Music Treasures Consortium Web Site Launched

02/07/11

The Music Treasures Consortium proudly announces a new Web site giving access to some of the world’s most valued music manuscript and print materials, available athttp://lcweb2.loc.gov/diglib/ihas/html/treasures/treasures-home.html.
The site is the creation of several renowned music libraries and archives in the United States and the United Kingdom. The consortium members include the British Library, the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library at Harvard University, the Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Library, the Library of Congress, the Morgan Library and Museum, and the New York Public Library. The site is hosted by the Library of Congress on its Performing Arts Encyclopedia (www.loc.gov/performingarts ). The aim of the site is to further music scholarship and research by providing access in one place to digital images of primary sources for performance and study of music.

The items digitized include manuscript scores and first and early editions of a work. Seminal composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Richard Wagner, Claude Debussy, Georges Bizet, Arnold Schoenberg, and Igor Stravinsky, among others, are represented on the site through their original handwritten manuscripts and first editions. The online items range from the 16th century to the 20th century in this initial launch. Researchers can search or browse materials, access bibliographic information about each item, and view digital images of the treasure via each custodial archive’s Web site. The site will continue to grow as consortium members add more items.

Initial planning for the consortium was funded by Bruce Kovner. The MTC Advisory Board includes Christoph Wolff, Jeffrey Kallberg, Philip Gossett, and Laurent Pugin.

Music Treasures Consortium Members:

The British Library
http://www.bl.uk/
Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
http://hcl.harvard.edu/libraries/loebmusic/
The Juilliard School Lila Acheson Wallace Library
http://www.juilliard.edu/libraryarchives/general.html
The Library of Congress (host)
http://www.loc.gov/
The Morgan Library and Museum
http://www.themorgan.org/
The New York Public Library
http://www.nypl.org/

Karen C. Lund
Digital Project Coordinator
Library of Congress
202-707-0156
klun@loc.gov



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