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Cataloguing music manuscripts

The 19th Century: act locally, think globally!

Robert Eitner (1832-1905)
Biographisch-bibliographisches Quellen-Lexikon der Musiker und Musikgelehrten der christlichen Zeitrechnung bis zur Mitte des neunzehnten Jahrhundert (Leipzig, Breitkopf und Härtel, 1900-1904),
universal bio-bibliographies, digitised in Gallica.
Catalogues of libraries in the 19th-20th Cent.
Two examples: Wotquenne (Bruxelles), Lodi (Modena)
Some are now online: Gaspari (Bologna)

The 2nd half of the 20th Century: go beyond, if you can...

Ufficio Ricerca Fondi Musicali
National catalogue of music manuscripts to 1900
Established 1965, digitised 2003
RISM, Répertoire International des Sources Musicales
The first of the "R-projects" of IAML (International Association of Music Libraries) and IMS (International Musicological Society), established 1951.
Aims at cataloguing the whole historical music heritage. For music manuscripts to 1800:
Cataloguing manuscripts:
- 1975-1985c: paper titlecards
- 1985c-2006: PiKaDo (PC-based)
- 2007-: Kallisto (online, MARC format)
Searching manuscripts:
- 1993-1994 on microfiche
- 1995-2010 on CD-rom
- 2007- online (ca. 800.000 records)
CDS/ISIS applications
1990s, produced by UNESCO
DOS based and free of charge
Widely used for cataloguing music manuscripts
including Croatia (GLAZBA, 1992)
Based on a MARC format