Humanities Repositories

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The humanities cover a wide range of disciplines and the Internet is not short of related pages. However, for this edition of the handbook only a few repositories dedicated to humanities were found. The few we did find, mostly music-related, are listed below. For humanities topics besides music, please see the general repositories section. Sites such as Wikipedia, Connexions and Wikiversity have humanities sections that cover a broad range of topics.

Public Domain

Sheet music from classical composers. Sheet music available in XML format (see File Formats for more details).

LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the net. Their goal is to make all public domain (under U.S. right) books available as free audio books. It is a volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project. LibriVox currently has 1268 recordings.


An electronic publishing initiative of Berklee College of Music. Berklee Shares' goal is to provide free access to faculty-authored Berklee music lessons designed for musicians, music students and music educators. The web site is a library of free music lessons that are available for downloading, listening, viewing or reading. Music lessons for 5 topics and 8 instruments, available under a CC-BY-NC-ND license.


Distribution of more than 360,000 free sheets of music. They are in different formats: PDF, GIF, JPEG, etc. There are thousands of pieces. Visitors can upload music sheets. The sheets are organized by genre, instrument or compositor. They also provide links to other sites with free sheets. License varies.

Creative Commons licensed music by artists from around the world. The exact Creative Commons license varies, but some allow for remixing. Songs are in MP3 format and albums in ZIP. Users can rate music and receive recommendations. Currently over 8,000 albums.


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