Johns Hopkins University collection of Middle East-inspired sheet music
Scope and Contents
This collection includes popular American and British sheet music inspired by the Middle East. The collection dates from 1839-1978, but has a large concentration of music from 1903-1923. The collection features colorful sheet music covers with Western ideas of the Middle East, including exoticized women, architecture, and desert scenes. Metadata on the covers has been captured, as well as specific countries (Egypt, etc.)
- Creation: 1839 - 1978
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information.
Additional access notes are found in the appendix to the Best Practices.
Conditions Governing Use
Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.
Biographical / Historical
These songs were collected by Terry Bryan over a 25 year period with the intention of using the collection as the basis for a paper discussing the stereotypical and romanticized image of the Middle East.
4.84 Cubic Feet (About 600 items)
Language of Materials
This collection includes popular American and British sheet music inspired by the Middle East. The collection dates from 1839-1978, but has a large concentration of music from 1903-1923.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Purchased from Terry Bryan, 2011-12.
Processed by Sam Bessen in consultation with Jordon Steele, 2021
- Guide to the Johns Hopkins University collection of Middle East-inspired sheet music
- Sam Bessen and Jordon Steele
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
Part of the Special Collections Repository
The Sheridan Libraries
3400 N Charles St
Baltimore MD 21218 USA