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Latin American Sheet Music

Identifier: MSS 932 BC

Scope and Content

This collection comprises a large selection of sheet and recorded music, many with illustrated covers, which represent nineteen different countries from Latin America, Europe, and the U.S. In addition to countless musical scores, these works contain artists’ signatures on the illustrated covers, photographs of performers and composers, and personal dedications. Since many of these scores were published through arts magazines and periodicals, they contain advertisements relevant to the time period during which they were published, primarily from the first half of the twentieth century. These advertisements reflect the audiences, especially women, targeted by specific musical genres as well as other commercial products. Fashion models abound in photographs and illustrations found in the back covers and interior pages of several scores and anthologies. Personal dedications have been noted to aid those researchers who seek biographical information within the scores.


  • 1835-1996

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material is allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Background Information

The collection is a cross section of music and cover art made popular in Mexico during the latter part of the nineteenth century into the beginning of the twenty first. The majority of the texts are popular and classical sheet music that belong to the 20th century. They include photographs of composers as well as illustrations and advertisements reflecting contemporaneous socio-historical issues. The musical range represented includes popular and classical music with Boleros, Tangos, Marches, Waltzes, Corridos, Rancheras, Fox Trot and regional Canciones. Musicians represented include Agustin Lara and Maria Teresa, Astor Piazzolla, Ernesto Lecuona, Maria Alma, Miguel Bernal Jimenez, Manuel de Falla and many others. Composer and performer names and dates have been provided, along with publication information when available. Cover artists represented include Andrés Audiffred, Angel Soto, Medina Ramos, Gómez, Peña, Villanueva, and Juan Silveri, among others. Where available their names and dates have been provided as well. The collection should be of interest to performers, musicologists, artists, historians, and researchers in other disciplines including Cultural Studies, Latin American Studies, Women’s Studies and Spanish.


10 boxes (4 cubic ft.)


Contains sheet music primarily from Latin America with a large selection from Mexico.


The collection is arranged in alphabetical order by country of origin of material. The composer's name is listed first in the description followed by titles of works, dates and notes.

Related Collections

Mexican Sheet Music Collection, Center for Southwest Research, University of New Mexico.
Finding aid of the Latin American Sheet Music collection, 1835-1996
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Samuel Sisneros
© 2016
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Funding for processing provided in part by Center for Regional Studies, University of New Mexico.

Revision Statements

  • Monday, 20210524: Attribute normal is missing or blank.

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131