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Music Research Guide: Primary Sources

Locate online and print resources, including key databases, catalogs, Web sites, and bibliographies, as well as search strategies, locations, and a wealth of other information about music at Princeton.

Primary Sources in Music

Music Manuscript Lists, Catalogs & Databases

RISM = Répertoire International des Sources Musicales-- an ongoing, international project focused on indexing all pre-1801 manuscripts, printed music, works on music theory, and libretti. 

Major Microfilm Collections

Digitized Manuscripts

Early Imprints


Library Collections

Digital Sheet Music Collections

Archival Resources