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, 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. Topic guides include:
Browse the books with Con Ref ML134 call numbers in the Conservatory Reference Collection to find research guides about specific composers. This call number area also contains thematic catalogs for specific composers, which can provide useful information about the sources and publication history for all known works by that composer. The titles below represent examples of these types of books, but there are many more in the library than are listed here.