Music Library Collection Development Policy

About Collection:
The Music Library supports the UWM Department of Music as well as the teaching, research, and avocational needs of the entire UWM community, including interdisciplinary departments (e.g., anthropology, comparative literature) and the Center for 21st Century Studies, as well as the Milwaukee community at large.

Collection Level: Advanced

Collection Profile:
M – Printed Music
ML – Music Literature
MT – Music Teaching and Technique

Related LC Classifications that may be collected for the Music Reference Collection (RMU)
BV – Liturgy of Music
GV – Dance
KF – Copyright Law
P – Literature
Z – Library Science

Formats Collected
The Music Library collects materials according to the Libraries-wide policy, formats unique to Music which need special designation are:

  • Scores
    Printed scores are collected in support of both the performance and study of music. This includes: performing editions of instrumental chamber music (up to 13 players), each on a separate part; full scores of orchestral and band literature; vocal music for solo voice, voice and piano, or voice and chamber ensemble; opera scores, collected primarily as piano-vocal score, though sometimes in full-score format; and piano-vocal scores of musical theater. Selected anthologies of popular and jazz music are collected to provide a level of representation. In addition, music of Slovenia is collected.
  • Sound Recordings
    Recordings are purchased in Compact Disc format only, except to provide representation of styles of music that may be available only in cassette tape or vinyl formats. Coverage includes primarily Western Art Music. Music of the non-Western traditions is collected in support of Music Department courses and interdisciplinary study. Popular music and jazz are collected on a limited basis to provide representation of trends, and to encourage interdisciplinary use of the collection. Enhanced CD’s, which include multi-media elements for which a computer is required, may be purchased to provide a broader access to the literature of music.

Unique Holdings in Music:

  • Sheet Music
    Primarily popular songs from the 1890s through the mid 20th Century, in particular a collection of music related to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
  • Choral Music Octavos
    A significant collection of examples of choral music for unison and mixed voices
  • Slovenian Music
    The UWM Music Library houses the Slovenian Music Collection, an extensive collection of the music of contemporary Slovenian composers. The collection has been acquired through the Library’s Frank and Mary Ermenc Endowment.
  • The Arriaga Archives
    The Golda Meir Library also holds the Juan Crisostomo Arriaga collection of scores and recordings, a gift from the Arriaga Society of America and Dr. Alan Pedigo.
  • The Fine Arts Quartet & Leonard Sorking Manuscript Collection
    The history of the Fine Arts Quartet, UWM’s resident string quartet, is well documented through the materials of founding member Leonard Sorkin.

A fuller description, and either a title listing or instructions on how to search for these materials, are available on the Music Library Unique Holdings page.

Related Subject Collections
Anthropology, Art & Design, Curriculum & Instruction, Dance, History, Law, Information Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Theatre, Women’s Studies

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