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Based on A Checklist of American Music Periodicals, 1850-1900 by William J. Weichlein
The journals republished in the Nineteenth Century American Music Periodicals collection are a priceless source of primary research material for the study of the American cultural scene during a particularly lively and fast-changing period. For many titles the microfilm edition is the most complete run available to researchers today.
The founders of these journals had very different editorial objectives with lofty aims such as "the elevation of Music and Literature among the great body of the people" (The Message Bird) counterbalanced by such highly personal polemical writing as that of John Christian Freund in Freund's Weekly and by the opinionated vitality of Watson's Art Journal.
This diversity is reflected in the contents of the periodicals which range from accounts of personalities, performances and events in music, art, and literature to music making and education, musical instruments and music trade politics and gossip. Together the periodicals provide researchers with a rich variety of historical data in the form of a vivid contemporary record of part of America's cultural past.
The collection includes important journals from all the major publishing centers, for example, Musical America and Musical and Sewing Machine Gazette from New York City, The Etude from Philadelphia, the Musical Record and The Folio from Boston and Music from Chicago.
Whether the change involves a print-to-electronic transition or a space reclamation project, there are bound to be questions, concerns and even resistance.
“These testimonies take the historical stories out of the realm of history and place them in the realm of the human.”