Stephen Foster Collage

Stephen Foster

The Center for American Music is the principal repository for all materials pertaining to American composer Stephen Collins Foster (1826-1864), considered by many to be America's first professional composer.  The Center for American Music is housed in the Stephen Foster Memorial building alongside the Stephen Foster Memorial Museum and two theatres.

Choose from the menu to learn more about Foster's life, his career, and his songs, including "Camptown Races," "Oh! Susanna," "Old Folks at Home (Way Down Upon the Swanee River)," "My Old Kentucky Home," "Beautiful Dreamer," and many, many more.

Contact Us

Center for American Music
Stephen Foster Memorial
University of Pittsburgh
4301 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Starting August 23, 2021, the Center for American Music Library and Stephen Foster Museum will be open by appointment only.

To request access, please send us a request at least 48 hours in advance.

You do not have to be affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh to use the Collection. 

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