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Mills Music Library Collections

78-rpm sound recordings collection (Shelf List .xml)

Ach ya! : German music in Wisconsin

American sacred music collection

American Suzuki Institute at UW–Stevens Point

Americana sheet music collection (19th century imprints)

Bobby Anderson collection

Robert Andresen collection (finding aid)

Robert E. Arnold jazz record collection

Audiophile Records collection

Jack Baker collection

John Barrows collection (catalog record)

Bunny Berigan collection

John Berquist collection

Bing Bingen collection

Curtiss Blake collection

Marc Blitzstein collection

Blue Chip Polkas (radio show on WYMS, Milwaukee between 1983 and 1988)

Aleksander Bogucki collection

Jerzy Bojanowski collection

Bruce Bollerud collection

British ballads sheet music collection

Leizime Brusoe scrapbook

Cecil Burleigh collection (catalog record)

Canadian sheet music collection

Allen Chase collection

John Check collection

Civil War Band collection : 1st Brigade Band of Brodhead, Wis.

Joseph Clauder collection

Robert Cole collection

Concert programs collection

David Lewis Crosby collection

Cuca Records collection (catalog record)

Cuca Records database

Edo de Waart collection

Frances Densmore collection

Carl P. Dietz manuscript collection

Down Home Dairyland collection

Marie Endres collection

Olive Endres collection

Ethnic music in northern Wisconsin and Michigan

Federal Music Project (Wis.) collection

Emma Fink collection

Leonard Finseth collection

Folk dance collection

Folk songs of another America

Robert Fountain collection

Alfred Galpin collection

German-American Music Project collection

Joseph Gigante collection

Dale Gilbert recordings collection

Alberto Ginastera collection

Marshall F. Granros collection

Victor Greene collection

Oskar Hagen collection

Ethwell “Eddy” Hanson collection

Skitch Henderson collection

Ralph Hermann manuscript collection

Hillsboro Band collection

Johann Nepomuk Hummel collection (inventory)

Jacoby’s Orchestra collection

Gunnar Johansen collection

Alice B. Keachie collection (catalog record)

Leo Kissel collection

Rudolf Kolisch collection

Daniel Kunene collection

Geary Larrick collection

LeRoy Larson collection

Carroll “Cappy” Lewis collection

Local centers/global sounds : historical recordings and Midwestern musical vernaculars

Hilmar Luckhardt collection

Madison Boychoir collection

Mayrent collection of Yiddish recordings

Charles H. Mills collection (catalog record)

Monteverdi Master Chorale

Arnold Munkel collection

North Star Appli collection

Oahu Publishing Co. collection

Ken Ohst collection

Paramount Records discography

Harry Partch collection

Jack Penewell collection (catalog record)

David C. Peterson collection

Pfau collection (Milwaukee record label circa 1948-1958)

Edna Frida Pietsch collection

Polkaland collection

Popular sheet music collection

Ford Porter collection

Pro Arte Quartet collection

Franz Rickaby notebooks (catalog record)

Heinz Roemheld collection

Ethyl Romelfanger collection

Annetta Rosser collection

R. W. Rozelle collection

Sachs Orchestra collection

A. C. Scott Asian 78s collection

Simply Folk collection (folk music radio program)

South Asian sound recordings collection

Southeast Asian sound recordings collection

Sparta Music Study Club

Stahl Brass Band collection

Helene Stratman-Thomas collection (finding aid)

Joann Stuttgen collection

Tams-Witmark/Wisconsin collection (catalog record)

UW-Madison School of Music alumni manuscripts collection

Ramond Vickers collection

Visual Materials in Mills Music Library

Joseph Philbrick Webster music manuscripts

Donald Whitaker collection

Alec Wilder manuscript collection (catalog record)

Wisconsin Alliance for Composers

Wisconsin Folk Museum collection

Wisconsin folksong collection, 1937-1946

Wisconsin Music Archives vertical file

Wisconsin Public Radio collection

Wisconsin sheet music database

Yiddish sheet music collection

Yuba Band collection

Zurawski Polish music collection (inventory .xls)


  • 78-rpm Sound Recordings Collection

    Extent: approximately 975 linear feet (approximately 90,000 discs)

    The Music Library’s main holdings of 78-rpm recordings contains over 58,000 unique titles issued between 1894 and 1958, ranging in size from 5 ¼-inch to 14-inch in diameter.

    Dozens of languages and musical styles are represented. Prominent labels include Columbia, Capitol, Brunswick, Okeh, Victor, Mercury, Vocalion, and Edison. Wisconsin labels include Paramount, Pfau, Polkaland, Tell and many others.

