Recently-processed special collections at NYPL Music Division

Marc-Antonio Consoli collection
The Marc-Antonio Consoli collection consists of the composer’s scores in the form of sketches, draft and finished manuscripts, printouts, and final published versions.

William Engvick collection of Alec Wilder scores
The William Engvick collection of Alec Wilder scores holds sketches, lead sheets, piano reductions, or full scores for musicals and individual songs by Engvick and Wilder, as well as for music Wilder wrote with other collaborators, or by himself.

Albert Stoessel papers, Additions
Albert Stoessel (1894-1943) was an American violinist, conductor, composer, and pedagogue. The Albert Stoessel papers, Additions, primarily hold lecture texts and course materials, and also contain small portions of biographical papers, photographs, and correspondence.

Robert Savage collection
Robert Savage (1951-1993) was an American composer and pianist. The Robert Savage collection (1975-1994) consists of scores, personal files, and sound and video recordings.

Jacob D. Sapir scores
Jacob D. Sapir was a composer and chazan (cantor) for Congregation Orach Chaim in New York City at the turn of the 20th century. The Jacob D. Sapir scores contain manuscripts for 16 of his compositions.

Bob Holt scores
Robert Holt (? – ca. 1990) was a music arranger active in New York City in the early 1970s, known professionally as Bob Holt. The Bob Holt scores date from 1958 to 1977 and contain arrangements of over 200 jazz and American songbook standards for piano trios and big bands.

David Chigrinsky scores
David Chigrinsky (1877-1963) was a Russian composer and teacher who immigrated to the United States in 1923. The David Chigrinsky scores primarily contain his opera The Misfortune of Being Clever, and about 15 other works.

Deposit and Share Your Scholarly Work with IDEALS

Do you know that IDEALS is more than just a place for students to deposit their theses and dissertations? “IDEALS is the digital repository for research and scholarship – including published and unpublished papers, datasets, video and audio – produced at the University of Illinois. All faculty, staff, and graduate students can deposit into IDEALS.”

Depositing your articles, chapters, presentations, research materials in IDEALS has several benefits. Here are a few:

1) A central location to find your scholarly output. RILM and Music Index are very useful, of course, but they don’t include unpublished things and neither covers every scholarly publication.

2) Makes your materials more visible to scholars and others. Items in IDEALS can be found via a simple Google search.

3) IDEALS provides permanent links to your materials that you can then use in your CV or dossier.

For more information about how to get started with IDEALS, see the IDEALS Wiki.

For more information about finding and depositing theses and dissertations, see our earlier blog entry on IDEALS.

Here is more information about the related issues of author’s rights and open access.

If you have questions, don’t hesitate to contact Kirstin or John.

Narrowing Searches in Library Catalog

Searching for items in the MPAL catalog can result in a ton of hits – which can sometimes be daunting. For example, a simple search for “Brahms Symphonies” results in nearly 500 items. But what if you are looking for something specific – like a score to the second symphony or a recording conducted by Leonard Bernstein? Narrowing your search on the right hand column can help you quickly find what you are looking for.

One way to narrow your search is by Format, meaning the catalogue will limit your search to the type of item you would like. Some formats include:

Music Recording
Music Score
Electronic (online materials)
Film or Video


The Location option lets you know which libraries have items relating to your search. You can limit your search to only materials located in the Music and Performing Arts Library collection. Before narrowing your search this way, keep in mind that both the Main Stacks and the Undergraduate Library have some resources relevant to music topics.


The Author option can limit your searches by:
Author (book)

This section can sometimes be quite lengthy, so if you are looking for a specific performer or conductor it would be best to include their name in your initial search.

The Topic section helps you find resources about what you searched for. This tool finds other resources (books, recordings, etc) that relate to your search and can be very helpful – especially if you are just starting work on a paper.

The Subject Area section is very broad (music, history, medicine) and not normally helpful. It is best to avoid this limit.

Another useful limit is by Language. Many of the resources at the library are in German or French, so if you can only use English sources, you can search for only those.

MPAL Easy Search

Are you just beginning research for a project? If so, the Easy Search tool on the MPAL homepage may help you find many of the resources you need to get started. Easy Search searches the UIUC library catalog, I-Share, dictionaries and encyclopedias, and other databases to find reference entries, books, scores, recordings, journal articles, and newspaper articles.

Easy Search is especially helpful for helping you decide which of the many tools it links to to focus on as you continue your search past the first phase.


To use this tool, type in the Keyword, Author, or Title of the material you are looking for. After clicking “search” you will be directed to a page with links to your results.

The first section on the results page lists matches for the item in the UIUC library catalog and also in I-Share libraries. Often the results are further limited by Scores, Recording, and Film/Video. The results also include if your search was found in eBooks (including Google and Hathi Trust) or on IDEALS – the UIUC dissertation depository.


The Easy Search also covers journals including RILM, IIMP, JSTOR, and IIPA. By clicking on the Article Matches, you will be directed to a list of the articles that contain the words you searched for.


Finally, this tool searches through newspapers including the Chicago Tribune, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the London Times. This can be very helpful if you are looking for concert reviews.


New Online Journals and Databases Tool

Recently, you may have noticed some changes in the way you can search for journals and databases on the library website.

