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Guide to the William R. and Louise Fielder Sheet Music Collection
Special Collections M701  
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    Title: William R. and Louise Fielder Sheet Music Collection
    Collection number: Special Collections M701
    Creator: Fielder, William R. Fielder, Louise
    Extent: 44 linear ft.
    Repository: Stanford University. Libraries. Dept. of Special Collections and University Archives.
    Language: English.

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    Property rights reside with the repository. Literary rights reside with the creators of the documents or their heirs. To obtain permission to publish or reproduce, please contact the Public Services Librarian of the Dept. of Special Collections.


    Purchased from William R. and Louise Fielder

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    [Identification of item] William R. and Louise Fielder Sheet Music Collection, M701, Dept. of Special Collections, Stanford University Libraries, Stanford, Calif.


    The Fielder Sheet Music Collection represents the fruit of the collecting labors of William R. and Louise Fielder. The collection consists of 2,532 individual pieces of sheet music, sheet music lithographs, and music related broadsides from the United States in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Accompanying the sheet music are eighty files of correspondence, ephemera, and photocopies of the collection. In all, the collection is arranged into forty-two distinct series. Every effort has been made to preserve the provenance of the collection's series which Mr. and Mrs. Fielder utilized during their years of collecting.
    The forty-two series are arranged by subject, by lithographic images, by geographical region, and by the era of origin. Within the individual series, no effort has been made to sequentially arrange the individual pieces. None of the series is exhaustive of its subject matter; nor are the series titles necessarily perfectly representative of the contents of the series. The best guide to the collection is the individual record found in the finding aid itself.
    The collection's strengths lie in several areas. Among these are the collections of imprints dating before 1840, the 19th century imprints from the Northeast United States, and the mid-19th century imprints from California and Hawaii. Of particular note in this collection are the imprints of war-related themes, which scan American history from the arrival of General LaFayette, to Confederate imprints printed during the Civil War and continuing through the first and second World Wars. Of equal importance is the representation of daily life in the19th century and the extensive collection of early-American lithography which this collection contains.
    The finding aid for the Fielder Sheet Music Collection essays to document all available information about the individual pieces of sheet music. To enable the researcher easier access to the collection, the finding aid can be searched by title, composer, arranger, performer, lithographer, by city of origin and publishing house, as well as by date of origin.