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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: A Guide to Primary and Secondary Resources at the Library of Congress

Special Collections

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Portrait. Undated. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division.

As an extremely well-known composer, Mozart and references to him may be found in many collections throughout the Library. 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
  • 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 (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.

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.

Find materials in special collections relevant to Mozart 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.

Access Note: 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.

Highlighted Rare Materials

Highlighted Special Collections

Moldenhauer archives

Reflections on Mozart

Printed Scores with Performance Annotations by Others

Manuscript Arrangements