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Rare Music Materials at Stanford

Stanford's rare music collections

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Stanford University Libraries holds a wealth of rare music manuscripts, early printed editions, theoretical and pedagogical treatises, engravings, photographs, and audio recordings. Materials are located in the Department of Special Collections, Green Library; the Music Library; and the Archive of Recorded Sound. A small number of items have been digitized to date and the images are available here for close inspection and download.

The Memorial Library of Music is Stanford's premiere rare music collection and contains over 1,800 printed and manuscript scores of operas, symphonic works, chamber music, and choral works by major composers from the 17th to the 20th centuries, as well as musicians' letters, engraved portraits, and photographs. Presented to Stanford in 1948 by Mr. and Mrs. George T. Keating, the Memorial Library of Music commemorates Stanford alumni who lost their lives in World War II. 

Access to physical items may be arranged through the Department of Special Collections, the Music Library, and the Archive of Recorded Sound. Some information presented here originates from the Catalogue of the Memorial Library of Music (1950); see also individual entries in the SearchWorks library catalog for additional information where available. 

Formal written permission is required from the Department of Special Collections or the Music Library prior to publishing any item or work, in whole or in part, held by the Stanford University Libraries. For permission to publish or quote from any of our materials, please submit your request.