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Theodore M. Finney Music Library Collection

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Rare and manuscript music materials, including early printed music scores and music manuscripts, autograph letters, and glass plate photographs.

The digital collection includes first-editions of music scores (J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Meyerbeer, Brahms, Dvorak and others), items from our RISM collection (mainly 17th- and 18th-century European printed editions), and manuscripts of music by Pittsburgh composers (Theodore M. Finney and William Oetting), the “Haydn” manuscript, letters of Clara Schumann, Eduard Hanslick and Stephen Heller (19th-century musicians/composers), and glass plate negatives of Metropolitan Opera singers taken by photographer Herman Mishkin (1870–1948) in the early 1900s.

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