Music Theory and Arranging


Song Research

American History and Popular Song


Selected Sheet Music Collections

Historic Recordings

  • African American Band Music and Recordings, 1883-1923 – Library of Congress
  • Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project – UC Santa Barbara, Davidson Library. Historic recordings from the era of Edison wax cylinders. Many pre-1938 barbershop quartets are in this collection, digitized and freely available.
  • The Great 78 Project – Community project for the preservation, research, and discovery of 78rpm records. Part of the Internet Archive
  • The Shellac Stack – A great podcast, hosted by Bryan Wright, that plays 78rpm records from the first half of the 20th century. Not limited to barbershop; great variety and great fun!
  • Many historic recordings can be found on YouTube – search on composer names or song titles. There’s also a good Facebook group for Vocal Harmony Groups before 1940 where you can find lots of unique recordings.


(I’m not an attorney and cannot give legal advice. These links are for information and education purposes only, and will focus primarily on U.S. law. Singers with copyright questions should consult a qualified attorney in their home country)