Due to some flooding over the weekend, we’re closed for today while we try to dry damaged materials. We should be able to open again tomorrow, and we apologize for the trouble.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!