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date: 06 December 2019

Collections, privatelocked

  • Otto E. Albrecht
  • , revised by Stephen Roe


This article is a fundamental revision of Otto Albrecht's comprehensive listing in Grove6 of collections of printed and manuscript music and letters of composers and musicians, libraries, books and theoretical works still in private hands. Instruments, collections of and Sound archives are treated elsewhere. Albrecht's division into two sections has been retained, though the parts are retitled ‘Current Collections’ and ‘Historical Collections’. The former records geographically collections in the process of formation and development, or which remain in the family of the original collector or have not yet reached permanent, public, institutional ownership. The second lists alphabetically collections since the late 15th century which have reached a final destination (as far as can be ascertained) or have now been dispersed. Political and market forces of the last 30 or so years of the 20th century have shown that it is not always an inexorable progress from the first to the second list and in some cases the reverse journey has been made. Bibliographical details are generally omitted in the second part; they may be found under the entry for the library where the collection is now located....

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Wrocław, Uniwersytet Wrocławski, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka
Bassano del Grappa, Biblioteca Archivo Museo (Biblioteca Civica)
Reading, University, Music Library
Copenhagen, Kongelige Bibliotek
Cardiff, University of Wales/Prifysgol Cymru
St Petersburg, Rossiyskiy Institut Istorii Iskusstv
London, University of London Library, Music Collection
Rein, Zisterzienserstift
Washington, Cathedral Library
Dresden, Sächsische Staatsoper, Notenbibliothek [in D-Dl]
Palo Alto (CA), University, Memorial Library of Music, Department of Special Collections of the Cecil H. Green Library
Fulda, Hessische Landesbibliothek
Stockholm, Kungliga Biblioteket: Sveriges Nationalbibliotek
Coburg, Landesbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Charlottesville (VA), University of Virginia, Music Library
St Louis, Washington University, Gaylord Music Library
Bonn, Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Rheinischen Friedrich-Wilhelm-Universität
London, Westminster Central Music Library
Chicago, Chicago Public Library, Music Information Center
Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Music Dept
Chicago, Newberry Library
Philadelphia, Musical Fund Society [on loan to US-PHf]
Barcelona, S.E. Catedra Basiclica, Arixiu
Agen, Archives Départementales de Lot-et-Garonne
Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Istituto per le Lettere, il Teatro ed il Melodramma, Biblioteca
Wolfenbüttel, Herzog August Bibliothek, Handschriftensammlung
Urbana (IL), University of Illinois, Music Library
Bonn, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek
Durham, Cathedral Church, Dean and Chapter Library
Prague, Národní Muzeum, Dobrovského (Nostická) Knihovna
O. Thompson: The International Cyclopedia of Music and Musicians (9/1964)
Uppsala, Universitetsbiblioteket
Münster, Bischöflishes Priesterseminar, Bibliothek
Kiel, Schleswig-Holsteinische Landesbibliothek
London, Central Music Library
Paris, Bibliothèque Nationale de France
Gotha, Forschungs- und Landesbibliothek, Musiksammlung
St Petersburg, Rossiyskaya Natsional′naya Biblioteka
Toronto, University of Toronto, Faculty of Music Library
Cambridge, Magdalene College, Pepys Library
Liège, Conservatoire Royal de Musique, Bibliothèque
Lexington (KY), University of Kentucky, Margaret I. King Library
Leeds, University of Leeds, Brotherton Library
Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, Music Library
