Our notable collections include:
- John Cage Collection
- Original Beatles manuscripts from the Cage collection
- Fritz Reiner Collection
- Moldenhauer Collection
Assembled over the course of forty years by the late musicologist and avid music collector, Hans Moldenhauer (1906-1987), the Moldenhauer Archives constitute an unparalelled collection of music manuscripts and other primary sources documenting the history of western music from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Today the Moldenhauer Archives are available at Northwestern University, as well as nine other institutions worldwide. See collection details.
For the first time the Music Library’s extensive LP (vinyl record) collection is now available for checkout. To check out LPs patrons should login to their NUsearch account and request the desired items. Requested items will be paged and held at the University (Main) Library circulation desk for pickup. CDs may also be requested through NUsearch and held for pickup at the University (Main) Library circulation desk.
The 2016-17 John Cage Research Grant has been awarded to Dr. Philip Thomas (Huddersfield), Dr. Martin Iddon and Dr. Emily Payne for their work on, “John Cage and the Concert for Piano and Orchestra.” This annual competitive grant, established in 2013, promotes the study of John Cage’s music, art, ideas and life through the use of the Music Library’s John Cage Collection. Over the coming year, the grant will support one project; funds can be used to support travel, local accommodations and other costs associated with use of the collection. Learn more about the John Cage Research Grant.