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Finding Aids - Music Collections: Microfilms

A guide to the finding aids available for the music collections in the Bodleian Library.

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Music microfilm collections

The Bodleian has a substantial collection of music manuscripts and printed music on microfilm. Many of these form parts of the commercial sets of films published mostly by Harvester Press (now Primary Source Media, part of Gale Cengage Learning), most of which are available on open access in the Weston Library Gallery, off the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room. The Library would encourage the use of the microfilm substitutes in place of the originals wherever possible. Detailed information can be found in these associated LibGuides pages:

Bodleian music manuscripts on microfilm

Music manuscripts from the British Library on microfilm

Music manuscripts from other libraries

Where possible, links to PDF versions of the printed guides to these commercial sets have been provided. Simple text searches of these can be performed in the usual way (e.g. using Crtl-F) to find composers names, etc. If you are trying to find the reel number of the film of a particular manuscript, searching on a portion of the shelfmark should retrieve the relevant results, although it is recommended that spaces normally present in shelfmarks are closed up for searching purposes. Searching on shortened forms (e.g. e.423 rather than MS. Mus. Sch. E. 423) may give better results. An alternative is to use the search screen on the Primary Source Media website to search across their published microfilm collections.

The information on these pages is not yet complete and will be added to in due course. If you are looking for a microfilm of a manuscript not covered by the sets of films described in these pages, please contact the Music subject librarian or speak to Music staff in the Sir Charles Mackerras Reading Room.

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