Łńcut, Biblioteka-Muzeum Zamku
Strasbourg, Université des Sciences Humaines, Institut de Musicologie
Cambridge (MA), Harvard University, Harvard College Library
Brussels, Conservatoire Royal, Bibliothèque, Koninklijk Conservatorium, Bibliotheek
Brno, Moravské Zemské Muzeum, Oddělení Dějin Hudby
London, King's College Library
The Hague, Haags Gemeentemuseum, Muziekafdeling
Northampton (MA), Smith College, Werner Josten Library
The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Philadelphia, Historical Society of Pennsylvania Library
Durham (NC), Duke University Libraries
Göttweig, Benediktinerstift, Musikarchiv
Rome, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei e Corsiniana, Biblioteca
Dundee, Central Library
Mnichovo Hradiště, Vlastivědné Muzeum
Philadelphia, Curtis Institute of Music, Library
Schwerin, Landesbibliothek Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Musiksammlung
Cambridge, Clare College Archives
Salzburg, Universität Salzburg, Institut für Musikwissenschaft, Bibliothek
Kaliningrad, Nauchnaya Biblioteka Kalingradskogo Gosudarstvennogo Universiteta
Cardiff, Public Libraries, Central Library
Die Musik in Geschichte und Gegenwart
Jerusalem, Jewish National and University Library, Music Dept
Budapest, Országos Széchényi Könyvtár
Bologna, Civico Museo Bibliografico Musicale
Einsiedeln, Benedikterkloster, Musikbibliothek
Madrid, Casa Ducal de Medinaceli, Biblioteca
Poughkeepsie (NY), Vassar College, George Sherman Dickinson Music Library
Fontes artis musicae
Vienna, Institut für Musikwissenschaft der Universität
Ottawa, National Library of Canada, Music Division
Łódź, Biblioteka Uniwersytecka
Munich, Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Bibliothek
Edwardsville (IL), Southern Illinois University
Leipzig, Leipziger Städtische Bibliotheken, Musikbibliothek
Vienna, Stadt- und Landesbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Avignon, Médiathèque Ceccano
Norwich, Central Library
Philadelphia, Gratz College
Turin, Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria, sezione Musicale
Rouen, Bibliothèque Municipale
London, Royal Academy of Music, Library
Moscow, Rossiyskaya Gosudarstvennaya Biblioteka
J.B. Coover: Music at Auction: Puttick and Simpson (Warren, MI, 1988)
Manchester, Central Library, Henry Watson Music Library
Washington, DC, Library of Congress, Music Division
Edinburgh, Reid Music Library of the University of Edinburgh
Augsburg, Universität Augsburg, Universitätsbibliothek
Munich, Bibliothek St Michael
Bloomington (IN), Indiana University, Cook Music Library
Stuttgart, Württembergische Landesbibliothek
Glasgow, Mitchell Library, Arts Dept
Bloomington (IN), Indiana University, Lilly Library
Naples, Biblioteca Nazionale Vittorio Emanuele III
Northampton (MA), Forbes Library
Paris, Conservatoire [in F-Pn]
Dublin, Trinity College Library, University of Dublin
Syracuse (NY), University Music Library
Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional
Harburg (nr Donauwörth), Fürstlich Oettingen-Wallerstein'sche Bibliothek Schloss Harburg [in D-Au]
Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh
Berkeley, University of California at Berkeley, Music Library
Ulm, Von Schermar'sche Familienstiftung, Bibliothek
Lyons, Bibliothèque Municipale
Basle, Paul Sacher Stiftung, Bibliothek
Douai, Bibliothèque Nationale
Winhöring, Gräflich Toerring-Jettenbachsche Bibliothek [on loan to D-Mbs]
Kassel, Gesamthochschul-Bibliothek, Landesbibliothek und Murhardsche Bibliothek, Musiksammlung
Colmar, Bibliothèque de la Ville
Evanston (IL), Northwestern University
Mainz, Stadtbibliothek
Morristown (NJ), National Historical Park Museum
Princeton (NJ), Theological Seminary, Speer Library
Weimar, Stiftung Weimarer Klassik, Herzogin Anna Amalia Bibliothek
London, Royal College of Music, Library
Austin, University of Texas at Austin, The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
