Digitisation of Traditional Format Library Materials

Digitisation Project Brief - Australian piano music, 1900-1930

General description of the proposed project

The Library’s Australian sheet music collection contains a large number of works for piano. The works are by Australian composers, arrangers, etc., or have an Australian association through the content of the work. It excludes works published in Australia but having no other Australian association.

These Australian piano works published between 1900 and 1930 are collocated in the Library’s catalogue by the institution specific subject heading Piano music, Australian, 1900-1930.

Collection material of relevance to the project

Australian piano music (1900-1930) is located in the music collection at: MUS N mba; and consist of approximately 146 music items (estimate of 730 pages).

To be digitised from the original collection material.

Levels of use and user groups – current and anticipated

Readers, musicologists, researchers and historians use music about Australia, its people, history, culture and national identity. It is anticipated that the digitisation and on-line availability of these music items will create a greater awareness in the community of the importance of music in the development and history of Australian society and culture.

Bibliographic coverage of the collection

Each of these music items has been fully catalogued with a bibliographic record on the National Bibliographic Database and in the National Library’s catalogue. The items can be found by searching the catalogue under various access points: title, names (composers, lyricists, etc) and subjects, including the Library’s institution specific subject heading Piano music, Australian, 1900-1930.


DISCLAIMER: The National Library of Australia disclaims liability for the use of the information provided in this page. The guidelines have been produced to aid Library staff in the digitisation of collection material. The National Library of Australia accepts no responsibility for the loss occasioned as a direct or indirect result of the use of the information in these guidelines.

Each item in the Library’s Australian sheet music collection published between 1900 and 1930 is stored in mylar pockets or plastic zip-lock bags. The items are then housed in boxes stored horizontally on the shelves, so the sheet music is laying flat. Most items in the collection are in reasonable condition, with some requiring minor repairs.

Intellectual property or other rights

As the selected items consist of music published between 1900 and 1930 there should be no problems or issues re intellectual property or other rights.

IT requirements

Most of these items can be scanned using existing flat bed scanners. Some items may need to be digitised using an overhead camera. The digital images will be available as part of the Library’s digital collections.

Resource requirements

This collection can be absorbed within the 2003-2004 financial year digitisation work plan to meet the established targets.


It is hoped the digitisation of the Library’s 19th and early 20th century Australian sheet music collections will generate increased interest in Australian music and will support and lead to other significant projects and developments in the delivery of Australian music to the community, both nationally and internationally.

This digitised material will help support the development of the MusicAustralia service.

Other considerations

Other 19th and early 20th Century Australian printed sheet music has already been digitised and is available online through the Library’s digital music collection and the MusicAustralia pilot.

Contact officer: Robyn Holmes, Curator of Music


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