The National Digital Library Program, in conjunction with the Music Division, has released a preview Web site dedicated to the Library's extensive Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection.
The Miller Collection is the world's largest flute archives, comprising not only musical instruments but also music manuscripts, portraits, autographs, concert programs, clippings, prints, photographs and other materials.
"The Dayton C. Miller Flute Collection Preview is the first online view of a Library of Congress musical instrument collection," said Dr. Billington. "The Library is renowned for its Music Division collections, and this new Web site represents an expansion of the types of materials offered in our American Memory online collections."
The Miller Collection of flutes from many eras and from around the world is described online. This site contains an illustrated introduction to the catalog, a listing of more than 100 of the collection's approximately 1,650 flutes and a bibliography of literature by and about the collector, Dayton C. Miller.
This preview, produced by the Library's National Digital Library Program in conjunction with the Music Division, also features a detailed look at five selected instruments in the collection, including a ca. 1750 flute from the workshop of J.J. Quantz, made for Frederick the Great, King of Prussia. The future version of this site will feature the complete catalog (Wind Instruments in the Dayton C. Miller Collection) with illustrations, audio clips, books, scores and correspondence showing the collection's extensive range.