The sections on this page highlight the Music Division's unique collections of letters specific to Beethoven.
The Music Division holds 29 letters of Beethoven's handwritten letters to others. The physical letters live in several different places in the Music Division's collections, a reflection of how they were acquired. Search for them using the following information:
Individuals to whom Beethoven wrote letters found in the Music Division's collections are:
In addition, one letter in the Music Division's collections was dictated by Beethoven but written onto paper by Karl Holz. This title links to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog.
Correspondence not from nor to Beethoven, but centered on him, demonstrates the richness of research materials on the composer held in the Music Division. Some examples of collections with correspondence concerning Beethoven are:
Search for additional correspondence using the Library's Finding Aids Tool, which searches across multiple finding aids.
Much of Beethoven's correspondence has been transcribed, annotated, and published. The following titles link to fuller bibliographic information in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to additional online content are included when available. They offer a representative, but not exhaustive, list of modern publications of this correspondence.