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School Music Textbooks collection

 Collection 0179-SCPA

The School Music Textbooks Collection is a part of the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) Historical Center collection at the University of Maryland, College Park. The MENC is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of music education. This collection consists of school music textbooks for a wide array of ages, functions, methods, and topics from a number of different publishers. The topics include early educational subjects such as staff reading and rhythmic notation, as well as later themes of music education methods and theoretical studies. The dynamic collection’s dates range from the latter third of the 19th century through the late 20th century, with the bulk of the materials being 20th century sources.


  • 1870-1985
  • Majority of material found within 1900-1960

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.


102.00 Linear Feet

Related Material

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

The School Music Textbooks 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