Music Special Collections at the University of Pennsylvania

Richard Griscom
Head, Otto E. Albrecht Music Library
University of Pennsylvania

Table of Contents
Early Philadelphia Musicmaking
Musical Fund Society
Stokowski and Ormandy
Marian Anderson
Rudolf Serkin
Working with Materials at Penn


As the oldest institution of higher education in Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania, founded in 1751, has been the frequent choice of local musical organizations and musicians as a home for letters, scores, photographs, sound recordings, and other materials that document their contribution to Philadelphia's rich musical heritage. This article describes some of the more significant collections housed at the Penn Library that offer researchers invaluable sources for studying the musical life of the city.