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 20,000 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 Kansas.
- Programs and tapes from the William Kapell International Piano Festival and Competition.
- Several hundred concert programs documenting piano concerts in the United Kingdom between 1970 and 2020.
- A Chickering Ampico reproducing piano and a Bösendorfer Imperial 290 SE computerized grand piano capable of recording and playing back live performances.
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.
The 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.