National Library of Estonia

Contact: Katre Riisalu

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes. Our collection includes concert programs, but only programs of concerts that take place in Estonia. We get them by the legal deposit law. We have holdings since year 1962.
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.? No.
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). Programs of concerts that take place in Estonia (in Tallinn, in Tartu etc.). For example Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir: 1981-2003, The Estonian National Symphony Orchestra: 1962-2003, Hortus Musicus: 1972-2003, The Estonian National Male Choir: 1962-2003, NYYD Ensemble: 1993-2003 etc.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? We have author/title level description. But we describe only these concert programs, when we find more information about artists. They are available in our local computer database and in card catalogue. Those since 1998 are in computer database, but older records are in card catalogue.
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. Yes. We are indexing all concert programs and cataloging individual programs, which include articles about musicians. The list of categories of information that are indexed are: author of article, date, venue, artists, annotation, keywords. We use program called ProCite to hold the data and it is not online.
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? The concert programs are accessible to all visitors of our library. Our main clients are music students and musicologists. Mainly concert programs are used to find information about artists, orchestras, choirs, bands and etc.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? [did not answer]
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? [did not answer]
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? [did not answer]
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. Estonian Theatre and Music Museum with Tiiu Tosso. Email: (for historical collections)

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