    Download a Shelf List of the collection (Shelf List; updated January 3, 2020).

    keywords: record labels ; sound recordings ; 19th century ; 20th century

  • American Sacred Music Collection

    Extent: 6 linear feet

    The American Sacred Music Collection includes about 500 American imprints dating from 1786 to the early 20th century. Included are works of Isaiah Thomas, Thomas Hastings, Lowell Mason, William Bradbury, Joshua Leavitt, Ira Sankey, and others.

    Some volumes from this collection are available online.

    keywords : sheet music ; scores ; hymns ; hymnals ; English ; 18th century ; 19th century ; 20th century

  • American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

    A Suzuki Method in Action consists of video recordings of classes held by Japanese violinist and educator Shinichi Suzuki in 1976 at the American Suzuki Institute at the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point. During this time, he gave lectures and demonstrations to teachers and parents, as well as teaching master classes and group classes to students.

    Extent: 34 video recordings

  • Americana Sheet Music Collection

    Extent: 63 linear feet

    The Americana Sheet Music Collection contains some 7,000 songs published in 19th-century America. Principally music from the popular tradition, although that distinction is blurred until ca. 1865. Midwest publishers are well represented, as is music by women composers.

    keywords: 19th century ; women composers ; United States ; popular music ; songs ; piano music ; songs with piano

  • Bobby Anderson Collection

    A collection of digital recordings originally made by Thomas Robert “Bobby” Anderson (1916-1971) of his jazz ensemble, Bob Anderson’s Oshkosh Serenaders. The original recordings are 17 custom-recorded discs and most have not been commercially issued. The material also includes some brief rehearsal, studio banter, and radio broadcast segments.

  • Robert Andresen Collection

    Extent: 9 linear feet

    The Robert Andresen Collection includes thousands of recordings and song folios that highlight ethnic music in the Upper Midwest. Robert Andresen (1937–1995) was an avid collector of traditional recordings, a recorder of old-time musicians, and the host of the Northland Hoedown radio show that aired over KUMD-FM, Duluth, Minnesota.

    Related items: Robert Andresen Collection, 1976-1994 finding aid ; Commercial LPs from the collection are in the Library Catalog

    keywords: folk music ; folk dance music ; fiddle music ; old time music ; sound recordings ; folk musicians ; fiddlers ; radio shows

  • E. Robert E. Arnold Jazz Record Collection

    The E. Robert Arnold Jazz Record Collection contains approximately 2,650 78s of jazz sound recordings, mainly from the 1930s and 1940s. The collection also includes a large number of 16″ test pressings and radio transcriptions and a small number of LPs, audiocassettes, and jazz magazines. The commercial 78s can be found in the 78-rpm Sound Recordings Collection.

  • Audiophile Records Collection

    Audiophile Records began in 1947 in Saukville, Wisconsin. The label specialized in high quality recordings of traditional jazz, classical chamber, and organ music. The Library’s collection contains approximately 50 discs published by the label while it operated in Saukville.

    Inventory of the Library’s Audiophile holdings.

    Search Audiophile titles in the Library Catalog.

  • Jack Baker Collection

    Jack Baker was a collector of jazz recordings, and producer and host of several jazz radio programs in Milwaukee. The collection includes over 9,000 recordings, mainly commercial releases from the 1920s to the 1940s; a small number non-commercial recordings of concerts, rehearsals, etc.; master tapes of his radio shows; and approximately 20 jazz discographies.

    Major jazz figures such as Louis Armstrong and Jack Teagarden are heavily represented, and the collection includes many Wisconsin artists such as Bill Carlson and Dick Reudebusch. The radio shows include Baker’s choice, Dance bands, Jazz classics, Sentimental journey and Sunday soundstage.

  • John Barrows Collection

    John Barrows (1913-1974) was a renowned French horn teacher, composer and performer who played with Minneapolis Symphony, New York City Opera and City Ballet, Budapest String Quartet, New York Woodwind Quintet, Fine Arts Quartet, and other ensembles. He taught at Yale, New York University, Arizona State, and from 1961-1974, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His long friendship with Alec Wilder led to Wilder dedicating three of his sonatas and a suite to Barrows.

    The collection includes nearly 200 sound recordings, 56 manuscript scores, 19 published scores, correspondence, photographs, and a scrapbook.

    Related materials: Alec Wilder Collection

  • Bunny Berigan Collection

    Bunny Berigan (1908–1942), the well known jazz trumpeter who came to prominence in the 1930s, was born in Fox Lake, Wisconsin. He became a member of such notable bands as those of Hal Kemp, Paul Whiteman, Benny Goodman, and the Dorsey Brothers. Berigan also led his own group in addition to being an active studio musician. He is often associated with the tune “I can’t get started,” popularized by his 1937 recording.

