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    The History of Musical Instruments
    By Curt Sachs. Allen Library Stacks [ML460 S12] Check Status

    New Grove Dictionary of Musical Instruments, 3 vols.
    Edited by Stanley Sadie. Allen Library Permanent Reserves [PERMRES ML102 I5 N] Check Status

    The Oxford Companion to Musical Instruments
    By Anthony Baines. Allen Library Reference [REF ML102 I5 O] Check Status



    Use these subject headings to search by general topic in our Library catalog. Copy the subject heading into the search box and use the drop down menu to search by "Subject". There are many more possible subjects than what we have listed here, but these should get you started.

    Brass instruments

    Keyboard instruments

    Musical instruments

    Percussion instruments

    Stringed instruments

    Wind instruments

    Woodwind instruments


    Sections in this category: General Resources | World Music

    General Resources

    American Musical Instrument Society
    List of online resources, collections of musical instruments, histories of musical instrument makers, AMIS newsletters from 2000-, etc.

    National Music Museum
    Includes more than 13,500 American, European, and non-Western instruments from all cultures and periods.


    World Music

    Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments
    A resource about instruments from around the world. Site can be browsed by type of instrument or geographic origin, or search the database by instrument, maker, material, or description.

    Virtual Instrument Museum
    Online access to the Wesleyan World Instrument Museum. Gives information about each instrument's history, tuning, technique, notation, context, etc.