Dwight's Journal of Music

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Issue no.1, 1852

Dwight's Journal of Music (1852–1881, DJM) was an American music journal, one of the most respected and influential such periodicals in the country in the mid-19th century.[1] John Sullivan Dwight created the Journal, and published it in Boston, Massachusetts. Among the early writers was Alexander Wheelock Thayer, who would become one of the first major music historians in the country. Other contributors have included John Knowles Paine, William F. Apthorp, W. S. B. Mathews and C. H. Brittan.[2]

The Journal was eventually purchased by music publisher Oliver Ditson.[3]

Publication details[edit]

The Journal was published weekly beginning on Saturday, April 10, 1852, with each volume consisting of 26 numbers. Thus, the odd-numbered volumes ran from April to near the end of September, and the even-numbered volumes, from early October to the end of March of the following year. In 1865 the journal was published biweekly and each volume ran for one complete year. In 1879, starting with Vol. XXXIX (39), the publication year began running from January to December. The last issue was Vol. XLI (41), No. 16 (September 3, 1881).

Online copies[edit]

Public domain scans of bound volumes from libraries are available online. Links are to copies at the Internet Archive (or in some cases Google Books). An index covering two volumes was issued with the final number for each even-numbered volume (or one volume for the biweekly volumes), and libraries typically bound all the issues for two volumes together with the index often, but not always, at the front of the relevant volume(s). (Some of the online copies are missing pages, or pages are out of sequence.)

  • 1852–1853 : Vols. I & II: copy1
  • 1853–1854 : Vols. III & IV: copy1
  • 1854–1855 : Vols. V & VI: copy1 copy2
  • 1855–1856 : Vols. VII & VIII: copy1 copy2
  • 1856–1857 : Vols. IX & X: copy1 copy2
  • 1857–1858 : Vols. XI & XII: copy1
  • 1858–1859 : Vols. XIII & XIV: copy1
  • 1859–1860 : Vols. XV & XVI: copy1 copy2 (both at Google Books)
  • 1860–1861 : Vols. XVII & XVIII: copy1
  • 1861–1862 : Vols. XIX & XX: copy1
  • 1863–1864 : Vols. XXI & XXII: copy1
  • 1864–1865 : Vols. XXIII & XXIV: copy1
  • 1865–1867 : Vols. XXV (biweekly, 27 nos.) & XXVI (biweekly, 26 nos.): copy1
  • 1867–1869 : Vols. XXVII (biweekly) & XXVIII (biweekly): copy1 (at Google Books)
  • 1869–1871 : Vols. XXIX (biweekly) & XXX (biweekly): copy1
  • 1871–1873 : Vols. XXXI (biweekly) & XXXII (biweekly): copy1
  • 1873–1875 : Vols. XXXIII (biweekly) & XXXIV (biweekly): copy1
  • 1875–1877 : Vols. XXXV (biweekly) & XXXVI (biweekly): copy1
  • 1877–1878 : Vols. XXXVII (biweekly) & XXXVIII (biweekly, 19 nos., ending on Dec 21): copy1 copy2 copy3
  • 1879–1880 : Vols. XXXIX (biweekly, Jan–Dec 1879) & XL (biweekly, Jan–Dec 1880): copy1
  • 1881 : Vol. XLI (biweekly, 16 nos., ends on Sept 3, 1881, the last issue): copy1 copy2 (at Google Books)



  1. ^ Blum, Stephen. "Sources, Scholarship and Historiography" in the Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, pgs. 21-37
  2. ^ NISC.com Archived 2008-06-16 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Continuum


  • Koskoff, Ellen (ed.) (2000). Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Volume 3: The United States and Canada. Garland Publishing. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  • John Shepherd; David Horn; Dave Laing; Paul Oliver; Peter Wicke, eds. (2003). Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World, Volume 1: Media, Industry and Society. London: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-6321-5.