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

  • You can fight for Canada 

    Hadden, Richard M. [composer]; Morrison, John M. (John McFarlane) [lyricist]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Richard M. Hadden, 1941., 1941)
  • You can feel it doing you good 

    Weston, Harris; Weston, R. P. (Robert P.) [lyricist]; Plunkett, M. W. [performer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Leo Feist, 1928., 1928)
  • You are welcome back at home sweet home 

    Thompson, Gordon V. (Gordon Vincent) [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Thompson Publishing Company, 1919., 1919)
  • Years roll by 

    Huntington, E. S. S. [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Londaon, Ontario : W.Parker, 2 Stanley St. 1920., 1920)
  • York Minister of thee I am dreaming 

    Shuttleworth, Frederick [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Toronto, Ontario : Music Lovers Publishing Co. , 1921., 1921)
  • The wreck of the Julie Plante 

    O'Hara, Geoffrey [composer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (Boston,MA : Oliver Ditson Company. 1920., 1920)
  • Yawning 

    Stanley, Ralph [composer]; Alleyn, Leslie [lyricist]; Plunkett, M. W. [performer]; Sheet Music Collection - York University. (London, England : Feldman & Co , 1925., 1925)
  • The wreck of the Julie Plante 

    Spencer, Herbert [lyricist] (Montreal, Canada : Delmar Music Co., 1907., 1907)
  • The wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald 

    Lightfoot, Gordon [lyricist, performer] (New York, NY : Warner Brothers Publications, 1976., 1976)
  • Would it be wrong? 

    Lombardo, Guy [performer]; Hains, S. B., Heidt, Freddie (Toronto, Ontario : BMI Records, 1953., 1953)
  • The world is waiting for the sunrise 

    Seitz, Ernest [composer]; Lockhart, Gene [lyricist] (New York, NY : Chappell and Co. Ltd., 1919., 1919)
  • The world is waiting for the sunrise 

    Seitz, Ernest [composer]; Lockhart, Gene [lyricist]; Paul, Les [performer]; Ford, Mary [performer] (New York, NY : Chappell and Co. Ltd., 1951., 1951)
  • The world is waiting for the sunrise 

    Seitz, Ernest [composer]; Lockhart, Gene [lyricist] (New York, NY : Chappell and Co. Ltd., 1919., 1919)
  • The world is waiting for the sunrise 

    Seitz, Ernest [composer]; Lockhart, Gene [lyricist] (New York, NY : Chappell and Co. Ltd., 1919., 1919)
  • The sun shines bright in California 

    O'Hara, Geoffrey [composer] (Los Angeles, California : Wright Music Co., 1925., 1925)
  • The stuttering sergeant 

    Nicholls, Horatio [composer]; Pearl, Bert [performer] (Toronto, Ontario : Canadian Music Sales corp. ltd , 1941., 1941)
  • La canzone di Cherubino 

    Rossellini, Renzo [composer]; Beaumarchais, Pierre Augustin Caron de [librettist]; Barlozzini, Guido [translator] (Italy : G. Ricordi, 1946., 1946)
  • Youth, day, old age, and night 

    Rorem, Ned [composer]; Whitman, Walt [lyricist]; Whiman, Walt [lyricist] (New York : Henmar Press : [C. F. Peters Corp., sole selling agent], [1958], ©1958., [1958], ©1)
  • Early in the morning 

    Rorem, Ned [composer]; Hillyer, Robert [lyricist] (New York : Henmar Press : Sole selling agents, C. F. Peters, [1961], ©1961., [1961], ©1)
  • The world is waiting for the sunrise 

    Seitz, Ernest [composer]; Lockhart, Gene [lyricist] (New York : Chappell & Co. Ltd., 1919., 1919)

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