Special Collections at Gaylord Music Library

Consult the permanent staff between 9:00am and 5:00pm on weekdays for the use of materials in the Music Library’s Special Collections.

Selected Collections
In the fall of 1998, the Gaylord Music Library purchased a collection of some 300 Mozart and Beethoven first and early editions formerly part of the eminent British musicologist, Alan Tyson’s, personal collection. To celebrate this acquisition, an exhibition was mounted in Olin Library and a recital was performed on October 29, 1999. At the recital, Prof. Hugh Macdonald delivered some remarks and reminiscences. In addition, Christine Farmer wrote an article published on October 28, 1999, for the Washington University Record. Holdings of the Tyson Mozart and Beethoven Collection in the Gaylord Music Library

The Belleville-Garnett Purchase of 1976 added numerous early editions and facsimiles of late 17th, through early 20th century composers. This material was purchased from St. Louis antiquarian dealer Anthony Garnett who had acquired it from a collector in Belleville, Illinois.

The George C. Krick Collection of Guitar Music is an important source of 19th- and early 20th-century solo literature. Its 21 volumes have been indexed by Alan Rosenkoetter and are available on microfilm and print-out. The library also has a small collection of materials from the Guitar Foundation of America.

Purchase of the Ernst C. Krohn Musicological Library in 1966 strengthened our resources with an outstanding collection of musical Festschriften and an extensive Americana collection of tune-books and hymnals, with many rarities. Archival materials in the Krohn Collection include notebooks, correspondence, scrapbooks, programs, and manuscripts, all reflecting St. Louis musical history.

The Sheet Music Collection, curated at its inception by Ernst Krohn, is an archive of major proportions. Initially the gift of the St. Louis Public Library it has increased in size and importance through purchases and gifts to the present time.

Special Collections Donation Opportunities

Archive collections composer list

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.


Reading Room/Seminar Room
Special Collections materials do not circulate outside of Gaylord because they are unique and/or fragile. Special Collections materials may be used in the Gaylord Reading Room or in the Music Seminar Room (when available) for classes and others requiring group access to materials. Please also note that materials cannot be retrieved for readers after 4:30 p.m., and materials are collected at 4:45 p.m.

All photocopying is assumed for research and study only. Photocopying of Special Collections materials, when particularly fragile as determined by the staff, will be done by Gaylord Library staff. Reproductions may be made only if the original will not be damaged in the process. Copyright restrictions are observed.

Reference Services
Gaylord Music Library staff is available to assist patrons in using the library catalog, the library web site, the reference collections, the Supplementary Catalog that is maintained by the Gaylord Music Library, and other specialized reference tools. In addition, the Music Librarian is available to assist patrons in location primary source music materials in collections outside of Washington University.

The Washington University Libraries strongly encourages the use of rare books and manuscripts in support of teaching. Arrangements can be made for classes to use music materials held in Special Collections and for the classes to be held in the Gaylord Music Library or the regular classroom. The Music Librarian is available to make presentations about the holdings or to work with faculty interested in including rare books, manuscripts, and archives in the curriculum.

The Library staff presents a number of small exhibits per year located in the Gaylord Reading Room. The exhibits are used to highlight recent gifts and to draw attention to various strengths in the collections.

Interlibrary Loan
Materials from Special Collections are sometimes available through the Interlibrary Loan Unit in Olin Library for exclusive use in a supervised, environmentally controlled reading room.

General Rules

  • Food and beverages are not allowed while using materials.
  • Staff members will retrieve all materials from the stacks (and charge them out through the circulation system if barcoded). Patrons will request materials from Gaylord Library staff.
  • Materials may not checked out or leave the reading room without the express permission of the Music Librarian (or designee).
  • Coats may be placed on the coat rack provided in the stairwell.
  • Briefcases, bags, purses, backpacks, newspapers, large notebooks and any other bulky items must be placed in one of the lockers provided for patron use.
  • Researchers may take notes with paper and pencil or a laptop computer.
  • Researchers will ordinarily be given no more than three items at a time.
  • Should a researcher discover errors in arrangement or description, he/she should call this to the attention of the Gaylord Library staff.
  • Researchers should not rearrange or in any way alter papers’ order or descriptions.
  • When you finish your research, leave your materials on the table and inform the staff whether or not you intend to return.

Reproduction Rules

  • All photoduplication of Special Collections materials needs prior approval of the Music Librarian (or designee). The Librarian retains the option of doing the photoduplication or assigning it to a member of the Gaylord staff.
  • The Music Librarian (or designee) reserves the right to make decisions about what materials can be duplicated, photocopied, photographed, microfilmed, or otherwise duplicated based on the condition of materials, access restrictions, and copyright restrictions.
  • Patrons desiring to photoduplicate manuscript materials from Special Collections must complete and return a Request for Photoduplication form.

Publication Rules

  • Permission to conduct research with Special Collection’s materials entails an obligation that a scholar complete and return a Notification of Intent to Publish Material form before publishing manuscript collection materials. Publish is here used to mean presentation in whole or in part in seminar or term papers, theses or dissertations, journal articles, monographs, books, digital forms, photographs, images, dramatic presentations, transcriptions, or any other form prepared for a limited or general public.
  • Published work created using manuscript collection materials from Washington University Libraries must include a citation in the following form:

    Name of the Collection (if applicable)
    Gaylord Music Library Special Collections
    Washington University in St. Louis

  • Publication can take place only under the provisions of the fair-use doctrine in the U.S. Copyright Law (as amended) or by obtaining permission of the copyright holder, which in some instances may be Washington University.