Los Angeles, University of California at Los Angeles, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Granville (OH), Denison University Library
Florence, Biblioteca Marucelliana
Latrobe (PA), St Vincent College Library
Proceedings of the Musical Association
Dietfurt, Nordrhein-Westfälisches Hauptstaatsarchiv
San Francisco, San Francisco State University, Frank V. de Bellis Collection
Melbourne, State Library of Victoria
Bristol, Central Library
New York, Public Library at Lincoln Center, Music Division
Eisenstadt, Haydn-Museum
Naples, Conservatorio di Musica S Pietro a Majella, Biblioteca
Berlin, Hochschule der Künste, Hochschulbibliothek, Abteilung Musik und Darstellende Kunst
Boston, Public Library, Music Department
Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, Dept of Manuscripts and Printed Books
Versailles, Bibliothèque
New Brunswick (NJ), Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, Music Library, Mabel Smith Douglass Library
Philadelphia, The Presbyterian Historical Society Library [in US-PHlc]
San Jose (CA), Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, San José State University
Vienna, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde
Cambridge, King's College, Rowe Music Library
Mantua, Biblioteca Comunale
Bratislava, Univerzitná Knižnica, Narodné Knižničné Centrum, Hudobńy Kabinet
New York, Pierpont Morgan Library
Munich, Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Oakland (CA), Mills College, Margaret Prall Music Library
Martin, Slovenské Národné Múzeum, Archív
Kórnik, Polska Akademia Nauk, Biblioteka Kórnicka
Berne, Schweizerische Landesbibliothek/Bibliothèque Nationale Suisse/Biblioteca Nationale Svizzera/Biblioteca Naziunala Svizra
Lund, Universitet, Universitetsbiblioteket, Handskriftsavdelningen
Hartford (CT), Case Memorial Library, Hartford Seminary Foundation [in US-ATet]
Kroměříž, Arcibiskupský zámek, hudební sbírka
Princeton (NJ), Princeton University, Firestone Memorial Library
Frankfurt, Stadt- und Universitätsbibliothek
Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center
Stockholm, Stiftelsen Musikkulturens Främjande
Washington, Folger Shakespeare Library
Oxford, Bodleian Library
Tenbury Wells, St Michael's College Library [in GB-Ob]
Český Krumlov, Státní Oblastní Archiv v Trěboni, Hudební Sbírka
Milan, Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Verdi, Biblioteca
Dijon, Conservatoire Jean-Philippe Rameau, Bibliothèque
Heidelberg, Musikwissenschaftliches Seminar der Rupert-Karls-Universität
London, English Folk Dance and Song Society, Vaughan Williams Memorial Library
Düsseldorf, Goethe-Museum, Bibliothek
Dublin, National Library of Ireland
Bonn, Beethoven-Haus, Beethoven-Archiv
St Andrews, University of St Andrews Library
Hinrichsen's Musical Year Book
Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Musikabteilung
Mnichovo Hradiště, Státní Oblatní Archiv v Praze - Pobočka v Mnichovoě Hradiští
Nuremberg, Germanisches National-Museum, Bibliothek
Baltimore, Milton S. Eisenhower Library, Johns Hopkins University
Bologna, Convento di S Francesco, Biblioteca
New Haven (CT), Yale University, Irving S. Gilmore Music Library
Cambridge, University Library
Cambridge, Pendlebury Library of Music
Cambridge (MA), Harvard University, Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library
London, British Broadcasting Corporation, Music Library
Neuenstein, Hohenlohe-Zentralarchiv
Sydney, University of Sydney, Fisher Library
Baltimore, Maryland Historical Society Library
Birmingham, Birmingham University
Modena, Biblioteca Estense e Universitaria
London, Guildhall Library
Claremont (CA), Claremont College Libraries
Carpentras, Bibliothèque Municipale (Inguimbertine)
Salzburg, Internationale Stiftung Mozarteum, Bibliotheca Mozartiana
Copenhagen, Københavns Universitét, Musikvidenskabeligt Institut, Bibliotek
