Special Collections and Archives

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The Crouch Fine Arts Library Special Collections and Archives include a wide array of rare and unique materials including medieval manuscripts, early American tunebooks, papers of modern educators, manuscripts of contemporary composers, artist books, and an extensive collection of popular sheet music from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Most of these materials can be discovered in BearCat or OneSearch. In BearCat, it can be helpful to use search limits such as Location, Material Type, and Year of Publication (see example below). Crouch Library holdings will not be found when the Location "Central Libraries Special Collections" is applied.
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sample search limits for BearCat For archival collections that have been processed, a finding aid will be available through BearCat 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.

If you would like assistance with searching our Special Collections and Archives, contact the subject librarian for music or art. Contact information is available on the Our Staff page.

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


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

Book Arts Collection
Information about Baylor's growing collection of artists' books and fine press books

David Guion Papers
Music manuscripts and other papers of the Texas-born composer and educator, David Guion (1892-1981)

Hymnals, Tune Books, and Songbooks
An overview of the church music scores held in the Crouch Library Special Collections, including the major components and their sources

Jennings Collection
Medieval manuscripts and early printed music

Leonhard Collection
Papers of the music educator Charles Leonhard

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

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

Word Records Music Manuscript Collection
Christian music compositions and arrangements produced for Word Records, dating from the 1950s to the 1980s