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The Conservatory Library's Special Collections include a number of rare printed items from the 16th and 17th centuries.

Drawn primarily from the Frederick R. Selch Collection of American Music History, as well as the The Violin Society of America / H. K. Goodkind Collection, the materials highlighted here represent some of the most influential writings in the history of Western musical thought.

They include foundational texts relating to organology and music theory, along with important works on the philosophy and iconography of music, and historical early music treatises pertaining to specific instrument types.

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Special Collections
Oberlin Conservatory Library
77 West College Street Oberlin
OH 44074-1588

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