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Darlington-Pontius Sheet Music Collection

Identifier: MS 066


This collection contains sheet music of popular favorites, Broadway hits, and songs from motion pictures, spanning a period from 1917 to 1974. The majority of the collection consists of songs from popular motion picture musicals from the golden age of Hollywood ca. 1930-1950. Composers represented include: Irving Berlin, George M. Cohan, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein, and Jerome Kern.


  • 1917-1974,
  • Majority of material found within 1930-1950


Restrictions on Access

Access unrestricted.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Photocopying and publication may be restricted by copyright. except by permission of copyright holder..

Biographical / Historical

Dr. James M. Darlington (1908-2000) was a professor of biology at Franklin and Marshall College from 1937 to 1974 and served as Dean of the College from 1957-1961. As professor of Biology and the pre-healing arts program adviser he was responsible for building F & M's national reputation as a leading baccalaureate source of medical practitioners. He died in 2000 at the age of 92. Dr. S. Gilmore Pontius (1892-1974) graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 1914 and later served as a trustee of the College. He was an active member of Lancaster's medical community serving as chief of the surgical staff of Lancaster General Hospital from 1939-1957. In addition to medicine, Pontius was interested in music and served as president and chairman of the Lancaster Community Concert Association. It is presumed that the sheet music was collected by Mr. Darlington and Mr. Pontius prior to giving to the College.


1 Linear feet (1 (.5 linear feet) (boxes))

Language of Materials



Collection: Arranged into folders alphabetically by title of song.

Ownership and Custodial History

James McCown 'Mac' Darlington (F & M 1930) and S. Gilmore Pontius (F & M 1914) donated this sheet music collection to the library presumably prior to 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--James M. Darlington and S. Gilmore Pontius. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--date of acquisition unknown (ca. 1974)..

Related Archival Materials

Paul Leventhal Memorial Archive, Gloria and Warren Leventhal Collection (MS 61): Custodian--Archives and Special Collections, Franklin and Marshall College: Address--Lancaster, PA.

Processing Information

Processing completed July 2004.

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Repository Details

Part of the Franklin and Marshall College Special Collections Repository

PO Box 3003
Lancaster PA 17604 United States