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Category: Women in Music

Sheet music cover for "I'm Going to Be a Suffragette" featuring a woman dressed in a tuxedo and top hat.

By the People: Women’s Suffrage in Sheet Music

Posted by: Cait Miller

The Library of Congress By the People project launched its first campaign to feature sheet music in February 2022. "Women's Suffrage in Sheet Music" features approximately 200 titles created before 1923 either for, about, or against the suffrage movement. Once the campaign is transcribed and approved, researchers will be able to keyword search across all text included in the sheet music, including lyrics.

Portrait of Maia Bang seated holding her violin in the 1923 supplement of her violin method.

Who Was Maia Bang Hohn?

Posted by: Melissa Wertheimer

Back in October 2021, my dear colleagues in the Music Division Concert Office asked me to film a short curator talk about our world famous Nicolò Paganini holdings. As I learned more about Maia Bang Hohn, whose widower Charles sold the materials to the Library, I realized that she is more than just a collector in a footnote. In this blog post, I share some of my findings that couldn’t make it into my brief video as well as reiterate some key ones that did.

Woman with dark hair, fancy dress and pearls with eyes closed and mouth slightly open, singing

Reflecting on Jazz with New Resources from the Library of Congress

Posted by: Claudia Morales

The following is a blog post from first author Kaleena Black and co-author Claudia Morales. It was published on NAFME “Music Educators Journal”– September 2021 issue Kaleena Black is an Educational Resources Specialist at the Library of Congress.  She can be reached at [email protected]. Claudia Morales is a Concert Producer at the Library of Congress.  She …

Woman with dark hair, fancy dress and pearls with eyes closed and mouth slightly open, singing

Documenting Jessye Norman’s “Sacred Ellington” Concerts

Posted by: Morgen Stevens-Garmon

The following is a guest post from Jessica Grimmer, Ph.D., an MLIS student at the University of Maryland completing her field study at the Library of Congress as a member of a team processing the Jessye Norman Papers.  In her 2014 memoir, Stand Up Straight and Sing, American opera star Jessye Norman recounts a chance …