The collection is maintained by the Music Library.
The Music Collection supports the undergraduate and graduate curricula in the School of Music, and faculty research programs. The majority of the music materials are located in the Music Library with approximately 14,000 additional volumes of music books and editions housed mainly in the Bookstacks, along with a lesser amount in the Rare Book & Special Collections Library and the Undergraduate Library. All video cassettes are housed in the Media Center of the Undergraduate Library. Two of the unique areas within the microform collection include the comprehensive collection of 4,000 U.S. dissertations in the field of music education and the world’s largest microfilm collection of Renaissance music manuscripts. Other notable collections include the Rafael Joseffy collection of piano music and the Joseph Szigeti collection of manuscripts, printed editions, and discs.
Version Date: April, 2005
I. Collection Description
To support the undergraduate and graduate curricula in the School of Music, and faculty research programs. Music resources and services are also offered to all users, in accordance with a well-defined mission to accommodate not only the School of Music community, but also students and faculty from other departments as well as a large body of off-campus users.
History of Collection:
On February 16, 1944, a branch music library opened on the second floor of Smith Memorial Hall with a collection of about 250 class reserves. By 1944, the University Library had already assembled a collection of some 15,000 volumes of printed music and books in the general field of music. For over thirty years, the music collections and services spread throughout Smith Memorial Hall with the circulation and listening services for sound recordings moving to the Undergraduate Library during the summer of 1969. Room 5 in the basement of the Law Building was used for storage of uncatalogued items from 1967 to 1974. In August 1974, the Music Library moved into its present quarters in the North wing of the School of Music building with 23,000 square feet of floor space housed on two levels.
Estimate of Holdings:
170,000 volumes of books and editions of music, 40,000 sound recordings, 8,500 microforms; 34,500 items in all kinds of formats which are accessioned and on the shelves but not catalogued; and 626,000 volumes of editions of music mainly from the stock of the Joseph Hunleth Music Store in St. Louis and 78 rpm discs.
State, Regional and National Importance:
A survey conducted in 1977 revealed the Music Library at the University of Illinois is ranked fifth among academic libraries supporting graduate programs in music. Two of the unique areas within the microform collection include the comprehensive collection of 4,000 U.S. dissertations in the field of music education and the world’s largest microfilm collection of Renaissance music manuscripts. Other notable collections include the Rafael Joseffy collection of piano music and the Joseph Szigeti collection of manuscripts, printed editions, and discs.
Unit Responsible for Collecting:
Location of Materials:
The majority of the music materials are located in the Music Library with approximately 14,000 additional volumes of music books and editions housed mainly in the Bookstacks, along with a lesser amount in the Rare Book and Special Collections Library and the Undergraduate Library. All video cassettes are housed in the Media Center of the Undergraduate Library.
Citations of Works Describing the Collection:
. Compiled by the University of Illinois Musicological Archives for Renaissance Manuscript Studies. Neuhausen-Stuttgart: American Institute of Musicology, 1979-. v.1: A-J (1979), v.2: K-0 (1982).
. Volume 1: Canada and the United States. Kassel: Barenreiter, 1983. pp. 235-237.
Downs, pp. 161-169.
Grossman, Margaret Rosso. “Reports from the Domestic Corresponding Editors: Important Library Holdings at Forty-One North American Universities–University of Illinois.” 17 (1974): 44-46.
Krummel, D.W. and others. Resources of American Music History: A Directory of Source Materials from Colonial Times to World War II. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1981. pp. 112-115.
Major, pp. 14, 29, 46, 67, 86, 119, 160, 163, 166.
McClellan, William M. “A Sampling of American Music in the Music Library.” 8 (1981): 19-24.
McClellan, William M. “Selection and Acquisition of Music Materials for the Music Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.” (Unpub.) 1982.
II. General Collection Guidelines
Worldwide, although the Americas and Western Europe have been emphasized in the past.
Treatment of Subject:
Writings about music include scholarly, pedagogical, and popular treatments of a subject. Fiction or writings designed for the young are usually excluded. There are no restrictions for music scores or sound recordings.
Types of Materials:
Books; periodicals; music scores or editions; catalogues of music libraries, collections, and exhibitions; trade catalogues (mainly music and record publishers); sound recordings; filmstrips; microforms; instructional materials such as multi-media kits, games, slides; vertical file material (newspaper clippings, pamphlets, brochures, iconographical material), and theses. (In the field of music education, microforms of U.S. dissertations are collected on an exhaustive research level.)
