Loeb Music Library

About Isham Memorial Library

The Isham Memorial Library is a special library adjunct to the Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library. It is dedicated to research with primary sources and serves as a major resource for scholarly research in music. Collections housed in Isham include microforms, published facsimiles, rare books and manuscripts, and Harvard dissertations in music. Also housed in Isham are the general archival collections of the Loeb Music Library, including the Boulanger collection and papers of individual scholars, as well as special collections such as the Sir Georg Solti Archive and the Biblioteca Mozartiana Eric Offenbacher (BMEO).

Questions and comments, including inquiries about using the collections, may be directed to Sarah Adams, Keeper of the Isham Memorial Library, via e-mail, by phone at 617-496-3359, or by fax at 617-496-4636.

Isham materials do not circulate and must be consulted within the Isham Library during its open Hours.

Microforms and rare books and scores are closed-stacks collections; Patrons wishing to use the materials housed in the Merritt Room must register for a Special Collections Request Account and place requests through the system.  For more information see Access to Special Collections. Isham staff will retrieve requested items for patrons. Copies from microforms produced privately by other institutions or individuals can be made only with the written permission of the holder of the original document.

The Isham Memorial Library uses the HOLLIS catalog for all of its acquisitions and cataloging functions. Finding aids for certain special collections in the Isham Library are available at OASIS, Harvard's Online Archival Search Information System.