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Catalogs and Finding Aids
Students, faculty and staff with a BW library card may request items through the Ohio-LINK catalog or check items out by visiting in person (BW library card required.)
Not a current BW student, faculty or staff member? Apply for a KSU Libraries community borrower card at the main University Library. More information at http://www.kent.edu/library/about/depts/circulation/borrowers.cfm
About the KSU Performing Arts Library
Kent State University's Performing Arts Library collection includes a solid foundation of western art music from all historic periods, complete editions of the works of major composers, scripts of standard theatre repertoire, as well as ever growing collections in the areas of theatre scripts, chamber music, including the John Mack Music Collection, operas, musicals, world music and Ohio musicians and performers.
KSU's University Library has several music-related special collections. A selected few are described here.
John Mack Collection
The music in this collection includes an extensive collection of chamber music works which include one or more oboes, oboe solo pieces and oboe method books as well as various orchestral scores in which the oboe is prominently featured.
Borowitz Sheet Music Collection, ca. 1850-1985
This collection of nearly 7000 pieces of sheet music was donated by Albert and Helen Borowitz. It contains a wide variety of sheet music from the mid-19th century to contemporary music of the mid-1980s. Popular music from the inclusive dates as well as early musical productions of the nineteenth century and musical productions from most of the twentieth century are included.
Kent State University Folk Festival, Recordings, 1967-1985
This collection is comprised of recordings made by WKSU of the Kent State Folk Festivals as well as National Public Radio folk broadcasts. Other local folk acts are included as well. The recordings date from the seventh KSU Folk Festival in 1974 to the twenty-ninth in 1996.
Street Ballads of Victorian England, [circa 1850-1870]
Broadside ballads were part of the rich mix of popular street literature produced in England from the 16th through 19th centuries. This collection contains 175 English street ballads, printed on portions of broadside sheets, dating from around 1850-1870.
Kent State University Library. Special Collections
A complete list of special collections and related finding aids.