List of Selected Special Collections
The following one hundred Special Collections are drawn from the
more than five hundred designated Special Collections in the Music
Division. The entries are designed to reveal the most significant
materials in each collection.
Amateur Hour Collection.
Applications of performers
appearing on Major Bowes' Amateur Hour (on radio, 1935-1944) and Ted Mack's Original
Amateur Hour (on radio and television, 1948-1968), with
American Harp Society Repository.
Manuscript and printed music, photographs, programs, correspondence,
periodicals, and scrapbooks documenting the careers of prominent
George Antheil Collection.
Music manuscripts of the
self-styled "Bad Boy of Music," a leading American avant-garde composer of the 1920s
and 1930s; Antheil's correspondence with Stanley Hart and Mary
Arsis Press Archives.
Music manuscripts, proof copies,
other publishing materials for works published by Arsis Press, devoted to
works by women composers; business records dating from its founding
Ernst Bacon Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts and
photocopies of Bacon's orchestral, chamber, and larger choral works; literary
materials, notebooks, professional and personal correspondence.
Samuel Barber Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts
and libretto materials; includes extensive holdings for Antony and
Cleopatra, written for the opening of the new Metropolitan Opera
House in New York in 1966.
Charlie Barnet Collection.
orchestrations from the band library of the American saxophonist and leader of a dance band
particularly noted for its jazz playing during the 1930s and 1940s.
Correspondence between Bartók and Marya Freund, a German soprano
noted for her performances of modern music.
John Davis Batchelder Collection.
Autograph manuscripts and iconography relating chiefly to nineteenth-century
composers and opera singers; includes a lock of Beethoven's hair and
a letter written by George Sand about Frédéric Chopin.
Harold Bauer Collection.
Personal papers, music
manuscripts, and photographs of the British-American pianist and writer,
for a time president of the Friends of Music in the Library of Congress.
Irving Berlin Collection.
Personal papers and scrapbooks of
Irving Berlin; the archives of the Irving Berlin Music Corp.; includes
manuscripts for such classics as "God Bless America" and "White
Leonard Bernstein Collection.
Music manuscripts, personal
papers, and 114 scrapbooks documenting Bernstein's career; includes
correspondence with Helen Coates, his first piano teacher, and
autograph manuscripts for West Side Story.
Ernest Bloch Collection.
Music manuscripts, correspondence,
lecture notes, and business records of the Swiss-born composer, conductor,
and teacher who first attracted international attention by winning
the Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge prize for his Suite for Viola and
Piano in 1919.
Franziska Boas Collection.
Personal and professional
papers documenting the career of the American choreographer and teacher, artistic
director of the Franziska Boas Dance Company, and a pioneer in the
field of dance accompaniment.
William Batchelder Bradbury Collection.
A musical autograph album
(ca. 1850) assembled during his period of study in Europe, containing
inscriptions by many prominent musical figures; a letterpress book
and other items.
Budapest String Quartet Collection.
Manuscript and printed scores and
parts, programs, photographs, and other materials relating to the
members of the internationally renowned quartet, in residence at
the Library of Congress, 1940-1962.
James Madison Carpenter Collection.
Transcriptions of British and
American folk music and folk plays; music manuscripts, song texts,
pictorial materials, field notes and related items.
John Alden Carpenter Collection.
Manuscript and printed music, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings, and drawings and
of sets and costume designs for works of this twentieth-century
Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge Foundation Collection.
of the Coolidge Foundation including autograph manuscripts of nearly one
hundred commissioned works; personal papers, manuscripts of Mrs.
Coolidge's compositions and works dedicated to her, photographs,
and other items.
Aaron Copland Collection.
Music manuscripts representing almost
every work by Copland; his voluminous correspondence, business records,
photographs, subject files, and other materials.
Sidney Robertson Cowell Collection.
Correspondence, photographs, and
field notes of this pioneering ethnomusicologist, the wife of
composer Henry Cowell.
Damrosch Family Collection.
Personal papers, music materials, correspondence, and scrapbooks
documenting the lives of several
generations of this American dynasty of musicians.
Printed and manuscript music from the
library of the Russian impresario, later belonging to Sergei Lifar,
a principal dancer with the Ballets Russes; correspondence and a
notebook kept by Diaghilev during his last years.
Vernon Duke Collection.
Music manuscripts, personal papers, and
scrapbooks documenting the work of the Russian emigré who composed
art music under his Russian name, Vladimir Dukelsky, and popular
music as the American, Vernon Duke.
Carl Engel Collection.
Correspondence and business papers
of the musicologist and writer; includes papers from his positions as
Chief of the Music Division (1922-1934) and president of music
publishing company G. Schirmer, Inc.
