Music and Performing Arts Library Special Collections

About the Collections

The Special Collections area of the Music and Performing Arts Library at the University of Illinois (MPALSC) is home to a unique collection of scores, rare books, recordings, pedagogical materials, and other archival materials used for scholarly inquiry and performance by students and faculty at the School of Music, the University of Illinois, and researchers throughout the world. More 

Special Collections Policies

Piano Roll Dvorak

Piano Roll - Dvorak's New World Symphony

News & Events

The Sousa Archive and Center for American Music has launched an online collection of WWI sheet music. The James Edward Myers World War I Sheet Music Collection is part of the James Edward Myers Sheet Music Collection, housed in the Sousa Archives and Center for American Music. Additional information about the Myers Collection is available through the collection's finding aid.



Print Collections

The print collections in the MPALSCU consist of unique and rare scores, historical encyclopedias and periodicals, books on music theory, performance pedagogy, and many other resources valuable to music researchers and performers. 

Alphabetical Index of All Collections

Subject Index of All Collections

Historic US Sheet Music collection description and catalog

Digital Projects

The Music and Performing Arts Library is actively seeking to improve access and preservation of music materials through its digitization program.  Some paper materials considered to be in brittle condition and at risk for continued degradation  have been  digitized through the Libraries' Brittle Books program.  Future projects may include digitization of sound recordings, piano rolls, archival materials, and other resources that support the curricular mission of the School of Music and interests of scholars world-wide.

List of Digital Projects

Sheet Music Samples