Special Collections

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Grawemeyer Collection of Contemporary Music
All materials submitted to the Grawemeyer Award for Music Composition competition become the property of the University of Louisville and are deposited in an archival collection housed in the Music Library.

Isidore Philipp

Isidore Philipp Archive
The Isidore Philipp Archive was established in 1977 at the University of Louisville under the aegis of the American Liszt Society and is recognized as the largest Isidore Philipp repository.

Jean Thomas

Jean Thomas Collection
The Jean Thomas Collection contains personal and official correspondence related to the American Folk Song Festival.

Kentucky Composers

Kentucky Composer Manuscripts Collection
The Kentucky Composer Manuscripts Collection consists of music by composers either from or somehow affliated with the state of Kentucky.

Kentucky Songs

Kentucky Songs Collection
A small collection of popular songs on the topic of Kentucky.

Louisville Imprint

Louisville Imprint Collection
A collection of sheet music that was published in the city of Louisville in the mid-nineteenth century.

Lee Luvisi

Lee Luvisi Collection
The Lee Luvisi Collection consists of 75 compact disc sound recordings donated by world-renowned pianist and Louisville native Lee Luvisi.

Nelson Keyes

Nelson Keyes Collection
The Nelson Keyes collection includes over 75 of his unpublished manuscript scores and facsimiles, published works, correspondence, photographs, and newspaper clippings.


Ricasoli Collection
The Ricasoli collection consists of some 400 manuscripts and prints of music, and a number of music books, collected by three branches of the Ricasoli family of the high nobility of Florence.

Ruppart Flute

Ruppart Flute Collection
The Ruppart Flute Collection consists of 547 pieces of chamber music written primarily between 1830-1930 that are for flute and piano as well as other chamber music combinations involving flute.

Will S. Hays

William Shakespeare Hays Collection
The William Shakespeare Hays collection contains more than 100 published pieces of music by Hays.