Geraldine Farrar Collection.
Personal papers, scrapbooks, and
memorabilia of one of the leading American opera singers of the
first decades of the twentieth century, representing her stage,
screen, and public service careers.
Irving Fine Collection.
Music materials representing virtually
every composition of the American composer and teacher; personal papers,
scrapbooks, and ephemera.
Bob Fosse/Gwen Verdon Collection.
Personal papers, photographs, and other materials meticulously documenting the careers of
dancer/choreographer Fosse and dancer/singer Verdon.
George and Ira Gershwin Collection.
Music materials, correspondence,
photographs, scrapbooks, and other items relating to composer
George Gershwin and lyricist Ira Gershwin; includes autograph
manuscripts of all of the major Gershwin scores and a self-portrait
oil painting of each brother.
Alma Gluck Collection.
Scrapbooks documenting the career of
this Rumanian-born American soprano; music materials, photographs,
correspondence, and ephemera.
Leopold Godowsky Collection.
Music manuscripts and personal
papers of the Polish-born pianist, including his piano transcriptions of
legendary difficulty; business and financial papers, photographs,
and printed music.
Julius Gold Collection.
Professional and personal papers
of the musicologist, theoretician, and teacher, comprising pedagogical
materials and extensive correspondence with his students.
Ferde Grofé Collection
Manuscript and printed music for Grofé’s own
compositions as well as his arrangements of other composers' works;
includes scores for his Grand Canyon Suite and his orchestration of
Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.
Glenn Dillard Gunn Collection.
Correspondence, photographs, clippings,
printed music, and other materials deriving from the career of the
pianist and music critic, active in Chicago, 1910-1936, and in
Oscar Hammerstein II Collection.
Scripts, librettos, correspondence,
scrapbooks, music materials, and related items; includes scripts
and lyrics for some of the most popular musicals of the twentieth
Jascha Heifetz Collection.
Manuscript and printed music comprising the
performing library of the Russian-born violinist; scrapbooks,
photographs, and extensive files of concert repertoire lists and
Heineman Foundation Collection in honor of Edward N.
Autograph music manuscripts and correspondence and rare imprints; includes a copy
of the first printed libretto of Handel's Messiah and a copy of
Tinctoris's Terminorum Musicae Diffinitorium, the first printed
dictionary of musical terms (ca. 1495).
Victor Herbert Collection.
Music scores and orchestral parts, librettos, scrapbooks, programs, and photographs of the
German-educated American cellist, conductor, and composer.
Irene Heskes Collection.
Sheet music of Yiddish popular songs
spanning the years 1895-1950, much of it from the archives of the Hebrew
George Hodges Collection.
The music libraries of Hodges's
father and grandfather, comprising eighteenth- and nineteenth-century
manuscript and printed music, instructional materials, pamphlets,
and other materials, mostly of English origin.
Carrie Jacobs-Bond Collection.
Music manuscripts, personal
papers, photographs, and business records of the printing house which she
established for her own works.
Charles Jahant Collection.
Nearly two thousand photographs of
opera singers, dating from the late nineteenth century to the present;
many are inscribed to Mr. Jahant.
Danny Kaye and Sylvia Fine Kaye Collection.
A comprehensive archive of the compositions of Sylvia Fine Kaye, many of
them written for Danny Kaye's film and stage appearances; scripts, music, and
business records relating to his television shows.
Jerome Kern Collection.
Music materials dating from the beginning of
his career through the 1930s; orchestrations for many important
works including comprehensive holdings for Show Boat.
Hans Kindler Foundation Collection.
Music materials and business
records of the Kindler Foundation which chronicle its concert and
commissioning activities; Kindler's personal papers and manuscript
and printed scores.
Otto Klemperer Collection.
Music materials, correspondence, photographs, and books from his personal library; research
materials relating to Peter Heyworth's biography of Klemperer.
Erich Wolfgang Korngold Collection.
Autograph manuscript scores
for most of the works of the Austrian-born composer of concert music and
film scores; correspondence and ephemera.
Andre Kostelanetz Collection.
Manuscript orchestrations used
by the Russian-born conductor; personal papers, correspondence, and books
from his personal library; American music materials purchased
through his bequest.
Music materials and personal papers
of the Russian conductor; the archives of the Koussevitzky Foundation,
documenting a fifty-year commissioning program; includes
manuscripts of more than 250 commissioned works.
Fritz Kreisler Collection.
Manuscript scores for works by
Kreisler as well as his arrangements of works by other composers;
correspondence, photographs, biographical materials; his Guarneri
del Gesù — violin and the autograph manuscript of Brahms's Violin
Concerto in D major.
