Statens Musikbibliotek - Music Library of Sweden

Contact: Veslemöy Heintz

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1. Does your instution maintain holdings of concert programs? No.
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.? We have old collections of programmes, Posters, Journals, Archive holdings of opera and theatre material, Libretti.
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 various musical events in Stockholm 1856-1953 (not complete, but with various handwritten indexes), Collections of posters from various theatres in Stockholm (1847 to 1923), Collection of posters from Stora teatern i Göteborg (1881-1883), Other Swedish and foreign posters (ca 1000 items), Other types of archive material from theatres. Press cuttings, private archives (performers, a list of archive material is available), Libretti (text only) from the 19th century.
4. Do you have collection level or title/series level descriptions of your holdings? If yes, are these descriptions available online or in print? [did not answer]
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. No. See: and
(The latter gives an overview of the collections kept at the Music museum in Stockholm and for which the Department for Archives and Documentation is responsible. Unfortunately this detailed overview is in Swedish only.)
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 Music Library of Sweden is the only library of its kind in the country. It serves the general public as well as researchers.
For further information see
All our different collections are available to the public. Some material is so fragile that it is only available in microfilm copy.
The material is used by researchers for historical and musicological research and by the staff as a reference collection, both for inhouse cataloguing and for registering of archive material and to answer questions from the public.
7. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a broader census of program holdings within your national branch? No. We already have a list of orchestra and theatre archives in the country.
8. Are you able and willing to assist in developing a template or questionnaire for submitting collection level descriptions? We already have a template for collection level description. We also have a questionnaire which is sent out biannually to institutions throughout the country.
9. Are you able and willing to participate in preparing the draft thesauri for genre and instrumentation? No.
10. Can you refer other potential participants for the IAML project? Please provide names and email addresses if possible. [none]

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