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Community Songbook collection

 Collection 0175-SCPA

The Community Songbook Collection is a part of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) Historical Center collection at the University of Maryland, College Park. NAfME is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of music education. This collection is made up of a wide assortment of songbooks and song collections ranging in date from 1804 to 1996, with the bulk of the collection spanning from 1928 to 1958. Within the collection are several different types of songbooks for various ages, group compositions, and functions. The collection includes books for children, to be used for instruction and early performance; books for differing ages and abilities of vocal groups from primary and middle school voices to full choral ensembles; and books meant for the general public, either to be used at home, within the community, at special events, or in religious services. The collection’s broad scope provides insight into music education and social mindsets of the United States over the past century. Studying the resources available to teachers can reveal the employment of different educational methods over time; in addition, study of the types of songs and song collections being published and sold to the public can reveal the societal traits of a population from a particular time period. The collection holds value for a researcher interested in both music education and the general American public of the 19th and 20th centuries.


  • 1804-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1928-1958

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use. Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room during SCPA’s operating hours. Please contact the curator for an inventory, to book an appointment to view the materials in person, or if you have questions related to digital access of the materials.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Copyright was not transferred to the University of Maryland with the gift of any copyrighted materials. All rights remain with the creators and rights holders. The University of Maryland Libraries is granted permission for the use in scholarly research by the Libraries’ patrons under fair use in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act.

To inquire about duplication of materials for research or for publication, please contact SCPA’s curator.


49.00 Linear Feet

Related Material

National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) Historical Center (finding aid) (LibGuide)

The Community Songbook collection
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States