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Chopin's signature, from MLM 217 (detail)

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Piosnka litewska (Lithuanian song), op. 74, no. 16 [1830?]

Drei Ecossaises, op. 72, no. 3 (sketches) [1830?]

A song and piano sketches by Chopin share two sides of a single leaf, once belonging to Polish ethnologist and composer Oskar Kolberg (1814- 1890), and now residing in Stanford's Memorial Library of Music.  The Kolberg and Chopin families were neighbors, and Oskar followed Chopin at the Warsaw Lyceum, studying piano with one of Chopin’s teachers. Kolberg was a lifelong collector of music manuscripts, focusing on Polish folk and national music, which he used in his scholarly endeavors.

“So, it’s the original karaoke machine?”

A recent visitor on a tour to the Archive of Recorded Sound made this comment to me as I showed off the roll I was cataloging. On plain beige paper, at first it looked like a regular piano roll. A label at the beginning. Expression and performance data perforations appeared as I unrolled the roll. Then, at the side: words! You can imagine gathering around the piano to sing along with a group of friends at a party, just as Stanford undergrads may have done at the Stanford Student Union in 1915 or Encina Commons in 1926.

Stanford has trial access to eArticle, New Nonmun and KSDC DB from October 1 to November 30, 2015.

  • eArticle:   

    Provides full-text journal articles in all subjects.

  • New Nonmun:   

    Provides full-text journal articles in all subjects.

  • KSDC (Korea Social Science Data Center) DB:   

    Provides data from statistical yearbooks published by the government, public institutions and overseas institutions and data collected from opinion polls and surveys undertaken by the government, universities, research institutes, and other organizations. Users can analyze KSDC data on the website.

We are pleased to announce the October 2015 digital issue of the Terman Engineering Library News.
 Graduate students
In the news this month:

  • Knovel Challenge Begins   
  • Fall Workshops Continue   
  • New Chromebooks   
  • New Features at Media Microtext   
  • Stanford Overleaf Portal    
  • Tableau Data Visualization   
  • HIVE Open House   
  • Proquest Jounals and Google Scholar
Score notes (detail)

For your browsing pleasure, we present the following list of new scores added to composer complete editions, historical sets, and facsimiles:

Modern editions

Bach, JS. Kammermusik mit Violine / Johann Sebastian Bach ; herausgegeben von Peter Wollny. Bd.3.

Eisler. Film music to Nuit et brouillardGesamtausgabe = Complete edition / Hanns Eisler. Ser.VI, Bd.23.

Gluck. L'Arbre enchanté, ou, Le Tuteur dupéSämtliche Werke / Christoph Willibald Gluck. Ser.4, Vol.10.


Finding the best tool for your research and using it efficiently is a challenge for all new students.  The Stanford Libraries offer workshops to help you increase your skill level, explore new resources and network with other students.  If you don’t have time to attend a workshop, you can review these videos on some of the research tools provided by the library. 

Workshops are scheduled during September, October and November with the first sessions during the week of September 28.

The National Geospatial Advisory Committee (NGAC) met outside Shepherdstown, West Virginia at the National Conservation Training Center on September 1-2, 2015.  The full report of the meeting including the Powerpoints from the subcommittees and lightning sessions are available on the NGAC Website.  The NGAC is a Federal Advisory Committee that reports to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC).  Our role is to provide advice and recommendations related to the national geospatial program and the development of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure. 

Center for Latin American Studies tag cloud image

As Fall term came to a close in 1965, Stanford received good news: the Ford Foundation had approved a grant proposal to establish a new program "for training and research in Latin American Studies…" (1) The three-year grant for $550,000 included an allocation of $75,000 for "library improvement." (2) Thus began the Center for Latin American Studies, "The Center," as we know it today.