Ward Irish Music Archives

Established in 1992, the Ward Irish Music Archives houses the largest public collection of Irish music in America. It is named after John J. Ward Jr., father of Irish Fest founder Ed Ward. The archive currently consists of more than 40,000 Irish music recordings and pieces of memorabilia ranging from rare 78 rpm's, LP's and sheet music to song books, instruments, and concert memorabilia. Many of the archives items are extremely difficult to find today, and our diverse collections focus on subjects such as Irish traditional music, Irish folk songs, Scottish music, and Irish contributions to American popular music.

Ward Irish Music Archives Wins 2014 AASLH Award of Merit


The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces that the Ward Irish Music Archives is the recipient of an Award of Merit from the AASLH Leadership in History Awards for the Irish Sheet Music Archives website (http://irishsheetmusicarchives.com). The AASLH Leadership in History Awards, now in its 69th year, is the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history.


Irish Sheet Music Archives Website

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Irish Sheet Music Archives website

The Irish Sheet Music Archives website, irishsheetmusicarchives.com, will be the home of the online sheet music collections found in the Ward Irish Music Archives. Original published sheet music, a frequently overlooked and neglected primary historical source, actually affords us a unique, fresh, and fascinating window into the thoughts and feelings of past generations. This new website will give people access to thousands of pieces of sheet music created between 1750 and the present. Read more... or visit the site now!

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