Borowitz Sheet Music Collection, ca. 1850-1985
Prepared by Stephanie Wachalec, September 23, 2003; Additions made by Edith Serkownek, August 7, 2007
96 small newspaper boxes and 73 document cases, 56 cubic feet, 11th floor
Scope and Content
This collection of nearly 7000 pieces of sheet music was donated by Albert
and Helen Borowitz. It contains a wide variety of sheet music from the mid-19th
century to contemporary music of the mid-1980s. Popular music from the inclusive
dates as well as early musical productions of the nineteenth century and musical
productions from most of the twentieth century are included.
The music is arranged by composer, performer, production, or genre (ie: French,
Blues, Literary, etc.). Some notable large holdings include composers Irving
Berlin, George M. Cohan, Victor Herbert, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rodgers and
Hammerstein, Harry Warren and performers and productions such as Al Jolson and
the Ziegfeld Follies. The music is further separated by size--large format and
modern (smaller) format. Please note that some large format items are contained
in the modern format listing because they had been cut down in size by previous
owners, due to tearing. See also the Borowitz Song
Books, Musical Scores, and Music Albums, ca. 1845-1986 which complements
the sheet music collection.
For additional sheet music, see the Donald MacLaren
Simmons Sheet Music Collection.
Notes on duplication: All photocopies will be provided in compliance
with the Duplication Policy of the Department
of Special Collections and Archives. Photocopies are provided for research purposes
Due to staff time involved, we cannot provide lyrics from sheet music, via email. If you need the lyrics for a particular piece, you will need to simply request a photocopy of the sheet music in question.
Requests for information about this collection should be
directed to the Department of
Special Collections and Archives.
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