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Corning gave several thousands of pieces to the University of Michigan's Clements Library and Music Library in the 1960s-70s, and the University purchased the residue of American publications (ca.115,000 pieces) accompanied by a small amount of Edison papers in 1989.

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All of this was for the purpose of allowing the Edison Company's Music Room staff and Edison himself to choose which music should be recorded on Edison cylinders.Most of the scores are first or early editions, and since many of the works have not subsequently been re-published, much of the content is rare or even unique.Some pieces include markings or corrections from the composers themselves, and nearly 250 are manuscripts.There is also a small archive associated with the collection, including some 900 letters from homespun composers offering their works for recording and about 2,100 answers to a musical preference survey conducted among people who owned Edison Phonograph players in 1921.Some 15,000 pieces from the collection, including the American publications from 1860 or earlier, are cataloged and in Mirlyn.The University of Michigan Library bought the final parts of the collection remaining in the Corning family in 2015.

The current Edison Collection held by the Music Library consists of approximately 135,850 pieces that comprehensively document the published sheet music available in America before 1920.

The Women Composers Collection contains approximately 2800 musical works by women composers.

With the exception of several dozen 18th-century works, the music is almost evenly divided between the 19th and 20th centuries.

Requests for use can be placed at the Music Library circulation desk or by emailing [email protected]; please note that the materials are housed off-site and must be requested in advance.

They are also available in a microfilm collection entitled "The Thomas A.

Another 10% or so of the collection dates from 1900 or after (up to ca. Publishers from across the country are represented, as well as both vocal and instrumental music of all types.