At a glance

Music Library

Notable collections and acquisitions

The collections listed here are housed in either the Music Library, the Archive of Recorded Sound, or the Department of Special Collections, Green Library.  Please contact the appropriate library to arrange access.

Complete listing of collections

Monterey Jazz Festival logo

Recordings of live performances throughout the history of this enduring American cultural institution.

Gaetano Donizetti. Excerpt from Betly (La capanna svizzera). Original manuscript. 1836. MLM 264

Scores of operas, symphonic works, chamber music, and choral works by major composers from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Privately produced Leopold Auer recording, signed by the artist on June 7, 1920.

The Heifetz Collection features recordings by the violinist and a rare unpublished recording by Leopold Auer.

Yehudi Menuhin

The Menuhin Collection contains many test pressings of Menuhin's performances as a violin soloist.

Mario Ancona

The Mario Ancona Collection includes photographs, memorabilia, sound recordings, and more related to Ancona's career.

Richard Bonelli

The Bonelli Collection includes letters, programs, scores, scrapbooks, recordings, posters, and news clippings.

Ruth and Mario Chamlee in Manon

Tenor Mario Chamlee sang at the leading opera houses in the United States and abroad. His wife Ruth was a soprano and noted singing teacher.

Richard Crooks as Pinkerton

Richard Crooks was a tenor with the Metropolitan Opera Company.

Ted Fagan

This is the personal collection of Theodore Fagan, United Nations translator, author, and music collector.

Kirsten Flagstad

Kirsten Flagstad (1895-1962) was known as the premier Wagnerian soprano of her time.

Richard Finnie and colleagues

Open reel tape recordings made by documentary filmmaker, photographer, ethnographer, and historian Richard Sterling Finnie.

Lehmann  as the Marshallin

Includes correspondence and research notes related to Hickling's discography of Lehmann's performances.

Kronos Quartet (l-r: Hank Dutt, David Harrington, Jeffrey Zeigler, John Sherba)

The Kronos Quartet has donated part of its collection of chamber music to the Music Library.

Anne Parker Wigglesworth, Portrait of Henry Cowell. 1964. Oil on canvas, 92 x 60 cm. Gift of Henry Cowell Coolidge Wigglesworth.

This collection contains Sydney Cowell's donations of published scores and recordings of her husband's music.

A glimpse of The Women's Philharmonic scores, shelved in the Music Reference Room.

From 1981 to 2004, The Women's Philharmonic was a San Francisco-based professional orchestra dedicated to the promotion of women composers, conductors, and performers.

Detail from engraving by P. Mignard.  In Lully, homme d'affaires, propriétaire et musicien : notes et croquis à propos de son hôtel de la rue Sainte-Anne et de son mausolée aux / Radet (1891)

The Lully Archive is a repository of primary sources on microfilm originally gathered in support of publication of the complete works of Jean-Bapti

The Schmidt Collection contains primarily photocopies of original and transcribed music for lute gathered from a variety of libraries and archival

Detail from Danza Tropical (1922)

The collection includes over 100 music manuscripts by Spanish composer Julio de Osma.

Antheil's signature

George Antheil was born on July 8, 1900 in Trenton, New Jersey. He studied briefly with Constantin von Sternberg and Ernest Bloch.

Melinda's Wedding Day, by Goodwin/McCarthy/Piantadosi (c. 1913)

Lucie King Harris, born in Sonoma in 1883, was an arts patron, a philanthropist, and an ardent horsewoman.

Florence Underwood

Florence Underwood studied with Darius Milhaud at Mills College in the 1940s.

The Williams Quartette

Bob Arnold was a popular music historian and collector in Albany, California.

Riverwalk Jazz logo

Riverwalk Jazz: Live At The Landing educated and entertained public radio listeners with a program devoted to celebrating traditional jazz and popular music of the pre-war era.

l to r: Jim Cullum Sr., Willson Davis, Louis Armstrong, Harvey Kindervater, and Jim Cullum Jr., 1965.

The Happy Jazz Band was formed in 1962 by Jim Cullum with his son, Jim Cullum, Jr. in San Antonio, Texas.

Ambassador Auditorium, Pasadena, CA

Files of the organizational departments of the Ambassador Auditorium as well as audio and video recordings.

Catgut Acoustical Society logo

The MARL collection consisting of nearly 60 linear feet of materials is dedicated to the study of all aspects of musical acoustics.

Donald Pippin, Artistic Director of Pocket Opera

The Donald Pippin Collection consists primarily of Pippin's English translations of opera librettos available as pdf files.

The William C. Lynch Dennis Brain Collection principally consists of commercial and unpublished recordings of the world renowned British horn player, Dennis Brain (1921-1957).

Blanche Thebom as Laura, in La Gioconda

The Blanche Thebom Collection consists of scores, correspondence, publicity, production notes, and media from the mezzo-soprano's post-Met career as teacher and director.

KSFO logo circa 1950-1965

The KSFO collection consists of audiovisual material and ephemera from this San Francisco radio station's years owned by Golden West Broadcasting, 1956-1983.