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James Francis Driscoll collection of American sheet music, ca. 1770-1959.

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Main Author: Driscoll, J. Francis, (James Francis)
Other Names: Driscoll, J. Francis | Castner, Richard L.
Topics: Songs - United States - Scores. | Popular music - United States - Scores. | Music - United States. | Dance music - Scores. | Minstrel music - United States. | Music title pages. | Musicals - Scores. | African American composers. | Sports - Songs and music. | African Americans - Songs and music. | Driscoll, J. Francis (James Francis), 1875-1959 - Library.
Genres: Sheet music.
Online Access: Selections from Newberry Library's copies
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245 10|aJames Francis Driscoll collection of American sheet music,|fca. 1770-1959.
300 |a20.0 shelves (426 boxes)
351 |aOrganized in 19 subject sections.
520 |aThe Driscoll sheet music collection consists of well over 80,000 pieces of sheet music, divided into twenty sections by the collector, with many further subdivisions under each main section. There is considerable overlap between the Sections: one may find the same piece of sheet music in Illustrated Imprints as in History and Politics, and also in Type collection, for example. Some sections or parts of sections have been removed from the original groupings and cataloged separately in the Newberry's online catalog; they can be searched by author, title, or subject, but not by original grouping. The sections where music has been removed and cataloged separately are: Section 1: Early American Imprints; Section 4: Publishers' Imprints; Section 5: Illustrated Imprints; Section 12: Ethnic and Religious; Section 18: Foreign Imprints; and Section 19: Books.
530 |aAlso available online via Internet Archive.
545 |aJames Francis Driscoll (1875-1959) was born into a prominent family in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was by profession a civil engineer, but music was always his passion. He was for many years the organist at Boston's Sacred Heart Cathedral and also its choral director. Having a great interest in history, he lectured before the Brookline Historical Society and the Bostonian Society. As early as the 1890s, however, Driscoll was well on his way to amassing one of the largest collections of American sheet music extant. Interested in history, fascinated by the graphic arts, and devoted to music, his interest never flagged. His children related anecdotes of the times when as youngsters, they spent many Saturdays trailing after their father as he made the rounds of book dealers, pawn shops, junk yards and auction houses. Driscoll made it his policy to swap less perfect pieces and duplicates in favor of as perfect specimens as could be found. He was famous (or infamous, depending on one's point of view) among others of the music-collecting fraternity for his sharp bargaining, and his reluctance to part with any of his "highspots".
555 0 |aInventory available in the library and online,|cbox level control.
600 10|aDriscoll, J. Francis|q(James Francis),|d1875-1959|xLibrary.
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650 0|aMusic|zUnited States.
650 0|aDance music|vScores.
650 0|aMinstrel music|zUnited States.
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650 0|aAfrican American composers.
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700 1 |aDriscoll, J. Francis|q(James Francis),|d1875-1959.
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