A University Library Creates a Virtual Walk Through Tin Pan Alley

September 21, 2001

In one image, a beaming Irving Berlin sits at his piano. Above, an arc of words proclaims: “He’s a Rag Picker.” In another, a couple dressed in Roaring Twenties garb dance the “Shim-Me-Sha-Wabble.” These are but two images in an online archive displaying works from the Templeton Sheet Music Collection. Exploring the unusual archive is a virtual walk through Tin Pan Alley — by way of Mississippi State University.