Date of Publication:
Place of Publication:
No restrictions, but same emphasis as geographic guidelines.
III. Collection Responsibility by Subject Subdivisions with Qualifications, Levels of Collecting Intensity, and Assignments
Below is a table that lists specific subject subdivisions within the collection. Each row in the table lists a specific subject subdivision, followed by three columns noting: Collection Strength, Primary Assignments and Secondary Assignments. The Existing Collecting Strength column notes how well the existing collection covers that topic on a 1 to 5 scale with 5 being very strong. The Primary Assignments column lists departmental libraries that have the greatest collection intensity of subject materials, respectively. In the case of 2 or more libraries listed, the collection intensity is comparable. The Secondary Assignments column list departmental libraries where additional materials may be found.
|SUBJECT SUBDIVISIONS||EXISTING STRENGTH||PRIMARY ASSIGNMENTS||SECONDARY ASSIGNMENTS|
|WRITINGS ABOUT MUSIC:|
|General (fiction, juvenilia)||1||Music|
|Bibliography and discography||2||Music|
|American music (includes jazz, popular, and other vernacular music)||3||Music|
|Composition (includes electronic and computer music)||3||Music|
|Computers in music||3||Music|
|Ethnomusicology (Non-western art music and all vernacular music except American||3||Music|
|History (musicology; western art music)||3||Music|
|Opera, film, and theatre music||3||Music|
|Performance (vocal and instrumental music in general; methods, techniques and works about instruments)||2||Music|
|Performing arts (general)||1||Music|
|Trades and business (copyright, printing, publishing)||2||Music|
|Music and other arts and disciplines||1||Music|
|Monumental sets, historical or scholarly anthologies, complete and collected works of composers||3||Music|
|Facsimile editions of manuscripts and printed music including microform editions of early music||3||Music|
|Music for one instrument (includes all instruments and solos with/without piano)||3||Music|
|Chamber music (2-10 instruments) (includes score, or score and part(s))||3||Music|
|Orchestral music (study scores or full scores if study score not available)||3||Music|
|Solo instruments or voices with orchestra (study score or full score; piano reductions)||3||Music|
|Vocal music: Collections of vocal solos (excludes editions of individual songs). Art songs.||3||Music|
|Choral music (sacred and secular works of significant scale. Score or vocal score. Excludes choral octavos except works by designated composers)||3||Music|
|Collections of folk songs (vocal scores and traditional music)||2||Music|
|Collections of earlier music (composers active before 1900)||3||Music|
|Opera, film and theatre music (study scores or full scores; vocal scores or selections)||3||Music|
|Popular music: collections of vocal or instrumental music (excludes editions of individual songs or pieces||2||Music|
|Electronic music and music of other “advanced” techniques (score and nonprint media when available)||3||Music|
|Band music (wind ensemble) (full scores for concert or symphonic band. Excludes condensed or piano-conductor scores)||2||Music|
|Band methods (sets of parts or instructional materials)||1||Music|
|Liturgical music: hymnals, masses, passions, services, etc., and nonliturgical works with liturgical texts||3||Music|
|Juvenilia and school music||2||Music|
|Art music (classical): Major consideration is the composer or composition, rather than the performers Historical anthologies and monumental sets (all periods)||3||Music|
|Music for one instrument (includes all instruments and solos with and without a piano)||3||Music|
|Chamber music (2-10 instruments)||3||Music|
|Solo instruments or voices with orchestra||3||Music|
|Vocal music (art songs, lieder, etc.)||3||Music|
|Choral music (sacred and secular)||3||Music|
|Electronic music and music of other “advanced” techniques||3||Music|
|Band music (includes wind ensemble)||2||Music|
|Liturgical music: plainchant, hymns, masses, passions, services, etc.||3||Music|
|Art music (classical): major consideration is the performer or a particular performance (includes “recital” recordings)||3||Music|
|VERNACULAR MUSIC TRADITIONS:|
|(includes nonwestern art music and all folk and traditional music in documented editions)||3||Music|
|Musicals, film soundtracks, TV, and theatre music||3||Music|
|Popular music (United States)||2||Music|
|School music (collections, sets and single recordings for classroom)||2||Music|
|Ballets, dance productions||1||Music|
|Documentaries, interviews, etc. (musicians)||1||Music|
|Operas, musicals, performance arts||1||Music|
|School music instructional materials||1||Music|
|Recitals and concerts||0||Music|
|School music instructional materials||0||Music|
|Higher education instructional materials in music||0||Music|
Version Date: November 2005