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Facsimiles and Other Reproductions of Manuscripts and Early Editions
Orbis & Quicksearch tips:
Use facsimile as a keyword, or facsimiles as a subject word. In Orbis “facsimile?” will find both; Quicksearch will locate both singular and plural forms using either form
Quicksearch: subject facet will suggest composers, forms, genres, and performing forces or instruments for which we have facsimiles – a very long list. Try searching for something similar and see which subject headings are applied to it (e.g., Symphonies, Songs)
Facsimiles may be in paper, online, or microform
Subject (Region), Subject (Era), and Subject (Genre) may help you narrow down, but may not be consistently applied to all records, so use with caution
If your result set is very large, the Subject (Genre) Facsimiles will help you locate full-length facsimiles, rather than the odd page facsimile at the beginning of an edition.
Subject word Manuscripts will narrow to Manuscript facsimiles
Call number browse (LC class): ML93-ML96.5 Manuscript studies and manuscripts
ML93 – individual manuscript studies, or catalogs of manuscript collections
ML94 & ML94.5 – autograph albums, anthologies of composer autographs
ML95 Y17 – Yale dissertations
ML95.5 – autograph facsimiles of textual works
ML96.4-ML96.5 – facsimiles of musical manuscripts
Facsimiles of early printed works are classified in M class, along with other works for similar performing forces and forms or genres
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Microfilm of Rare Editions and Manuscripts
Individual microfilm of many rare scores and manuscripts are cataloged in Quicksearch Books+ and Orbis, or in the card catalogs in the basement of the Music Library
Manuscripts of works by a single individual are cataloged under the name of the composer or author.
Manuscripts by many composers or authors are typically cataloged under the name of the library followed by Manuscript and the call number (aka shelfmark) of the manuscript
In Orbis and Quicksearch Books+, current cataloging practice is to give the name of the library as the first part of the author heading, qualified by the name of the city and country when necessary (for example, British Library, Bibliotheque nationale de France)
Older headings may also be found (for example Bibliotheque nationale (France) or Dijon (France). Bibliotheque municipale)