The sheet music collection at Houston Public Library contains approximately 20,000 items. Though the pieces in the collection are mostly American popular music (including pieces of movies and musical theater), the publication dates of the works in the collection range from the 19th century to the 21st century. The items being digitized for this digital collection are in the public domain and were originally published prior to 1922. The works in this collection has great social and historical value, as the music, lyrics, and covers of the sheet music provide historians and sociologists with insight into the life and thought of the period that produced the individual work.
The Houston Public Library presents these items as part of the historical record. Items in the collection may contain offensive language and/or illustrations that reflect the attitudes and beliefs of a particular place or period in time. The Houston Public Library does not endorse the views expressed in these materials, which may be offensive to some viewers.
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