Oslo, Universitetsbiblioteket
Brussels, Bibliothèque Royale Albert 1er/Koninlijke Bibliotheek Albert I, Section de la Musique
Basle, Universität Basel, Öffentliche Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Regensburg, Bischöfliche Zentralbibliothek, Proske-Musikbibliothek
Hamburg, Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Carl von Ossietzky, Musiksammlung
Oxford, Christ Church Library
Prague, Národní Muzeum
Rio de Janeiro, Fundação Biblioteca Nacional, Divisão de Música e Arquivo Sonoro
Paris, Bibliothèque-Musée de l'Opéra
Norwich, Record Office
Leufsta Bruk, De Geer private collection [in S-Uu]
Geneva, Bibliothèque Publique et Universitaire
Venice, Biblioteca Nazionale Marciana
Oslo, Nasjonalbiblioteket, Avdeling Oslo, Norsk Musikksamling
London, British Library
Tokyo, Nanki Ongaku Bunko
San Marino (CA), Huntington Library
New York, Public Library, Center for the Humanities
Aberdeen, University, Queen Mother Library
Bologna, Collezioni d'Arte e di Storia della Casa di Risparmio (Biblioteca Ambrosini)
Rostock, Universität, Universitätsbibliothek
Ghent, Universiteit, Centrale Bibliotheek, Handskriftenzaal
Graz, Universität für Musik und Darstellende Kunst
Rome, Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana
Norrköping, Stadsbiblioteket
Bologna, Accademia Filarmonica, Archivio
Rochester (NY), Sibley Music Library, University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Seville, Institución Colombina
Eichstätt, Katholische Universität, Universitätsbibliothek
Dresden, Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitäts-Bibliothek, Musikabteilung
Žitenice, Státní Oblastní Archiv v Litoměřicích
Tegernsee, Herzogliches Archiv
Hamburg, Staatsarchiv
New Haven (CT), Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Mainz, Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität, Universitätsbibliothek, Musikabteilung
Oxford, Faculty of Music Library
Florence, Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale, Dipartimento Musica
Leeds, Leeds Central Library, Music and Audio Dept
Glasgow, University Library
Stockholm, Musikmuseet, Arkiv
Cincinnati, Public Library
Hereford, Cathedral Library
Eisenstadt, Esterházy-Archiv
Augsburg, Fuggersche Domänenkanzlei, Bibliothek
Rome, Conservatorio di Musica S Cecilia
Wernigerode, Harzmuseum, Harzbücherei
Baltimore, Arthur Friedheim Library, Johns Hopkins University
Florence, Conservatorio Statale di Musica Luigi Cherubini
Vienna, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Medford (MA), Tufts University Library
Zürich, Zentralbibliothek
Cambridge (MA), Harvard University, Houghton Library
Oranienbaum, Landesarchiv
Paris, Bibliothèque Pierre Aubry
Berea (OH), Riemenschneider Bach Institute Library
Pittsburgh, Theological Seminary, Clifford E. Barbour Library
New York, Columbia University, Gabe M. Wiener Music & Arts Library
Berlin, Staatliches Institut für Musikforschung, Bibliothek
Altötting, Kapuziner-Kloster St Konrad, Bibliothek
Stockholm, Statens Musikbibliothek
R. Stevenson: Renaissance and Baroque Musical Sources in the Americas (Washington DC, 1970)
Winchester, Hampshire Record Office
Münster, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Universitäts- und Landesbibliothek, Musiksammlung
Würzburg, Staatsarchiv
Utrecht, Letterenbibliotheek, Universiteit
Atlanta (GA), Emory University Library
Philadelphia, Free Library of Philadelphia, Music Dept
Dublin, Archbishop Marsh's Library
Charlottesville (VA), University of Virginia, Alderman Library
Tel-Aviv, American for Music Library in Israel, Felicja Blumental Music Center and Library
Rome, Biblioteca Casanatense, sezione Musica
Chapel Hill (NC), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Beroun, Statní Okresní Archiv
Venice, Conservatorio di Musica Benedetto Marcello, Biblioteca
Bloomington (IN), Indiana University Library