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Patti Chapin sheet music collection

Identifier: MS-MUS-0061

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Scope and Contents

This collection, which spans approximately 1900 to 1970, primarily contains performance/artist copies of popular songs (these were not published for the general public, but rather provided directly to broadcasting companies for braodcasted performance). These are subdivided into annotated and unannotated copies.

The collection also contains correspondence, unverified original compositions, images/mentions of Chapin in print, radio guides and song catalogs, and various collected popular songs.


  • Creation: approximately 1900-1970


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.

Biographical / Historical

Patti Chapin (later Patti Steincrohn) was born in 1903 and died in 1990. Chapin a CBS radio singer and pianist from about 1934-1943, after which she appears to have ceased performing. Online memoirs from her family indicate she still enjoyed music as a hobby until her death in 1990. Her daughter also indicates that her mother performed for president Franklin Delano Roosevelt.


4.02 Cubic Feet (About 1000 items)

Language of Materials



Patti Chapin (later Patti Steincrohn) was a CBS radio singer and pianist from approximately 1934-1943. The collection, approximately 1900-1970, primarily contains annotated and unannotated performance (artist) copies of popular songs, but also includes correspondence, images, song catalogs, unverified original compositions, and various collected popular songs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Sam Carner in 2004-05.

Processing Information

Processed by Sam Bessen, November-December 2020. Finding aid created by Jordon Steele, December 2020.

Genre / Form

Patti Chapin sheet music collection
Jordon Steele and Sam Bessen
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

The Sheridan Libraries
Special Collections
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA