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:
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 (descriptive documents of collection contents) 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 Brahms by searching with the Finding Aids Tool or by browsing the Music Division's list of Special Collections on the Performing Arts Reading Room webpage. Collections with no finding aids or other guides are described by brief catalog records in the Online Catalog.
The following highlighted special collections include Brahms-related materials. Provided links are for finding aids or collection-level catalog records if finding aids are not yet completed. Both finding aids and catalog records contain collection content summaries.
Several collections include published music scores or arrangements of Brahms's works, often with the performer's own annotations: