BSM: Research documentation of the collections of the Department of Manuscripts going back to the 19th century

manoscritto_00aThe Bayerische Staatsbibliothek München has been documenting scholarly publications on the collections held in the Department of Manuscripts since approximately 1950. For bound manuscripts (codices) this has been done as comprehensively as possible; in addition, literature on rare and valuable printed books has also been recorded. However, there are no records pertaining to music manuscripts apart from very few exceptions. The documentation is  based on offprints and statutory copies sent in by authors or publishers as well as a systematic review of books and numerous periodicals acquired for the reference library of the department; online databases and the periodicals contained therein have been exploited since 2009. Publications documented are not limited by date; even articles and books published in the 19th century are included. In the year 2003, the card catalogue was replaced, with funding by the  Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation), by a database.

Approximately 109,000 catalogue cards with 113,000 searchable entries had been integrated in the database. At present (September 2014) there are almost 200,000 entries pertaining to manuscripts and rare imprints. (See for further information.)

If you are aware of publications that are not mentioned in the database you are more than welcome to provide us with the respective piece(s) of information by using this

online form.

Your help is very much appreciated!

Dr. Wolfgang-Valentin Ikas
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
Leiter des Referats Handschriften und Benutzung Abteilung für Handschriften und Alte Drucke
ikas at

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