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Historical Music Becoming More Accessible

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MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) - The Center for Popular Music has been working on a project to digitize, catalog and create an online archive of popular vernacular music manuscripts.

The Daily News Journal reported the center at Middle Tennessee State University was collaborating with the American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts on the initiative, which was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Center Director Dale Cockrell said there are nearly 9,000 manuscripts ranging in age from as early as 1775 to as recent as the 1970s. It included several types of music, including fiddle tunes, parlor songs and marching band tunes.

Cockrell said the project will focus on cataloging music from the 18th and 19th centuries.

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