Harry and Sarah Lepman Collection.
American patriotic sheet music
from the 1890s though World War II, many items having highly decorative
Charles Martin Tornov Loeffler Collection.
Correspondence, music manuscripts, photographs, programs, and clippings spanning the
entire career of this Alsatian-born composer and violinist.
Paul Löwenberg Collection
More than 1,600 first edition
piano scores of Viennese dance music, including nearly all the works by
composers of the Lanner and Strauss families, the
nineteenth-century "waltz kings" of Vienna.
Edward and Marian MacDowell Collection.
Music materials and
personal papers of Edward MacDowell; materials pertaining to his wife,
Marian MacDowell, and to the MacDowell Colony, which she
established in New Hampshire.
John Herbert McDowell Collection.
Manuscript and printed music, photographs, programs, and personal papers documenting the
of the American composer who wrote chiefly for the theater and
McKim Fund Collection.
Personal papers of Leonora Jackson
McKim, one of the first women to achieve international recognition as a
concert violinist; the archives of the McKim Fund, established to
support music for violin and piano; includes manuscripts of nearly
forty commissioned works.
Loretta C. Manggrum Collection.
Music scores, programs,
and other materials of the African-American composer, teacher, and church
school music books, collected by Lowell Mason and later organized by his
student, Osborne McConathy.
Nikolai Karlovich Medtner Collection.
Manuscript and printed
music, professional and family correspondence, books, and a plaster cast
of the hands of the Russian pianist and composer.
Dayton C. Miller Collection.
More than 1,600 flutes and
related instruments, music, iconography, memorabilia, and Dr. Miller's
3,000-volume library containing virtually every publication on the
flute and flute playing issued up to 1940.
Charles Mingus Collection.
Autograph manuscripts of composer,
bassist, and bandleader Mingus; photographs, literary manuscripts,
correspondence, and tape recordings of interviews, broadcasts,
recording sessions, and Mingus composing at the piano.
Modern Music Archives.
Business records of Modern
Music, a journal that championed the cause of contemporary music
(1924-1946); correspondence, typescripts of articles, and photographs.
Moldenhauer Archives at the Library of Congress.
Autograph music manuscripts, correspondence, literary documents, and other primary
source materials spanning the entire history of Western music, from
Gregorian chant to the twentieth century.
Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton Collection.
Manuscript and printed copyright deposit scores, chiefly from the 1920s and 1930s.
National Negro Opera Company Collection.
Photographs, clippings, correspondence, and other materials documenting performers and
performances of the Washington-based company, active from the late
1930s until the early 1960s.
The music libraries of Philadelphia
musicians William Newland and Charles Zeuner, comprising manuscript
and printed music of the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries:
sacred choral music, songs, and chamber and orchestral music.
Autograph music manuscripts, personal
papers, correspondence, and memorabilia documenting the career of the
composer, pianist, and conductor, chiefly after his emigration from
Russia in 1917.
Roger Reynolds Collection.
Music and literary manuscripts, sketches, and magnetic tapes of computer,
audio and video files documenting the multimedia work of this pioneering
American composer, author and teacher comprise the core of this growing collection.
Mrs. Giles F. Rich Collection.
Scrapbooks containing programs, photographs, ticket stubs, and other memorabilia documenting
musical, theatrical, and athletic events in and around Boston,
Richard Rodgers Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts for
many of Rodgers's best known works written with lyricists Lorenz Hart and
Oscar Hammerstein II; includes Babes in Arms, South
Pacific, and Oklahoma!
Sigmund Romberg Collection.
Manuscript and printed music, librettos,
film scripts, and photographs of Romberg, one of the most prolific
writers of popular music of the twentieth century; includes The New
Moon and The Student Prince.
Autograph music and literary manuscripts
collected by Harry Rosenthal; includes rich holdings of autograph
music manuscripts and correspondence of Franz Liszt.
Artur Rubinstein Collection.
concert and repertoire documents, business records, and related materials,
largely after 1940.
Francis Maria Scala Collection.
Manuscript and printed
band music, chiefly composed or arranged by Scala, the first Leader of the
Marine Band, 1855-1871; includes an autograph note to Scala from
Albert Schatz Collection.
More than twelve thousand
printed opera librettos dating from 1601 through the nineteenth century; research
materials compiled by Schatz.
Arthur P. Schmidt Company Archives.
The archives of the
Boston music publisher, which handled virtually all significant American
composers from the late nineteenth through the mid-twentieth
centuries; autograph music manuscripts, printed music, and business
Artur Schnabel Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts of the Austrian-born pianist, composer, and teacher; materials for
edition of Beethoven sonatas.
