Edna Mae Burnam Special Collection

Contained within the NAMM Resource Center Archives is a collection that holds a special place in our hearts. The aptly named Edna Mae Burnam Special Collection is a tribute to Composer, Edna Mae Burnam. The unique feature about this particular collection of sheet music is that each title contains one common factor; the presence of an instrument within the title. While Enda Mae’s own compositions are a part of this collection, the holdings are not limited to just her work, ranging in titles that pay homage to instruments from accordions to ukulele’s and nearly everything in between. With nearly 100 different pieces of music within the Edna Mae Burnam Special Collection it was an enjoyable challenge to select a cross section of pieces to represent this collection, however, we made sure to include a selection from Mrs. Burnam herself; "An Old Upright Organ Plays 'Abide With Me' was arranged by Edna Mae and is the first image associated with this blog. We hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Elizabeth Dale
NAMM Archivist & Oral History Coordinator

Dan Del Fiorentino
NAMM Music Historian
dand@namm.org