Blog topic: Music

KZSU Stanford students at a house on Page Mill Road, 1949

The Chuck Black Collection for Early Jazz and Blues

March 6, 2018
by Jerry L McBride

The Archive of Recorded Sound is developing rich collections of early and traditional jazz. In 2014 the Chuck Black Collection of 224 jazz recordings was donated to the Archive along with funds for cataloging and digitizing all of the discs. In addition, the Black family established the Chuck Black Endowment for Early Jazz and Blues to promote the study of early and traditional jazz, blues, and similar musical styles as they emerged and evolved from 1900-1950.

J.A. Bazin reed organ patent

Collection of piano, player piano, organ, and player organ patents now available

February 16, 2018
by Gurudarshan Khalsa

The Archive of Recorded Sound is happy to announce that the Strong Museum Collection (ARS-0190) of bound volumes of patents from the Aeolian Company, the Amphion Piano Player Company, and the Mason & Hamlin Piano Company is processed and is now open for research. The volumes cover piano, player piano, organ, and player organ patents filed with the United States Patent Office and the British Patent Office from 1825 to 1926. The volumes provide an extensive technical and historical overview of the inventions, innovations, and improvements in the musical instrument industry during this time period.

MLA President Mark McKnight presents the Hill award to Kevin Kishimoto and Tracey Snyder

Kevin Kishimoto wins publication award

February 7, 2018
by Ray Heigemeir

Kevin Kishimoto, Music Metadata Librarian, Stanford University Libraries, and Tracey Snyder, Music Catalog and Instruction Librarian, Cornell University Libraries, were presented with the Richard S. Hill Award for the best article on music librarianship or article of a music-bibliographic nature, at the 2018 annual meeting of the Music Library Association in Portland, Oregon.  Their article, “Popular Music in FRBR and RDA: Toward User-Friendly and Cataloger-Friendly Identification of Works,” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly  54, no. 1 (2016): 60-86 is available online to the Stanford community.

Detail, CD cover of Korean People's Army Band

North Korean music, peace, propaganda

January 23, 2018
by Ray Heigemeir

The approaching XXIII Olympic Winter Games shine a spotlight on the Korean Peninsula, and the very tentative steps toward cooperation between the two Koreas in the current highly-charged political climate. Music is playing a role in that arena.

Jenny Lind paper doll set and box, ca. 1846-48

The Jenny Lind paper doll set

November 22, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

The Jenny Lind paper doll set is a somewhat unusual and most charming recent acquisition by the Stanford Libraries. The doll, measuring just 10 cm in height, comes with costumes from eight of Lind’s notable opera roles, a “concert-toilette” (recital) gown, and five hair pieces.  The chromolithographed opera costumes may reference actual outfits worn by Lind, or, more likely, originate from the designer’s imagination. We do know that the designer took liberties with the doll’s hair color—Lind was decidedly a brunette.

Vincent Kang

The Music Library welcomes Vincent Kang

November 1, 2017
by Ray Heigemeir

We're happy to report that Vincent Kang has joined the Music Library team as our new Operations Manager. Vincent brings excellent experience in public services, having served as Library Supervisor at Doe Memorial and Moffitt libraries at UC Berkeley, where, among other duties, he oversaw a student work force of 60, covering three service points.