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About Music Library Collections at Georgetown
GENERAL OBJECTIVES: To support faculty research and undergraduate instruction for a minor in music (history, performance and theory). Currently in expansion, the
department intends to offer a unique program that concentrates on the history of music in the United States, exploring not only its colonial connections with European traditions and
contributions from indigenous and immigrant communities, but also the creolization of musical language and culture and the commercial and technological configurations that have
made the United States a vital place of musical production on the world stage. A major in American music and an interdisciplinary major in American musical theater are planned.
Music is part of the Department of Art, Music, and Theater, which also offers an Inter-Arts minor with a concentration in any of its constituent arts.
SCOPE OF COVERAGE: Language: Primarily English. Geography: Primary interest in American and Western European music. The program specializes in all forms of American
music, including musicals, pop, hip-hop, jazz, folk, rock, country, film, and concert hall music. Chronology: Primary interest in music of the 18th-20th centuries, including classical and
other forms, though all periods are represented.
TYPES OF MATERIALS: Primarily books and journals; sound recordings; printed scores; microforms; electronic resources
INTERDISCIPLINARY RELATIONS: Philosophy, history, American studies, women's studies, art history, drama, theater
OTHER RESOURCES: The Special Collections division holds a number of significant original music manuscripts and letters from composers, primarily in the Leon Robbin
Collection, the continued growth of which is supported by a substantial endowment fund. It also holds a number of manuscripts by Sesame Street musical founder Joe Raposo and
other items in the Biddle Papers, the Paul Hume Papers, Murphy Papers, the Australian Music Collection, and the Gloetzner Collection, among others. The totality of these resources
is quite out of scale with the main library collection.
OTHER FACTORS: Course offerings are still limited; current collection is uneven. Increased holdings needed. The streaming server may eventually provide access to all media on
Reserve for a course but currently serves only large classes (35 or more students). Until the more robust streaming server is available, purchasing multiple copies of media titles may
be warranted to provide timely access for large classes.