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Harp Scores in the Internet Archive

This summer we have been scanning harp scores for the Internet Archive. BYU is home to the International Harp Archives which include a collection of more than 10,000 scores and recordings that feature the harp. Today we reached a milestone of scanning over 1,000 titles. The collection can be viewed by logging into the Internet Archive at www.archive.org and in the search box entering the tag (byuinternationalharparchive) (with the parentheses included). The search now returns over 1,000 titles.

The resulting URL of the search can also be used as a link if you wanted to create a resource link for your harpists. I had suggested a simpler tag, but apparently IA defines the tags, not the local institution doing the scanning. Here is the URL:


The collection includes scores from the 18th century through 1922. It may also be of interest to researchers working in the history of music publishing or other musicological topics such as the repertory of arrangements of popular opera arias from the 19th century. Some titles are duplicated in the collection of scans because we keep variant printings and copies that may feature markings by well known harpists.

We are still scanning additional scores from the collection. I hope it will reach the 2,000 benchmark before years end.

Enjoy (well at least all of the harpists in our extended communities), David Day

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