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Dwight Anderson Music Library Collection

About the Collection

The Music Library houses the largest academic collection of music in the State of Kentucky. Founded in 1947, the library’s mission has been to provide materials in support of the curriculum of the School of Music and the research of its faculty. In recent years, coverage has been extended to accommodate the growth of music-related study throughout the University. Total holdings exceed 120,000 volumes, including more than 30,000 books, 51,000 musical scores, and 33,000 sound recordings. Special collections include the Traipsin’ Woman (Jean Thomas) Collection, the Isidore Philipp Archive and Memorial Library, and the Hattie Bishop Speed Collection. The library’s Kentucky Sheet Music Collection―with an emphasis on music publications from Louisville―is the most extensive in the region. Also noteworthy is the Ricasoli Collection of over 400 eighteenth and early-nineteenth century prints and manuscripts from the noble Ricasoli family of Tuscany. In addition, the music library also serves as the repository for all materials related to the world-renowned Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition.

About the Digital Collection

This collection will draw on the varied collections of the Dwight Anderson Music Library. The first component will include the official University of Louisville School of Music guest book.  Future plans include the digitization of several of the library’s archival collections, including the nineteenth century Louisville imprints, portions of the Hattie Bishop Speed Collection, and selected items from the Isidore Phillip Archive.

School of Music Guest Book

The guest book was begun in 1949 as the official guest book for the Louisville Orchestra Commissioning Series. Eventually the book evolved into the official guest book for the University of Louisville School of Music, and now contains more than 900 signatures from visitors to the School of Music, including guest artists, composers, lecturers, and dignitaries. Notable signatures found in the guest book include those of Aaron Copland, Dmitri Shostakovich, and Hillary Clinton, among many others. Also included in the book are signatures from all winners of the world-renowned Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition. One of the most treasured historical items in the School of Music, the guest book is housed at the Dwight Anderson Music Library.

Acknowledgments

James Procell coordinated the Music Library’s work for the digitization of the guest book. Mark Dickson created the index and, with Joy Stephens, Rachel Hodge, and Donald Dean, the annotated list for the guest book, and Dan Collins and Molly O'Brien updated, proofread, and edited them, with the assistance of Andrew Rhinehart. School of Music faculty assisted with identifications.

Rachel I. Howard coordinated the digitization and metadata of the guest book. Erin-Michal Brink scanned the guest book pages (up through page 156) as 600 ppi TIFF images in September 2009 using a BetterLight overhead scanning setup with a Linhof Kardan M camera and Rodenstock 135mm lens. Rachael Ritter continued the scanning of the 2009-2010 pages in August 2010. Rachel I. Howard created the metadata and uploaded the scans, converting them to JPEG2000 format in the process, using CONTENTdm Digital Collection Management Software.

Terri L. Holtze designed the HTML pages. The background image on the front page was adapted from an image by Mait Jüriado in accordance with its Creative Commons license.

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