Music Department

Third Floor, McKim Building, Central Library
Contact via 617-536-5400

Please visit our hours page for current Music Department hours.


"Tessie." Words & Music by Will R. Anderson. New York: M. Witmark & Sons, 1902.

Tessie was the song that Red Sox Fans sang during the 1903 world series.

BPL’s Arts Department at the Central Library in Copley Square is now open in its new location in the Washington Room on the second floor of the McKim building.

Please be aware that some material in the Arts collection require up to 72 hours advanced notice before viewing. Other Arts materials, specifically archival collections, books published before 1800, and some rare or fragile music items are not available for viewing at this time. Requestable material can be pulled in advance of your visit to the library - please contact an Arts staff member for further assistance. You will need a BPL card in order to request items from the collection. More information on how to get a card can be found here:

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