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The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature

 Collection 0030-SCPA
The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature brings together historical artifacts and documents from the music industry in the United States. It contains material about the manufacture of pianos, organs, and mechanical musical instruments. The collection is divided into five separate series: Piano, Organ, Mechanical Musical Instruments, Phonographic, and General Music. It was created, and given to the University of Maryland, by Richard J. Howe.


  • 1854-1992
  • Majority of material found within 1854-1992

Use and Access to Collection

The collection is open for research use.

Duplication and Copyright Information

Materials from this collection must be used in the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Irving and Margery Morgan Lowens Special Collections Room, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Contact the curator for an appointment:


192.50 Linear Feet

Related Material

For other related archival and manuscript collections, please see the following subject guides.
Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature: A Finding Aid
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Finding aid written in English

Library Details

Part of the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library

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