Book Shelves and a Painting of Stephen Foster in the Center for American Music

Center for American Music

About the Library

The Center for American Music, a part of the University of Pittsburgh Library System,  engages in research, teaching, interpretive presentations, and conservation of music of the United States of America. We expand and document knowledge of American music, as well as its cultural and social roles in American life. 

Our Foster Hall Collection reflects a broad cross-section of American popular culture, especially from the 1840s to the 1930s. In addition to containing one of the most significant collections of 19th-century American music, we are also the principal repository for materials concerning the life and music of Stephen Collins Foster, a Pittsburgh native who was America's first professional songwriter.

The Center for American Music is housed in the Stephen Foster Memorial building alongside the Stephen Foster Memorial Museum and two theatres. 

Voices Across Time, the Center's education project, is creating tools for middle and high school social studies and language arts teachers to use music every day in their classrooms.

Our Collections

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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