- American Musicological Society Records
- Eugene Ormandy Collection
- Francis Hopkinson Collections
- Francis Johnson Collections of Sheet Music
- James DePreist Papers
- Keffer Collection of Sheet Music
- Kurt Stein collection of Francis Johnson Sheet Music
- Leopold Stokowski Collection
- Mahler-Werfel Collection
- Marian Anderson Collection
- Marlboro Music School and Festival Records
- Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts (Kislak Center)
- Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia Collections
- Otto E. Albrecht Collection
- Ray Evans Archive
- Robert and Molly Freedman Jewish Sound Archive
- Rudolf Serkin Papers
- World, Folk and Ethnic Music
At the core of the collection are scores in both scholarly and performing editions, literature on music history and theory, and microforms of primary sources. Recent collection development efforts have focused on the acquisition of contemporary music scores, facsimiles of original printed and manuscript sources, and materials related to ethnomusicology, popular music, and jazz. The collection's strengths include multiple performances of standard concert repertory and extensive holdings in world musics. Currently, an effort is underway to expand the holdings of contemporary art music and popular music. The library collects video recordings of staged musical productions (opera, ballet, musical theater) and selected orchestral and jazz performances.
The Otto E. Albrecht Music Library and Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center serve the research and teaching needs of Penn’s Music Department and the Penn music community. At the core of the collection are scores in both scholarly and performing editions, literature on music history and theory, ethnomusicology, jazz, popular music, and microforms of primary sources. We house more than 70,000 books, more than 75,000 music scores (print and digital), and more than 50,000 sound recordings and video (digital and analog formats), as well as journals and periodicals.
The Kislak Center for Special Collections houses the Library's rare music along with several collections of particular musical interest, including the papers of Marian Anderson, Rudolf Serkin, Alma Mahler Werfel, and the American Musicological Society, the Eugene Ormandy Archive, the Leopold Stokowski Collection, and the archives of the Philadelphia Musical Fund Society, Savoy Company, and Marlboro Music Festival. A more complete listing is located here: https://guides.library.upenn.edu/music/findingaids. Note the list below is under construction:
Collection Development Policy
Bodek Seminar Room
The seminar room is within the Marian Anderson Study Center.
Class of 1958 Audio Lab (Ormandy Music and Media Center)
The audio lab features digital and analog listening equipment for engagement with Penn's rich collection of sound recordings.
Eugene Ormandy Music and Media Center
The Eugene Ormandy Music & Media Center is named for the long-term conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra, whose professional papers, conducting scores, and recordings the Penn Libraries hold.
Film Studies Classroom
A space for large-group viewing related to film studies courses.
Small Group Film Viewing Rooms (Ormandy Music and Media Center)
Five rooms with wireless headphones can each accommodate up to 4-5 people for small-group viewing and study. Studio 424.3 features digital audio editing software on a Mac Pro (Ableton Live, Logic Pro, Max, Pro Tools).
This Overview to Music Resources at Penn provides a starting point for research and complete listings of research databases and streaming media: https://guides.library.upenn.edu/music