Music Library & Sound Recordings Archives

ML/SRA Special Collections



New Music Festival Archives

This collection contains scores and recordings submitted to and performed at the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music’s annual festival of new music and arts each Fall.  Many of the works in this collection have never been published and represent the only or one of only a few copies of scores and/or recordings of these works in a library collection.  You can find works from the New Music Festival by doing a title search for, "Archives of the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music," in the BGSU online catalog. These materials circulate to the BGSU community with the permission from the Center, and copies are available to scholars from elsewhere through Interlibrary Loan.  

Additionally, papers relating to the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music are located in the Center for Archival Collections under the call number MS-778.  Ask at their service desk on the 5th floor of Jerome Library for access to the collection.

Wild Bill Davison Collection

Wild Bill Davison, a cornettist from Defiance, Ohio, was an active jazz musician.  Donated by his widow in 1995, the Wild Bill Davison collection contains recordings, books, and sheet music. His papers are held in BGSU's Center for Archival Collections.

Bob Dylan Collection

This Bob Dylan Collection contains approximately 500 cassette tapes gathered by Colbert Cartwright, late of Fort Worth, Texas.  It principally includes live concert recordings made throughout Dylan’s career, many unique books, and Dylan topic periodicals.  We will soon post a list of the contents with entries for concert dates, venues, and geographic locations.  


The Bio-Files Collection, organized by individual musician or group’s name, includes promotional materials from record labels, clippings from newspapers and magazines, photographs, and any other ephemeral non-book print resources that provide biographical information about popular, jazz, and classical performing artists and composers. To date, the collection contains materials related to over 17,000 musicians.  We are working on finalizing a finding aid for this collection.  Get in touch with Sound Recordings Archivist Bill Schurk (419-372-2308) for more information about accessing materials from the bio-files collection.



We have an extensive collection of fanzines devoted to a wide variety of artists and topics.   These titles provide vital insight into the fanatic mindset and the fan’s point-of-view on artists, as well as keen insights that help form a perspective on an artist’s reception history.  These are all cataloged, and copies of individual articles are available through Interlibrary Loan.  Search for "fanzines" as a Local Call Number in the online catalog to see which titles we own.

Filk Music

Our collection of filk (not folk) music -- a genre of music inspired by or based on themes from science fiction -- includes printed anthologies of music, commercial recordings, and several unique cassette recordings.  Styles represented include  blues, hymns, ballads, country, and kiddie.  These songs can be original or parody, and the earliest examples date back to the 1940s.  To find filk materials, do a subject search in the catalog for "Science fiction -- songs and music."  We also have some filk cassette tapes that have yet to be cataloged; get in touch with Sound Recordings Archivist Bill Schurk (419-372-2308) for more information about using these materials.

Record Sleeves

Over the years, the ML/SRA has striven to collect as many representative sleeves as possible from 78s, LPs (inner sleeves), and 45s.  There is even a substantial number of record store bags from retail establishments throughout the world. This collection now contains approximately 1000 items and illustrates the history of record packaging and marketing from ca. 1900 until the present.  Title-specific sleeves are always kept with the original recording and noted in the cataloging record.

Uncataloged Periodicals

We have a number of periodical titles of which we only have a few issues.  We keep these but do not usually catalog them until we have a full volume or enough issues to bind.  See the list of uncataloged periodicals to browse the titles in this collection and let us know if you would like more information about or access to particular holdings of any title.