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Guide to Music Dealers' Catalogs: What are music dealers' catalogs
Overview of music dealers' catalogs and how to access them at The New York Public Library Library for the Performing Arts. Guide by Bob Kosovsky.
Music dealer catalogs (which include auction catalogs) contain lists of books and/or scores (or other material) that has come into a dealer's possession for sale or auction.
Dealers' catalogs shed light on the popularity and dissemination of music. They can also reveal what significant individuals owned. In this manner they allow for the study of provenance—the history of ownership. Provenance studies can reveal significant historical information about ownership, private libraries, the creation and production of scores and of their significance within society.
Some of the many music dealer catalogs in the Music Division