Access to this site is provided by the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University Library. It is an online collection of sheet music for the string quartet published between 1770 and 1840.


The Archive is primarily concerned with documenting the world of early jazzmen, so visitors will find ample information on Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Kid Ory, Bunk Johnson, and many others. The site also contains a series of essays by experts like Scott Alexander and George Avakian on the early days of jazz.