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Finding and using archives, manuscripts, rare books and scores, and other special collections at the Music Library.

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Music Library Special Collections

The Gilmore Music Library is home to a large repository of special collections materials, comprised of the Historic Sound Recordings Collection, the Oral History of American Music and the Gilmore Music Library’s special collections.  These collections include rare manuscripts, books, and scores, as well as the papers of notable composers, performers, scholars, and organizations; a wealth of sound recordings from the earliest cylinders to current technology, and a vast library of oral histories taken with notable figures from all areas of American Music.  Familiar names to be found in these collections include Benny Goodman, Virgil Thomson, Charles Ives, Robert Shaw and Vladimir Horowitz, among many others.  

Our special collections are open to researchers from Yale and around the world. This guide offers information about the library's holdings, as well as the policies and procedures that govern their use.

Many Yale libraries have special collections. For general information, see this guide.


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Richard Boursy
Gilmore Music Library
Sterling Memorial Library
120 High Street
P.O. Box 208240

Music Librarian for Reference and Instruction

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Suzanne Lovejoy
Music Librarian for Reference and Instruction
Office ML104, Music Library, Sterling Memorial Library
(203) 432-0497