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John Carbonell sheet music collection

Identifier: MS-MUS-0064

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Scope and Contents

This collection contains approximately 110 songs published by John Cole, one of the earliest sheet music publishers in Baltimore. The songs are organized in ascending order of engraving plate number, beginning with John Cole & Son and followed by John Cole. The collection also contains catalogues of sheet music from Carbonell's collecting career.

Publisher and contributor (composer, lyricist, arranger, etc.) names are listed as printed.


  • Creation: 1824-1838 and undated

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

John Cole (1774-1855) was an American composer and publisher. He was born in England and moved to the United States in 1785, settling in Baltimore. Cole published hundreds of songs and collections, ranging from classical and popular to sacred music. He also composed many of the works he published. (From Oxford Music Online)

John Carbonell is a sheet music collector and contemporary of Lester Levy. His collections are particularly strong in music published in Baltimore.


0.3 Cubic Feet (One flat box (12x15.5x3 inches))

Language of Materials



John Cole was one of the earliest and most prolific sheet music publishers in Baltimore. This collection spanning his publishing career was collected by John Carbonell and subsequently organized by engraving plate number.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased by John Carbonell.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2022 by Sam Bessen.


Genre / Form

Guide to the John Carbonell sheet music collection
Sam Bessen
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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