Loeb Music Library

Recordings Collections

The Loeb Music Library's recordings collections support the curriculum of the Music Department as well as the broad musical interests and activities of the University community. The library holds upward of 83,000 audio and video recordings, representing virtually all areas of Western classical music. Recent decades have seen strong collection development in historically informed performance/early music, jazz, blues, and American popular music, film music, American musical theater, and performances of historic significance.

Recent major acquisitions include the Len Lyons Collection of jazz recordings, a collection of roughly 2,500 LP recordings received from the jazz critic Len Lyons; the Robert P. Outerbridge collection of opera and vocal music, comprising nearly 800 complete opera recordings and over 5,000 discs of vocal music; and the Joseph Jeffers Dodge Duke Ellington Collection, a comprehensive collection of over 2,000 recordings and visual materials devoted to all aspects of Ellington's career.

Nearly 21,500 recordings of music from the world's cultures are held by the Archive of World Music. Asian and Middle Eastern repertories represent a strength of this collection.

The library's recordings collection is a closed-stack, non-circulating teaching and archival collection (cataloged in HOLLIS) for in-house use, accessible to patrons with a Harvard ID. Finding aids to some of the archival sound collections are available on OASIS, Harvard's Online Archival Search Information System.

Questions and comments, including requests for new materials and inquiries about using the collections, may be directed to Robert J. Dennis, Recordings Curator, via e-mail or at 617-495-2794.

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