The majority of the collection was donated to the University by Josiah Kirby Lilly in 1937 to be housed in the newly built Stephen Foster Memorial at the base of the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Other items were purchased or donated by Foster family descendants, including Evelyn Foster Morneweck and Dick Foster (Stephen Foster's grand-nephew) and, more recently, by Arthur Humphrey, a collection benefactor who purchased items off of eBay after Dick Foster's rented storage unit went up for auction following his death.
Access to the Foster Hall Collection is restricted to approved researchers. Facsimiles of most materials are available for those who wish to examine the materials but who do not receive appropriate approval.
These items are no longer under copyright although some items are not permitted to be republished without permission from the Center for American Music.
This collection was processed by Kathryn Miller Haines during August-October 2011.
Digital reproductions of portions of the collection are available electronically by following the respective "Digitized Folder Contents" links within the finding aid. Also a digital reproduction of Foster's sketchbook is available at
Foster Hall Collection, CAM.FHC.2011.01, Center for American Music, University of Pittsburgh.