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Microfilm in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Figuring out microfilm in the Performing Arts Library

The Music Collection at the Gerald Coke Handel Collection

This collection is split into three parts.

The originals are located in the Foundling Museum in London.

The call number at MSPAL is ML138.C65 1987

The collection includes more than 200 music manuscripts including autographs of Handel, as well as Babell, Boyce, Greene and Handel's librettist, Charles Jennens are included. There are also works in the hands of J. C. Smith the Elder and Younger, and other well-known copyists of the time. Manuscripts annotated with performers' markings, the names of singers, and several sets of instrumental parts represent contemporary performances. Several manuscripts are from the Aylesford Collection and other important libraries, and virtually the entire Shaftesbury Collection is included as well.

The three parts include but are not limited to:

  • Part 1: Manuscripts of individual works

  • Part 2: Composite volumes and miscellanies and additional printed and manuscript items

  • Part 3: The Shaftesbury manuscripts

You can use the following links to locate the collection in UMD's catalog and to find complete listings for the three parts.