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John Carbonell Sheet Music Binders Volumes

Identifier: CoU-AMRC-99

Scope and Contents

Comprises nearly 600 bound volumes of chiefly American sheet music, published in the nineteenth century and bound into volumes by their original owners. Volumes contain approximately 50-75 pieces of sheet music. Of the volumes, approximately 100 were bound before 1840, 250 were bound during the period 1840-1850, and 135 bound during the period 1860-1875. Consists mostly of music for voice and piano, with small numbers of instrumental-only works. Many volumes include the original collector's name and binding date, in some cases with elaborate binder's title pages.


  • Creation: 1794-ca. 1900


The collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Material in the collection is believed to be in the public domain. Copyright in non-public domain works is not held by the American Music Research Center. Requests for publication permission must be directed to the copyright holders.


75 linear feet (597 volumes)

Language of Materials



19th century music sheets bound into volumes by their original owners, collected over a 40-year period by John Carbonell, and acquired by the American Music Research Center in 2006


The volumes are arranged by volume number, which was assigned many years after purchase and represents the order in which the volumes were processed. Some volumes have been boxed together, due to preservation concerns; however, those boxes are not represented in this finding aid. Collector names, when present, are given as they appear on the cover of the volume and are presumed to represent the original owner of the music sheets in the volume.

Physical Location

Housed in the Preservation and Access Service Center for Colorado Academic Libraries (PASCAL); available for research in the American Music Research Center

Custodial history

Previously housed in the Howard Waltz Music Library, University of Colorado Boulder.

Acquisition history

Purchased from J & J Lubrano Music Antiquarians, over a three-year period, 2006-2008.

The John Carbonell sheet music binders volumes collection, 1794-ca. 1900
An inventory of holdings at the American Music Research Center
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American Music Research Center staff
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written inEnglish.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Colorado Boulder Libraries, Rare and Distinctive Collections Repository

1720 Pleasant Street
184 UCB
Boulder Colorado 80503 United States