Arnold Schoenberg, 1936
(George and Ira Gershwin Collection) (Photograph by
Edward Weston) (Copyright 1981, Center for Creative Photography,
Arizona Board of Regents)
Arnold Schoenberg Collection.
Correspondence to Schoenberg as
well as carbon copies of letters from Schoenberg; extensive exchanges with
his two most famous pupils, Alban Berg and Anton von Webern.
William Howard Schuman Collection.
Autograph manuscripts for
chamber, symphonic, and operatic works; libretto material; includes The
albums, photograph albums, and scrapbooks, spanning the entire career of
this American writer on music.
Charles and Ruth Crawford Seeger Collection.
printed materials, correspondence, and other papers deriving from the work
of musicologist/ethnomusicologist Charles Seeger and his wife,
composer Ruth Crawford Seeger.
Gisela Selden-Goth Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts of eminent
eighteenth-, nineteenth-, and twentieth-century European composers,
collected by the Hungarian musicologist and composer.
Roger Sessions Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts and personal and
professional papers; includes literary materials for his opera,
Elie Siegmeister Collection.
Manuscript and printed music
materials, libretti, educational materials, clippings, and correspondence.
Beverly Sills Collection.
Forty-one scrapbooks documenting
the career and contributions of one of twentieth-century America's most
important singers and a leader in music administration.
Nicolas Slonimsky Collection.
Papers of the musical lexicographer,
conductor, and composer best known for his exhaustive work on
editions of Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians;
manuscripts of more than twenty compositions by Slonimsky; printed
materials from his library.
Oscar George Theodore Sonneck Collection.
Papers of the
first Chief of the Music Division, 1902-1917, including research notes,
publication materials, and correspondence; the major portion of the
collection comprises his correspondence as founding editor of the
John Philip Sousa Collection.
Autograph music manuscripts for
most of the works of the American composer and conductor; includes "The
Stars and Stripes Forever," officially designated as the national
march of the United States.
Hans Spialek Collection.
Manuscript and printed scoresand parts for
works composed or orchestrated by Spialek; diaries, correspondence,
ephemera, and photographs; music materials belonging to Spialek and
to his wife, singer Dora Boshoer.
Harold and Rose Marie Spivacke Collection.
Personal, professional, and
student papers of Harold Spivacke, Chief of the Music Division,
1937-1972; rarities purchased with funds bequeathed by Mrs.
Spivacke, including autograph correspondence of Alban Berg.
Edward and Clara Steuermann Collection.
Manuscript and printed
music, correspondence, and other materials relating to pianist and
composer Edward Steuermann; papers of his wife, music librarian
Publishers' proofs and photocopies of
works by Stravinsky, many with extensive autograph corrections and
annotations, given to the Library by Stravinsky's protégé,
conductor and writer Robert Craft.
William Remsen Strickland Collection.
Printed music, photographs,
scrapbooks, correspondence, promotional materials, and ephemera of
the conductor noted for his performances of American music.
Henryk Szeryng Collection.
Personal papers, manuscript
and printed music, photographs, scrapbooks; includes Szeryng's reconstruction
of Paganini's Third Violin Concerto.
Tams-Witmark Rental Score Collection.
The music firm's rental
score collection of nearly seven thousand manuscript and printed scores
for operas and operettas dating from the early nineteenth to the
early twentieth centuries.
Vladimir Ussachevsky Collection.
Personal papers, educational materials,
and music manuscripts of this innovator in the field of electronic
music and one of the founders of the Columbia-Princeton Electronic
Harry Von Tilzer Collection.
Music manuscripts, lyric sheets, scripts,
and business records of the Harry Von Tilzer Music Co., one of the
most successful American popular-music publishers of the early
twentieth century; includes extensive autograph materials of Von
Samuel Prowse Warren Collection.
Programs from performances
given chiefly in churches in the New York City area, ca. 1880-1910;
important turn-of-the-century programs from major New York concert
Edward N. and Lilly L. Waters Collection.
and first editions of the music of Franz Liszt from the estate of Edward
Waters, Chief of the Music Division, 1972-1976; his research
notes relating to Victor Herbert; correspondence.
Hugo Weisgall Collection.
Music and literary manuscripts
of the composer and theorist; includes personal correspondence during
World War II.
Gertrude Clarke Whittall Collection.
The quintet of Stradivari instruments given by Mrs. Whittall; autograph manuscripts of
prominent European composers; includes notable manuscripts of
Brahms, and documentary holdings of Paganini and Mendelssohn; the
archives of the Whittall Foundation.
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