    The collection features a comprehensive collection of Berigan recordings as released on 78-rpm records; research materials from Robert Dupuis, who authored a Berigan biography; a vast amount of materials donated by Norm Krusinski; many photos, articles, videos, published music, and realia related Berigan. Other donors who have contributed significant resources to the collection include Audrey Baker, Lorraine Berigan, Tom Cullen, Norma Dobrochowski, Ron Flintjer, Phyllis Ger, Jacques Gilbert, John Grams, Joyce and Ken Hansen, William Hunkins, Todd Krusinski, James B. Raue, and Bozy White.

    Related materials: Bunny Berigan, Fox Lake’s own (University of Wisconsin Digital Collections)

  • Bing Bingen Collection

    Bing Bingen (1909-1971) a pianist and sometimes bandleader from Marshfield, WI who worked with dance bands in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. He played with Lanky Neal and his orchestra, the Nite Owls and the Tice-Allen Band before forming his own groups, Bing Bingen and his band, and Bob and his Rhythm Rascals. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, posters, and various ephemera.

  • Curtiss Blake Collection

    The collection contains approximately 6,000 recordings in LP, CD, 78-rpm, and audiocassette formats featuring the French horn in solo and chamber music settings.

    Items are available through the Library Catalog.

    Related items: A bibliography of music for the French horn / Curtiss Blake (ML128 H67 B55 1971, Mills Music Library)

    keywords: sound recordings ; horn music

  • Marc Blitzstein Collection

    Marc Blitzstein (1905-1970) was a composer, lyricist and librettist whose output included works for concert works, opera, film scores, and the musical stage.

    The collection contains approximately 58 scores and books from his personal collection published between 1880 and 1961.

    Items described individually in Library Catalog.

    Related collections: Marc Blitzstein Papers, 1918-1989 (Wisconsin Historical Society Archives)

    keywords: composers ; lyricists ; librettists ; musical theater

  • Blue Chip Polkas

    A collection of master tapes of the radio program Blue Chip Polkas, produced for WYMS Radio (Milwaukee) between 1983 and 1988. The show was hosted by Jim Ebner and featured polka artists from Wisconsin and elsewhere, such as Cousin Fuzzy, Frank Yankovic, Louis Bashell, Sammy Madden, the Winkert Sisters, Romy Gosz, and Bernie Roberts.

  • Aleksander Bogucki Collection

    Aleksander Bogucki (d. ca. 1980), a Stevens Point resident, compiled a manuscript collection of melodic lines for several thousand Polish folksongs and dances, some of which include text.

  • Jerzy Bojanowski Collection

    The Jerzy Bojanowski Collection contains items relating to Jerzy Bojanowski (1893-1983), a Polish conductor who began his American career in Chicago in 1932 and relocated to Milwaukee in the early 1940s. He founded the Milwaukee Chamber Symphony Orchestra, and was conductor of the Milwaukee community concert series Music Under the Stars. The collection contains concert programs, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs and one manuscript.

  • Bruce Bollerud Collection

    The Bruce Bollerud Collection contains 8 reel-to-reel tapes of informal performances by old-time musicians, and some dubs of commercial recordings. The original performances are by various musicians playing mainly polkas and waltzes. They include Ole Gjerald, Sammy Eggum (guitar), and members of Emil Simpson’s Nite Hawks, a popular Beloit, Wisconsin, group in the early 1950s: Bruce Bollerud (bandonion, trombone, vocals), Emil Simpson (fiddle), Joe Weum (accordion), Tina Simpson (piano), Herbert Swingen (guitar, trumpet) and Louie Vincent (drums).

  • British Ballads Sheet Music Collection

    The collection contains approximately 450 songs published in England between the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

    keywords: sheet music ; scores ; songs ; Great Britain ; piano music ; songs with piano

  • Cecil Burleigh Collection (1909-1983)

    Cecil Burleigh (1885–1980) was a composer, violinist and former University of Wisconsin-Madison faculty member. The library has a large collection of Burleigh’s published music and sound recordings.

    Related materials: Cecil E. Burleigh Papers, 1906-1980 (Wisconsin Historical Society Archives)

  • Canadian Sheet Music Collection

    The collection contains approximately 15 songs published in Canada in the late 19th century.

    keywords: sheet music ; scores ; piano music ; songs with piano

  • Allen Chase Collection

    A collection 61 reel-to-reel tapes and 1 audio cassette of music featuring trombone.

  • John Check Collection

    John Check was a polka composer and band leader from Oshkosh, Wis. The Archives holds many of his commercial recordings which can be located in the Library Catalog and his printed music is documented in the Wisconsin Sheet Music Database.

  • Civil War Band Collection : 1st Brigade Band of Brodhead, Wisconsin

    The Civil War Band Collection was started when, in 1858, a group of citizens of Brodhead, Wisconsin, decided to form a brass band. They initially called themselves the Brodhead Tin Band, from the set of inexpensive tin instruments that they purchased. Soon, they purchased a set of brass instruments, however, and became known as the Brodhead Brass Band, or “B.B.B.” Under that name, they performed at the debate between presidential candidates Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas on 27 August 1858 at Freeport, Illinois. During the Civil War, they served the Union in the 1st Brigade.

