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General Collection manuscript music miscellany


Scope and Contents

This finding aid encompasses single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts relating to music, acquired by the Beinecke Library from various sources and at various times.

Materials are grouped alphabetically by name. Within each name heading, materials are organized in three subgroups: Correspondence, Music, and Other Papers. Within each subgroup, folders and volumes are listed by folder or volume title, except Music, which is arranged alphabetically by work title and subarranged by folder or volume title. Correspondence files contain outgoing letters from the name in the group heading to other correspondents, unless otherwise indicated. Music is written the composer's holograph, unless otherwise indicated.


  • [ca. 1600-ongoing]


Language of Materials

In English.

Physical Description

Linear Feet: ongoing; Total Boxes: ongoing.

Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Folders 1-12: Restricted fragile material. Reference surrogates have been substituted in the main files. For further information consult the appropriate curator.

Oversize Folder 90 (Record album storage): Reference copies may be requested. Consult Access Services for further information.

Conditions Governing Use

The General Collection Manuscript Music Miscellany is the physical property of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. Literary rights, including copyright, belong to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ongoing collection of documents acquired by gift and purchase from various sources. Source information is recorded on folders and boxes. For further information, consult the appropriate curator.


Linear Feet

Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Single manuscripts and small groups of manuscripts relating to music. Materials are grouped under name headings. Within each name heading, materials are organized in three subgroups: Music, Correspondence, and Other Papers.

Processing Information

This finding aid is updated periodically to account for new materials that have been added to the collection. For information on material that may have been acquired for the collection since the last update, please consult the Access Service Desk.

This finding aid contains materials previously cataloged in the Manuscript Card Catalog, in the General Collection Manuscript Miscellany, and as GEN MSS 317 and 518; GEN MSS VOL 81, 85, 137, 171, 208, 407-410, 420, 424, and 428-436; and GEN MSS FILE 17, 22, 29, 241, 330, 339, 359, 372, and 380-381. All pertinent bibliographic information has been retained. Cross references have been listed in the General Collection Manuscript Miscellany.

Shelf locations were formerly listed under group numbers consisting of a sequential number and name (e.g. Group 1, Massenet, Jules). Group numbers were discontinued in 2010 April. Former group numbers for materials added before 2010 April are noted in folder notes. In 2022, complete works of notated music formerly classed within this collection but also cataloged separately in Yale's online catalog (Orbis) were given new call numbers and may now be requeseted through Orbis. Notes indicating the new call numbers for these items appear in the listing for this collection.

Guide to the General Collection Manuscript Music Miscellany
Karen Spicher
2005 October
Description rules
Beinecke Manuscript Unit Archival Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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Access Information

The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.