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The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature


The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature
Howe, Richard J. (Collection of Musical Instrument Literature)
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192.50 Linear Feet
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Special Collections in Performing Arts
Special Collections in Performing Arts, Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742. Contact the curator:

The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature brings together historical artifacts and documents from the music industry in the United States. It contains material about the manufacture of pianos, organs, and mechanical musical instruments. The collection is divided into five separate series: Piano, Organ, Mechanical Musical Instruments, Phonographic, and General Music. It was created, and given to the University of Maryland, by Richard J. Howe.

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The collection is open for research use.

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The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature, Special Collections, University of Maryland Libraries.

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Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:


This collection is PROCESSED. The finding aid is currently unavailable online. Please contact the Curator of Special Collections in Performing Arts for more information.