A collection of music published in the United States containing approximately 5,300 items of primarily instrumental and vocal music. A small portion of the collection contains music publisher catalogs.
When requesting specific titles, users must use the call number found on the card (indicating whether it is AM1-C, AM1-I, or AM1-V), and indicate the author and title. If the author is anonymous, indicate the author as "anon"
Some items have been removed from the collection and cataloged individually.
Microfilm name: American sheet music to 1830.
Additional physical form: Available on microfilm: *ZB-666. (MN: *ZZ-17068)
Biographical/historical: The AM1 collection was assembled by Elliott Shapiro, nephew of Louis Bernstein. Together with his uncle (as Shapiro, Bernstein Inc.) they were one of the major publishers of American popular sheet music in the mid-20th century. With Harry Dichter, he authored "Early American sheet music: it's lure and lore (1941, reprinted and retitled "Handbook of early American sheet music, 1768-1889"), based (in part) on this collection. Elliott Shapiro died February 2, 1956.
Ownership: The AM1 collection was bequeathed to The New York Public Library by Elliott Shapiro upon his death. A small announcement appeared in the New York Times of October 11, 1956, p. 41.
Card file inventory available on site and as a scanned file on the Internet.