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Microfilm in MSPAL

A guide to microfilm in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.

Journals of Popular Music

This collection offers rare and important background and insights into popular music, the inside workings of the entertainment business, star-making machinery and emerging popular and youth cultures. It comes in two parts:

  • Part 1 contains New Musical Express and Predecessors, 1946-1971
    • This covers: Accordion Times, Musical Express, and New Musical Express.
    • The call number is ML5 .N484. 
  • Part 2 contains Blues and Soul, 1967-1987
    • This covers: Home of the Blues, Blues and Soul, Disco Music Review, and Black Music and Jazz Review.
    • The call number is ML5 .B656.

The links below lead to the individual catalog listings.

Manuals, Tutors, and Methods for Instruments

International in scope, the collection includes many French, Russian and German tutors with parallel English texts. Music tutors were often issued by instrument makers to propagate the use of a new system of keys or valves, or to introduce hybrid novelty instruments. Music for beginners, fingering charts and diagrams, instructions for making and maintaining the instruments and exercises for performers are included.

  • Part 1 includes Instrumental Tutors from the Bate Collection of Musical Instruments
    • It is originally from Oxford and the Private Library of Phillip Bate. 
    • The call number is MT172.H477 pt.1 guide.
  • Part 2 includes Tutors and Méthodes from the F.J. Fétis Collection at the Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier, Brussels
    • It is originally from Bibliothèque Royale Albert Ier, Brussels.
    • The call number is MT172.H477 pt.2 guide.

Venetian Opera Libretti

This collection includes virtually every opera produced in Venice from 1637 (the opening of the first public opera house) until 1769, containing 1,286 libretti bound in 117 volumes. This set is indexed in: Irene Alm. Catalog of Venetian Librettos at the University of California, Los Angeles. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

The original copy can be found in University of California, Los Angeles, where the call number is ML48 .R114 1993.

At University of Maryland, the call number is ML136.L842 U682 1993.

The catalog listing and a list of contents can be found below.