Special Collections

Search the Collections

At present there is no single, integrated catalogue of the RCM collections, but a variety of catalogues, card indexes and finding aids that have been prepared to different standards and for different purposes since the early 1970s.

This page contains details of both online resources which document parts of the collections, and hard copy finding aids, together with locations of material.

Online Catalogues and Finding Aids

Library:

Library catalogue: Books, Music & Journals (including early printed editions)
Collections and hand lists of scores, research materials, manuscripts and/or papers

Museum:

Museum of Instruments, Catalogue Part I: European Wind Instruments
Museum of Instruments, Catalogue Part Ia: European Wind Instruments: Addenda
Museum of Instruments, Catalogue Part II: Keyboard Instruments
Museum of Instruments, Catalogue Part III: European Stringed Instruments

These catalogues are available to purchase from our Box Office or Museum.

London Music Trades - a database providing basic biographical information about people working in all branches of the music business (composers, performers, publishers, instrument makers etc.) in London in the period 1750–1800.

External Online Resources

Information about items from the collections also appear on the following external online resources:

Cecilia: entries for a selection of the collections and object types held by the collections
Concert Programmes Project: with collection level descriptions
NICE: descriptions (with illustrations) of the painting by Continental European artists (to 1900)
Your Paintings: full listings of the RCM’s oil, acrylic and tempera portraits


Accessing the Collections

The collections are currently held across the Library and the Museum.

Download the PDF below for details of hard copy finding aids, where present, and in which location the material is held.

RCM Collections Hard Copy Finding Aids (313 kb)

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