Harvard University

Contact: Virginia Danielson, Morris Levy



Notes/Comments: Thankyou for your email. Which instition do I represent from which you haven't received any reply? I do not work at the Loeb Music Library at Harvard and am therefore unable to answer any questions you may have about their holdings. I do work at the Houghton Library, part of whcih is the Harvard Theatre Collection. The HTC does collect some of the materials you mention and I can forward your message to someone there if you haven't recieved a reply from a representative there. (Morris Levy)
The person to whom this survey should be directed is the Librarian for the Theatre Collection, Ric Wilson (fwwilson@fas.harvard.edu). We have here a few concert programs, most for the Boston Symphony Orchestra. The Theatre Collection has extensive holdings of the performance ephemera. I am not sure the staff can complete the form at such short notice, but you might ask. (Ginny Danielson)
1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs?  
2. Apart from concert programs, does your institution have significant holdings of other types of documents that can be useful for performance research such as libretti, playbills, historical journals with concert reviews, etc.?  
3. Please list major concert venues, ensembles or performing organizations, and artists that are represented in your holdings. If possible, indicate a general timeframe for each (e.g. New York Philharmonic: 1920-1950). If your holdings are so extensive it is impractical to submit a list in a timely fashion, please provide a general overview (e.g. Programs of various musical events in Stockholm: 19th and 20th centuries).  
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print?  
5. Have you undertaken or are you planning any item level indexing or cataloging of individual programs? If yes, please list the categories of information that are indexed for each program (e.g. date, venue, artists, works, etc.). If the details of your plan are not yet specified, please made a simple explanation of what you hope to accomplish. If your index is available online please provide the URL. If it exists in some other electronic format such as an Excel or FileMaker file please try to send it as an attachment.  
6. Please briefly describe the clientele or research use of your holdings. Are the programs accessible to the public? Are they used for historical research or more for practical in-house institutional functions?  
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch?  
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions?  
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation?  
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible.  

Compiled by Rebecca Arnott (rja7@email.byu.edu), John Spilker (jds233@email.byu.edu), and Annie Erickson (aerickson623@hotmail.com)