Welcome to the Silent Film Sound & Music Archive. Established in 2014, SFSMA is currently in the early stages of building what we plan on being the most robust archive of music for silent cinema and related film technologies for research purposes on the web. The archive will include sheet music for silent film, instruction manuals for film accompanists, and a bibliography of resources on silent film sound and music. If you are interested in contributing material to the archive, please contact us at director@sfsma.org. SFSMA is a 501(c)(3) organization.

Searching the Archive

All items in this collection are tagged using Dublin Core metadata. Thus you can search for items by creator (composer or editor), title, description (including mood, tempo, instrumentation, and other descriptive information), publisher (including date, when known), contributor, and format. New materials are posted regularly.

If you have information on works in the archive that go beyond these categories, or can help us fill in missing information on a work, please include it in a comment and we will incorporate it into the metadata file. If you’d like to be credited, please include your name, initials, or other identifier.

The vast majority of materials posted here are in the public domain. All works are posted under an ODC-By (Open Data Commons Attribution) License for scholarly work.