National Library of Scotland

Contact: Almut Boehme

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? Yes.
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.? Apart from 'normal' programmes we hold antiquarian and modern libretti, playbills, journals and newspapers with concert reviews.
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). Please ask Rupert Ridgewell for a copy of his scoping study report into concert programmes. One of the appendices lists NLS holdings at series/title level. Not all programmes have been catalogued or listed so more material will emerge over time.
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 title/series level descriptions in our online catalogue ( with varying degrees of quality. Numerous searches by different search terms are necessary to retrieve records; quite a few records are temporary retro records without subject headings.
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. We don't have the resources for item-level indexing of performances and only short runs of singles issues of programmes are catalogued individually. I hope to set up a cataloguing / indexing project for future student placements but that is unlikely to happen before next year.
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? Historical or practical research by scholars and performers. All programmes are accessible to the public (excluding unlisted ones, of course). There is no in-house use of concert programmes in our library.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? I'm in contact with Rupert Ridgewell regarding concert programmes in the UK & Ireland.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? Yes, if time allows.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? Yes, if time allows.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. Scottish Music Information Centre ( are already indexing programmes etc. by performance.  Their coverage is mainly modern and current performances.  SMIC are not members of IAML at the moment but they might still be interested in participating in the project (I'm trying very hard persuade them to join!). SMIC contacts are: Chief Executive: Andrew Logan: Information Manager: Alasdair Pettinger:

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