Collection 20 - University of Toronto Music Library collection

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CA OTUFM 20

Title

University of Toronto Music Library collection

Date(s)

  • 1941-1979 (Creation)

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Collection

Extent and medium

32 cm of textual records and other materials (3 boxes)

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Name of creator

(1921-)

Administrative history

In 1918 Toronto College of Music, founded in 1888, amalgamated with the Canadian Academy of Music, and in 1924 the academy was absorbed by the Toronto Conservatory of Music. The Toronto Conservatory of Music then gained the assets of both its rivals, including over one hundred vocal and orchestral scores. The University had taken over the ownership and operation of the conservatory by 1921, and therefore this collection became the foundation of the University of Toronto's music library.

Hugh Hornby Langton's, (University of Toronto's Chief Librarian, 1892-1922), donated a over a dozen scores from his own collection including orchestral works by Beethoven, Schubert, and Mendelssohn in piano duet arrangements from his courting days, which constitutes the University of Toronto's first efforts in collection building for the Music Library. More significantly, he had just returned from a European buying trip for the library, and its results included the addition of a dozen books on music, plus recent scores such as Stravinsky's Chant du rossignol and Sacre du printemps, and of several early tone poems by Richard Strauss.

Currently the library holds over 300,000 books, scores, periodicals and microforms.The Sniderman Recordings Collection, 180,000 sound recordings, from cylinders to blu-ray. The Olnick Rare Book Room, 2,500 volumes exemplifying the history of music and of music editing, performance and printing -- from liturgical manuscripts and early printed treatises, to first editions of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Gershwin, and early Canadian sheet music and tune books. A significant number of 18th- and 19th-century opera full scores, with particular strength in the French repertoire, complement the large libretto holdings of the Central Library.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Created, collected, and curated by head librarians at the University of Toronto Music Library, including Jean Lavender (1947-1973) and Kathleen McMorrow (1974-2013). Kept in the head librarian's office at the Music Library until Jan Guise started in 2017. Archival collection created and described in November 2021.

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Scope and content

Collection consists of correspondence between the Music Library and various individuals, including students, staff, faculty, librarians, and other researchers; photographs of the library space and collections; materials pertaining to special projects at the library; and memorabilia collected over the years.

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Arranged by archivist into 3 series, matching the filing system used by former head librarians: (A) Correspondence; (B) Photographs; (C) Special projects and other memorabilia.

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