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New York. O what a charming city! Written and composed by I.A. Gairdner A.M. sheet music cover
Early American Sheet Music
Music printed or copied in manuscript
in the United States or the colonies
through 1820.

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Legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter plays a Strad at the Library of Congress
"Jazz Conversation:
Ron Carter with Larry Appelbaum"

The Library's Larry Appelbaum talks with legendary jazz bassist Ron Carter.
October 17, 2012

Weekdays and Saturday
8:30am to 5:00 pm
No materials pulled after 4:15pm
Closed Federal holidays

101 Independence Ave., SE
Room LM 113
James Madison Memorial Bldg
Washington, D.C. 20540-4710
Phone: 202-707-5507
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Before Visiting the Performing Arts Reading Room:
All researchers are advised to write or telephone the Performing Arts Reading Room prior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site, and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.

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The Performing Arts Reading Room is the access point for the collections in the custody of the Music Division at the Library of Congress. Numbering approximately 20.5 million items and spanning more than 1000 years of Western music history and practice, these holdings include the classified music and book collections, music and literary manuscripts, iconography, microforms, periodicals, musical instruments, published and unpublished copyright deposits, and close to 500 special collections in music, theater, and dance.
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