Grand Reopening and LP Alert

We are open for business today (until 8p) and, to make our closing yesterday up to you, we’ve put some great CDs and LPs out in the free bin. Lots of your favorite 80s and 90s hits, as well as some film soundtracks and musical cast recordings. And don’t worry, all of our prospective free bin materials stayed high and dry during the flood!

Closed for today

Due to some flooding over the weekend, we’re closed for today while we try to dry damaged materials. We should be able to open again tomorrow, and we apologize for the trouble.

New polka collection available for researchers

We’ve just added an exciting new collection to the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives in the form of the back catalog of the Vitak-Elsnic publisher. A gift of Music Publishers of America (MPA)–the company that currently owns and still sells the catalog–the collection includes two copies of almost all of the titles published by polka publisher Vitak-Elsnic over the last 120+ years.

Vitak-Elsnic Collection on shelves

Materials in the collection include scores of music for accordion, concertina, and piano, as well as charts for small band and orchestra ensembles, and a few other odds and ends. In many cases, the same tune is arranged for several different instruments and/or ensembles, allowing users of the collection to trace different uses of compositions and tunes. All told, the collection includes almost 6,000 pieces.

Vitak-Elsnic scores on shelves

One pleasant surprise we discovered when packing the collection was the presence of re-order history for many of the titles on cards that we thought were simply shelf dividers. This information will provide valuable insights into the popularity of these titles over time.


While it will take some time for us to add full descriptions of these materials in our library catalog, the collection is all in order, and we can retrieve materials for researchers easily. Sales for commercial performances are and will continue to be available directly from MPA.

Accordion Scores from Vitak-Elsnic collection

Read more on the history Vitak-Elsnic in this Billboard article from 1967 and on the MPA website.

LP Alert!


Roy Hamilton

Roy Hamilton is relaxing with some records now that final are almost over. Want to do the same? Stop by our freshly filled free bins and pick up some summer tunes!

LP Alert!


We’ve got new recordings in the free bin today! More country cassettes, some new LPs and even some CDs to help get you through your late night studying.


LP Alert!

Do you like country music? Do you have a tape player? Then do we ever have some great freebies for you! Lot of country cassettes as well as some LPs are available now in the free bin.

free bin

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