The Online Research Resources (ORR) database (the yellow and blue pages!) has been replaced by the new Online Journals and Databases (SFX) database (


There are a number of key differences between these sites. While ORR allowed you to easily browse all music databases, the new SFX requires you know the title of the database before you search. If you are unsure of the exact title of the resource you are looking for, the search engine provides suggestions, which can be helpful.


For now, please try to avoid browsing SFX by subject. These listings are not precise and may give you search results that include links that are irrelevant to music, theater, or dance.

If you cannot find what you are looking for in SFX, you can also try searching:
• The “Databases by Subject” guide:
• The “Music Easy Search” module on our home page:
• The Library’s Online Catalog for database and journal titles and information

A user guide to Online Journals and Databases is available at

If you have questions, please contact me at (tel. 244-4072).

New interface for ProQuest databases

Do you use IIMP or IIPA or ProQuest Dissertations? If so, be prepared for a new look. It simplifies searching and expands the resources available.

IIMP contains both full-text and abstracts to articles from 1874 to the present while IIPA contains results from 1998 onward. Both resources are extremely helpful tools in music, dance, and theater research. ProQuest Dissertations includes dissertations and theses from the late 19th Century to present, many available in full text.

The banner at the top of the page offers a lot of features.


Your Searches and Items

You can choose which ProQuest databases you want to search by clicking the “Database” link in the top left corner.

The Recent Searches link lists all recent searches, which you can review or even combine just by clicking. Selected Items keeps track of the items you flagged while searching. My Research allows you to create and access a free account, enabling you to organize, manage, and save articles. You can also link yourRefWorks account to your IIMP or IIPA account.


You can use the “Languages” link at the top right-hand corner of the page to translate the interface to a different language. After choosing an article, you can translate the text of most articles to another language.

Searching Tips

You can limit search results by:
Document Type
Reference Work
Document Feature, and/or

Be careful when limiting by Document Type (article, book, review, etc) because this will not necessarily give you the most results. The “Reference Work” limit choices provides easy access to a glossary, brief opera synopses, music fundamental terms, and a pronunciation guide.


All search results have icons that correspond with source type (scholarly journal, trade journal, newspaper). If you are unsure of what the icon represents, you can either mouse over it or look to the right side column under Source Type. The choices in the right column also help you narrow your results to a particular type of item.


Another way to limit your results uses the graphic at the bottom of the right hand column on the results page, which allows you to choose articles within a specific date range. This bar graph also shows when most of the articles on a subject were published.


Search Subject Areas

A new feature allows you to select specific subject areas to search in. The column on the right-hand side of the search screen lists areas which link to relevant databases.


This feature is not necessarily the best way to search for articles. Many of the databases included under The Arts have little to do with music; therefore searching IIMP and/or IIPA directly will yield the best results.

But, this feature does allow you to access Dissertations & Theses, which links to both ProQuest Dissertations and CIC (Big 12 School) Dissertations databases. It also allows you to access the News and Newspapers area which gives access to titles like The New York Times (historic and current issues).

International Students Library Workshop

International Students Library Workshop
March 14th at 2:30 in the Seminar Room in MPAL

This workshop is meant to provide some tips and resources for international students (or other students!) who need a little extra help doing college-level research in the perhaps unfamiliar Music and Performing Arts Library. The session will be informal, so feel free to come with specific questions or concerns you might have from your own research experiences in the library. We’ll also be able to try some example searches, so if you have a laptop you want to bring to follow along and try yourself, go ahead and bring it along.

If you can’t make it to the workshop but you could still use some tips on mastering the library, you can get additional information and resources from the following guide, created specifically for this workshop:

Hope to see you there!

More new collections at NYPL Music Division

The following special collections have recently been processed for the Music Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and are open for research. For more information please contact the Music Division at One collection, the League of Composers/ISCM records, which was originally processed in early 2011, has been re-processed to include more historical material on Claire R. Reis and the histories of the League and the ISCM prior to their merger.

Abstracts and links to finding aids follow:

Ethel Burns papers

The Ethel Burns papers document the music, arts and children’s programs Burns produced and directed at radio/television station WNYE and television station WCBS in New York City. The files include scripts, correspondence, production information, press releases, reviews and photographs.
Among other programs, the collection contains information on the series American Musical Theatre and Dial M For Music.

Composers’ Forum, Inc. records

The records of the Composers’ Forum document the history of the organization from 1935 to 2002. They hold correspondence, concert programs, press releases, clippings, grant applications and other development files, board meeting minutes and correspondence, photographs, membership files, concert production files, concert discussion transcripts, historical essays and scrapbooks.

Eugene Weintraub papers

The papers of the music publisher Eugene Weintraub consist of correspondence between Weintraub and his clients, and a biographical file about Weintraub, including essays by the publishers. Much of the correspondence is from the composer George Antheil.

New collections at NYPL Music Division

Leon Kirchner Papers

The Leon Kirchner papers document the career of the composer, conductor and pianist from the 1950s to the early 2000s. They include scores and sketches, correspondence with important musical figures, writings, programs, clippings, photographs and posters.

Thomas E. Barker Papers

The papers of Thomas E. Barker (1954-1988), an American composer, contain his scores, composition catalogs, correspondence, biographical and performance listing files, and files documenting Zaccho, Inc., his publishing company.