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MUSIC OF WORLD WAR I: Turning a Static Collection Into a Vibrant Resource
Computers in Libraries - Westport
Subjects: TECHNICAL SERVICES - PRESERVATION
Author: Embrey, Theresa A R||||||Bullen, Andrew H
Date: May 2017
Start Page: 4
Pages: 6
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Every cultural institution has unique collections that its librarians, archivists, and curators would like to highlight and make more accessible. This article describes how staffers at the Pritzker Military Museum & Library (PMML) and the Illinois State Library collaborated to bring one such collection, PMML's Music of the First World War, to life. Both institutions saw this effort as a vital part of their respective World War I (WWI) centennial activities. While there are several online repositories of digitized music from WWI, none allow users to actually listen to music online. Most of the sheet music that has been digitized has not been heard in a century. This project brings these tunes back to life as online playable resources. PMML is located in Chicago, and it attempts to increase the public understanding of military history and affairs and the sacrifices made by those who have served in the armed forces. PMML's staff members had previously scanned many of the scores.

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