Sheet Music Special Collection

The Sheet Music Special Collection is comprised of over 16,000 individual popular songs, parlor songs and classical/art songs, and popular, salon and classical piano pieces.

Over 11,600 pieces from this collection have been cataloged and are searchable in the online catalog. Click here for search tips. You can also browse the collection by category,  below.

Music from the special collections may not be checked out, but may be used in the Library or photocopied for personal use. If you are unable to come to Oakland Public Library, consult with the inter-library loan department of your local library. We cannot fax, scan, mail or e-mail copies of sheet music or scores.

Browse the collection by clicking on the links below:

  • Popular songs by year (1845-1996) 

1845-1889   1890-1895   1896-1898   1899-1900   1901-1905  1906-1909

1910-1914   1915-1919   1920-1924   1925-1929   1930-1934   1935-1939

1940-1944   1945-1949   1950-1954   1955-1959   1960-1969  1970-1979



*Disclaimer: The derogatory terms, images and ideas that appear in some of this sheet music are not condoned by the Oakland Public Library. They do represent the attitudes of a number of Americans at the times the songs were published. As such, it is hoped that the sheet music in this collection can aid patrons to better understand popular American music and racial stereotypes from the 19th and 20th centuries.



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