    The original manuscripts reside in the Department of Special Collections. A microform copy, Civil War band books, can be accessed at the Music Library.

    Extent: approximately 675 songs in 19 volumes ; 23 images

  • Joseph Clauder Collection

    A collection of music from the library of this Milwaukee bandmaster and dates from the late-nineteenth century to the early-twentieth century.

  • Robert Cole Collection (1950-1980)

    A collection of concert programs, clippings and correspondence from Robert Cole, flute player and music professor at UW-Madison. Programs are from Philadelphia Orchestra, recitals and concerts with the Wingra Woodwind Quintet and other UW-Madison ensembles Cole performed with, including orchestra tour programs from Europe and the Soviet Union.

  • Concert Programs Collection (1807-present)

    The Concert Programs Collection contains concert programs from around Wisconsin, including University of Wisconsin campuses, civic orchestras, and other musical organizations, mostly in Madison and Milwaukee.

  • David Lewis Crosby Collection

    Manuscripts of arrangements and original composition by composer and conductor David Lewis Crosby. The collection also includes 4,660 sound recordings, 2,753 scores, and 670 books, which can be found in the Library Catalog.

  • Cuca Records Collection

    The Cuca Records Collection is comprised of documents including correspondence, artist contracts, financial records, photographs and memorobilia documenting the Cuca Record company. The collection also includes releases on LP, 45, CD and cassette formats. The label operated out of Sauk City, Wisconsin from 1958 through the mid-1970s.

    Many of these recordings are available in the Music Library.

  • Cuca Records Database

    The Cuca Records Database provides discographical information for LPs and 45s released by Cuca Records of Sauk City, Wisconsin, and its affiliated labels.

    Many of these recordings are available in the Music Library.

  • Edo de Waart Collection

    The collection consists of published music scores and books from the conductor’s personal collection. Many of the scores include handwritten conductor’s marks. The collection amounts to about 175 scores, principally operas and symphonies.

  • Frances Densmore Collection

    The Archives holds transcriptions of Winnebago Indian songs and a typescript study of Winnebago Music (photocopies) by Densmore (1867–1957). Her published books are available through the Library Catalog.

  • Carl P. Dietz Manuscript Collection (1896-1950)

    Dietz was a Milwaukee-based composer of popular songs. The Collection contains 10 titles in various formats: typeset mock-ups for publication, handwritten manuscripts, sketches and lyric sheets.

  • Down Home Dairyland Collection

    The Archives has copies of broadcast tapes and research materials from this radio series (1980s–1990s) hosted by Richard March and James Leary. The companion publication, Down home diaryland : a listener’s guide, is available through the Library Catalog.

  • Marie Endres Collection

    Marie Endres (1904-1995) was the conductor of the Madison Sinfonia and also a violin teacher. The collection includes programs and recordings.

  • Olive Endres Collection

    Olive Endres (1898-1995), a Madison resident, composed sacred choral music, piano music, and music for strings. The Archives holds her manuscripts and published compositions.

  • Ethnic Music in Northern Wisconsin and Michigan

    The Ethnic Music of Northern Wisconsin and Michigan Collection documents traditional music of European immigrant communities in the northern tier of counties in Wisconsin and the western counties of the upper peninsula of Michigan along Lake Superior’s south shore. The collection reflects the mix of musical traditions among the region’s Cornish, Bohemian, Croatian, Finnish, French-Canadian, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Russian, Irish, Slovenian, Slovak, Swedish, Swiss, and Ukrainian immigrant singers, instrumentalists, dance hall veterans, and home performers.

    Related materials: Local Centers/Global Sounds

  • Federal Music Project (Wis.) Collection, 1936-1941

    The Federal Music Project (Wisconsin) Collection consists of parts for 54 musical works by Wisconsin composers, principally for orchestra, band or mandolin ensemble. A small number are for piano solo or duet.

    Extent: 3 linear feet
    Related materials: Records, 1936-1941. (Wisconsin Historical Society Archives) ; Cappaert, LeRoy. Government and music : a study of the Federal music project (1935-1941). Thesis (M.S.) University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1951. (UW-Madison Open Dissertations and Theses)

  • Emma Fink Collection

    Collection of manuscripts and printed music of composer Emma Fink (d. 1956) a Milwaukee resident.

  • Leonard Finseth Collection

    Finseth (1911–1991) was a folk fiddler from Mondovi, Wisconsin. The collection features homemade tape recordings, biographical materials, and photographs.

  • Folk Dance Collection

    A collection of notebooks, pamphlets, programs, and dance instructional materials from various donors in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

    keywords: folk dance ; folk dancing ; dance instruction