Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture


One of the most popular and actively researched sub-genres today is Afrofuturism, and our collection is strong and growing.

American Musicological Society Records

The American Musicological Society's purpose is to advance scholarship in the various fields of music through research, learning, and teaching. They were founded in 1943, reflecting trends in musicological scholarship and academic training through the course of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Penn holds the administrative records, oral history documentation, journal production records, and more.

Engraving of Francis Hopkinson.

Francis Hopkinson collections

The Francis Hopkinson collections include manuscript and printed music and other materials written and collected by this early graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and by other family members.

Jerry Wasserman Collection of Jewish American Sound Recordings

The Jerry Wasserman Collection of Jewish American Sound Recordings contains 297 sound recordings—mostly LPs—of traditional Jewish and Jewish American humor and music in a variety of folk and popular styles. The collection was donated to the University of Pennsylvania for use in research and teaching.

Johnson's march in The catarct [sic] of the Ganges : as performed by his band at the circus (Philadelphia, 1824 or 1825)

Kurt Stein Collection of Francis Johnson Sheet Music

Philadelphia bandleader and composer Francis Johnson (1792-1844), a free African American, achieved extraordinary renown and respect through performances of his band. The Kurt Stein collection includes forty-two rare printed examples of Johnson's sheet music, along with research materials on Johnson.

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Leopold Stokowski Collection

Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977) was the innovative and charismatic conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra from 1912 to 1941 and was an influential figure in music-making through much of the twentieth century. The Leopold Stokowski Collection includes papers and correspondence; orchestral scores and transcriptions; research materials; and recordings documenting Stokowski's musical career and related activities.

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Mahler-Werfel Collection

The Mahler-Werfel Collection includes personal papers of Alma Mahler and Franz Werfel, memorabilia related to Gustav Mahler; research files; and a portion of the library of Alma and Franz Werfel.

Otto E. Albrecht Collection

Otto Edwin Albrecht (1899-1984) was an internationally known music bibliographer and professor of romance languages and musicology at the University of Pennsylvania.