The sheet music collection is part of a larger collection amassed by Charles Templeton, Sr. which also includes music players and recordings.
Digitization of the collection is part of an ongoing effort to provide broader access to titles. A large portion of these pieces are in the public domain (not copyrighted) and are available for download directly from the site. Some restricted titles are available upon request.
Templeton noted a correlation between contemporary music and the cultural, economic, and political shifts experienced in the United States. He stated, "This is one of the few collections, if not the only one, which carries through all of those changes. You started out with blues and then ragtime evolved from that, and then the Dixieland sound emerged and the big band, and from that came the forerunner of modern jazz. And the interesting part of it is that as this music evolved it progressed up the Mississippi River. Where's a better place to house this collection of music than here?"