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Clippings at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts: Music

A guide to finding clippings at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Guide by Bob Kosovsky.

Clippings in the Music Division

Scope: Music Division clipping files date from the early part of the 20th century until the year 2000 when staff ceased clipping activity.  Occasionally files will have clippings from the late 19th century (the result of gifts).  In the 1960s the Music Division absorbed NBC Inc.'s clipping file, making the period from 1930 until the 1950s particularly plentiful.

Organization: Clipping files in the Music Division are divided into two series:

  • Names (for individuals; containing approximately 46,000 folders); and
  • Subjects (covers anything that is not an individual; approximately 15,000 folders).

Catalog status:

All Subject clippings files are listed in the online catalog. To browse, one can do a Call Number search in the classic catalog for: M-Clippings (Subjects).

There is an inventory of the Names portion of the file: https://catalog.nypl.org/record=b18275085

Call numbers (you must include the either the word names or subjects):  

M-Clippings (Names)  or:   

M-Clippings (Subjects)

 

Need assistance?

The staff of the Music Division will be happy to assist you with queries.  Please email us at music@nypl.org

Images

Drawer of subject clipping files in the Music Division

A drawer containing subject clipping files in the Music Division

Sample file

Sample clipping file folder from the Music Division

A sample clipping file folder from the Music Division