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Baseball Sheet Music Collection

Identifier: EPH 7502

Scope and Contents

An accumulation of around 400 different pieces of published sheet music relating to baseball. The relationship may reside in the music's title or lyrics, in the sheet's cover graphics, or in some other identification with the game. Examples bear copyright dates ranging from 1860 to 1992. Baseball themed sheet music was especially common in the half-decade before World War I.


  • Creation: 1860-1992

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Conditions Governing Access

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.


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Items are arranged chronologically by copyright date, one title per folder.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Most of the items in this collection were purchased in a single lot from Robert Edward Auctions of Watchung, New Jersey (auction of 17 October 2015, lot 10). The collection was assembled by Mike Brown of East Brunswick, New Jersey. A few older items were acquired individually.

Related Materials

The Library of Congress digital collection "Baseball Sheet Music" includes 147 examples of the genre. A special issue of the journal Sheet Music Exchange for October 1989 (vol. VII, no. 5) contains alphabetical and chronological lists compiled by collector Mike Brown.

Baseball Sheet Music Collection
George Rugg and Rob Browne
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556