In the foreword to Bowdoin Is a Singing College, President James Coles stated: "A world without music would scarcely be human; a college without music would be dreary indeed.... How integral a part of liberal education!"
Benefiting that education are at least seventy-five works including:
- Markus Meibom
- Antiquae Musicae Auctores Septum, in Greek and Latin, 1652
- Antiphonarium Romanum de Tempore et Sanctis
- The Musical Miscellany ...
- The Social Choir
- Lowell Mason
- Several volumes of songs collected by Lowell Mason
- New and Enlarged Edition of the Patriotic Song Book
- Francis Child
- War Songs for Freemen, 1863
- Paul Dukas
- Ariane et Barbe-Bleue, c1907, the composer's autograph presentation copy
- Reginald Robbins
- Songs, 131 pieces, 1922
- Aaron Copland
- Autographed copy of the miniature score for Appalachian Spring, c1945
- Elliott Schwartz
- Several works by the Robert K. Beckwith Professor of Music are in the Bowdoin College Authors Collection. A collection of Prof. Schwartz's works in manuscript (M161) is also among department holdings.
- Antiphonary-gradual, ca. thirteenth century (manuscript)
- Le Duc, Mark
- "A Catalogue of the Early American MusicCollection of Bowdoin College." Written by LeDuc (Bowdoin 1980), for his 1978 American Music class. (M194.L4386)
- Longfellow Poems Set to Music
- A collection of 668 pieces, arranged in alphabetical order by the title of each poem.
- Miscellaneous Music Collection
- A collection of 208 pieces of sheet music from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this material includes popular tunes arranged by composer, including 46 pieces composed by Latham True.