The Eda Kuhn Loeb Music Library is Harvard’s home for musical materials: we embrace performance and research in and about the world's musics.
Opened in 1956 as the library of the Harvard Music Department and now part of the Harvard Library, the Loeb Music Library celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2006 as one of the world’s preeminent libraries supporting music research. Its collections have broadened from Western music and historical musicology to reflect the expansion of the Music Department’s programs in composition, music theory, popular music and jazz, and musics of the worlds’ cultures.
The library's audiovisual collections cover the full range of musical expressions and formats, from Western classical music and historically informed performance to popular music, jazz, and musical theatre, and from 78 rpm discs to mp3s. Its Archive of World Music holds field and commercial recordings of musics from around the world and is particularly strong in Asian and Middle Eastern repertories.
The recordings in this streaming collection represent only a small part of the library's holdings; please contact us with questions about them, or any other recordings from the collection.