Collage of various sheets of music

Highlighted Collections

Erroll Garner Archive

Erroll Garner (1921-1977) was an African American pianist/composer from Pittsburgh, Pa., known largely for his 1954 composition “Misty,” and his 1955 live album Concert by the Sea. This collection documents his life and work; it contains correspondence, sheet music, legal documents, photographs/negatives, memorabilia, awards, sound recordings, and moving images. View the Online Finding Aid.

Big Band Arrangements Collection

The collection documents the arranging and performance career of Raymond J. (James) Greco (1921-2003), bandleader of the Ray Vincent Orchestra. His band was dedicated to recreating the Glenn Miller sound, and the arrangements reflect his skill in adapting standard tunes to this style. Raymond J. Greco (1921–2003) was the founder and leader of the Ray Vincent Orchestra. Born in Peterstown, West Virginia, Greco was private first class in the U.S. Army during World War II. As a music figure, Greco arranged big band standards for the Orchestra. The Ray Vincent Orchestra performed widely in the southwest Pennsylvania area, as well as in West Virginia. Greco passed away in Weston, Florida, in 2003. View the Online Finding Aid.

Eric Moe Collection

The Eric Moe Collection includes sketches, fair-copies, and computer-generated scores of the composer’s works from the late 1970s to the present. Dr. Moe joined the music faculty at the University of Pittsburgh in 1989 as an Associate Professor, and was promoted to Full Professor in 1999. The collection contains manuscripts and computer-generated scores of musical sketches and compositions by Moe, dated from 1976 and on. In some cases, compositions include individual pages that Moe revised during the composition process. Materials are listed here and arranged chronologically by the year of composition. Because items were acquired at different times, some box numbers may appear out of sequence in the following Contents List. View the Online Finding Aid.

Mirskey Collection

This collection contains printed music, manuscripts, publications catalogs and promotional flyers, and other ephemera documenting Nek Mirskey’s dance band, Polonia, in the first half of the twentieth century. The bulk of the collection comprises printed dance band music used for performances by the Polonia Orchestra. The titles for the scores are in a variety of languages, though primarily English. The other printed music consists of conductor piano scores and parts for the accompaniment of silent films. Individual bibliographic records for each piece in the collection appear in PittCat+, the library’s online catalog. View the main record for the collection.