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Microfilm in MSPAL

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

Subject Librarian

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Steve Henry


This collection is split into three parts.

The originals are located in the Foundling Museum in London.

The call number in MSPAL is ML138.C65 1987.

This collection includes more than 200 music manuscripts, including autographs of Handel, as well as Babell, Boyce, Greene, and Handel's librettist, Charles Jennens. 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.