Robert Grimes Collection, Preliminary Inventory

Identity elements

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Name and location of repository




Robert Grimes Collection, Preliminary Inventory


  • 1895 - 2011 (Publicatie)


Approximately 570 cubic feet; 276 bankers boxes

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Content and structure elements

Bereik en inhoud

The collection contains 34,000 pieces of sheet music, 14,000 recordings, 3,300 books, 200 publicity photographs, news clippings and correspondence.


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.

Conditions of access and use elements

Voorwaarden voor raadpleging

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.

Physical access

Technical access

Voorwaarden voor reproductie

The copyright interests in this collection have not been transferred to the Great American Songbook Foundation. Music written prior to 1925 is in the public domain. For more information, please consult the staff of the Library & Archives.

Languages of the material

Scripts of the material

Taal en schrift aantekeningen

Some sheet music is not in English.


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

Acquisition and appraisal elements

Geschiedenis beheer

Directe bron van verwerving

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 disposed of in accordance with our collection management policy.


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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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Sources used

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Description created by Ashlee James, November 2017.


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