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Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0001)
Dale Cockrell (Project Director: July 2012 to March 2016)
American Vernacular Music Manuscripts, ca. 1730-1910

The cataloging and digitization of 230 American vernacular music manuscripts dating from 1730 to 1910.

This is a collaborative project between the Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University and the American Antiquarian Society to digitize, catalog, and provide web-based public access to their American vernacular music manuscripts collections, dated ca. 1730-1910. We will: take conservation measures where necessary; digitize all materials to archival standards; develop a bibliographic description of each manuscript; catalog the materials in MARC format record structure that includes content (song-level) inventories; build the "American Vernacular Music Manuscripts" website, which will direct users to appropriate page images stored on Internet Archive; develop a system for long-term/redundant storage of all digital files; launch the resulting website onto the Internet; and advertise its public access. We will also establish vernacular music manuscript cataloging guidelines and create a cataloging manual that other repositories may employ.

Project fields:
Archival Management and Conservation

Humanities Collections and Reference Resources

Preservation and Access

$127,956 (approved)
$127,951 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2013 – 11/30/2015