American Music Resource

About the AMR Collection

   The American Music Resource contains bibliographies, lists, Internet links and text-files about all styles of American music and related issues. It is a growing collection of information intended to serve a wide variety of professionals, students and one-time users. It exists to help develop and promote the entire field.
   The collection is indexed by topic (e.g., Electroacoustic music), and by subject (i.e., names of composers), for a grand total of close to 100 specific areas. From one to ten or more different types of mediagraphical files may be found for each topic or subject. All the different file-types found in the collection are described in "AMR: Filename Codes," where all the specific topics and subjects are also listed. Around 1.5 megabytes of information is contained within the 600+ files.
   Unlike virtually every Internet WWW site, AMR is designed for speed rather than appearance. No user time is wasted waiting for graphic underlayment or pictures to boot and compile into a Web browser. The primary intention of this system is to support quick, effective research.

Suggestions for use

   The primary purpose of AMR is to provide on-line lists of printed resources to serve as good starting points for research in all areas of American Music. Answers for such typical questions as: "Who wrote that song, What is that album, When did this happen, What is that style, or, What about that composer?" may be found in the general reference books, separated by categories and listed in the Subject and Topic indexes. Detailed lists of information may be found for the specific subjects and topics themselves.
   Unlike most large Internet bibliographical sources such as library catalogs, AMR is dedicated to a single field. This makes access even quicker and more specific. Such is further aided by its subject - topic subdivisions. And, while other on-line sources are certainly "up-to-date," this collection also contains citations of many older materials.
   The file on American Music organizations contains listings of various centers, groups and organizations related to the field. These have Internet links, when available. The file on American Music periodicals presents many places to find current information in specialized areas. Many other levels of information may be discovered by prowling through the files.


   In its present state, this library is contained in text-files developed independently by the participants. No attempt at any single form of bibliographical standardization has been made, nor do the materials claim to be totally accurate, complete or exhaustive. The date found at the end of each file indicates when it was completed.


   A few of the subject files are no more than garbage; some contain pure gold; most are fairly comprehensive. The topic-files list most of the standard sources and should be good starting points for a wide variety of research. However, don't expect to find citations for every possible book on a given topic or subject; many files are also out of date.


The unsigned bibliographies may be used freely for any purpose. HOWEVER: be aware that signed research notes and on-line documents are property of the given authors and, while they may be read and cited, bear copyright protection.


You may wish to communicate with AMR, participate in the research notes, add bibliographical material to the collection, update or modify what it now contains. These may all be accomplished by E-mail; see "AMR: Communications" for more details.

Frank McCarty, editor.