The James Madison Carpenter Collection of Traditional Song and Drama is one of the most important and extensive collections of its kind. The bulk of it comprises British material which Carpenter (1888-1983), a Harvard graduate, gathered in the period 1928-35. The remainder comprises material gathered from various parts of the USA and probably dates from immediately after this period.
The purpose of the Digital Image Archive of Medieval Music (DIAMM) is to obtain and archive directly-captured digital images of European sources of medieval polyphonic music. Where there is damage that makes these sources difficult to read, levels of digital restoration are also undertaken on copies of the original images to improve legibility and scholarly access. The project has created a new permanent electronic archive of these images, both to facilitate detailed study of this music and its sources, and to assure their permanent preservation.
Compilation of bibliographical information and abstracts of all scholarly writings on music published in all formats in the UK. These are sent electronically to RILM head quarters in New York to be added to the international database available by subscription to institutions and individuals. This phase of the project (RILM-UK 1999-2004) has brought the UK coverage of monographs up to date, thereby ensuring that a great part of the strengths and diversity of UK musicology is properly represented within, and made available to, the national and international community.
The history of nineteenth-century music is on the verge of being rewritten. There is emerging, in addition to a chronicle of composers and works, and of a thick description of musical cultures and institutions, the possibility of writing the music history of the century in terms of its reception of composers of the previous century and before. The fusion of traditional modes of historical narrative with views of the century that give due weight to questions of reception is one of the most exciting opportunities facing music history today.
The History of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama research project (1999-2004) operated under the aegis of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford. It has in many ways pioneered the developing discipline of Performance Reception. It has done this by documenting as comprehensively as possible all performances worldwide of Greek and Roman drama and their adaptations between the Renaissance and the present, while hand-in-hand with that also exploring ways of interpreting those findings and that material.
The St Andrews French Book Project intends to create an analytical bibliography of all books published in the French language before 1601. It is the first ever global survey of early French books, based on an exhaustive investigation of over 1550 libraries worldwide. It is also the first major national bibliographical project to have been designed and completed entirely in the electronic age.
The aim of the Leeds Archive of Vernacular Culture (LAVC) project is to unlock the full research potential of the large and varied archive of the University's former Institute of Dialect and Folk Life Studies, now stored in the Brotherton Library’s Special Collections, by creating an innovative electronic resource.
Research on 19th-century music is hampered by insufficient bibliographical control of printed music. However, the Leipzig publisher Hofmeister published monthly or bi-monthly reports (Monatsberichte) on music publications that permit datings of large numbers of prints after 1829 when the series began: these constitute the single largest inventory of music prints produced in the 19th century. The Monatsberichte are limited by the form in which they were set out and by the fact that no single run of the series exists anywhere in the world.
Between 1953, and 1999 when it closed its film department, Arts Council England commissioned or participated in the production of 485 films, which recorded all aspects of - mainly contemporary British - art. The subject matter, length and format of the films are as varied as they are eclectic. Moreover, because of the Council’s liberal attitude to sponsorship, and the creative freedom their commissions offered, they also attracted some of the best film-makers in the UK. Indeed, some of them provide a unique record of a partnership between the Arts Council, artists and film-makers.
The project has four key aims:
1. To create an online resource uniting the original impressions of Chopin's first editions in an unprecedented virtual collection
2. To develop complex textual interlinking of this virtual collection and relevant excerpts of the Annotated Catalogue of Chopin's First Editions (co-authored by Christophe Grabowski and John Rink, to be published by Cambridge University Press in 2005)
3. To provide comparative text-analytical commentary on the multiple first editions in this archive