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Jazz Research at the Library of Congress

Beginning Your Jazz Research

The Library of Congress provides a wide variety of materials for jazz research including books, digitized collection items, and subscription and free online databases. This page provides a good starting place for your research.

Digitized Collection Items

The Library of Congress has digitized many unique collection items, including sheet music, instrumental parts and scores, and historic photographs. You can see a full list of digital collections on the Library of Congress website. The following is a selection of online presentations featuring jazz musicians.

Selected Subscription Databases

The subscription resources marked with a padlock are available to researchers on-site at the Library of Congress. If you are unable to visit the Library, you may be able to access these resources through your local public or academic library.

Selected Books

The following print materials are linked to the Library of Congress Online Catalog which provides fuller bibliographic information for each book.