[RidIM; International Repertory of Musical Iconography; Internationales Repertorium der Musikikonographie]
An international project, founded at a meeting of the International Association of Music Librarians (1971), on the initiative of Barry S. Brook, Geneviève Thibault and Harald Heckmann with the assistance of Howard Mayer Brown, Walter Salmen and Emanuel Winternitz.
Its aim is, on the one hand, to develop methods, means and research centres for the classification, cataloguing, reproduction and study of iconographical material relating to music, and, on the other hand, to function as a framework for the scholarly interpretation of visual sources with musical subject matter by organizing and facilitating conferences. It is designed to assist performers, historians, librarians, students, instrument makers, record manufacturers and book publishers to make the fullest use of visual materials for scholarly and practical purposes.
The cataloguing of musico-iconographic documents was until the early 1970s largely a private, uncoordinated affair, and was poorly equipped with methodology and research tools. Several systems of cataloguing visual materials have been proposed, but RIdIM appears to have become firmly established for two reasons: because it uses new technologies that facilitate the cataloguing and reproduction of vast numbers of sources; and because RIdIM could follow RISM (...