Among scores, we have an impressive and ever-growing reference set of collected works representing over 50 composers in the finest critical editions available. In addition to sets devoted to individual composers, we have nine monuments or collected editions of music and historical editions arranged by genre and country. All these authoritative sources include exhaustive notes, and they are indispensable to the music scholar. Many of the volumes are indexed in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, and some have their own indexes and accompanying thematic catalogs.
Our circulating scores number close to 15,000, and represent a healthy balance of vocal and instrumental works of all periods in full and miniature score, as well as solo and ensemble performance editions. Many contemporary works are included.
Our Special Collections department contains a collection of more than 300 hymnals, Sunday School songbooks, and other sacred music spanning two centuries. We also have hundreds of examples of sheet music from the early 20th century, though these are only partially organized at the present time.
The Norman Heim collection consists of more than 4,000 scores for woodwinds in general and clarinet in particular. The collection is a gift from noted clarinetist and teacher Dr. Norman Heim, professor emeritus at the University of Maryland, and includes copies of his own compositions. The collection is organized and cataloged in a Excel database, available at the library reference desk. The Heim collection does not circulate. For more information, contact Cindy Thomas in the Reference Department.