News, October 2016 | Stanford Libraries

News, October 2016

Greetings from the Music Library and Archive of Recorded Sound!
Increasingly, our activities and growing resources are being captured in blog posts and web pages.  Follow the links below for expanded information:


Over the past few months we’ve welcomed three new staff members. Kevin Kishimoto joined the Music Library as our new Head of Music Metadata Services; Frank Ferko, who some of you may remember from his previous archival work in the ARS, is now our Sound Archives Librarian; and Erin Hurley joined the Archive as Project Archivist for the San Francisco Traditional Jazz Foundation Collection.

After 36 years of service to Stanford University Libraries, Aurora Perez retired as Operations Manager of the Archive of Recorded Sound and moved to Texas to be closer to her family.  Benjamin Bates, who served over the past six years as Archives Specialist, Interim Operations Manager, and Processing Archivist, has been appointed Operations Manager.

Player Piano Project

The Project continues its work, with a recent focus on designing and constructing a piano roll scanner capable of scanning all of the various types of piano and organ rolls that have been collected to date. 

Rare music online

Rare music materials that have been digitized for projects and research requests are now available for close inspection and download at the Rare Music Materials Spotlight site. Rare Music is one of about a dozen collections currently included in SUL’s online exhibit environment. We anticipate expanding these online offerings as resources permit. Your feedback is welcome! 

Faculty, staff, student & alumni publications

The list of publications continues to grow at a robust pace.

News posts

Select posts you may have missed include

The Fallen Angel: An oratorio, unearthed
Mysterious attributions: Reception of Die Zauberharfe (Ben Ory, guest blogger)
Open reel tapes, head blocks, and unconventional track arrangements at the Stanford Media Preservation Lab
An interdisciplinary solution to sound recording preservation

New arrivals

New music scores and facsimiles, Winter 2016
New music scores and facsimiles, April 2016
New music scores and facsimiles, June 2016
New music scores and facsimiles, Summer 2016

New titles in Music Reference, Spring 2016
New titles in Music Reference, Summer 2016

ARS latest collections, Spring 2016

In the library

The stacks maintenance project continues at a steady pace. We expect to complete shifting books sometime during the Fall Quarter. Your patience is appreciated as we organize and make room for the new materials we add each day! Currently the Music Library holds 53,563 scores, 48,627 book volumes, 30,030 recordings, and 1907 videos. SAL3 holds 41,328 scores, and 24,838 book volumes.

The current exhibit, "Presidential Sheet Music," draws examples of popular music from the ARS collections and (in facsimile) from the Library of Congress. The practice of celebrating US presidents in songs and parlor pieces was popular in the decades between the Civil War and WWI.

And finally...

Here are a few resources I've come across that may be of interest:

Gale newsvault: cross-search Gale's range of historical (17th-19th century) newspaper collections.

Gale Artemis Primary Sources: cross-search Eighteenth Century Collections Online and Nineteenth Century Collections Online.

All of Bach, a project by the Netherlands Bach Society to record all of JS Bach's works. A new work is streamed every Friday.

Digitaler Portraitindex druckgraphischer Bildnisse der Frühen Neuzeit: A collection of 17th and 18th portrait prints of nobility, artists, musicians, religious figures, women, and famous persons from antiquity.