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The Newberry Library Colloquium

Five Centuries of Music and the Stage: Cataloging the Howard Mayer Brown Libretto Collection
Wednesday, July 17, 2013

4 pm

Towner Fellows’ Lounge

Jennifer Dunlap and Shawn Keener

Eminent early music scholar Howard Mayer Brown (1930-1993) bequeathed to the Newberry his rich collection of texts related to theatrical music, including not only hundreds of opera libretti but also oratorios, cantatas, ballets, festival books, poetry anthologies, and program booklets. The material—spanning the 16th through the 20th centuries, with an emphasis on Italian and French libretti of the 17th and 18th centuries—was cataloged during the Newberry’s recent French pamphlet cataloging project with a grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources. Join Jennifer Dunlap and Shawn Keener as they share their experiences cataloging the Brown Libretto Collection and highlight some of their favorite discoveries, from snarky marginalia to foundational documents in music history.