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Music Library Special Collections: Archival Collections

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


The Gilmore Music Library holds the papers of nearly 200 musicians, scholars, and organizations. For a list (with brief descriptions) of all of the library's archival collections, see the List of Archival Collections. Detailed information about the contents of collections that have been processed can be found in the  Yale Finding Aid Database. For information about collections that are unprocessed or partially processed, please consult the Music Library staff.

Here are some of our most important collections:

The library also has a substantial part of the papers of:

Each collection is unique, but typically includes some combination of manuscript and printed music, correspondence and other paper documents, sound recordings, photographs, and miscellaneous objects. Collections vary in size; some comprise several hundred boxes, while others fill only a single box.


Subject Guide

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