York University is a member of the Sheet Music Consortium (SMC), an online initiative hosted and managed by the UCLA Digital Library Program to aggregate digital sheet music collections world wide. The SMC harvests descriptive sheet music metadata from the YorkSpace repository at regular intervals and links back to both the York University Library catalogue record and the YorkSpace repository record for the item.

Where possible in accordance with Canadian copyright law, York University Libraries are posting sheet music to the YorkSpace repository as it is described and digitized. York University Libraries approach the digitization of historical sheet music based on several best practices related to fair use and Canadian copyright legislation, and the established practices of our partners with the Sheet Music Consortium.

The vast majority of the collection consists of digitized sheet music from the extensive fonds of John Arpin, with the addition of approximately 200 digitized items of sheet music from various fonds held at the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections. The John Arpin fonds consist of over 140,000 items of sheet music, and were donated to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections by his wife, Dr. Mary Jane Esplen in 2011. Due to the size of the collection, the digitization and description of the John Arpin collection will continue for many years to come.

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Content Warning Nineteenth and twentieth-century sheet music reflects both the racial stereotypes and social prejudices of the era. Users should be aware that racial slurs, epithets, pejorative terms, and racially stereotyped images and instances of blackface may be encountered as they search the collection. Such language is especially evident in minstrel songs.

Recent Submissions

  • Pass under the rod 

    Scott, Sue Ingersoll [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Canadian New's Company ltd, 19xx., 19xx)
  • Passacaglia 

    Duchow, Marvin [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : BMI Canada Limited, 1961., 1961)
  • Passepied 

    Gillet, Ernest [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Hamilton, Ontario : Nordheimer Piano Music Co., 1891., 1891)
  • A patch of red 

    Manley, Brian [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Canadian Music Sales Corporation Ltd., 1944., 1944)
  • Peek-a-boo 

    Scanlan, Wm. J. (William James) [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Toronto News Company LTD., 19xx., 19xx)
  • Peggy from Winnipeg 

    O'Connor Billy [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Winnipeg : Music Company of Toronto, 1936., 1936)
  • Pepsi-Cola theme song 

    Palmason, Lillian Poole [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Waterloo, Ontario : Waterloo Music Co, 1936., 1936)
  • Petit chagrin 

    Delmet, Paul [composer]; Vaucaire, Maurice [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Montreal, Ontario : Albert Turcotte, [date of publication not identified], date of pu)
  • The warmest gal in town 

    Smith, Lee Orean [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Amey & Hodgins Publishers, [date of publication not identified], date of pu)
  • Philopoena polka 

    Kitchen, James .N [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (United States : Suckling & Sons, 1886, 1886)
  • The photo of the girl I left behind 

    Merson, Billy [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Leo Fiest Limited., 1924., 1924)
  • Piccaninny dance 

    Watts, George A. [composer]; Chadwick, B.E. [arranger]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (London, Ontario : The London Soap Company, 19xx., 19xx)
  • Pig-Skin Peters 

    MacNutt, Albert E. (Albert Erroll) [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Popular, Music Blushe of Canada, 1927., 1927)
  • The pilot men call God 

    O'Hara, Geoffrey [composer]; Twohig, Daniel S. [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Cincinnati, Ohio : Willis Music Co., 1943., 1943)
  • A place to stand 

    Claman, Dolores [composer]; Morris Richard [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Gordon V. Thompson Limited, 1967., 1967)
  • A place to stand 

    Claman, Dolores [composer]; Morris Richard [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Thomspon Ltd., 1967., 1967)
  • Please go! 

    Evans, Dorothy [composer]; Borrelli Bill [lyricist]; Morin, Fannie [lyricsit]; Aspell, Wally [performer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Montreal, Canada : Canadian Sales Music Corp., 1956., 1956)
  • The ploughman's song 

    Thiman, Eric H. (Eric Harding) [composer]; Hassall, Christopher [lyricist]; Henman, Geoffrey [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (London : Curwen & Sons., 1950., 1950)
  • Poème pastoral 

    Caron-Legris, Albertine [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : BMI Canada, 1950., 1950)
  • Pontiac 

    Bell, Nelson H. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Oshawa, Canada : Pontiac Division Of General Motors, 1927., 1927)

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