Tams-Witmark Music Library

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The Tams-Witmark Music Library was established in 1925 by a merger between the Arthur W. Tams Music Library and the rental library of M. Witmark & Sons. The Arthur W. Tams Music Library began in 1883 as a rental library of sacred music and opera, and by the 1920's had grown to be one of the largest libraries of its kind. The Witmarks had entered the music publishing business in 1885, but started a rental library comparable to and in competition with that of Arthur Tams in 1898. The Tams library continued to acquire mostly sacred music, while the Witmark library handled popular operas and musicals, including those of Victor Herbert, Reginald DeKoven, and George M. Cohan, all of whom had publishing contracts with Witmark. After a merger between the two libraries was negotiated in 1925, the publishing firm, M. Witmark & Sons, retained separate status until it was acquired by Warner Brothers in 1928 as a part of its Music Publishers Holding Corporation. The Witmark name remained in use until 1941.

From the guide to the Tams-Witmark Collection, 1701-1915, (bulk 1801-1900), (Music Division Library of Congress)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Tams-Witmark Collection, 1701-1915, (bulk 1801-1900) Library of Congress. Music Division
creatorOf Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. Miriam's song of triumph / Schubert. Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Talbott Library
creatorOf Barnby, Joseph, 1838-1896. Rebekah. Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Talbott Library
creatorOf Giorza, Paolo, 1832-1914. Messe solennelle, No. 3 / P. Giorza, arranged for orchestra by Frank Smith. Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Talbott Library
creatorOf Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871. Tams-Witmark collection, 1701-1915 (bulk 1801-1900). Library of Congress
creatorOf Reinecke, Carl, 1824-1910. Evening hymn / [Carl Reinecke] Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Talbott Library
creatorOf Adams, Thomas. Holy Child / [Thomas] Adams. Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Talbott Library
creatorOf Noyes, Charles F. The village blacksmith / C.F. Noyes. Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Talbott Library
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associatedWith Adams, Thomas. person
associatedWith Auber, D. F. E. (Daniel François Esprit), 1782-1871 person
associatedWith Barnby, Joseph, 1838-1896. person
associatedWith Brüll, Ignaz, 1846-1907 person
associatedWith Cherubini, Luigi, 1760-1842 person
associatedWith Cimarosa, Domenico, 1749-1801 person
associatedWith De Koven, Reginald, 1859-1920 person
associatedWith Edwards, Julian, 1855-1910 person
associatedWith Giorza, Paolo, 1832-1914. person
associatedWith Herbert, Victor, 1859-1924 person
associatedWith Marchetti, Filippo, 1831-1902 person
associatedWith Meyerbeer, Giacomo, 1791-1864 person
associatedWith Millöcker, Carl, 1842-1899 person
associatedWith Noyes, Charles F. person
associatedWith Offenbach, Jacques, 1819-1880 person
associatedWith Reinecke, Carl, 1824-1910. person
associatedWith Reyer, Ernest, 1823-1909 person
associatedWith Rossini, Gioacchino, 1792-1868 person
associatedWith Schubert, Franz, 1797-1828. person
associatedWith Strauss, Johann, 1825-1899 person
associatedWith Suppé, Franz von, 1819-1895 person
associatedWith Verdi, Giuseppe, 1813-1901 person
associatedWith Wagner, Richard, 1813-1883 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
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Music
Music
Music
Musicals
Operas
Sacred music
Choral music
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Active 1701

Active 1915

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