Music Special Collections

Music Special Collections includes unique materials from rare musical scores to contemporary composer manuscripts.  Medieval manuscripts, early American tunebooks, papers of modern educators, manuscripts of contemporary composers, and an extensive collection of popular sheet music from the 19th and 20th centuries are all available by appointment.

Published materials can be discovered in OneSearch. For archival collections that have been processed, a finding aid will be available through OneSearch or the Baylor Archival Repositories Database (BARD).  Items within an archival collection, such as music manuscripts or images, are not cataloged separately.  Search for the collection record, then consult the finding aid to identify specific items.

Once you have identified an item or items that you would like to use, see How to Make an Appointment and submit the request form.

Featured Collections

Recording Archives

  • Baylor School of Music Performance Recordings
    • Archival collection of performance recordings from the past four decades

Composer Manuscript Collections

  • Richard M. Willis Collection
    • Manuscripts of this former Composer in Residence at Baylor

Rare Sacred Music

  • Hymnals
    • Rare hymnals, tune books, and gospel songbooks dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries
  • Jennings Collection
    • Medieval manuscripts and early printed music

Music and Culture

  • Music in Missions Collection
    • Archival collections that document the work of Baptist music missionaries.
  • Spencer Collection
    • American popular music of the 19th and early 20th centuries

Music Education Archives

  • Charles Leonhard
    • The Leonhard Collection contains his manuscripts and publications, correspondence, teaching and administrative materials, photographs and other memorabilia.

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