IPAM Collections: A Comprehensive Collection of Rare and Unique Source Materials
The diverse IPAM collections contain:
- An estimated 96% of all commercial piano recordings ever issued, with taped
copies of most of the remainder. Formats include 11,500 78 rpm shellac records;
25,000 vinyl long-play records; over 15,000 compact discs.
- Over 4,000 reel-to-reel and cassette tapes, many of which are unique
recordings of live concerts and radio broadcasts.
- 3,000 reproducing piano rolls, including master rolls of Josef Hofmann,
Ignace Jan Paderewski, and Ignaz Friedman.
- 2,500 books about the piano and pianists, with special strength in volumes
about Franz Liszt and books in the Russian language.
- Over 21,000 scores, including diverse editions of standard repertoire as
well as out-of-print editions of works by lesser-known composers.
- Major archival collections of individual pianists and scholars (see listing
at left), including programs, letters, photographs, recordings in all formats,
manuscripts, diaries, scrapbooks, etc. Details about Finding Aids and
inventories of individual collections are available on request.
- The Harry L. Anderson Collection of piano recordings, discographical
research, scrapbooks, clippings, periodicals, and other materials--assembled by
the pioneer researcher in the field of pianism.
- A unique Artist File featuring the Henry Z. Steinway Collection of Steinway
artists as well as files on the careers of hundreds of other pianists.
- The John C. Tibbetts Piano Archive, consisting of in-depth recorded
interviews with more than 80 noted pianists. Spanning the years from 1981 to
the present, they were conducted by Professor John Tibbetts of the University of
- Programs and tapes from the William Kapell International Piano Festival and
- A Chickering Ampico reproducing piano and a Bösendorfer Imperial 290 SE
computerized grand piano capable of recording and playing back live
IPAM maintains files
devoted to many thousands of concert pianists. Those listed to the left are
represented by unique, extensive individual collections donated by the pianists
themselves or by their families, descendants and/or pupils. Finding Aids for
most of these collections are available on request.
International Piano Archives at Maryland seeks to strengthen its already
extraordinary collections and to enhance the services which are so important to
scholars and friends. We are committed to:
- Acquiring historic and current piano recordings, collections of pianists'
papers, and other related materials.
- Ensuring the protection of these rare and unique resources, actively working
in the vanguard of research in special methods of preservation.
- Making these materials accessible and providing a variety of reference
services and professional assistance.
10 am to 3 pm
Monday through Thursday
9 am to 5 pm
Monday through Friday
Donald Manildi, Curator
International Piano Archives at Maryland
Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library
8115 Alumni Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742 USA