A group of buyers under the lead of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek and the Culture Foundation of the German Länder has managed to purchase the historical archive of Schott publishers in Mainz. Numerous sponsors and the relevant research institutions supported the purchase of the archive in its entirety. The historical archive of the publishing house represents a unique national cultural good. No other archive of a German music publishing house of similar size and comprehensiveness is known.
It comprises the business files (correspondence, printed and engraved music books, copy books, account journals) from 1787 to 1945, as well as the complete historical archive of production, music manuscripts and first editions from 1810 to around 1950.
The archive contains i.a. several hundred music autographs and thousands of letters by known composers such as Ludwig van Beethoven, Frederic Chopin, Werner Egk, Joseph Haas, Karl Amadeus Hartmann, Paul Hindemith, Engelbert Humperdinck, Franz Liszt, Bohuslav Martinů, Luigi Nono, Jacques Offenbach, Carl Orff, Hans Pfitzner, Maurice Ravel, Max Reger, Hermann Reutter, Ernst Toch, Richard Wagner, Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari and Bernd Alois Zimmermann.
The archive, so far preserved in the headquarters of the publishing house in Mainz and owned by the Strecker Foundation, was entered in the register of archives of national importance in 2004. Founded in 1770, the music publishing house Schott is one of the oldest still existing music publishing houses of the world.