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The Gaylord Music Library collection seeks to meet the academic music information needs of the Washington University community by providing a comprehensive collection of music books, scores, sound recordings, videos & DVDs, and research collections developed to support faculty and student projects.
The Music Library honors General Clifford A. Gaylord who was, until his death in 1952, a member of the Washington University Corporation. With the completion of the Gaylord building in 1960, the music library found a new home and has since developed into a major resource supporting research through master’s and doctoral level programs.
Music Special Collections
The Gaylord Music Library houses archival manuscripts for many composers active in and around St. Louis as well as those composers with connections to Washington University. The library also has collections that include Mozart and Beethoven’s first and early editions, facsimiles of late-17th through early-20th century composers, and many other unique collections.