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Arnold Schoenberg: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

Special Collections

Arnold Schoenberg. Concerto for String Quartet and Orchestra, adapted from Handel's Concerto Grosso, op. 6, no. 7. [To Alma Mahler]. Sketches. With a description of his method and purpose for the transcription, in German 1933. Moldenhauer Archives. The Rosaleen Moldenhauer Memorial.

Special collections accessed through the Performing Arts Reading Room consist of the papers of individuals, organizations, and collectors significant to research in music, theater, and dance. Special collections materials can include:

  • Correspondence
  • Notebooks
  • Diaries
  • Newspaper or magazine clippings
  • Photographs
  • Printed or handwritten music

The Music Division holds over five hundred named special collections in music, theater, and dance. Collections vary in size from fewer than a dozen items to more than half a million. Many of these collections are processed and have finding aids online. Others are in varying stages of processing and may have guides, inventories, or print finding aids available on-site.

Find materials in special collections relevant to Schoenberg by searching with the Finding Aids Tool or by browsing the Music Division's list of Special Collections. Collections with no finding aids or other guides are described by brief catalog records in the Online Catalog.

The Music Division also has a number of manuscripts and other materials related to Schoenberg's most well-known students, Alban Berg and Anton Webern. See the "Related Resources" page of this research guide.

Select Special Collections

The following select special collections include Schoenberg-related materials.

Accessing Special Collections

Some collections are housed off-site and require advance notice to retrieve. Contact us through Ask-A-Librarian if you have questions about researching a specific collection.

Other Library of Congress Research Centers

Collections with materials relevant to Schoenberg may exist in several divisions within the Library of Congress. Search across multiple divisions' finding aids using the Library's Finding Aids Tool.