Robert Grimes Collection

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Reference code

US.INSON Mss 008

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Robert Grimes Collection


  • 1895 - 2011 (Publication)


Approximately 570 cubic feet; 276 bankers boxes

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Scope and content

34,000 pieces of sheet music, 14,000 recordings, 3,300 books, 200 publicity photographs, newsclippings and correspondence.

System of arrangement

The sheet music comprises the bulk of the collection. Approximately 80% of it has been processed in its original order and is sorted into 6 series: Songs by Title, Songs from Musicals and Movies, Songs about Places, Songs by Composer, Songs by Performer, and Songs by Subject Matter.
The books in this collection have been cataloged and can be found in our LibraryWorld catalog (link can be found on homepage). The remainder are still in process.

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Conditions governing access

All material is open to the public without restriction. Copyright laws of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) govern the making of photocopies or other reproductions.

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Conditions governing reproduction

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1923 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.

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Language and script notes

Some sheet music is not in English.

Finding aids

Due to the immense size of this collection, the attached finding aid includes only the sheet music inventoried through the end of 2017 and will not be regularly updated. If you would like to request a specific piece, please contact the staff of the Library & Archives.

Uploaded finding aid

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Custodial history

Immediate source of acquisition

Received from Robert Grimes on December 14, 2009 in San Francisco, CA. Funds to purchase collection were donated by the Gershwin Trust.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information

Recordings and books that were duplicates or outside the scope of the GASF collection development policy were donated or sold.


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  • Processing information: The sheet music is in process by Marcia Jansen.
  • Citation: Cite as Robert Grimes Collection, Great American Songbook Foundation.

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Archivist's note

Description created by Ashlee James, November 2017.

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