The Music Library is the recipient of a magnificent collection of classical music compact discs donated by Dr. David R. Kessler. The collection consists of 7,701 titles on 9,546 discs resulting from Dr. Kessler’s lifelong love and involvement with music. He began listening to classical music on the radio in New York in his early teens, where he listened to music several hours daily and took notes on what he heard. He also began seriously studying the piano.
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Some of the significant acquisitions in music acquired last year are highlighted here. A more complete list may be found on the Music Library’s web page. We are grateful to our endowed fund donors whose contributions made most of these purchases possible.
Expositions and world fairs were responsible for creating a lot of popular music, as the collection recently added shows. The sheet music provides a fascinating view of these events, from the colorful cover art, to the stories and descriptions contained in the lyrics. The 1893 Chicago, 1904 St. Louis, and 1915 and 1939 San Francisco fairs are especially well represented. The collection includes more than 20 songs from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Fair held in San Francisco. Some of them are Romanoff Caviar, Meet Me in Frisco and We’ll Go to the Fair, That’s How They Spent Their Honeymoon, 1915 Rag, Frisco You’re a Bear. The earliest example in the collection is The Exhibition Quadrille, its cover shows a lithograph of the Crystal Palace of the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London.
The libraries will host their semi-annual All Hands meeting in November. Details are below. All library staff are encouraged to attend.
Friday, November 3rd
11:00 - 12:30
For this and future All Hands meetings, we will be holding only one session. However, the session will be accessible via Zoom, for those who are unable to attend in person and will be recorded. We hope this new approach will enable greater attendance and participation. Zoom details will be posted soon.
The air is crisp and the leaves are crunchy which means it is time to get your spooky on. Come over to Cubberley Library to find out witch book you might want to sink your teeth into for a screamingly good time. We have books that should appeal to all our readers, both young and old. We’ve got really scary, romantically scary and cute scary so come on over…….. if you dare!
The Stanford University Libraries received a collection of documents and manuscripts from the conductor, pianist, composer, and music editor, Jacques-Louis Monod. He was born at Asnières-sur-Seine, France on 25 February 1927 and, as a child prodigy, began his education at the Paris Conservatory in 1935. He studied composition principally with René Leibowitz, who was a major influence on his work, and also with composers Olivier Messiaen, Bernard Wagenaar, Boris Blacher, and Josef Rufer.
The University Archives is pleased to announce the launch of a crowdsourcing project to transcribe handwritten letters and documents within its holdings. Accessible at https://www.fromthepage.com/stanforduniversityarchives, the project currently features 8 unique collections for users to transcribe: