Dear Colleagues,

The Archive of Recorded Sound at Stanford University is pleased to announce the completion of the processing  of the Richard J. Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature.  An illustrated blogpost by our Project Archivist, Gurudarshan Khalsa, has been posted on the ARS web site, and the finding aid is available on the Online Archive of California (OAC).

The largest known collection of its kind, the Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature contains material about the manufacture of pianos, organs, and mechanical musical instruments from 1838 to 2002. The materials include catalogs, books, magazines, correspondence, photographs, broadsides, advertisements, and price lists. The collection was created, and originally donated to the University of Maryland, by Richard J. Howe. It was transferred to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound in 2015 to support the Player Piano Project, which now includes ten mechanical pianos and more than 15,000 piano rolls.

Blogpost for the Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature:

Finding aid for the Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature:

Player Piano Project

We invite you to explore this massive collection and to share the link information with researchers, faculty, and students who are interested in the study of musical instruments.

With best regards,

Frank Ferko
Sound Archives Librarian
Archive of Recorded Sound
Braun Music Center
541 Lasuen Mall
Stanford, CA 94305