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New polka collection available for researchers

Posted in news on May 14, 2015 by

We’ve just added an exciting new collection to the Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives in the form of the back catalog of the Vitak-Elsnic publisher. A gift of Music Publishers of America (MPA)–the company that currently owns and still sells the catalog–the collection includes two copies of almost all of the titles published by polka publisher Vitak-Elsnic over the last 120+ years.

Vitak-Elsnic Collection on shelves

Materials in the collection include scores of music for accordion, concertina, and piano, as well as charts for small band and orchestra ensembles, and a few other odds and ends. In many cases, the same tune is arranged for several different instruments and/or ensembles, allowing users of the collection to trace different uses of compositions and tunes. All told, the collection includes almost 6,000 pieces.

Vitak-Elsnic scores on shelves

One pleasant surprise we discovered when packing the collection was the presence of re-order history for many of the titles on cards that we thought were simply shelf dividers. This information will provide valuable insights into the popularity of these titles over time.


While it will take some time for us to add full descriptions of these materials in our library catalog, the collection is all in order, and we can retrieve materials for researchers easily. Sales for commercial performances are and will continue to be available directly from MPA.

Accordion Scores from Vitak-Elsnic collection

Read more on the history Vitak-Elsnic in this Billboard article from 1967 and on the MPA website.

LP Alert!

Posted in LP Alert on May 6, 2015 by


Roy Hamilton

Roy Hamilton is relaxing with some records now that final are almost over. Want to do the same? Stop by our freshly filled free bins and pick up some summer tunes!

LP Alert!

Posted in LP Alert on May 1, 2015 by


We’ve got new recordings in the free bin today! More country cassettes, some new LPs and even some CDs to help get you through your late night studying.


LP Alert!

Posted in LP Alert on April 23, 2015 by

Do you like country music? Do you have a tape player? Then do we ever have some great freebies for you! Lot of country cassettes as well as some LPs are available now in the free bin.

free bin

National Library Week

Posted in LP Alert on April 14, 2015 by

This week (April 12-18) is National Library Week and to celebrate, the MLSRA will be offering grab bags of sound recordings (and maybe some other things too!). Come pick one up, listen to something new, and maybe even discover a new favorite!


Don’t forget to check out the other fun things happening in the library this week!

Free Bin Bonanza!

Posted in LP Alert on March 26, 2015 by

In town for The Electric Guitar in Popular Culture Conference or the BGSU College of Musical Arts 100-year celebration? Hoss, Little Joe and Ben remind you to stop by for our free bin Bonanza starting at 9am tomorrow! Tons of great stuff and it’s all got to go!



LP Alert!

Posted in LP Alert on March 13, 2015 by

We’ve topped off the free bins with LPs and CDs so you can come pick up something cheerful to get you through the last half of the semester. We recommend a Champagne Dance Party (Lawrence Welk would want us to remind you to drink responsibly)!



And stay tuned! We’re planning something big in a few weeks and you won’t want to miss it!

LP Alert

Posted in LP Alert on March 9, 2015 by

We’ve added new CDs and LPs to the bin, so come pick up some Spring Break listening! Take your pick of a chorus of frogs, Animal Antics, some film soundtracks, and lots of jazz and concert band music.


LP Alert

Posted in LP Alert on January 16, 2015 by

It’s the first LP Alert of the semester! Come on down to find something for every taste, whether that be aerobics or gas heating for apartments.


LP Gems

LP Alert!

Posted in LP Alert on December 9, 2014 by

To quote student assistant Laney, “The discard bins are full up!” Come find something great to take home with you today.