The Howe Collection of Musical Instrument Literature documents the development of the music industry, mainly in the United
States. The largest known collection of its kind, it contains material about the manufacture of pianos, organs, and mechanical
musical instruments. The materials include catalogs, books, magazines, correspondence, photographs, broadsides, advertisements,
and price lists. The collection was created, and originally donated to the University of Maryland, by Richard J. Howe. It
was transferred to the Stanford Archive of Recorded Sound in 2015 to support the Player Piano Project.
352 linear feet
All requests to reproduce, publish, quote from, or otherwise use collection materials must be submitted in writing to the
Head Librarian, Archive of Recorded Sound, Braun Music Center, Stanford, California 94305. Consent is given on behalf of the
Archive of Recorded Sound as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission from the copyright
owner. Such permission must be obtained from the copyright owner, heir(s) or assigns.
Open for research; material must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use. Contact the Archive of
Recorded Sound for assistance. Some of the bound volumes are fragile and may require special care during handling.