freely available, the collection offers over 330 audio recordings featuring more than 130 musicians via SoundCloud, with accompanying stories, transcriptions, sheet music and introductory essays.
Sheet Music Consortium: a group of libraries, hosted by UCLA,  working toward the goal of building an open collection of digitized sheet music. Member libraries include UCLA, Indiana University, John Hopkins University, Duke University and the Library of Congress.
World War I Sheet Music: from the Library of Congress
Templeton Sheet Music Collection (Mississippi State Univ.): a collection of ragtime, blues, minstrel, and old-time popular sheet music from Mississippi State University.
Library and Archives of Canada – Sheet Music from Canada’s Past
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences – Margaret Herrick Library Digital Collections
Bella C. Landauer Collection of Aeronautical Sheet Music (Smithsonian Libraries) Categories include: aeronautics, air shows, airplanes, ballooning, biplanes, flying machines, patriotic music and people.
Public Domain Information Project (popular, Christmas songs, spirituals, etc.)
Maine Music Box

Classical Music Collections
IMSLP (International Music Score Library Project) NOTE: Not all scores on this site are in the public domain – read the disclaimer before downloading.
HathiTrust Digital Library: a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world
Internet Archive Collections: University of Toronto ; North Carolina at Chapel Hill ; American Vernacular Music Manuscripts ca. 1730-1910 ; International Harp Archives at Brigham Young University
University of Michigan Music Library collection of  musical scores by women composers hosted by HathiTrust
New York Philharmonic Digital Archives
Beethoven-Haus (Beethoven Manuscripts)
Chopin Early Editions (Univ. of Chicago)
Neue Mozart-Ausgabe: Digitized Version
New Music USA : New Music USA Online Library is a vast and comprehensive digital database that contains over 57,000 works by more than 6,000 composers, and includes over 14,000 media samples (recordings and scores).
Choral Public Domain Library
Index to Opera and Ballet Sources Online
Musopen! (classical works)
Mutopia (classical works)
Project Gutenberg Sheet Music (classical works)
Sibley Music Library (Eastman School of Music)
E-concerthouse  Online sheet music library (Sibelius notation software scorch plug-in for your browser needed to download scores.)

Hymnals
Benson Collection of Hymnal and Hymnology (Princeton Theological Seminary / Theological Commons)
Choral Public Domain Library, Hymns

Fee/Pay Download Services
Everynote (classical)
J.W. Pepper
Luck’s Music Library
Musicnotes All genres, pay service, with limited free downloads.
New Musical Theatre – Sheet music and songbook downloads
OnlineSheetMusic  All genres, pay service.
SheetMusicPlus All genres
SheetMusicScores Mostly popular/contemporary, pay service.
Theodore Front

Sheet Music Cover Art (covers only)
American Popular Song Sheet Covers, 1890-1922 (New York Public Library)
Hula Pages
Parlor Songs (also includes sound files)

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