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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Recent Submissions

  • Alabama campmeeting 

    Miller, F. A. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Harry H. Sparks. Music Publishers. [date of publication not identified], date of pu)
  • Dreamland 

    West, Chas. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Harry H. Sparks, 1907., 1907)
  • Dr. Osler Offsky Bing 

    Primrose, Jack [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Harry H. Sparks, 1910., 1910)
  • Butterflies' dance 

    King, A. J. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University.
  • Buttercup 

    Lewis, Owen [composer]; Grisewood, E. [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Thompson Publishing Co., 1916., 1916)
  • Burmah moon 

    Rice, Gitz [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (New York City : Henry Burr Music Corporation, 1919., 1919)
  • Burlesque galop 

    Cassidy. [composer]; Eng., Greene [graphic artist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Montreal : A. & S. Nordheimer, 1861., 1861)
  • The bugle call 

    Wallis, J. H. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : I. Suckling & Sons, 1886., 1886)
  • The brook 

    Ernest, Dainty [composer]; Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada : Waterloo Music Co., 1929., 1929)
  • Broken down piano 

    McDonald, L.A. (Art) [lyricist]; Alexander, Les; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Gordon V. Thompson Limited, 1945., 1945)
  • A Briton's prayer 

    Brook, Fred [composer]; Miller, Edward [arranger]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. ([publisher not identified] : Toronto, Canada, [date of publication not identified], date of pu)
  • The Briton and the Gaul 

    Denys, P. [composer]; Ford, J. D. [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Montreal, Canada : J. E. Belair, [date of publication not identified], date of pu)
  • British to the core 

    Church, S. T. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Whaley, Royce & Co., 1896., 1896)
  • British over all 

    Blight, M. E. [composer]; Drummond, Dr. W. H. [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Musgrave Bros., 1914., 1914)
  • The British navy song 

    Perrins, William H. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Wm. H. Perrins, 1918., 1918)
  • The British guards march 

    Harriss, Charles A. E. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : Whaley, Royce & Co., 1899., 1899)
  • Britannia we're with you 

    Henderson, William C. [composer]; Henderson, William C. [lyricist]; Warner, Jethro [performer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Canada : The Anglo-Canadian Music Publishers' Association, Limited, 1917., 1917)
  • Britannia calls her sons to arms 

    Scott, J. A. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Hamilton, Ont. : [publisher not identified]. [date of publication not identified], date of pu)
  • Bring back my mama 

    Howard, Sam [composer]; Thomas, Constance [lyricist]; Baldwin, Tommy ; Baldwin, Jean [performer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Montreal, Canada : The Sam Howard Music Pub. Co., 1923., 1923)
  • Brindisi 

    Verdi, Giuseppe [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Canadian Music Sales Corporation Limited, [date of publication not identified], date of pu)

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All items in the YorkSpace institutional repository are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved except where explicitly noted.