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Early American History Resources in the Special Collections Research Center

The Special Collections Research Center has extensive holdings of manuscripts and rare books dealing with early American history. This guide describes the bulk of those holdings, although it is not a comprehensive list.


The SCRC has a collection of bound volumes of sheet music, including both secular and religious music, dating from the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The volumes include patriotic marches, songs, duets, waltzes, reels, and quadrilles, with music for the harpsichord, pianoforte, violin, organ, and piano. Meant for use in the home, these volumes belonged to families such as the Tuckers, Cockes, and Barrauds. An inventory of the Music Collection is available online and researchers may also wish to use the card catalog in the SCRC to find music volumes.

Access Tools

Special Collections Research Center Access Tools: There are a variety of tools available to guide you in finding materials in the Special Collections Research Center (SCRC). Don't forget that you also may come into the SCRC in person and consult with the staff member on duty for guidance.