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Throwback Thursday Object: Sheet Music in Modified American Braille in the APH Museum

Sheet Music in Modified American Braille
Our artifact this week is an interesting piece of sheet music from around the first decade of the twentieth century, Robert Schumann’s Nachtstucke.  It was donated in 1993 by Sandra Ruconich.  The Printing House used to be a major supplier of braille sheet music, but this isn’t one of ours.  In fact, until the 1920s, all of the hundreds of titles of sheet music from our presses were embossed in New York Point.  Point was a code invented in the 1860s at the New York Institute for Special Education by William Wait and it was used all over the U.S.  Wait saw the utility for reading and writing of dot codes, but thought he could do better inventing his own variation.  In an attempt to make his code less bulky, he assigned the shorter symbols to the most commonly used letters of the alphabet.  In the 1870s, a teacher at the Perkins School, Joel Scott, used the same principle when he adapted a variation of the six dot braille code for America.

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