The cultivation of skill and diffusion of taste in music

Links MFS Collections

This collection is available for use by scholars as well as the general public. The policies of the University of Pennsylvania special collections center at Van Pelt can be found here:

Links to specific guides to MFS collections are here:

There is an excellent site about MFS which was compiled by the former Archivist of the rare books collection, Marjorie Hassen, which can be found here:

Keffer Collection of Sheet Music

Van Pelt also houses the Keffer Collection of Sheet Music, which was compiled by Dr. Edward Iungerich Keffer (1861-1933), a Philadelphia dentist and accomplished amateur musician. The collection was bequeathed to the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia upon Dr. Keffer’s death and was housed at the Free Library of Philadelphia until the move to the University of Pennsylvania in 1991. More information can be found here:

Other Important Collections

Van Pelt also houses a number of other important collections of interest to musical Philadelphians, which can be found here: