Scope and Contents
Title: Manfred F. Bukofzer collection of medieval manuscript sources
Date (inclusive): [ca. 1200-ca. 1500]
Collection number: ARCHIVES BUKOFZER 2
Bukofzer, Manfred F., 1910-1955
Extent: Number of folders: 181
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Shelf location: For current information on the location of
these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
The library of the late Manfred Bukofzer, noted musicologist, scholar, and long-time
member of the UC faculty, and his late wife Ilse Bukofzer, has been bequeathed to the
University of California. Two staff members -Robert Cazden of Gifts and Exchange and
Vincent Duckles of the Music Library -have contributed the following descriptions of this
Collection is open for research.
All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in
writing to the Head of the Music Library.
[Identification of item], Manfred F. Bukofzer collection of medieval manuscript sources,
ARCHIVES BUKOFZER 2, The Music Library, University of California, Berkeley.
The musical portion of the Bukofzer library, bequeathed to the University last spring,
consists of approximately 1000 volumes, of which some 450 are books on music, 150 are
miniature scores and 400 are miscellaneous scores and editions of music. In addition to
these volumes, there is a collection of more than 300 offprints sent by colleagues
working in kindred fields, particularly medieval music and ethno-musicology. There are
also several important sets of musical periodicals. The most valuable part of the
collection for research purposes is the group of microfililms and record prints assembled
by Professor Bukofzer in connection with his edition of the works of Dunstable and other
studies of medieval and Renaissance music. Most of the important sources of music from
the 13th through the 15th centuries are represented here. With these materials are
Professor Bukofzer's research notes, files and unpublished transcriptions of early music,
which will be invaluable aids to future scholars.
Many of the volumes are inscribed by distinguished musicologists, or bear marginal notes,
amplifications and corrections in Professor Bukofzer's hand. The Music Library plans to
shelve such materials in the Bukofzer Seminar Room in the new music library building,
together with a complete set of the writings of this great scholar who played such an
influential part in the development of the music collection at Berkeley. -
by Vincent Duckles
Approximately half of Professor Bukofzer's library was given over to non-musical
interests of surprising scope. His collection of 20th century German literature,
primarily of the Weimar Republic era, is very comprehensive and certainly varied. At one
moment we would turn up early editions of Kafka, Brecht, and Thomas Mann, and at the next
moment, such a rara avis as Martin Borrmann's
Venus mit dem Orgelspieler,
, 1922. (Borrmann was one of Hitler's leading associates.) The remainder of
the library is particularly strong in German writings in philosophy, economics, art and
At the moment of writing, three long-term orders have been filled from the Bukofzer
collection; and several hundred more items from the non-musical collection will soon be
incorporated into the Main Library.
Gifts and Exchange Department
Scope and Contents
Inventory of Uncataloged Manuscript Photocopies (Record Prints, Photostats, Glossy
Prints, etc.) in the Manfred F. Bukofzer Collection of Research Materials.
This inventory of uncataloged manuscript photocopies left to the Music Library by
Professor Bukofzer reflects his deep interest in English polyphony of the XIIIth, XIVth
and XVth centuries. It is evident from a study of these photocopies that they served as a
basis of documentation for a number of articles and studies. Most important seem to be:
"Changing aspects of medieval and Renaiisance music," his two chapters in the
Oxford History of Music,
volume III entitled "Popular and secular music in
England (to 1470)" and "English church music of the fifteenth century,"
medieval and Renaissance Music and his "Sumer is icumen in", a revision.
very little in these folders which relate to Bukofzer's edition of the complete works of
John Dunstable, or to his
Music in the Baroque Era.
This collection of photocopies is arranged as follows:
First, the materials were assigned to individual manila folders and numbered in order.
There are a total of 181 folders.
- 2. The contents of each folder are
identified according to city, library, and library signature. Wherever possible, the
exact manuscript foliation of the photocopies has been cited.
- 3. In many
cases the contents of the photocopies have been briefly described. Bibliographical
references which describe the material have been given, the majority of descriptions are
to be found in Gilbert Reaney's
Manuscripts of polyphonic music 11th -early 14th
1966 (RISM B IV)
- 4. Finally, a physical description of the
contents of each folder is provided; included are the number of photocopies, Bukofzer's
notes, transcriptions, etc.
John A. Emerson
Additions: March 4, 1987
- 1. Besseler, "Studien".
"Studien zur Musik des Mittelalters",
Archiv f|r Musikwissenschaft, VII (1925), pp.
- 2. Bukofzer, "Changing
Bukofzer, Manfred F.,
aspects of medieval and Renaissance music",
in the Musical Quarterly,
XLIV:1 (Jan., 1958), pp. 1-18.
- 3. Bukofzer, Dunstable. Bukofzer, Manfred F.
complete works, in the series Musica Britannica,
vol. VIII, 1953.
Bukofzer, Manfred F.
Geschichte des englischen Diskants,
- 5. Bukofzer,
Bukofzer, Manfred F.
medieval and Renaissance music,
- 6. Bukofzer,
Bukofzer, Manfred F. "
Sumer is icumen
a revision, in the series University of California publications in
music, vol. 2:2, 1944.
- 7. Frere, Bibliotheca.
Frere, Walter Howard,
Bibliotheca musico liturgica,
- 8. Hughes, Medieval.
Hughes, Dom Anselm,
Medieval polyphony in
the Bodleian Library,
- 9. Hughes
Catalogue of manuscript music in the British Museum,
1906-1909, 3 vols.
Quellen der Motetten dltesten Stils",
in Archiv für
Musikwissenschaft, V (1923), pp. 185-222,
- 11. Maier, Katalog.
Maier, Julius Joseph,
Die muskalsischen Handschriften
der . . . Staatsbibliothek in M|nchen,
- 12. Reaney,
polyphonic music 11th-early 14th century,
in the series
international des sources musicales,
B IV, 1966.
Title: Manfred F. Bukofzer papers, [19--],
Identifier/Call Number: ARCHIVES BUKOFZER1