The Loeb Music Library's audio and visual recordings collections support the curriculum of Harvard's Music Department as well as the broad musical interests and activities of the University community.
The collection’s particular strengths include Western classical music, early music, historically informed performance, opera, American musical theater, American popular music, jazz, blues, film music, and performances of historic significance.
Recent major acquisitions include:
- The Joseph Jeffers Dodge Duke Ellington Collection of over 2,000 recordings and visual materials devoted to all aspects of Ellington's career
- The Arthur H. Freedman Collection of 1980s Boston rock shows
- The African American Historic Recordings Collection
- The archives of 20th-century avant-garde composer Stephen Mosko
- The archives of pianist and composer Randy Weston, containing audio and visual recordings, photographs, and other documentation
The Loeb Music Library is also home to the Archive of World Music. The archive holds field and commercial recordings of musics from around the world and is particularly strong in Asian and Middle Eastern repertories.
Accessing These Materials
- The library's recordings collection is a closed-stack teaching and archival collection cataloged in HOLLIS.
- Finding aids to some of the archival sound collections are available.
- Researchers, regardless of academic affiliation, may listen to recordings in the library.
- Harvard ID holders may borrow CDs and DVDs from the general recordings collection.