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Music Library Collections

The Music Library’s holdings of special materials include rare editions of books and scores, specific areas of content that have served as focal points for collecting, special collections, and archival collections. The history of music at the University at Buffalo is documented through several collections, including programs and clippings generated by Music Department events, audio recordings of concerts and lectures dating back to 1956, and personal archival collections of several music faculty members. Visual documentation includes extensive collections of photographs of local events as well as a large collection of flyers and posters.

The Music Library has a significant digital presence as well. In addition to commercial products including electronic journals, indexes, databases, and audio streaming services, the library has created online finding aids to its archival collections and has digitized some of its unique or rare holdings. These include fifteen photograph collections comprising more than 7,000 images, plus selected texts and scores.