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Kansas sheet music collection

Call Number: RH MS Q455


Wide variety of sheet music relating to Kansas, written by Kansans, or otherwise of significance to the state of Kansas and themes of possible interest to Kansans.


  • Creation: 1854 - 1996 (bulk early 1900s)

Conditions Governing Access

No access restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.


13 Linear Feet (8 oversize boxes) ; Boxes 1, 1a, 2, 2a, 3 and 4 measure 15x19x3". Boxes 3a and 4a measure 20x16x3".

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

The collection includes military marches, fraternal organization songs and songs for the University of Kansas and other schools in the state, statehood and territorial anniversary songs, political songs, and sentimental ballads, among other genres and music types.

Users of this collection should be aware that titles of these items are taken from the items themselves and reflect the attitudes of the people, period or context in which they were created. Certain images, words, terms, or descriptions may be offensive, culturally insensitive, or considered inappropriate today.


Organized alphabetically by song title; composer and/or lyricist noted whenever possible along with publisher, year, and place of publication.

Physical Location

RH MS Q455

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase, Rick Baker, 2022.

Processing Information

Portions of the collection formerly located at call number RH E165.

Guide to the Kansas Sheet Music Collection
Kansas sheet music collection
Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mwh, 2019; eje, 2022.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Kansas sheet music collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS Q455, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States