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Major Orchestra Librarians' Association records

 Collection 0340-SCPA
The records of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association (MOLA) include organization records, including officer, committee, and membership records, reference materials regarding music libraries, conference files, projects files, publications about and by MOLA and its members, and a small collection of ephemera and audio recordings. The records series ranges from 1983 to 2018.

Dates

  • 1983-2018

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to the public and must be used in the Lowens Room for Special Collections in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

The materials held by Special Collections in Performing Arts are open to research. The six boxes of records currently stored in the National Symphony Orchestra Library within The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C are restricted to MOLA members.

Extent

11 Linear Feet (Eleven boxes (11 linear feet) housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries. There are an additional six boxes (six linear feet) of restricted materials stored in the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) Library within The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. Access to the restricted materials is limited to MOLA members.)

Scope and Contents

The records of the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association include organization records, including officer, committee, and membership records, reference materials regarding music libraries, conference files, projects files, publications about and by MOLA and its members, and a small collection of ephemera and audio recordings. The records series ranges from 1983 to 2018. Eleven linear feet of records are housed at Special Collections in Performing Arts, University of Maryland Libraries.

Biographical / Historical

MOLA is the Major Orchestra Librarians’ Association, founded in 1983. MOLA’s mission is to facilitate communication between professional performance librarians, educate and assist them in providing service to their organizations, provide support and resources to the performing arts, and work with publishers to achieve the highest standards in music performance materials. The first MOLA meeting was held in Philadelphia in 1983, when twenty-five librarians from the United States and Canada met for a day to discuss issues of common interest. Today MOLA is an international, not-for-profit corporation with a membership of more than 270 institutions around the world, including libraries from symphony orchestras, opera and ballet companies, educational institutions, music festivals, professional bands, and other ensembles.

Arrangement

The records are not arranged in record groups and remain in the original order received. This original order does imply record groups of:

1. Governing documents 2. Board of Directors 3. Officers 4. Committees 5. Membership 6. Reference materials 7. Conferences 8. Projects 9. Publications 10. Ephemera and audio recordings 11. MOLA errata lists [at Kennedy Center and restricted to MOLA members]

Custodial History

These records were transferred to the MOLA archive by the MOLA officers and members. The records were received at the University of Maryland on 10 May 2019. Future accruals are expected.
Title
Major Orchestra Librarians' Association records
Status
Completed
Author
Finding aid created by Rachel Horoschak, 2018; edited by Russ Girsberger and Vin Novara, 2019.
Date
2018; 2019
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Major Orchestra Librarians' Association (MOLA)
Edition statement
Slight revisions were made by Vin Novara during ingest.

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

Contact:
University of Maryland Libraries
8270 Alumni Drive
College Park MD 20742 United States