Where can I find Public Domain Civil War Era Music?

John Brown Song

While music is an important part to any documentary, it can be difficult to find free (and legal) music to download. Listed below are a few sites and selected Civil War Era music from their collections. Also check out House Divided’s public domain music and sound effects.


Band Music from the Civil War Era (Library of Congress Music Division)

Civil War Music – Primary Source Set (Library of Congress )

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project (University of California – Santa Barbara)

Cylinder Preservation and Digitization Project Collections

Musopen (Non-Profit Organization)

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  1. Hands down, Apple’s app store wins by a mile. It’s a huge selection of all sorts of apps vs a rather sad selection of a handful for Zune. Microsoft has plans, especially in the realm of games, but I’m not sure I’d want to bet on the future if this aspect is important to you. The iPod is a much better choice in that case.

  2. Thank you for providing this valuable resource for educators and historians. I’m sharing the House Divided site with family historians who are sharing their ancestors’ stories with video. The article examining the photo of Beecher’s speech and indentifying Garrison was exquisite. I love this stuff!

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