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Johns Hopkins University collection of Middle East-inspired sheet music

 Collection
Identifier: MS-MUS-0062

  • Staff Only
  • No requestable containers

Scope and Contents

This collection includes popular American and British sheet music inspired by the Middle East. The collection dates from 1839-1978, but has a large concentration of music from 1903-1923. The collection features colorful sheet music covers with Western ideas of the Middle East, including exoticized women, architecture, and desert scenes. Metadata on the covers has been captured, as well as specific countries (Egypt, etc.)

Dates

  • Creation: 1839 - 1978

Conditions Governing Access

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

Additional access notes are found in the appendix to the Best Practices.

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

These songs were collected by Terry Bryan over a 25 year period with the intention of using the collection as the basis for a paper discussing the stereotypical and romanticized image of the Middle East.

Extent

4.84 Cubic Feet (About 600 items)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection includes popular American and British sheet music inspired by the Middle East. The collection dates from 1839-1978, but has a large concentration of music from 1903-1923.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Terry Bryan, 2011-12.

Processing Information

Processed by Sam Bessen in consultation with Jordon Steele, 2021

Genre / Form

Title
Guide to the Johns Hopkins University collection of Middle East-inspired sheet music
Author
Sam Bessen and Jordon Steele
Date
2021
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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